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Old Jan 24, 2011, 4:34 PM   #11
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So you want to upgrade your lens?

Pity, that you can't put a canon lens on a Nikon.... that would truly be an upgrade......



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Old Jan 25, 2011, 8:48 AM   #12
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To verify, are these the specific lenses you are referring to?

Potential zoom lenses:
$500 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...2_8_XR_Di.html
$900 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...2_8_IF_EX.html
$1700 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...mm_f_2_8G.html

Potential prime lenses:
$195 - Nikon 35/1.8 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...mm_f_1_8G.html
$435 - Nikon 50/1.4 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...mm_f_1_4G.html

How much should I really be concerned about having a VR lens?
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Old Jan 25, 2011, 5:37 PM   #13
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Potential prime lenses:
$195 - Nikon 35/1.8 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...mm_f_1_8G.html
$435 - Nikon 50/1.4 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...mm_f_1_4G.html

How much should I really be concerned about having a VR lens?
Those are the primes that I mentioned except that I think I would go with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 instead of the Nikon. It has wonderful bokeh and sharpness. The only problem with that one is it's huge 77mm filter size. 77mm filters can cost quite a bit more than the Nikon's 58mm filter size. The Sigma lens actually costs a little more than the equivalent Nikkor and it's still in great demand:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...6NTGX22DRTTPFN


Regarding VR - the first time I took my 35 1.8 out I had a few blurry pics and I was like "Oh crap, I can't take pics without VR!!!" I did have some great ones out of that set too though and what it did was make me a better photographer by causing me to put a little effort towards my technique. In the end it's not that big of a deal unless you're shooting at really long focal lengths.

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Old Jan 26, 2011, 10:08 AM   #14
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So my only other question would be about similar zoom lenses to the ones above that have VR? My wife uses the camera as well and she would prefer we have VR on our first good lens. Thoughts?
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Old Jan 26, 2011, 10:23 AM   #15
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No one has a good, stabilized, large aperture, standard zoom lens for a Nikon body.

You need to figure out where you're willing to compromise.
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Old Jan 26, 2011, 10:46 AM   #16
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So my only other question would be about similar zoom lenses to the ones above that have VR? My wife uses the camera as well and she would prefer we have VR on our first good lens. Thoughts?

The way I look at it is that you can have a lens with VR and have the potential for pretty good image quality or you can have one without VR and have the potential for outstanding image quality. Its not that VR makes pictures not as good, it's just that as TCav said - the best lenses just don't have it.

I am "into" photography and my wife really isn't but sometimes she wants to take pics with my camera. She has no problem doing so with my non-VR lenses. I never mentioned anything to her about VR and non-VR, etc.. but she just puts it on P and doesn't worry about it and the pics come out fine.

If you aren't zooming out to long focal lengths (say...200mm) then the lack of VR really shouldn't be a problem (unless maybe one had a medical condition that causes shaking). Teach your wife to brace the camera with her left hand and hold the viewfinder somewhat tightly against her head and it shouldn't be a problem for her.

That is my advice if you're a guy that is into photography as a hobby and wants to increase the quality of photos. If you're fine with just getting some good snapshots of the family then go with a VR if it makes the wife happy.

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Old Jan 26, 2011, 11:29 AM   #17
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Thanks to everyone for all the feedback...you've been amazingly helpful and have really assisted me in figuring all this out. I think my next stop is at my local photo store to actually try a few of these out.

Hopefully someday I will be able to contribute back to this forum in return for all the help I've received!
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I think my next stop is at my local photo store to actually try a few of these out.
You've just given yourself the best advice of the thread!!

See if they will let you take photos. Make the settings the same for all the lenses you try. Take the same pics of a few different scenes in the store (I suggest scenes of various focal lengths and in a couple of different apertures including wide open on every lens) and then take your camera home and look at the pics on your computer and see what you think. You may want to write down the file names corresponding to each lens as you change lenses so you don't get confused.

Hopefully you have a friendly camera store that will let you do this. Best of luck in your decision!

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