Re: [photographic-techniques] Re: more on f/2.8 lenses...
- In a message dated 3/23/06 2:05:42 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Ok, yes, fast lenses are great. A fast lens doesn't always mean it's aSome good thoughts Dan and thanks for the plug.
> great lens though. Some 2.8 lenses are better than others and it has to
> do with the lens design and glass quality. More importantly, slower
> lenses aren't necessarily bad lenses either (e.g Nikon 28-105, 18-70, or
> others). If you are really in to the hobby get the best lenses you can
> afford, they really make a difference, but don't let anyone here or
> anywhere make you think that you can't great great shots if you don't have
> $1500 lenses attached to your camera. Personally, I have found that I
> have gotten rid of my slower lenses (I think my *slowest* lenses are 2.8
> now) because I really enjoy using natural light as much as possible, but I
> have also found ways to make it fit in my personal budget.
> Also, consider getting some prime (non-zoom) lenses. They can be really
> great bargains and even faster than the most expensive zoom lens. I shoot
> Nikon and my 50mm f/1.4 is on my camera a lot, even though it is a
> fraction of the cost of my 28-70 (or my future 17-55). The 50 1.8 is a
> superb bargain and you can usually find them used for around $75-80 bucks.
> The 85mm 1.8 can usually be found used for around $275 or so and it's
> about 1 1/3 stops faster and waaay cheaper than my 70-200 2.8. But they
> all have their uses and I wouldn't get rid of my zoom lenses either.
> There are so many different options out there and unless you have a big
> bankroll (or an understanding spouse in my case), it's nearly impossible
> to get everything you want. The trick is to get the most out of what you
> can afford.
> Also, sounds like you could use some lessons on the basics of photography.
> Believe it or not, your camera manual probably has some information about
> aperture and shutter speed and how it all goes together to make properly
> exposed images. Your library probably has some good books you can check
> out. The internet has TONS of information as well, including the great
> members of this group. And as Jerry probably would tell you, look in to
> joining a camera club in your area. :)
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