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Old Apr 1, 2010, 2:13 PM   #31
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70-200mm is what I was referring too, with the sigma.
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 2:17 PM   #32
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70-200mm is what I was referring too, with the sigma.
Ah, just the way it reads through below was following on from the 18-55 and 18-105 with the f3.5-5.6 ranges.

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The 18-55 is a good lens. It does produce nice images like the 18-105 actually they are not as wide as a prime, but very few zooms below 800 dollars are wider then 3.5-5.6.
If you are talking 70-200mm f2.8 then we have the Sigma and Tamron options. Tamron wins at sharpness and Sigma at AF speed.
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 2:21 PM   #33
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I see where it can be miss understood. I should have worded it better. Les want to shoot wide open, for me that means 1.2 to 2.8. And that is still a very expensive path even if you do not get pro level glass. The sigma 18-50 is 420 dollars for a 2.8 constant. So with the 18-50, it is still well above her 300 dollar limit.
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 4:49 PM   #34
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So, would it be worth the investment of getting the 50 mm 1.4 over the 50 mm 1.8 and such. .
I tried the 50mm 1.8 and was dissapointed at how soft it was at f/1.8. I returned it and got the f/1.4...the extra cost is definitely reflected in the performance of the lens at f/1.4. I did not see the point in having a fast lens if I could not get sharp images at its widest opening. The f/1.4 has been worth the extra $'s.
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 5:11 PM   #35
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Wow there is a lot of good information here. I am betting I can live without long range zooms that are wide open at that price at least! But very good to know what the other options are. Definitely a lot to digest. Thanks again!
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 5:18 PM   #36
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Yes there is, I shoot primes more then my zooms. So I like to keep up with the different companies prime lens offerings. And it helps that I have friends that shoot nikon that have them. so I get to see them in action first hand.

But like jelpee said, the 1.4 is a better lens, and is worth the extra money if you are considering getting a 50mm prime.
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 5:22 PM   #37
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PS,

Pretty none of the lenses mention will work on the d5000 if you were considering downgrading the body to get the better lens. With nikon, the d90 is the lease expensive body you can get where these lenses will work. Not to sure about the 105mm 2.8 macro.
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Yeah, that is the main reason I'm considering the D90 over the D5000. Thanks.
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If primes are the route you intend to take, the nikon and canon is the better route. More prime lenses option.

But Tcav has a point you may want to consider the canon T1i and go the prime route with that instead. It is more cost effective and you really are not giving up anything much. If you want to see some example of the T1i with a 28mm 1.8 wide open. Check out my threads.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ar...-brooklyn.html
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PS

Any sharpness issue was cause by the board compressing down my photos. I have since started to make a board specific copy to avoid the compression issue with a workflow Hards recommended. The photos were pretty good, but was sharper before the compression.
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