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  1. #11
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    Re: Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund

    You know, @Fortkentdad, quite the dilemma indeed since you more or less already have a decent almost all-around arsenal, iffy extras, and hardly enough $ for something you'd definitely benefit from.

    I'd save up for whichever you need more - 28 or 24-70/2.8 or 70-200, perhaps f/4 or 2.8 VR1. Possibly let some things go?


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    Df silver, D600, D5100, X-Pro1 ||| Sigma 12-24 f/3.5-5.6 v1 | Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G | Sigma 24mm Super-wide II f/2.8 | Nikkor 45mm AI-P f/2.8 Silver | Nikkor-H 50mm f/2 | Nikkor-S 55mm f/1.2 | Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR | Tamron 90mm SP AF f/2.8 Macro (E72) | Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR I | Fuji 18mm f/2 XF R | Fuji 27mm f/2.8




  2. #12
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    Re: Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortkentdad View Post
    eBay wants $300-$500 for the Siggy 28-70, also see a 24-70, both 2.8 - will google up some reviews on these lenses. I'm not crazy about my old 100-300 sigma but won't judge the whole company on one lens and the problem may be mine not the lens. How did you like your Siggy?
    I never had any problems with it at all. Now I use a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 which is much sharper than the previous lens, but I never encountered any mechanical issues.

    I knew a couple of wedding photographers who used Tamron's 28-70mm f/2.8. They seemed to like that lens, but many of the reviews I read spoke of a loud focus motor.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortkentdad View Post
    AND what kind of Uncle were you to let your nephew stray so far?
    Lol--the female kind! He doesn't live locally so we only get to see each other once per year or so. When he chose his camera, he didn't ask for any advice. His brother went the Pentax route because their mom used to own a Pentax 35mm.
    Cindy
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    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci

    Nikon 14mm f/2.8; Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye; Nikon 85mm f/1.8G; Nikon 105 f/2.8G micro VR; Nikon 180mm f/2.8; Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S
    Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G; Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8; Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII; Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR


  3. #13
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    Re: Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund

    I suggest that you concentrate on primes. Every indoor shoot, I use only the 35mmDX with my D3300. Once you get used to primes, then one person or a group is easily tackled. Just move up or down. In a real bind I did take a 3 shot horizontal panorama of a group, and it came out beautifully.

    Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund-fsc_4670_stitch.jpg

    The beauty of F1.8 lens is the bokeh and of course lower light requirement. You can easily use ISO 400 or 800 without flash, or if you have to use one, a lower powered one.

    Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund-fsc_4935.jpg
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    D300, D3300
    105F2.8 AIS, 70-300 G, 50F1.8 AF, 16-85G ED VR, 18-55DX VRII, AFS DX 35mm F1.8
    2 x SB-800

  4. #14
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    Re: Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund

    Quote Originally Posted by aroy View Post
    I suggest that you concentrate on primes. Every indoor shoot, I use only the 35mmDX with my D3300. .....
    Yes, been giving primes more thought.
    I have a few in my kit bag, did my most recent photo-shoot at the Children's Centre using my 60mm F/2.8
    I do have the 35mm DX prime, a 50mm F/1.8 and a 105mm F/2.8 - maybe a longer prime (150 to 200, maybe even a 300mm F/4) Or I've heard that the prime prime for portraits is the 85. On the wide end, maybe a 14, 18, 20 or up to a 24.
    Going to give primes some serious consideration.

    They do suffer from the two foot zoom approach.

    As for stitching - love to make wide panorama vistas of scenery - find it tricky shooting people that way, need to use the old "stand still" approach from a by gone era and snap quickly.
    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  5. #15
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    Re: Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund

    Well the "Stand Still" still works, and the results are worth it. In India, at formal shoot, you always have to wait as there will be a couple of photographers taking two or more shots to be sure!
    D300, D3300
    105F2.8 AIS, 70-300 G, 50F1.8 AF, 16-85G ED VR, 18-55DX VRII, AFS DX 35mm F1.8
    2 x SB-800

  6. #16
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    Re: Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund

