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  1. #1
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    More expensive lens means a better image.

    More expensive lens means a better image.
    Took this image with my D7000 and a basic 18-55mm lens. If I spend money on a more expensive lens, what improvements would I see in the image?
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    Re: More expensive lens means a better image.

    It's impossible to tell with such a heavily edited and resized image.

    What is it you want to gain?
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    Re: More expensive lens means a better image.

    In general a better piece of glass like a 2.8 or faster will help out in low-light situations...And having a constant aperture will allow better DOF..
    Thus letting you shoot at a lower ISO for better image quality..
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    Re: More expensive lens means a better image.

    I have to agree with Sparky...That's a pretty cooked image you've posted so your question is difficult to answer but, in general (and I do mean "in general"), better glass buys you "speed" via a faster, and/or constant, aperture. It can also buy you better overall image sharpness (or significantly better sharpness in the corners/edges where many less expensive lenses typically go soft), less distortion (barrel/pincushion), less chromatic aberration and better contrast.

    That being said, if you're happy with what your current 18-55mm is giving you, then you don't need to buy better glass.

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    Re: More expensive lens means a better image.

    The old lens make a photographer myth,, and bait,, my first 8 years with a Nikon was with two lens,, 1 50mm and the hated,, 43-86 zoom,, granted it was the later 43-86 improved version,, but once a lens is dammed always dammed.

    lens are part of the tool kit, and actually the 18-55 is a very sharp lens, that does its job fine within the context of its design.. Let see
    bright light, close subject, sure,, a nice lens.

    I have collected lens over time,, because I wanted some type of extension to my photography, such as more reach, or low light, or macro, or ultra wide angle, or flexible zoom, or etc etc etc,

    its a matter of matching the lens to the subject at hand,, why we have an interchangeable lens system,, otherwise, buy a nice high
    end 3/4 sensor all in one camera.

    My biggest complaints on lens is the distortion,, and second is the aberration, sharpness is actually low on my complaints.

    but in the end,, its the subject, lighting, and my abilities to frame the shot that makes the shot work or not,,
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    Re: More expensive lens means a better image.

    More expensive lens means a better image.
    Heavily edited? The reason it has so "much" editing is to give the subject matter a grittiness that fell runners have in bucket loads. It's not something I do on a regular basis, but I do feel it works for this subject matter. Apologies to the purists. Being a "hobbyist" , I won't be worrying the semi-pros amongst this group. Yet another "dreadful" image from my collection.

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    Re: More expensive lens means a better image.

    I'm not ragging on your editing, process or intent. But the image posted gives no clue as to your current lens' capabilities, nor have you made mention of what said lens is not doing for you.

    In short...... if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
     
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    Re: More expensive lens means a better image.

    You have nice compositions but your dynamic range is very narrow and you're losing a lot of detail in your dark areas. You might wanna pull some of those details out in your PP and/or consider shooting in bracket bursts so you can tease out the full dynamic range your camera is capable of.
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    Re: More expensive lens means a better image.

    More expensive lenses usually mean (in regards to pics taken):

    1) Better low-light peformance.
    2) Increased levels of overall sharpness.
    3) Less pincushion, distortion, etc. at certain focal lengths.
    3) Better bokeh feel.
    4) Better/Faster focus or lens IQ in some cases.

    Having said all that, with today's tech, the "kit lenses" are pretty quality lenses, and at least 80% of photo quality comes down to the control nut located near the shutter button.

    A lot of people ask about upgraded camera bodies too, but there again, even those pics from the D3100 can be eye-catching works of art. *shrug* All depends on what you're looking for.
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  10. #10
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    Re: More expensive lens means a better image.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_W View Post
    You have nice compositions but your dynamic range is very narrow and you're losing a lot of detail in your dark areas. You might wanna pull some of those details out in your PP and/or consider shooting in bracket bursts so you can tease out the full dynamic range your camera is capable of.
    I have no idea what "dynamic range" means. Help?





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