Sun 06-Jan-13 01:31 AM | edited Sun 06-Jan-13 03:27 AM by TnkrBell313
I recently bought a Nikon D7000. I am a novice who loves to take photos of my daughter's dance team and my garden, etc. I now want to really learn more than just to use my camera as a point and shoot (which I had been doing the last couple years.)
I upgraded cameras to hopefully get some great shots of my daughter's last year on her high school dance team, and use my Tamron 70-200 lens and it's working out great. I'm still learning about ISO, shutter speeds, and aperture, and want to learn more.
We are going to the Mall of America soon and I am thinking about bringing a smaller lens than the Tamron because I don't want to lug it around all weekend, and will hopefully be able to get closer to the action, so I won't need it.
Do you have any recommendations for me? Of course there will not be much light in the middle of the mall. What about the 50mm F1.8? or 1.4?
Any other ideas for a lens that would be great to take on trips and travel?
OK Steve, since I am new to the terms and new to all this photography jargon, (and I want to learn all of this, so be patient with me!) please explain what the DX body is compared to the FX body. What does that mean?
Sun 06-Jan-13 03:40 PM | edited Sun 06-Jan-13 05:40 PM by Steve6344
It has to do with the size of the sensor. The D7000 which is a DX body has a smaller sensor than a full frame camera such as the D600/D700/D800. If a 35mm lens is used on the D7000 it will have an apparent field of view of 50mm. If the same lens is used on a D800, for example, it's field of view will be 35mm. When you are considering lens to buy the field of view assumes it will be used on an FX body. If you are going to use it on a d7000 you should multiply by a factor of 1.5. So the tamron 70-200 is really like a 105-300 on the d7000
Just to add, the 50/1.4 Nikon or Sigma variant is a great option, but remember, wide-open at 1.4, the depth of field is very shallow. So for instance, in a close-up portrait, the eyes might be in focus, but the nose and ears won't be. This is a great effect, but just know that there is always a trade off when shooting at large apertures.
The original Tamron 17-50/2.8 is a phenomenal lens (the one without the built-in motor). I've had mine since 2007, and it works like a charm on the D7000.
It may make more sense than a single focal length (30 or 50) at this stage.