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  1. #11
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    Re: New walking around lens

    I have the Nikon 16-80 F2.8-F4 on my D7100 and it's a fantastic lens...highly recommend it, especially if you can find a used one from a D500 kit.


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    Camera: D750
    Nikon Zoom Lenses: AF-S NIKKOR 24120mm f/4G ED VR, AF-S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G VR
    Nikon Prime Lens: AF-S 50mm 1.8G, AF-S 85mm 1.8G
    Flash: Nikon SB-400, Yongnuo YN-568EX x 2



  2. #12
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    Re: New walking around lens

    Lots of good lenses to choose from. Having had a 18-200 will you be satisfied with a 17-50 focal length range? If so, add the Tamron 17-50 into your considerations. I have it and love it. Very sharp, fast, and inexpensive.
    Woody Green

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    D500, D7200, D7100, D70

  3. #13
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    Re: New walking around lens

    Hi,

    Did you also considder the Nikon 18-140mm F/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR lens?
    A bit less wide angle, but a lot more tele in comparison with the 16-80 lens.
    Picture quality? See for yourself:
    https://www.the-digital-picture.com/...mp=4&APIComp=4
    Both very nice lenses.
    It would cost me some sleepless night before I could make a decision, if I had to make one.
    I never had one of them. I never had a aps-c camera from Nikon, just full frame (first D750, now D850).

  4. #14
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    Re: New walking around lens

    What do you shoot when walking around?
    Before deciding on a range, it is nice to analyze the focal lengths used in the past. There is usually a strong pattern repeated in scanning all your photo EXIF files to get a graph of the frequency of use of all the focal lengths. I would be surprised if you did not have a couple of focal lengths that are favorite points and fields of view you prefer but never realized how few you use.
    Here is a focal length analyzer program that is the best price, free
    https://www.vandel.nl/exposureplot.html

    When searching for that information 10 years ago when I first switched from Canon film to Digital with my new D90 I found I shot most at 105mm, 60mm and 20mm using my kit 18-105. The first new lens I got was 50mm, then 70-200 2.8 and later with a 17-55 2.8. I hardly used the 17-55, still have it by added a Sigma 10-20. Then I found that the majority of shots after that was 125-200If you have a few specific lengths to cover and want a lot better image quality, you might want to get a few low cost f/1.8 G primes particularly if you shoot people or portraits. The 35mm 1.8G is a very good lens very good lens for low light from people architecture and f/1.8 85mm for portraits and as a short fast telephoto. Both are small and offer a much wider aperture than any zoom for $300 and $450 respectively. The improvement in sharpness and low light capability will surprise you. The zooms are usually pretty marginal in performance but if you are staying with Dx, consider a used 17-55 2.8. It is a very high-quality lens and can be found for about $550 and being a pro-Dx lens it will last forever.
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  5. #15
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    Re: New walking around lens

    New walking around lens
    Quote Originally Posted by spb_stan View Post
    Here is a focal length analyzer program that is the best price, free
    https://www.vandel.nl/exposureplot.html
    Wow, that made my day. I just installed it and ran it on my work PC (which has a lot of my personal photos stored). I notice I tend to shoot at the extreme ends of zooms, both the low end and the high end. You can see in the photo that 70mm (from both the 24-70 and the 70-200) is very popular, plus the 28 and 300 choices from my 28-300. Obviously I use 5.6-8 f-stops the most.

    New walking around lens-expgraph.jpg
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  6. #16
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    Re: New walking around lens

    I did consider focal lengths, and most of the exif data from my 18-200 folder indicated that I generally shoot between 35mm and 50mm with more of the rest being below 35 than above 50. A lot of what I have looked at are really great lenses, but college tuition for the daughter is eating into my camera funds so I am a bit budget limited.


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  7. #17
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    Re: New walking around lens

    A nice thing about shooting DX is that with a lot of people moving to Fx, there are some real bargains to be had in used lenses. Used lenses usually are a better investment than a used camera body because you are likely to keep lenses longer than a body. Your D500, however, is in no need up upgrading for a very long time.
    Your original thought of getting the narrower range zoom might be the best bet for your style of shooting.For that 35-50 range. I would look around for a used 35mm or 50mm 1.8G. They both have really good performance. The 50mm is a full frame lens which means on a Dx sensor the image circle that hits the sensor will be sharper corner to corner. Consider the Tamron also, after having a few Sigma's and getting a 15-30 2.8 Tamron 2 weeks ago I have to admit the build quality and performance of the Tamron is pretty darned impressive with image excellent stabilization, better than VR in any of my Nikkor lenses.

  8. #18
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    Re: New walking around lens

    I have the new Tamron 18-400 for sale which is a great all around lens and is only 6 months old if you are interested? Send me a message for more detail.

  9. #19
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    Re: New walking around lens

    Quote Originally Posted by spb_stan View Post
    Here is a focal length analyzer program that is the best price, free
    https://www.vandel.nl/exposureplot.html
    Fascinating! I sure wish they made a Mac version...

    Stay sharp,
    Bob





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