F80s lens recommendation
I'm going to start carrying my F80s more as a backup to my to D80 and need a lens recommendation. I use either the 18-135 or 18-200VR with my D80 which I know doesn't work with my F80s, so I'm thinking about either a 50/1.8D or a Sigma 24-60/2.8. One is $100 and rated very good for image quality and the other is about $200 and gives me a nice range from wide angle to normal focal length but is said not to be real sharp until it's stopped down a bit. Back 7 - 8 years ago when I was taking photography classes I used and chose the F80s because it imprints the shutter speed and aperture between the frames which is great when making prints. I also used a 50/1.4 ais and either the sunny 16 rule or guessed the exposure. I haven't used the camera in about 2 years and now need a lens, preferably autofocus this time. What would you recommend? BTW, the data imprint is a great feature, to bad I don't print b&w anymore.
#1. "RE: F80s lens recommendation" | In response to Reply # 0ahhbeebee Registered since 01st Dec 2006Tue 29-Apr-08 09:06 PM
I've got both, and both are great paired with the F80. Any ideas what you'll be shooting? The 28-105mm is also an option, its very cheap now since its' FL is out of favor on digital bodies. Gives you a bit extra reach than the Sigma but variable aperture.
If you are bringing your D80 also, then don't even worry about using modern lenses. I often carry my F80 with My Fuji S2 and bring manual focus lenses. Although both don't meter with manual lenses, i just guesstimate the exposure, confirm by chimping with the digital body, then use the same exposure settings for the film camera. Takes some extra time, but I'm never in a rush when shooting film anyway.
Maybe something longer also? The 70-210mm is no slouch, and I'm always impressed with my 75-150mm which I use often.
I suppose you have two options here, if you are thinking backup as in 'what if my D80 goes down', then you'd better get a wide FL range. If you are thinking 'what extra can I get from also packing my compact and excellent F80s' then use it for a unique function (ultra-wide, shallow DOF etc.)
I've toyed with bringing to bodies to expand the FL range of my lenses, possibly bringing a 20mm; 24-60mm; and 70-210mm. That would take me from 20mm to '315mm' with very compact lenses.
#2. "RE: F80s lens recommendation" | In response to Reply # 1markscamera Registered since 05th Aug 2006Tue 29-Apr-08 10:11 PM
Sampson, appreciate your comments. I seldom use the long end of lenses I've owned in the past so I'm actually leaning towards the 24-60 if nothing else it's so cheap. I just checked Amazon and with the Amazon $25.00 gift card I have I can pick it up for about $200 including shipping. $200 is the max I'm willing to pay. I used to own the 28-105 and yes it was a great lens but I just don't care for it anymore, a wide normal is appealing. I was also reading about Nikon's 24-50 af lens and that to is somewhat appealing but the Sigma is more so.
#3. "RE: F80s lens recommendation" | In response to Reply # 2ahhbeebee Registered since 01st Dec 2006Wed 30-Apr-08 03:04 PM
The Sigma is just one excellent buy, and it'll give you a good FL range for the digital body too. Its got just enough reach that I often use it as a portrait lens.
I've written about some of the strengths and weaknesses of the lens in some previous posts, and really, aside from poor rendition of specular highlights (partly donuty and really busy) it pretty much does everything else quite well. You really won't be disappointed, for $200 expectations are typically somewhat low, but this lens matches or is just marginally below the performance of the "Pro" lenses from Nikon.
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My first thought was the 28-105 as well. Fantastic lens, but your reply kinda takes that out.
The 50mm 1.8 Nikkor is one of, if not THE, very sharpest lenses that Nikon makes. I would suggest it because it gives you low light performance, very narrow DOF when you want it, and fantastic resolving power. Being a prime it also forces you to slow down and think a bit more when you shoot, which is never a bad thing.
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#7. "RE: F80s lens recommendation" | In response to Reply # 6markscamera Registered since 05th Aug 2006Sat 10-May-08 06:52 PM
Joel, ended up with the Sigma 24-60/2.8 EX DG. Nice lens, I'm looking at photos taken with this lens both film and digital and very sharp. Couldn't be happier and for $179 from Amazon I recommend it!