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Old Jan 19, 2007, 5:33 PM   #1
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Hello again,

I posted here recently and just purchased a D200 body. I will use ths camera almost exclusively for landscape shots and I was leaning towards a fixed focal length lens versus a wide zoom. Any ideas or suggestions? I used to shoot with a manual Nikkor 24mm f/2 and a 35mm f/2 on a F3and was spoiled with those lenses! Yeah, I know, I guess I should have kept them! My goal is to produce images that would be sharp on a 16x20 print...

Anyway, your suggestions and ideas are welcomed!

Thanks very much,

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Old Jan 19, 2007, 8:42 PM   #2
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I found http://www.tamroneurope.com/flc.htm was very useful for judging what range of focal lengths I wanted. Just remember that a normal lens for a D200 is about 32mm or 45 degrees.

Once you've decided on the focal lengths you need there are offerings from Nikon, Sigma and Tamron to suit any budget.

http://www.nikon.ca/lensesandspeedlights/
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all.asp
http://www.tamron.com/lenses/default-photo.asp

Here are several review sites to help you decide:

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/index.php
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/
http://www.photographyreview.com/reviewscrx.aspx


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Old Jan 20, 2007, 12:22 AM   #3
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Gus-

I have found the Nikkor 12-24mm lens to be virtully ideal for landscapes.

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Old Jan 20, 2007, 1:03 PM   #4
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Thanks! Great info here!
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The Nikon 12-24 is a good choice. The other options are 3rd party lenses (Tokina 12-24 or Sigma 10-20). Or, if you really want a prime, I've seen people use the Nikon 10.5mm fish-eye, and then de-fish it.


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Old Jan 22, 2007, 10:30 AM   #6
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How does one go about 'de-fishing' a lens?
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De-fishing is done with software. For example PhotoShop Elements 5.0 has a lens correction action that removes the barrel distortion from a fish eye lens. There are other products available from the Internet.
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 3:19 PM   #8
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Old Feb 16, 2007, 8:14 AM   #9
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Hello guys.

And what do you think about this.
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SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

I also bought D200 and at the moment I have to choose something between 20 and 35mm lens.
I already have nikkor 1.4/85mm, but it's OK only for portray.

Thanks.
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Old Feb 16, 2007, 9:57 PM   #10
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gf419 wrote:
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Hello again,
. . . I used to shoot with a manual Nikkor 24mm f/2 and a 35mm f/2 on a F3and was spoiled with those lenses! Yeah, I know, I guess I should have kept them! . . .
Thanks very much,

Gus
My 35 film setup was a 24mm on one body, a 90mm on another, & a 50mm backup. Today, with our 1.5x sensors, 24mm's = 36mm of old. Nice enough, but not "really" wide angle anymore.

I like primes, & would love a 12mm f2.8 (or faster) for digital = 18mm film. But they're not available, & not likely to be (imo). Why?
1) the masses love zooms
2) low volume = high cost
3) full frame sensor cameras will make existing std wide angle primes viable again.

What to do? I did my due diligance & recently got the Tokina 12 - 24 (18-36 film). Nice lens! I figure this will serve my wide angle needs until full frame sensor cameras become more commonplace. I sometimes wonder though, will I want a wide prime after I become so used to the convinence of the zoom? The12-24's effective 18 - 36 is quite a useful range, & the quality of this Tokina puts many of the "brand" lenses to shame.

Best.

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