I have been shooting an F4 now for a while with a lower end Nikkor zoom. I have been looking to increase the sharpness and quality of the pictures so I have purchesed a higher end prime 50 mm nikkor. It has been great working with this
Lens but realize that i will need to carry 3 lenses to cover what the zoom used to do. Can anyone provide a recommendation on what my wide angle and telephoto lenses should be based on my typical usage outlined below?
I like to do generally photography of the family related activities. Around the house, candids (which the zoom is great for), hiking which results in some landscape shooting, etc. I don't tend to do fixed position photography such as portraits.
#1. "RE: Which primes?" | In response to Reply # 0four eighty sparky Registered since 08th Apr 2011Sun 10-Feb-13 03:14 AM
What zooms were you using before, and are you wanting to stay with film or move to digital? If digital, FX or DX format?
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#3. "RE: Which primes?" | In response to Reply # 1Sun 10-Feb-13 11:15 AM
I am looking to stay with film for a long while, my only lens that I have for the F4 is a Nikkor 35-135 mm 3.5f.
I was thinking of using that lens to help me decide, setting the zoom at different focal lengths to see which primes would work best for me for the variuos shots I take. For example, setting it at 35 and seeing if it would work for me when shooting scenery while out hiking or for shots around the house with the kids. Then setting the lens beyond 50mm to see if 70 or 85 mm would better for any close ups that I need or cropping purposes.
I was just looking for advce from those who have gone through this process and/or have experience with this and can advise on the focal lengths that would be best under these circumstances.
I realize it is difficult to recommend gear as it depends on many factors but the question really is, if one were to have three primes for a 35mm camera, what has been the lenses of choice in the past? I assume a normal lens has ben included in the inventory.
#2. "RE: Which primes?" | In response to Reply # 0
Do you have a budget in mind?
There is the AF 35mm f/2D, the AF 85mm f/1.8D, AF 135mm f/2D DC are all excellent optically and the first two are reasonably inexpensive.
There are also better zooms like the AF 35-70mm f/2.8D, 28-70mm f/2.8D ED IF AF-S, AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED.
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#4. "RE: Which primes?" | In response to Reply # 2Sun 10-Feb-13 12:16 PM
My budget for each lens is usually around ~ $400 used. But I am not opposed to waiting a little longer and double that if had to for something really worth it.I have had very good luck so far through KEH and want to buy used at this point with the low prices for analog photog,
I have seen some very nice 85 mm on KEH, I also saw an excellent 35-85mm (I believe) that is 2.8 through 85 for around $350 - Nikkor.
I am not opposed to a higher end zoom, just thinking the image quality would be better with primes - at the cost of convenience.
#5. "RE: Which primes?" | In response to Reply # 4blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Sun 10-Feb-13 12:59 PM | edited Sun 10-Feb-13 02:25 PM by blw
You were probably looking at the 35-70/f2.8 AFD, which is indeed about $350-$400 these days.
Back in the 90s, this was THE photojournalist lens - if you were a journalist shooting Nikon, this was probably your lens. You've seen MANY shots made by pros with this lens.
> just thinking the image quality would be better with primes
On an absolute basis, perhaps. Having used the 35-70/f2.8 and quite a few other zooms, the image quality is very high. It is often possible to do slightly better with a prime, especially a macro, but if you do your part with a modern(ish) zoom, nobody will be asking why you didn't use a sharper lens.
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#7. "RE: Which primes?" | In response to Reply # 5Sun 10-Feb-13 02:31 PM
I came very close to buying that lens..still may do so.
Not sure the difference in clarity between a lens like that and a prime lens is worth the inconvenience of swapping lenses - I am not a pro nor would my work be judged that way.
#9. "RE: Which primes?" | In response to Reply # 7
#10. "RE: Which primes?" | In response to Reply # 9Sun 10-Feb-13 04:46 PM | edited Sun 10-Feb-13 04:51 PM by rtcollinsjr
Great image For what I need this for, that would do just fine. I typically have a need to capture a moment quickly, I do not usually spend a lot of time setting up for a shot - at this point - so a zoom is very practical.
I think with the comments posted here and the example you have provided, I may be inclined to go with a higher quality zoom such as the 35-70.
Thanks for your help, it is appreciated.
#6. "RE: Which primes?" | In response to Reply # 0
In the days of film I regularly used to carry a FM2 and a bag of primes as my favourite kit. These lenses were:
Nikkor 28mm f2.8 AIS
Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AIS
Nikkor 105mm f2.5 AIS
Nikkor 200mm f4 AIS
These I felt were ideal for the sort of images I was shooting. You could do worse that pick something similar of todays lenses to go with your D4. I am looking to do the same to go with my D2Xs (slowly mind...)
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