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    Hi
    I purchased 2 month ago a d70 with the kit lens 18-70mm

    I have a small budget for christmas to buy couple of lenses

    Now i know people ask me depends on what you want to want to shoot.

    Well i want to do portrait , macro and action sports

    1 -for action sports i figured 70-200 Sigma HSM F2.8 APO

    2- for macro i am hestitating
    between Tamron F2.8 DI 90mm and sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG macro

    3- for portrait maybe nikkor 85mm 1.8D or maybe i can use what ever
    macro lens i pick

    4 - one last maybe the nikkor 50mm 1.4d for general use. low light

    let me know what u think . recommendations

    thanks alot

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    1) 70-200VR
    2) 105 micro f/2.8
    3) 85 f/1.4
    4) 35 f/2

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    budget is around 1600$ USd

    i figured VR are excellent lenses. but way too much $$
    even 85mm 1.4 is over 1k$ by it self

    thanks

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    Your choice of lenses look fine to me..
    Never tried the sigma 105mm but the tamron 90mm is a good lens.
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    IMHO ...

    1. Agree, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 is a great performer for its price. Couple that with a 1.4X APO extender and you're set for sports. See if you can get it used for a cheaper price, you'll want to move to a 70-200 VR very soon, but for now, stay within your budget.

    2. For macro I agree with espn, can't beat the Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8.

    3. Portrait, get a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D. On your camera it's 75mm, which is close to the traditional portrait focal length of 85mm. And from some reports it outperforms the f/1.4D.

    4. For day-to-day stuff, you can't go wrong with your kit lens, together with the 50mm f/1.8D.

    And this all should fit nicely in your budget ... with change left over for other acquisitions like an SB800, good macro tripod, Markins ballhead ...

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    already got the sb-1800 and manfetto tripod.

    is the 5mm 1.4d too short for portrait. ot better off with the 1.8d

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouloss
    already got the sb-1800 and manfetto tripod.

    is the 5mm 1.4d too short for portrait. ot better off with the 1.8d
    u mean 50mm ? Since you have a 18-70 lens.. why don't you adjust the focal length to 50mm and see if it fits your needs nicely for portrait shots ?
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    the 50mm is for low light conditions
    and with 1.8 or 1.4 apreture i get better bokeh no ? ( compared to the lens kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouloss
    already got the sb-1800 and manfetto tripod.

    is the 5mm 1.4d too short for portrait. ot better off with the 1.8d
    Hmm, SB-1800 very new, not available around these parts yet

    And 5mm definitely too short for portrait

    Just kidding ... the 50mm is fine for portraits, and is sharp to boot. If too short, then you either use the long end of your 18-70 or short end of the 70-200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericp
    IMHO ...

    3. Portrait, get a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D. On your camera it's 75mm, which is close to the traditional portrait focal length of 85mm. And from some reports it outperforms the f/1.4D.

    like to correct this....u get a field of view of 75mm...

    50mm on digital does not give u a focal lenght of 75mm.....properties of lens (including distortion etc) remain at tt of 50mm...

    cheers..

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    That's a good point, Witness, but as the field of view is cropped, I thought that the inherent distortions don't really come into play anymore ? From what I've read, most of the distortions actually occur as you move out to the edges and corners, and if you crop 66% out of the middle, you miss the worst of it.

    Actually, there's a practical reason to use a 50mm rather than 85mm ... in a small studio, you may only be able to get a head shot with the longer focal length, while the 50mm should give you 1/2 body.

    And another practical reason to get the 50mm f/1.8D is cost ... less than US$100.

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    i understand wat u are saying.. but no.... distortions stay the same...

    u image taking on film...then croppin on photoshop....nuttin actually changes...
    if i am not mistaken..

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    One last question maybe

    Whats the best lens to take portrait shots
    between these 3 macro lenses

    Sigma 105mm 2.8 Ex dG
    Tamron 90mm 2.8 DI
    Nikon 60mm 2.8 D

    i was really considering the sigma . is it too long for portrait ( 155mm )
    on a nikon D70 ?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witness
    i understand wat u are saying.. but no.... distortions stay the same...

    u image taking on film...then croppin on photoshop....nuttin actually changes...
    if i am not mistaken..
    Persepective does not change if you use the same lens, same distance, same shot, you will only have lesser angle of view on a 1.5x crop. But perspective changes ...... if you move further to take with a 50mm on a 1.5x to achieve the effect of a 50mm on a 35mm, you are essentially cropping the whole picture and concentrating on the centre portion, the distortions on the same subject will be lesser.

    For example, if you use a 50mm primes lens on a head shot using a 35mm body, being so near, chances are you will have distortion (slight) on the face, especially the pertruding portion, namely the nose.

    However, using the same 50mm primes lens on a head shot using a APS-C sensor, you will have to stand further away to take the picture, thus the perspective changes a bit.
    Last edited by blurblock; 12th November 2004 at 11:58 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blurblock
    Persepective does not change if you use the same lens, same distance, same shot, you will only have lesser angle of view on a 1.5x crop. But perspective changes ...... if you move further to take with a 50mm on a 1.5x to achieve the effect of a 50mm on a 35mm, you are essentially cropping the whole picture and concentrating on the centre portion, the distortions on the same subject will be lesser.

    For example, if you use a 50mm primes lens on a head shot using a 35mm body, being so near, chances are you will have distortion (slight) on the face, especially the pertruding portion, namely the nose.

    However, using the same 50mm primes lens on a head shot using a APS-C sensor, you will have to stand further away to take the picture, thus the perspective changes a bit.
    Thanks blurblock That's what I thought but couldn't confirm before. Using a 50mm f1.7 lens, quite happy with its low light (indoor) performance and its size too.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouloss
    Hi
    I purchased 2 month ago a d70 with the kit lens 18-70mm

    I have a small budget for christmas to buy couple of lenses

    Now i know people ask me depends on what you want to want to shoot.

    Well i want to do portrait , macro and action sports

    1 -for action sports i figured 70-200 Sigma HSM F2.8 APO

    2- for macro i am hestitating
    between Tamron F2.8 DI 90mm and sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG macro

    3- for portrait maybe nikkor 85mm 1.8D or maybe i can use what ever
    macro lens i pick

    4 - one last maybe the nikkor 50mm 1.4d for general use. low light

    let me know what u think . recommendations

    thanks alot
    I recommend
    Macro/protrait : Tamron 90mm Macro
    sports : Nikon 70-200 VR

    They just fit your budget aren't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blurblock
    Persepective does not change if you use the same lens, same distance, same shot, you will only have lesser angle of view on a 1.5x crop. But perspective changes .......
    distortion dun change ...perspective change u mean..

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