I'm looking forward to getting a faster glass and have narrowed it down to a few lens and would like to hear some feedback and advise from fellow csers. The primary use of this new lens must assist me ( ultimately i'm the one who screws or makes the shot) in capturing nice n memorable shots.
My previous lens are the 28-100 and 70-300 G lens by nikon. That said, they were good lens to start off my passion n my knowledge; but being slow, they were only relatively good in strong sunlight and their performance drops really fast when light starts to fade. (have seen and am very interested in taking nice nite shots)
Hence my short list of 3 lenses which seems to confound me at the moment.
Contender 1: Nikon 50mm/f.18
well, its cheap, fast and allows me to capture in almost all kinds of light. Not much negative feedback whereever i try to find. ( maybe its the cost-comparison effect)
Contendere 2: Sigma 30mm f/1.4
heard from fellow csers that this lens is superb, allows creamy bokeh, works even better in low light due to the apperature size but may suffer from the peeling ( acceptable cos I cant afford n find a 28mm f1/4 one by nikon) and some front focusing issue meaning choosing THE KEEPER lens is very critial.
Contender 3: Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens
Well,not really a prime but basically as an extension to my lens aresenal which is not an overlap. Also, it can be a 'better' walk-around lens.
My concerns are many and long but i'll list down the few major ones.
1. the huge price difference betwen the 50mm and 30mm primes.
2. build quality and durability of the prime itself.
is there extra care that these lens must b subject to compared to my previous G lenses? ( not that i abuse my g lenses )
3. how badly does the crop factor afffect my buying decision?
ie: should i be concerned about the equivalent 50mm and mm focal distance from the two primes?
4. How would this prime lens affect my future lens purchase decision?
5. resale value
I'm not particularly interested in resale primarily the 50mm is rather cheap and if i do get a keeper sigma 30mm, it'll be on my d70s body most of the time to help me take photos.
6. Comparing the walk-about ability between these 2 primes and the ultra wide angle tokina, which has a better walk-around ability? Also, would the wide angle suffer from more distortion, ca and other lens related issues compared to the primes?
7. filters...since there is a good chance the prime would be of a different size with my other lens ( current and future). Do I just standardized everything by purchasing a 77mm now and use step-up adaptors from now on?
Sorry for the long winded post.
Do feel free to give me some advise, and comments on the above and anything i've missed out.