Today I received a nice, used 300mm f/4 af-s...(and waiting for my TC-14e to arrive Thursday...) being a happy man i mention this to my wife who summarily states "you have a closet full of stuff...is this getting out of hand..
Giving this some further thought...i find myself with: Nikkor 18-55 3.5-5.6 Nikkor 28 2.8 AI Nikkor 28-200 3.5-5.6 D Nikkor 28-70 3.5-5.6 (2nd gen) Nikkor 55 3.5 Micro with ext tube Nikkor 70-300 3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor 300mm 4.5 AI Nikkor 300mm f/4 AF-S Sigma 28-70 2.8 Tokina 2x MC Nikkor TC-14e
Some of this glass was sourced from some estate sale/eBay re-selling I did over the past few years...in 2011 I hit some mother lode equipment and made enough to pay for 60% of what I have today. Some items I kept because I was already ahead of the game...
I find myself doing mostly landscape, birding and flora, and want to try some industrial subjects.
I have a D200, D50 and F3 HP (i may sell the latter..)
So now I am thinking what to keep. My thought is to sell the 28, 28-200, and the 300 AI. The D50 is my "beater" camera for daily abuse. The Sigma produces nice jpeg pictures out of the D50, so I am thinking of keeping that.
The 28-70 woyld be my "ready to go" on the D200. And the rest for special use. I really need to get a decent wide as I use the cheap kit lens (18-55) but it takes nice shots...or at least it did when I went to Death Valley last Fall..But maybe I should sell that too and use all those proceeds for a decent wide (can be manual focus..)
Appreciate any PoV....and of course I didn't tell the wife about the new Markins ball head....jeesh...
Might be easier to explain to your wife that this is nowhere out of hand, versus selling a few lenses?
That being said, I'd keep the following:
Nikkor 18-55 3.5-5.6 - this is your only wide lens. Nikkor 28 2.8 AI - very good small and light prime. Nikkor 55 3.5 Micro with ext tube - ditto on the small and light, and a macro. Nikkor 70-300 3.5-5.6 VR - great telephoto zoom. Nikkor 300mm 4.5 AI - sometimes you won't want the weight of the AF-S, and good with ext tubes. Nikkor 300mm f/4 AF-S Nikkor TC-14e
>Today I received a nice, used 300mm f/4 af-s...(and waiting >for my TC-14e to arrive Thursday...) being a happy man i >mention this to my wife who summarily states "you have a >closet full of stuff...is this getting out of hand..
there was some talk last summer from some Connecticut folk in gathering together, but nothing materialized.
Milford Photo has a lot of meetups - they sponsor via meetups.com or via their website. I went to one of them, well worth the time. They are good people but I have yet to buy any big ticket items - they have limited inventory at times and don't have any used equipment like Camera Wholesalers in Stamford.
Sell enough to get yourself a new camera to go with
OK, all jesting aside, I have a master plan of lenses I am considering for my long term goal and a master plan of cameras. I have used this technique for several years now. I absolutely do change my goals, all the time, but at least it's in the context of looking at my overall plan.
Anyhow, in your shoes I'd be tempted to really clean house, perhaps turfing the MF gear, and add a D7100/D7000/ or just reading your wishlist... An FX camera.
I do use that selling technique with "management", so at least I can claim "hey I sold TWO cameras and a lens last year to help finance this ________ insert latest purchase here".
Steve, You must have read my mind.. I have made an executive decision to do some house cleaning, including the Med Format...hard decision....but after making some recent purchases, my sense is that the time has come to "focus" on the photography I'll be spending most time doing...so i am going to unload all my film eqpt in addition to several lenses....
And yes, it will help in dealing with the management....
<<I do use that selling technique with "management", so at least I can claim "hey I sold TWO cameras and a lens last year to help finance this ________ insert latest purchase here".>>
That strikes an accord Steve, both in the reasoning and the fact I've called my better half "management" for all of our 40 years together. Secretly, I suspect she sees right through me, sighs and just accepts it
Yes the 28 2.8. AIS is a great lens, as is the 24mm. However the 28 2.8 AI is not in the same class, it a different optical design sans CRC. It's not a bad lens, just not great...ie, not much contrast and not terribly sharp for landscape. It IS quite sharp for clos erange shots, i posted a picture of some shrub in th garden and was amazed how sharp it was handheld.