View Poll Results: Which options should I choose ?

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  • No need to buy and sell anything

    7 33.33%
  • Sell D90 + kit lens. Buy new lens : 24-70 f/2.8

    5 23.81%
  • Sell D90 + kit lens. Buy new lenses 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8

    4 19.05%
  • Sell 85mm f/1.4. Buy new lens : 24-70 f/2.8

    3 14.29%
  • Sell 85mm f/1.4. Buy new lenses : 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8

    2 9.52%
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Thread: Need help of choosing gears

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    Smile Need help of choosing gears

    Hi Bros & Sists, I need help to decide of choosing my gears . At this moment I already have :
    - D90 + kit lens
    - D700 + 85mm f/1.4
    Only those 4 items.

    Which lenses should I keep for portrait/fashion photography ?
    <Although my main interest is for portrait or fashion, of course I bought SLR not only for single purpose>

    I am not happy with my current gears because :
    - with D90, I can't do night portrait well. <I think maybe I still need D90 for candid or travelling or as backup camera for event shoot in case of D700 spoil>
    - with D700, it is fixed in one focal length, a bit boring.
    And I am not able to buy everything.

    So here are the options :

    1. No need to buy and sell anything
    2. Sell D90 + kit lens. Buy new lens : 24-70 f/2.8
    3. Sell D90 + kit lens. Buy new lenses 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8
    4. Sell 85mm f/1.4. Buy new lens : 24-70 f/2.8
    5. Sell 85mm f/1.4. Buy new lenses : 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8

    Need good advice here.

    Thanks for reading
    Last edited by jeff7id; 13th September 2009 at 06:50 AM. Reason: add comment why I think I need D90
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    Default Re: Need help of choosing gears

    I think using the zoom is more boring than the 85mm f1.4. So don't buy or sell

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    Why not sell D90 + Kit lens...

    Buy 80-200 f2.8 AF-D + 35 f2.0.

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    hmm u don't actually have to sell anything other than ur kit lens.
    u can put ur 85mm to ur D90 and sell ur kit lens for a 24-70.

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    Why have a D90 when you have a D700? Having a crop sensor and a FF means you have to maintain lenses for both sensor formats and not very interchangable?

    Just sell your D90+kit and sell your DX lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surrephoto View Post
    Why not sell D90 + Kit lens...

    Buy 80-200 f2.8 AF-D + 35 f2.0.
    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Why have a D90 when you have a D700? Having a crop sensor and a FF means you have to maintain lenses for both sensor formats and not very interchangable?

    Just sell your D90+kit and sell your DX lenses.
    Although my main interest is for portrait or fashion, of course I bought SLR not only for single purpose.
    Hmm I think maybe I still need D90 for candid or travelling or as backup camera for event shoot in case of D700 spoil. Usually event photographers always bring 2 SLR bodies right ?

    Last edited by jeff7id; 13th September 2009 at 06:51 AM. Reason: add comment why I think I need D90
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    sell the d90 and get more len...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    Although my main interest is for portrait or fashion, of course I bought SLR not only for single purpose.
    Hmm I think maybe I still need D90 for candid or travelling or as backup camera for event shoot in case of D700 spoil. Usually event photographers always bring 2 SLR bodies right ?

    Now you present another consideration which is event photography...

    Now you must consider how important the 85 1.4 AF-D is to you, or else the 24-70 f2.8 will be a good choice as always.

    Can live with 85 1.8?

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    Keep the D700 + 85 1.4.

    No nid to get 24-70. Since u have D90. Get a good copy of 2nd hand 17-55 2.8 AFS.

    If with tis combination. u still cant shoot a good portrait.. then u only can blame urself. not the tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surrephoto View Post
    Now you present another consideration which is event photography...

    Now you must consider how important the 85 1.4 AF-D is to you, or else the 24-70 f2.8 will be a good choice as always.

    Can live with 85 1.8?
    Sorry for adding another consideration. Although my main interest is portrait, it will be boring if I only shoot portrait. Occasionally, shoot other things, as example event.

    I just thinking. When I joined group shoot, I was chained with fix length of the lens. There were many photographers. Frequently I couldn't move backward or forward as I want. So I couldn't get my best composition.

    I have never used 85mm f/1.8. But photozone says it is a good lens and sharper than 85 1.4

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    Quote Originally Posted by acerpic View Post
    Keep the D700 + 85 1.4.

    No nid to get 24-70. Since u have D90. Get a good copy of 2nd hand 17-55 2.8 AFS.

    If with tis combination. u still cant shoot a good portrait.. then u only can blame urself. not the tools.
    I don't like to buy 17-55 f/2.8, it is DX lens, and I have plan to migrate to FX.
    The reason I keep my D90 just because I need a backup camera.

    24-70 f/2.8 from Tamron/Sigma/Tokina is not too bad right ?
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    Default Re: Need help of choosing gears

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    Although my main interest is for portrait or fashion, of course I bought SLR not only for single purpose.
    Hmm I think maybe I still need D90 for candid or travelling or as backup camera for event shoot in case of D700 spoil. Usually event photographers always bring 2 SLR bodies right ?

