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    I have an 18-200vr nikon lens.I am thinking of buying a 17-55mmf2.8.Can anybody advise me whether should i buy.

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    Default Re: 17-55mmF2.8 Nikon

    are you happy with your 18-200

    if not, why?

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    Default Re: 17-55mmF2.8 Nikon

    Thanks for the reply.I am happy with the 18-200.Just that is it better for the 17-55 for low light condition?And besides,is the 17mm & 18 mm makes a lot of difference?

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    it depends on how and what you like to shoot.

    the 18-200 is a all-in-one lens

    the 17-55 f2.8 would IMHO give a better image,
    but you need to get out of the f2.8 trap
    and learn how to use it well

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    Why don't you get a prime lens for the large aperture instead? Depending on what focal length you usually use for low light (or whatever reasons you want a large aperture for), just get that prime with the focal length!

    For me, i get myself a 50 f1.8 for low light to complement my 18-70 and 55-200.
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    Explain what you mean by "f2.8 trap"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkbonz View Post
    Why don't you get a prime lens for the large aperture instead? Depending on what focal length you usually use for low light (or whatever reasons you want a large aperture for), just get that prime with the focal length!

    For me, i get myself a 50 f1.8 for low light to complement my 18-70 and 55-200.
    Thanks for the reply.Will consider the 50 f1.8.

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    That's a good choice. When you go to the shop, try both the 1.4 and 1.8 version, then compare.
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    Default Re: 17-55mmF2.8 Nikon

    85 1.4 also can la.

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    Quote Originally Posted by munkey View Post
    Explain what you mean by "f2.8 trap"?
    usually once you get a f2.8 lens
    most of your shots will be at f2.8

    but later you will realise that you should be shooting at f5.6 or f8

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    If you're happy then you don't need another lens.

    MmmMm. Speak words of wisdom Master Ortega does. Stopdown the aperture you should. Shooting wide-open always a quick path to the dark side it is

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    Why is that so? cos the 2.8 is not sharp enough when wide open?
    I have a 28-75 2.8 tamron.. and 2.8 is just alright.. usually shoot at 4.
    But indoors no choice. is that a fair enough argument? please explain more! thanks )
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    Default Re: 17-55mmF2.8 Nikon

    because all lenses are better stopped down
    and at f2.8 the DOF is shallow

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    because all lenses are better stopped down
    and at f2.8 the DOF is shallow
    But, that also depends on what focal range & how wide or tele the lens is being use right?

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    Default Re: 17-55mmF2.8 Nikon

    shallower than f8 or f16

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    Quote Originally Posted by alf626 View Post
    I have an 18-200vr nikon lens.I am thinking of buying a 17-55mmf2.8.Can anybody advise me whether should i buy.
    For me, these 2 lens are for different usage.

    17-55 2.8 is meant for professional usage with better contrast, colours and sharpness etc.. You will not be using it at 2.8 most of the time due to shallow DOF unless it is what you want to acheive. Pricewise it is double the 18-200 vr. You may need this lens if you are into actual day wedding photography or sort of... where the IQ speaks of the photog and the vr can't compensate the extra stops of light due to the subject movement.

    If you want shallow DOF, nice bokeh for portriats, better low light capabilities and of course the subject permits the time of changing lens, primes like 50 1.8 will be a better choice at much cheaper price.

    Hope it helps.......

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    Thanks for the feedback and suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtunlinn View Post
    For me, these 2 lens are for different usage.

    17-55 2.8 is meant for professional usage with better contrast, colours and sharpness etc.. You will not be using it at 2.8 most of the time due to shallow DOF unless it is what you want to acheive. Pricewise it is double the 18-200 vr. You may need this lens if you are into actual day wedding photography or sort of... where the IQ speaks of the photog and the vr can't compensate the extra stops of light due to the subject movement.

    If you want shallow DOF, nice bokeh for portriats, better low light capabilities and of course the subject permits the time of changing lens, primes like 50 1.8 will be a better choice at much cheaper price.

    Hope it helps.......
    Thanks for the feedback and suggestion.I am still new into photography and still alot to learn.

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    Master Ortega.. as they call you.

    If you were to be shooting at f16 , are the pictures not comparable to a normal P&S camera when used outdoors with optimal sunlight? Isnt the intention of using the nice lenses for the BIG apertures to create the nice creamy bokeh.. Why f16?
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    Quote Originally Posted by munkey View Post
    Master Ortega.. as they call you.

    If you were to be shooting at f16 , are the pictures not comparable to a normal P&S camera when used outdoors with optimal sunlight? Isnt the intention of using the nice lenses for the BIG apertures to create the nice creamy bokeh.. Why f16?
    cuz it's sharp?

    but probably not f16.

    f8.

    diffraction is an issue with APS-C at f16.

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