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    Red face Is lens with fixed aperture better?

    I'm looking for lens upgrade. After surfing the Nikon Website, I realised that the lens with fix aperture is more costly. is it better? will it affect night shoots?

    pls advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dctk78 View Post
    I'm looking for lens upgrade. After surfing the Nikon Website, I realised that the lens with fix aperture is more costly. is it better? will it affect night shoots?

    pls advise.
    erm....a fixed aperture lens is definitely better. The question is, do you really need a fixed fast aperture badly enough to justify the price?

    and as for night shoots, if your doing stuff like portraiture it will (but a fast lens is good for portraiture during the day anyway). If your doing landscape photography at night (where you'll probably be using a tripod and long exposure anyway) a fast, fixed aperture lens is pretty much redundant

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    Just look at the price tag you will notice the different for lens with zoom and fix aperture.

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    Another benefit of constant aperture is that zooming does not affect exposure, which is good when shooting in series.
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    any recommendations for upgrade of lens? 24-70 f2.8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dctk78 View Post
    any recommendations for upgrade of lens? 24-70 f2.8?
    What body are you using? If you are using FF, it is definitely a must have lens
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    i don't think so it's 2.8 fixed aperture at 2.8, is not much low light can be help your photo become without blur.
    when u taken photo at night time still need apply flash light.

    if aperture 1.8 or 1.4 maybe yes without flash light still can taken but also depend indoor or outdoor.
    some time in indoor shoots also blur. depend your lighting is more bright or not.

    f2.8 is when u zoom in and far distance still have 2.8 for little bokeh background.

    that's i knew.

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    Know anywhere, place or shop offer lens to test on? especially when we want to upgrade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dctk78 View Post
    Know anywhere, place or shop offer lens to test on? especially when we want to upgrade?
    can go to Nikon Show Room.
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    tell the counter you want to test lens then they'll ask someone to come and serve you...quite troublesome actually

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    fix aperture definitely better... no need worry about exposure esp if you're on manual.. but fix aperture the price also almost always "better"
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    Guys... It's not a "fixed" aperture, it's a constant minimum apersure. It's not "fixed" at f/2.8 or f/1.8, etc etc. Please understand the difference between "fixed" and "maximum constant"

    Quote Originally Posted by dctk78 View Post
    I'm looking for lens upgrade. After surfing the Nikon Website, I realised that the lens with fix aperture is more costly. is it better? will it affect night shoots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daedalus Trent View Post
    erm....a fixed aperture lens is definitely better. The question is, do you really need a fixed fast aperture badly enough to justify the price?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jagger View Post
    Just look at the price tag you will notice the different for lens with zoom and fix aperture.
    Quote Originally Posted by rain5533 View Post
    i don't think so it's 2.8 fixed aperture at 2.8, is not much low light can be help your photo become without blur.
    Quote Originally Posted by Akatsuki View Post
    fix aperture definitely better... no need worry about exposure esp if you're on manual.. but fix aperture the price also almost always "better"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Guys... It's not a "fixed" aperture, it's a constant minimum apersure. It's not "fixed" at f/2.8 or f/1.8, etc etc. Please understand the difference between "fixed" and "maximum constant"
    opps, you're right! Wrong term! thanks for pointing it out
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    Default Re: Is lens with fixed aperture better?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Guys... It's not a "fixed" aperture, it's a constant minimum apersure. It's not "fixed" at f/2.8 or f/1.8, etc etc. Please understand the difference between "fixed" and "maximum constant"
    shouldn't be constant maximum aperture instead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    shouldn't be constant maximum aperture instead?
    Yeah,
    Only fixed aperture lenses I know of are mirror lenses. Hehe.

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    dctk78 constant aperture zooms are generally the better made and more expensive professional glasses. Do go to the Nikon show room ( or even the other shops ) and try out to see if it is wat u need.

    Quote Originally Posted by agws1970 View Post
    Yeah,
    Only fixed aperture lenses I know of are mirror lenses. Hehe.
    And some of the exotic nikon ultrawide fisheyes

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    Is it better to get 3rd party lens?
    other den price tag, features? functions? capabilities?

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    Default Re: Is lens with fixed aperture better?

    Quote Originally Posted by dctk78 View Post
    Is it better to get 3rd party lens?
    other den price tag, features? functions? capabilities?
    Depends. Some are great. Some suck. Best to read reviews or test them on your own.
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