    Yes, professional photog usually have 2 bodies to save on time to change lenses. and use as backup. But they usually have 2 bodies of the same sensor type, making lens sharing possible. Have a cropped and a FF do not make that much sense. You are just going to pile up lenses from both FF and DX and have so much overlap that when you do go out with 2 bodies, your bag will be super heavy and your dry cab at home super full. And knowing how much lenses run, you might as we go 2 FF bodies. I think you will save more that way.
    Last edited by daredevil123; 13th September 2009 at 08:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Yes, professional photog usually have 2 bodies to save on time to change lenses. and use as backup. But they usually have 2 bodies of the same sensor type, making lens sharing possible. Have a cropped and a FF do not make that much sense. You are just going to pile up lenses from both FF and DX and have so much overlap that when you do go out with 2 bodies, your bag will be super heavy and your dry cab at home super full. And knowing how much lenses run, you might as we go 2 FF bodies. I think you will save more that way.
    That's true. No need to keep the DX lenses.
    That's why I slowly offload my DX lenses. I mean to sell with reasonable price. Not selling too cheap to a merchant.
    And save DX body and kit lens for the last.

    No professional photog use D700 (FX) and D90 (DX) together ?
    Or D3 (FX) and D300 (DX) together ?
    Hmm
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    dude.

    there is no FIXED combination that professional shooters have.

    I have seen people with D3 and D90. I have seen people with D300 and D90. I have seen people with D700 and D90. I have seen people with D3 and D700. i Have even seen before 2 x D3 and 1 x 1DsIII (he must be doing very very well in his wedding assignments). THey ALL HAVE DIFFERENT LENS MOUNTED TO THEIR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY BODIES.

    Point is simple. use lens that covers your range that you MOST OFTEN USE. If you are at a situation that requires closeups and tele, you put a close range lens and a tele lens on each of the bodies. which one goes where, depends which is the primary range you are using. Even when during events they only require close range, they will have a prime on the secondary body, juz for a change of style as and whenever they see fit.

    If you need to ask such questions of what lens to use, of what lens to go where, this and that, you are in a serious need for EXPERIENCE. go out and shoot more.

    and the next time you see a professional shooter, dont juz check out what gear he is using just to oogle at his gear. THINK about the reason why he needs that type of lens on their bodies. and the situation he is in. and piece this 2 info together. you might understand more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luntut View Post
    dude.

    there is no FIXED combination that professional shooters have.

    I have seen people with D3 and D90. I have seen people with D300 and D90. I have seen people with D700 and D90. I have seen people with D3 and D700. i Have even seen before 2 x D3 and 1 x 1DsIII (he must be doing very very well in his wedding assignments). THey ALL HAVE DIFFERENT LENS MOUNTED TO THEIR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY BODIES.

    Point is simple. use lens that covers your range that you MOST OFTEN USE. If you are at a situation that requires closeups and tele, you put a close range lens and a tele lens on each of the bodies. which one goes where, depends which is the primary range you are using. Even when during events they only require close range, they will have a prime on the secondary body, juz for a change of style as and whenever they see fit.

    If you need to ask such questions of what lens to use, of what lens to go where, this and that, you are in a serious need for EXPERIENCE. go out and shoot more.

    and the next time you see a professional shooter, dont juz check out what gear he is using just to oogle at his gear. THINK about the reason why he needs that type of lens on their bodies. and the situation he is in. and piece this 2 info together. you might understand more.
    Ooh you can read my mind.
    That is the classic thing I have done previously. If saw a pro photographer stood near me. I just checked what cameras and lenses that he/she used, and tried to follow his/her gears. Without thinking further about the reason and situation.

    <shy>
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    Looks like nobody recommends me to sell 85mm f/1.4.
    Hmm, looks like it is indispensable lens.
    Isn't it ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    Looks like nobody recommends me to sell 85mm f/1.4.
    Hmm, looks like it is indispensable lens.
    Isn't it ?
    Because it is one of the best marvellous lens produced by Nikon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cartman2000 View Post
    Because it is one of the best marvellous lens produced by Nikon
    What are the others ?

    I think Nikon best lenses are zoom lens right ?
    The trinity lens :
    14-24 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cartman2000 View Post
    Because it is one of the best marvellous lens produced by Nikon


    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    What are the others ?

    I think Nikon best lenses are zoom lens right ?
    The trinity lens :
    14-24 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8
    Cartman's reply was pun intended...

    But indeed the legendary lenses of Nikon seem to be mostly zoom lenses. 85 mm f1.4 is a powerful prime lens desired by many portraiture shooter thus certainly we would not encourage you to sell it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    Looks like nobody recommends me to sell 85mm f/1.4.
    Hmm, looks like it is indispensable lens.
    Isn't it ?
    i will never get this lens, unless i got $$$ to spare. cos its not my style of shooting. Yet. so what its a cream machine.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    Ooh you can read my mind.
    That is the classic thing I have done previously. If saw a pro photographer stood near me. I just checked what cameras and lenses that he/she used, and tried to follow his/her gears. Without thinking further about the reason and situation.

    <shy>
    so now you know what you are missing out on doing. you can probably try to think further into the situation, then juz the gears around his neck and shoulders. everyone can match gear, not everyone can match skills and experience.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    What are the others ?

    I think Nikon best lenses are zoom lens right ?
    The trinity lens :
    14-24 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8
    you are in the equipment chase. there is nothing more obvious then this.

    go get the above 3 lens, and you are set for a complete range of fast lenses. maybe a 200-400 f/4. get nothing less. cos nothing else will suffice for an equipment junkie like you.
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