Daily Archives: August 12, 2009

Do Want A Lens


So, I kind of want to get a new camera lens. I had a reward scheme at work where every time that I would ask questions I would mark it down on a spreadsheet. I told myself that once I reached 100, I would get a new lens. Unfortunately, my computer decided to eat the spreadsheet and I didn’t want to have to explain to IT why I wanted the spreadsheet back, so I lost count. I’m pretty sure that I am way above 100 though. 🙂

Now the question is: what lens should I get? The current lens I have – the kit lens that came with the camera – has served me fairly well with my beginner photography skills. However, there are two things that I feel my lens is lacking: it’s not very good or fast in low light situations and it only zooms in so far.

For example:

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This is probably the coolest blurry photo I’ve taken as it’s partially in focus, but most of them look like this:

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My sister holding her birthday cake – look at all the noise from the high ISO. The scary thing is that the window behind me was letting in a fair amount of evening light.

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This is the closest and best shot I got of the whale while whale watching in Vancouver Island. It’s okay when you crop the picture, but it might have been nicer to zoom in a bit closer. 🙂

So, I want something that does better in lower light situations and/or has better zoom capabilities. Oh yeah, it also had to fit on my camera and not break the bank. So, I looked at the website of the store where I bought my camera (as they have the best prices as far as I can tell) and these were the lenses I discovered that could be a possible match:

  1. Nikkor AF 50 mm F1.4D ($349.77): good for full length portraits, travel photography or any type of available light shooting.  High speed, light and compact.

  2. Nikkor AF-S 50 mm F1.4G ($521.47)- to quote Nikon: “Ideal for travel, event, environmental and general photography in a wide variety of conditions, with superb optical formula and an ultra-fast f/1.4 maximum aperture.”

    I’m not entirely sure what is the difference between the AF & AF-s other than silent auto focusing on the latter and a $100+ price difference.
  3. Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200mm f4-5.6G VR ($278.97) – the more telephoto-esque lens companion to my kit lens.

    The bad thing with this lens is it is not in stock, so I’d have to get it somewhere else.
  4. Nikkor AF-S 24-120 mm F3.5-5.6 VR ($615.87)- This is a more spiffed up version of my current lens with a wider range of focal lengths.

  5. Nikkor AF 85mm F1.8D ($449.93)- a more “zoomy” prime lens that would be better in darker situations that is apparently excellent for portraits. I don’t know if it would be too “zoomed in” or not.

    It unfortunately is also out of stock.

So, what do you think? Do any of you have any experience with these lenses or could give me advice on how I should choose an appropriate lens?

What is your favourite lens and/or what lens do you normally use?

Thank you for your help! 🙂

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