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trying to build a lens "quiver" ....need help in choosing..


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rhythmz13 Basic Member
Tue 21-Aug-01 11:19 AM

Hello again all. I'm having a tremendously hard time deciding which lens is best for both value (price) and what I'm trying to accomplish. Right now I use a Tamron 28-200 XR, which I use with my N80 as a good "all around, roaming through NYC" setup. however the other day I was trying to take a really neat shot in Penn Station vertically, where the background, which is basically an 8 story glass structure, is in focus but the clock, hanging from the ceiling, only about 12 feet in the air, is out of focus. The problem I encountered, is that at F3.8 (the largest the XR goes to) I couldn't get the appropriate depth of field I needed to blur the clock (even though with me standing the clock was only 5 or 6 feet away and the "tunnel" ceiling is like 80 feet!! So I realized at exactly that moment that I needed a lens with a much larger aperture so I could get that great "feel" in shots where you want to blur everything except the subject. So anyhow, the choices are plentiful and EXPENSIVE. Basically I want a 50mm but can't decided if I should get a 1.4 or a 1.8. Second, Instead of paying for an 85 1.8, could I get something in the same price range in 28-70 or 35-70 that is still fast - like an F2 or something. I would love your feedback. Additionally, If you happen to be selling a lens which would suit my purposes please let me know, feel free to email

thanks again guys.