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ChrisGrim Registered since 09th Mar 2012
Fri 09-Mar-12 05:02 PM

Lenses
Hi! I've been taking photographs for about 1 year now and I was hoping to get a new lens (I own a Nikon D3100). One that has an F-stop at around 1.4 so I can allow more light to enter the lens and take photos in darker lighting conditions... I would be using this lens mostly for full-body and close-up portraits (inside and outside), wedding photos, some scenery... ect.

So what I'd like to know from all of you is which lens do you think it would be best to get? I've been researching the different lenses and thought I'd get some opinions (hopefully from an experiential point of view).

Below are some links to different lenses that are available at Henrys in regard to what I'm looking at, I hope you can all give me an opinion on what would be best!

In addition, the top links are Nikon lenses and the bottom links are from SIGMA. I tried a lens on a SIGMA camera and loved it so I started looking at different SIGMA lenses... Though I believe I'd need to buy a converter for my Nikon in order to use the SIGMA lenses, correct? ~The converter is the first link under the SIGMA section...

Nikon Lenses
http://www.henrys.com/24040-NIKON-DX-NIKKOR-AF-S-35MM-F1-8-LENS.aspx

http://www.henrys.com/139-NIKON-50MM-1-8-AF-D.aspx

http://www.henrys.com/65185-NIKON-AF-S-50MM-F1-8-G-LENS.aspx

http://www.henrys.com/138-NIKON-50MM-1-4-AF-D.aspx

http://www.henrys.com/857-NIKON-AF-S-50MM-F1-4-G-LENS.aspx


SIGMA Lenses
http://www.henrys.com/1822-SIGMA-AF-1-4X-EX-DG-APO-CONVERTER-NIKON.aspx

http://www.henrys.com/26232-SIGMA-30MM-F1-4-EX-DC-NIKON-HSM.aspx

http://www.henrys.com/719-SIGMA-50MM-F1-4-EX-DG-HSM-NIKON.aspx

http://www.henrys.com/687-SIGMA-70MM-F2-8-EX-DG-MACRO-NIKON.aspx

Backgrounds
Secondly, I was interested in getting a white and black background for taking photos. I'm not sure which type of material would be best for this, however.

In stores, they sell paper backgrounds but those sound like they might rip since they're, well, paper. Am I wrong or are they fairly durable? I was also thinking about getting vinyl from a photography store or maybe even Fabricland (or somewhere similar).

What do you think? What would be best? : )
Also, if I were to get rolls of vinyl or paper for my backkground, does anyone have any suggestions on what brand of stand would be best?


Thanks for all the help!!!

G