thanks for the advices that u guys have given me.. deep
bbb virus in me..
hmmm.. I also wish I am able to adopt the all prime lenses route
but it will burn holes deeper than what my pocket can go..
especially telephoto primes.. lol..
so for now my plans will be 11-16, 17-50, 55-300.. anyone here can
opinions on the set up I'm having?
Notsoclever and quizsilver, see you guys tml morning!
This is the alternative to having a zoom lens that covers 35 to 85mm... But notice that you'll never enjoy any f/1.8 from the zooms... Hence your DOF on zooms can never be as thin as the f/1.8 primes (aperture size can never be as large)... And during low lights - you'll suffer without boosting your ISO to unforgiveable noisy levels IF you need to shoot handheld... DOF is related to aperture size... the bigger the aperture, the thinner your DOF can be... How creamy your bokeh (background blurr), would depend on the design/construction of the lens. Number of blades, whether curved or straight, also affects bokeh quality.
Oops... you mentioned how much... haha missed that one
Brand new 35mm f/1.8 (strictly DX lens) is about 320.... 85mm is about 400 to 500 (maybe less?)... Of the 3, 85mm and 50mm is a D model (with aperture ring)... 35mm is a AF-S model... (no aperture ring)
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50 was the first prime I bought. $130 2nd hand and in good condition. Seller was upgrading to 1.4 version.
85 was $450 2nd hand.
as kriegs said, it's about the focal length and the perspective you get from having to stand a certain distance away.
35 is my light, 'party' lens. I pair w my SB400 for a really light walk-around setup to take fun shots of friends/family at the table.
50 I use less because it's an in-between focal length.
85 is nice for outdoor portraits, where you have a bit more space.
The limitations of primes versus zooms... if you're stuck in one small area (without the room to move back and forth)... if you only have one prime with you - you are dead and have to live with perspective that prime gives you... But seldom we are in that situation, hence... we use our legs to zoom...
However, the beauty of the primes is that they are cheap and affordable (at least the above mentioned ones) and they are best with thin DOF - no zoom can beat that! And why a number prefer primes over zooms in this aspect... But it depends on personal needs really... For photojournalists, they may prefer 17-55 / 24-70mm f/2.8 (not the best DOF but better than nothing and anything with smaller apertures). f/2.8 still gives quality bokeh (provided the lens can be used wide open - sharp enough). In some situations, photojournalists may not have the luxury of time to switch lenses - hence they prefer versatility of zooms over primes... Imaging you're in a war zone, conflict area, protests, you need to watch out for your own safety.. do you think you have to the time to switch lenses??
Not just the above situations, in weddings, birthday parties, big events, with a lot going-ons, people all around you... If you want the best candid moments at any given time and spot, quality f/2.8 zoom is what most would go for... unless you can jump over people and hop over tables to get the focal distance you want... lol!
Really, boils down to your style of shooting...
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i like nice nice bokeh too.. always envied those whose pics have nice bokehs.. now finally own a D90 can try out...
no. of blades, curved or straight is dependent on the properties of the lens? how come a 50mm at $190 is cheaper than 35 and 85mm? btw, all the prices u listed above are nikkon lens rite? does sigma have these kinds of prime lens too?