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Old May 29, 2011, 1:34 PM   #1
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Default Nikon DX Lens for Beach Swimwear Shoot?

I'm using a D300 and up until now have used an 18-200 VR [version 1] with good effect; however, lately the lens has been having some focusing issues. I know it's not the camera because similar photos taken with the 18-55VR and 50mm prime lens show no focus problem.

I've got a shoot upcoming in July and will be photographing a swimwear model in a variety of beach conditions (early AM, late afternoon...etc.). What would be a good zoom lens that would:
  1. Be useful for blurring out the background
  2. Not cost an arm & leg
  3. Be of fairly high quality
I've read some reviews of the 18-105VR and 55-200VR and seems a fair number of folks praise the optics, but reserve their criticism for build quality.

Any suggestions?
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Old May 30, 2011, 7:08 AM   #2
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How about the AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D?
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The Nikon 85/1.8 has less vignetting, distortion, and chromatic aberration than the two zooms you mentioned, it's sharper than the others at the same aperture at 85mm, and with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 it can get much more shallow depths of field (blurred backgrounds.)
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I would consider one of the standard telephoto zooms -- Nikon 24-70 f/2.8, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, or Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. All these cover the focal lengths you are most likely to use, and all are very good lenses. I have the Tamron, which is a really good bargain (under $500 with rebate). The others are noticeably more expensive, but they are all good lenses.
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