I got my first F5 - on Dec 31st, and am kicked by how well some things happen with it. I had a manual Minolta from earlier, and a Yashica TLR.. and this just blows them away for the sort of stuff I like. It works great with a Tamron 28-200 lens that I had earlier. However, I dont think this lens does proper justice to the power of this camera.
Am very confused about what lenses to buy - so that I can use them with the F5, and later with a dSLR, when I buy one. My shooting habits take me to photographing people and street scenes, some travel photography, and buildings. I walk around the streets with the camera - early mornings and evenings, so I guess a fast 50mm lens is what I need, but I am not sure about the others.. Any suggestions would be very very welcome.
#1. "RE: new F5 - and query about lenses.." | In response to Reply # 0markeggers Registered since 23rd Nov 2005Fri 05-Jan-07 01:13 PM
I guess the first thing I would ask is what is your budget?
A 50mm 1.4 lens is about $280.00 new.
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#2. "RE: new F5 - and query about lenses.." | In response to Reply # 0Drbee Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004Fri 05-Jan-07 01:49 PM
Welcome to Nikonians and congratulations on the great F5.
I think your choice of the 50mm lens is an excellent starting point. The other possible choices are really far and wide. I'm going to throw out a couple of possibilities from what you say you like to do.
First, when you use a lens on a film camera and then use that same lens on a digital camera, because the size of the sensor on the digital is smaller than the film frame, the result is to make the lens "more telephoto" on the digital. A wideangle lens on film behaves like a "normal coverage" lens on a dSLR. If you depend heavily on WA lenses in your photography, you may find that your film-camera lens choices don't move "gracefully" to a dSLR. Most of the lenses that I talk about here I use on both technologies, but their roll changes somewhat as they switch bodies.
I have two lenses that I use frequently with my F5 along with the 50mm f/1.4 AFD that I always carry for speed. Note the 50mm lens is like a short portrait lens on a dSLR. The two lenses that I particularly like for general photography as you describe it are:
24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 ED IF AFS lens: This lens covers from wide angle to short telephoto and is a great walk-around/travel lens when you don't need a really fast lens. For coverage, this lens does it all (well almost). It's not the fastest lens and it may cramp you somewhat in those early morning/evening shoots. If you are also covering street action in those periods, it may not be the right choice. If you are covering general street scenes and don't mind blurred action this lens with a small pocket tripod still works very well. You resort to the tripod to retain the coverage. I used ISO400 film for most of the kind of photography you mention, but if I began to push the light envelope a bit more, then ISO800. This lens is generally a very sharp lens. It is hands down my favorite travel lens for film. The AFS function on the F5 means this lens focuses silently and blazingly fast; you almost don't see it happen.
35-70mm f/2.8 AFD zoom lens: It's hard to say enough good about this constant f/2.8 aperture general coverage zoom lens. It is my favorite family/events/street lens. It's heavier than the 24-85, and has a different zoom style but it is optically excellent. This lens uses the traditional screw action focusing and is a tad slower than the 24-85, but I never lost a photo because of focusing speed.
Now for my favorite F5 kit for use in low light levels for early morning/evening shooting before and after meetings on business trips.
24mm f/2.8 AFD; 35mm f/2 AFD; 50mm f/1.4 AFD; 85mm f/1.8 AFD: this kit allowed me to mix and match the lenses for various trips and outings and reduced the carry weight on my neck by moving some of it too my bag - a slight modification to this is the:
24mm f/2.8 AFD; 35-70mm f/2.8 AFD; 85mm f/1.8 AFD: If the trip was going to involve family or some event shooting at the meetings I preferred the zoom to facilitate the "event" shooting
28mm f/2 AIS; 50mm f/1.4 AFD: this kit became a routine standby. The 28mm lens is not an AF lens but the F5 handles it well as a manual focusing fast lens for general WA coverage. This became my urban choice when I needed to trim down my kit.
Once you put an AFS lens on the F5 you may not want to make any other changes. The F5 can drive any auto focusing system very quickly and the screen is bright enough to handle most manual focusing tasks. I have a lot of experience with MF and CW meetering so my MF choices worked out well. However, I will say that mounting an AFS lens opened up a lot more motion/action opportunities.
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#3. "RE: new F5 - and query about lenses.." | In response to Reply # 0the jedi master Registered since 28th Aug 2006Fri 05-Jan-07 02:41 PM
It works great with a Tamron 28-200 lens that I had earlier. However, I dont think this lens does proper justice to the power of this camera.
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#4. "RE: new F5 - and query about lenses.." | In response to Reply # 0ehparis Registered since 25th May 2006Mon 08-Jan-07 12:15 AM
If I had to reply with three suggestions they would be (in order):
24mm f2 (or f2.8)
The first two are great for existing light as well as all around use for film and digital.
The 35x70 is just plain good for everything.
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#5. "RE: new F5 - and query about lenses.." | In response to Reply # 0kgm Registered since 06th Dec 2005Mon 08-Jan-07 08:47 PM
For a walking around lens, you may want to consider the 24-120mm f3.5-5.6 VR. With the VR, it's very useable in low light, especially at the wide end. If you need a range of focal lengths for what you like to shoot, this can be very handy.
#6. "RE: new F5 - and query about lenses.." | In response to Reply # 5zeeble Registered since 05th Jan 2007Tue 09-Jan-07 01:23 AM
Thanks for all the lens suggestions. I went to the camera store and got myself 2 lenses to add to the Tamron 28-200 that I had. A Nikon 50mm f/1.4, which is blazingly fast, and a Tamron 70-300mm, which I intend as a fairly cheap learning macro lens..
What I am looking for this weekend is a smallish camera bag, into which I can dunk the lenses, some film, and walk around. The body+lens weight is a little intimidating, especially, since I've been used to a manual Minolta, and a Canon EOS300D camera. And before the weekend arrives, hope to have read the downloaded manual thoroughly, atleast once, so I know howto do what I want. For ex, I just discovered the DOF button last night