Nikon 18-105mm or Tamron 18-270mm for D & D


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Hi bros,

I'll be shooting for my company Dinner and Dance soon. It'll be in a ballroom. Should i bring my Nikon 18-105mm or Tamron 18-270mm. Though both weight around the same weight but my kits lens focus much faster than the tamron but lacks the extra zoom that the tamron has.
 

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In ballroom, chances are you won't be needing that much tele. Flash more important I think. And since you yourself mention the Nikon focuses faster, go with that. The lighting conditions in the ballroom may make the focusing of the Tamron even worse.
 

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just grab ur 18-105 + ur nissin flash n u r good to go.
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More important is to check the location before, get yourself familiar with the activities planned and the pictures required. See where you can position yourself to get the best angle without disturbing others.
 

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unless the intention is to snap someone across the tables... then maybe reach is more impt... else the shorter zoom plus a flash+diffuser/bounce if there is low ceiling.
 

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If ceiling is high, you'll need to think about how to get enough light on your subjects, whilst avoiding the dreaded "deer in headlights" effect.
 

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thanks all for the tips. Guess i'll just bring my 18-105mmm + nissin622. 18-270mm doesn't produce pictures as "rich" in color as my kit lens. I've compare the picture quality. My kit len's picture looks better
 

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thanks all for the tips. Guess i'll just bring my 18-105mmm + nissin622. 18-270mm doesn't produce pictures as "rich" in color as my kit lens. I've compare the picture quality. My kit len's picture looks better
The influence of a lens to the colours can be neglected. A few clicks in any post-processing tool have more impact on the result.
 

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But i don't wish to do too much editing. a bit lazy to do it since it's a volunteer asignment. The colors taken by the tamron is a bit too "flat"
 

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But i don't wish to do too much editing. a bit lazy to do it since it's a volunteer asignment. The colors taken by the tamron is a bit too "flat"
Whatever job you do, free or paid or volunteered or whatever, you should strive to do your best. Just because it is a volunteer assignment, or you kena arrow to do, doesn't mean you should not take pride in your work.
 

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Whatever job you do, free or paid or volunteered or whatever, you should strive to do your best. Just because it is a volunteer assignment, or you kena arrow to do, doesn't mean you should not take pride in your work.
yeah... take it as free training :)



After all, you saw so many volunteer photographers at the recent YOG, carrying around their personal (and often expensive) camera gear.
 

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Go with your Nikon for the AF speed. Under dim lit conditions, AF will be even slower on your Tamron and in certain situations focus hunting may occur. Best to assess the site before the shoot and find out whats more suitable. Bring both lenses along and decide as and when you need to. :)
 

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But i don't wish to do too much editing. a bit lazy to do it since it's a volunteer asignment. The colors taken by the tamron is a bit too "flat"
Then set your in camera processing accordingly. Put some efforts in please. You might see it as only voluntarily and not worth much efforts, but others will look at you and expect certain results. If you can't shine with unpaid work why should they give you some paid job?
 

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But i don't wish to do too much editing. a bit lazy to do it since it's a volunteer asignment. The colors taken by the tamron is a bit too "flat"
IMHO Tamron does produce decent colours. I'ved use tamrons on my D700 for quite a while now, 17-35, 28-75 and 70-200 and I think they all produce decent colours out of the camera for me though. :)
 

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IMHO Tamron don't produce colours
Eh bro, type too fast. Anyway maybe it's their superzooms that don't perform well, but I think their other lenses produce rather nice colours, having read reviews and using the 17-50 myself.
 

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Eh bro, type too fast. Anyway maybe it's their superzooms that don't perform well, but I think their other lenses produce rather nice colours, having read reviews and using the 17-50 myself.
:bsmilie::embrass: Silly me, typo error. What I meant was "Tamron does produce decent colours". Only thing i realise about Tamron lenses are that the images turn out a little cooler in colours compared to the Nikkors. But some minor adjustments will correct that easily, not a big problem though. :)
 

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noted... my bad. anyway, i've been shooting with my tamron these few days and true enough felt that the hunting AF pisses me off at times under dim lighting. Guess i'll bring my 18-105 + flash. perhaps my 50mm for some bokeh shots.
 

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noted... my bad. anyway, i've been shooting with my tamron these few days and true enough felt that the hunting AF pisses me off at times under dim lighting. Guess i'll bring my 18-105 + flash. perhaps my 50mm for some bokeh shots.
Does it hunt a lot with your AF assist light from the flash? You should try it. Put on your flash and on AF-S (AF Single) mode, the flash will produce a AF assist light to help the lens in focusing.
 

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Does it hunt a lot with your AF assist light from the flash? You should try it. Put on your flash and on AF-S (AF Single) mode, the flash will produce a AF assist light to help the lens in focusing.
I didn't use the AF assist becoz some ppl felt disturbed by it and i personally felt so as well. Anyway,
In the end i brought all 3 lens to the D & D. 18-270mm works quite well but it's hunting more as compared to my kit 18-105mm.
 

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