I got to play with fancy glass last night

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  1. blue

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    One of these...


    (2.8 70-200mm)

    It really is all about the glass. A friend came over with his new D300 and that borrowed piece. His body was nicer than my D40 no doubt, but the images, aside from MP count, were not that different taken with the same glass. Sadly, in a 15x20 living room filled with furniture, it is tough to get a decent portrait shot with such a looong length.

    So I just ordered a 1.8 50mm for $40 off Fleabay. :busted:
     
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  2. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    I would have put that toward health insurance.
     
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  3. Quo Fan

    Quo Fan don't make me kick your ass

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    I'm a Canon guy, but I know the value of good glass. Really good lenses are fun to play with, aren't they?
     
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  4. blue

    blue boob hater

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    Someone called Maria's name
    I swear it was my father's voice
    Saying, "If you stay you'll all be slain
    You must leave now - you have no choice
    Take the servants and ride west
    Keep the child close to your chest
    When the American troops withdraw
    Let Zapata take the rest"
     
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  5. blue

    blue boob hater

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    I wish I had two grand to drop on fancy stuff. :(

    BTW, D300 lowlight performance still sucks compared to the nice Canon bodies. And my D40 suffers at ISO 800:

     
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  6. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    Is that the mormon pledge of allegiance or something?
     
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  7. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    canon's 70-200 f/2.8 IS is $400 cheaper. :monkeydance:
     
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  8. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Please tell me it's not an old E Series....

    :huh:
     
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  9. blue

    blue boob hater

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    Ah, crap.
     
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  11. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    I clicked on this expecting to have to move it to the Pot thread.
     
  12. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    And it's white. People get out of your way when you got a big white lens on your camera.
     
  13. H8R

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    Just fvcking w/ you.

    The E Series was Nikon's "budget line" of lenses. Not the best, but not bad at all.

    The holy grail is the 50mm manual focus Nikkors made in the mid eighties. These are supposedly the sharpest of any series.


    More:
    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/50mmnikkor/index5.htm


    Serial number list for every lens Nikon ever made: (good for figuring out exactly what you have, there were 3 different E Series models)
    http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html
     
  14. dante

    dante Unabomber

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    interesting to hear about the poor light performance on the D300. something's got to make up for the 51 AF points, tracking, etc. :disgust:


    edit - Blue, you realize that that prime won't autofocus on your D40, right? :panic:
     
  15. blue

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    Yeah. I was wholly unimpressed, after all the hullabaloo was made about it prior to its release...above ISO 1000 it was pretty bad.

    And yes, I know. Manual focus yays!

    At some point I may see if I can swap my body and kit lens for just a D50 or something body with an AF motor inside...
     
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    waiting for PMA....hopefully Canon will announce the 5D successor in ~3 weeks' time. :monkeydance:
     
  17. H8R

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    You're gonna love using the 50mm on the D40, trust me. Once you get the hang of it it takes awesome shots.


    If you are going to look at a D50, take a look at the D70s. (not a D70). Even better if you can find one with the not-so-kit-lens-like 18-70mm kit lens that came with them. I picked up mine for $450 on CL.
     
  18. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    My D40 arrived on Friday.

    It really is an amazing camera. I can't wait to start really playing with it.
     
  19. r464

    r464 Turbo Monkey

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    I have that lens. It's a keeper.
     
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    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Reference material:

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/d40/
     
  21. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    not the flickr ridemonkey group? :busted:

    stosh, that was a quick decision! good luck w/ yr new tool.


    btw, _understanding exposure_ by Bryan Peterson is an excellent book if you are new to photography...helped me out quite a bit.
     
  22. CrabJoe StretchPants

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    Blue is a chick.........like........forrealz?
     
  23. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    now w/ less action than ridefoto!

    :D
     
  25. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Actually, it looks like the most recent post on Flickr is more recent than the most recent post on Ridefoto :rofl:

    Funny that they're both by the same person :D
     
  26. narlus

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    at least i'm consistent in my praise of the Peterson book.

    shouldn't you be making some ragù?
     
  27. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Before the Nikon low light bashing starts up again, it ain't all bad:

     
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    My D2X handles low light just fine...
     
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    yeah, when you use flash. :busted:
     
  30. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    I had mostly decided already.

    It was kind of a no brain'er. In my price range it was either the D40 or the Rebel. I have some old Nikon lenses so....
     
  31. blue

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    My better half, that would be.

    I'm really hoping the release of the D300 will force prices on D200 bodies way down. That would definitely be in my sights if it came down to the $700 range.
     
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    stosh Darth Bailer

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    What does that lens cost you started this thread with?
     
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    $1600 or so...
     
  34. H8R

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    If you're using this for sports shooting, I think that might cost more than the fine for trespassing on a stadium field during a game. I'd be cheaper just to run onto the field w/ a kit lens.

    :lighten:
     
  35. blue

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    When I was shooting with it, I remarked that the lens would be "good for bum hunting".

    Good times.
     
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    stosh Darth Bailer

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    Wow thats a lot of money.
     
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    glass is expensive. good glass, anyway.

    for a lens like that, there's no substitute if you need to shoot in certain conditions. for bigger venues, that's my go-to lens for sure.
     
  38. r464

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    The 70-200/2.8VR paired with the 17-55/2.8 is a fantastic combination.

    I am selling off an 18-70 lens, which is a great value that produces some great results as well.

    My current travel bag contains these lenses:
    70-200/2.8VR
    17-55/2.8
    10.5/2.8
    105/2.8 Micro
    50/1.8

    Flashes:
    SB-600
    SB-800
     
  39. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Blue, take note. That lens ROCKS on a D40. The AF is fast and quiet.

    How much are you asking for it?
     
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    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Me and Mrs. H8R are armed to the teeth for when baby arrives in April -




    Plus we have a point 'n shoot. And a Polaroid. And a Minolta film SLR. And a Nickelodeon 4X film camera.

    That poor kid.