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View Poll Results: What is your NEXT lens purchase?
Wide PRIME (fixed focal length) 10 through 35mm 3 20.00%
Normal PRIME (fixed focal length) 50 through 60mm 3 20.00%
Telephoto PRIME (fixed focal length) 70 through 200mm 1 6.67%
Super PRIME (fixed focal length) 300mm+ 0 0%
UltraWide ZOOM (10-35mm range) 1 6.67%
Normal ZOOM (17-50mm range) 3 20.00%
Short Telephoto (28-105mm range) 0 0%
Low-end Telephoto ZOOM (70-300mm f/4-5.6) 0 0%
High-end Telephoto ZOOM (70-200mm f/2.8) 0 0%
Super Telephoto ZOOM (70-400mm+ range) 4 26.67%
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Old May 22, 2011, 4:07 AM   #11
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Default Your selection

Please be effusive about why you might what the particular lens you selected in the survey.

Information such as:
  • Manufacturer
  • Specific lens name
  • Price you are looking to pay (realistic, not fantasy)
  • Retailer you are considering as a source for your lens
  • Subject matter you are planning to frame with this particular lens
  • Lenses you may be retiring
  • Years you have been using what you already have
  • Have you ever dropped you camera/lenses (if so, how many times? Does it remind you more of a basketball than an optic?)
  • Are you expecting to treat this new lens better?
  • If you are not considering a new lens, what is it that you have that is so darn great that you do not have to? 'Fess up


Just for starters...

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Old May 22, 2011, 1:32 PM   #12
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I bought my a550 in march 2010 and replaced both kit lenses. The kit 18-55 zoom I kept for the filter size. I have put together a cokin ND set for it. i now use the tokina UWA, sigma 17-70, 50mm f/1.8 and the sigma 70-200. I made a mistake getting the sigma 17-70 as it is not constant aperture. live and learn. one day when i feel rich, i may replace it. otherwise, i don't need anything else. i work on getting out to photograph.

Like a lot of other enthusiasts on other forums, I am waiting to see if the future of Sony includes bodies that I want to use. I can easily put off spending $2k until i'm sure.

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Old May 22, 2011, 5:07 PM   #13
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Default Photography will not wait

One of the rules of "getting the shot" is having the gear to do so. Photography is a "front loaded" hobby, saying if you do not have the gear ... how can you shoot the image? It is a hard lesson and one that takes many hours of reviewing your own work to reveal the improvements of one lens over another.

Today, it is a lot simpler compared to what the frontiersman and pioneers of film had to go through to "capture" their images.

Basically you can give yourself an superior edge with three really "good" lenses and a nice camera body to add them to. By referring to "good", I do not mean the $300 lenses, but the upper-end glass, which truly gets a sharper looking shot. Starting with the best shot possible makes the post-processing a whole lot simpler

You can trade and climb up the pyramid of glass, but there will be opportunities that will CRY OUT for the better stuff, RIGHT NOW! Unfortunately, you will be found wanting. The art-buyers snub your work, because of what you shot with.

Of course, there will be those on the opposing side who will snub this and say you can get away with anything. The best part? You will plainly see the difference in your photography, once to use the better lenses and a better than "introductory" camera body. You just need to make the commitment... and then there's that significant other, who is standing in the way. Woe be unto the camera-widows.

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Old May 24, 2011, 8:28 PM   #14
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Please include another category titled "none" so I can vote.
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Old May 24, 2011, 8:43 PM   #15
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I thought I had all the lenses I needed then the world went digital now I'm starting over.
The lens I miss the most from my film days is my 17mm so I need something in the 10mm range I would love to have a shift lens too
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Old May 24, 2011, 9:54 PM   #16
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The award-winning SIGMA AF 12-24mm f/4-5.6 DG EX HSM is a terrific wide angle zoom. Super sharp and flexible as heck. It meets right up to a 24-70mm ... giving the entire range in a nice, square package.
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Old May 30, 2011, 3:41 AM   #17
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Besides having eyed something a bit faster tele to complement my 500 f/8 (as in the Minolta 300 f/4, or maybe 200 f/2.8 +1.4x tc) (yes, complement, the SAL 70-400 would not only make most of my lenses redundant (if i'd use it much, heavy beast), it would also crush small dogs if it started rolling down a hill.) I've more realistically goat-eyed Samyang's 8mm f/3.5. Cool effect, cool price, cool build, cool possibility to 'unfish' the images it produces. So yeah, naught checked above.
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Either a Sigma 24mm f/1.8 or a Minolta 135mm f/2.8
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 5:34 AM   #19
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My choice is macro. However, finding one that will work with my camera (Canon EOS Rebel T3) AND is within my price range, is proving to be a bit of a challenge...

I may consider adding some extension tubes to my existing set-up and seeing what that will do for me... I've never used them before, but I've heard good things.
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