    Quote Originally Posted by aroy View Post
    I suggest that you concentrate on primes. Every indoor shoot, I use only the 35mmDX with my D3300. Once you get used to primes, then one person or a group is easily tackled. Just move up or down. In a real bind I did take a 3 shot horizontal panorama of a group, and it came out beautifully.
    Once you get a decent zoom though, the whole game changes. I've shot in places where you literally have a narrow walkway to work with and being limited to just 1 prime at a time can be a nightmare. I've also shot another spacious event, but often ended up in situations where using say a 24 was way too wide for portraits and 45 too narrow for overview shots, and these shots came up left and right so changing glass even every so often was again a nightmare.
    skvoraltdphoto
    Df silver, D600, D5100, X-Pro1 ||| Sigma 12-24 f/3.5-5.6 v1 | Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G | Sigma 24mm Super-wide II f/2.8 | Nikkor 45mm AI-P f/2.8 Silver | Nikkor-H 50mm f/2 | Nikkor-S 55mm f/1.2 | Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR | Tamron 90mm SP AF f/2.8 Macro (E72) | Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR I | Fuji 18mm f/2 XF R | Fuji 27mm f/2.8


  7. #17
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    Re: Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund

    Quote Originally Posted by SkvLTD View Post
    Once you get a decent zoom though, the whole game changes. I've shot in places where you literally have a narrow walkway to work with and being limited to just 1 prime at a time can be a nightmare. I've also shot another spacious event, but often ended up in situations where using say a 24 was way too wide for portraits and 45 too narrow for overview shots, and these shots came up left and right so changing glass even every so often was again a nightmare.
    Yes - primes vs zooms - optimal IQ for less with prime - vs zooming with Zoom. Fast primes are more affordable than similar speed / IQ zooms - generally. The weakest lens in my collection I believe is the old 28-80 AFD (Kit lens from the F60). It produces very usable images, just not on par with my 60mm 2.8 prime for example. I could also up the quality on my long lens - the $144 200-400mm Tammy is a fun lens to try my hand at wildlife without spending $1,000++ on a xxx mm - 600mm lens.

    The two zoom candidates 24-80ish 2.8 or a 70-200 2.8 are both pushing my current funds limits. Maybe an older third party used version. Or not.

    But a fast prime - that I can swing as they can be in that $500 price range.

    . . .

    Maybe I should just get a really good monopod and save for a fast zoom - ....

    need to improve my ability to delay gratification. Not my strong suit.
    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  8. #18
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    Re: Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortkentdad View Post
    eBay wants $300-$500 for the Siggy 28-70, also see a 24-70, both 2.8 - will google up some reviews on these lenses. I'm not crazy about my old 100-300 sigma but won't judge the whole company on one lens and the problem may be mine not the lens. How did you like your Siggy?

    AND what kind of Uncle were you to let your nephew stray so far?
    I'm not so sure we are talking about the same lens. Here is a current ebay search--lenses are in the $200-$300 price range with some even falling below $200. The one I'm talking about has a constant aperture of f/2.8, too.

    Help Me spend my Income Tax Refundsigma 28-70mm f/2.8 for nikon | eBay
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    Cindy
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    My 2017 Thread
    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci

    Nikon 14mm f/2.8; Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye; Nikon 85mm f/1.8G; Nikon 105 f/2.8G micro VR; Nikon 180mm f/2.8; Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S
    Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G; Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8; Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII; Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR


  9. #19
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    Re: Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund

    Perhaps a tripod with detachable one to use as a mono. Tripod in itself can prove QUITE useful for things other than the cam itself without going into specific-zone like say light stands.
    skvoraltdphoto
    Df silver, D600, D5100, X-Pro1 ||| Sigma 12-24 f/3.5-5.6 v1 | Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G | Sigma 24mm Super-wide II f/2.8 | Nikkor 45mm AI-P f/2.8 Silver | Nikkor-H 50mm f/2 | Nikkor-S 55mm f/1.2 | Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR | Tamron 90mm SP AF f/2.8 Macro (E72) | Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR I | Fuji 18mm f/2 XF R | Fuji 27mm f/2.8


  10. #20
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    Re: Help Me spend my Income Tax Refund

    Quote Originally Posted by SkvLTD View Post
    Perhaps a tripod with detachable one to use as a mono. Tripod in itself can prove QUITE useful for things other than the cam itself without going into specific-zone like say light stands.
    I have one good Benro "transfunctional" tripod that has the detachable mono-leg. This is my regular go to tripod. I have two other tripods (cheap ones from years gone by - good for flash) and one dedicated light stand. And three of those mini tripods - one of better quality. Really looking at the Manfrotto 679/680 series. Given it will have a 5 pound camera on it does it make sense to double the price for Carbon Fiber to save a few ounces? Other than weight I'm not sure their is much difference? And the 'less expensive" Manfrotto (or maybe a Benro) are still very sturdy.
    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me





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