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Old Oct 19, 2010, 2:49 PM   #141
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Buying new is still a gamble, but a much smaller one. Make sure you buy from a dealer that has a good returns policy and if you don't like what you've got then take it back.
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Old Oct 19, 2010, 2:57 PM   #142
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True, but you can get a 28mm 1.8 for 340, the 28mm 2.8 for about 220, or the 35mm 2.8 for 230 with the canon. On top of it you can get the sig 30 1.4 also. the 35 2.8 and the 55-250 is still less then the 70-300 by itself.

The T1i is just one example, the XSi has a great sensor. Great at 100-1600iso.

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Shoturtle, 50mm lens is a portrait lens, but 35mm is a photo journalist type lens. I wanted the 35mm one. If I get it from sigma I pay $400 for it to pair it with a canon and then it balances itself out with nikon vs canon.

Also from the images I have seen the T1i seems to fall short of the T2i (obviously) but surprisingly also the XSi. I really looked at the XSi mode and tried pricing it with a sigma and a zoom lens. I may go that route.
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Old Oct 19, 2010, 3:06 PM   #143
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This is an example of what the 28mm 1.8 stop down to 2.8 view of vision will be.
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Old Oct 19, 2010, 6:30 PM   #144
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I have really looked at the 1 lens solution but I cannot make it work with my budget so I think I have arrived at a decision but please feel free to criticize me.

I am curious if the 55-200mm AF-S VR lens is good and sharp as the 18-55mm one which has been mentioned here. If it is, then I can get the D3100 with 2 kit lens for a bargain price and get the 35mm f/1.8 prime too.

Does this seem like a reasonable decision? Because 200mm should realistically be all the zoom I ever need, if I really need more I can crop the 14mp image. And I do not end up buying a Rolls Royce for my first car either in a manner of speaking!
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Because 200mm should realistically be all the zoom I ever need, if I really need more I can crop the 14mp image.
famous last words =)

i started out with a 200mm upper limit and now have a honking big 500mm lens =) but i do like to shoot wildlife and airshows
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Old Oct 19, 2010, 6:36 PM   #146
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The af-s 55-200 is a okay lens, not as good as the 70-300. But it is a bad consumer grade lens. There are other kit lens packages that are better. But it does give you good value and allows you to get the 35mm that you are set on.
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...Because 200mm should realistically be all the zoom I ever need, ...
I bet it won't be. Once you get to 200mm you'll come across situations where you wished you had a 300mm lens. If you try to shoot small birds for instance, you'll find 200mm to be way too short unless you are real close to them.
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 3:26 AM   #148
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It might. I have a 70-300 DO lens. In the last 3 years I have used it for a single one-week period, when I go to Africa on safari. As a total percentage of my pictures it is used for less than 1%. I would sell it, except it's quite a good lens and I wouldn't get back nearly what I paid for it, and it's extremely compact and portable so I can take it with me when I'm going somewhere where I might use it. I usually don't.

For photographers interested primarily documentary, landscape and portrait photography a telphoto lens is generally unnecessary.
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 11:13 AM   #149
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The Nikon 55-200mm lens is very good. I do not shoot bird, so that lens works fine for me.

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Old Oct 21, 2010, 10:40 PM   #150
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Well I ended up getting a brand new D-90 with full warranty and the 35mm prime lens. I figured I may want to upgrade from a D3100 someday but the D90 will have everything I really need for the foreseeable future. To afford the D90 I have to hold off on buying a zoom lens till later since it required me compromising on either quality or budget and I did not want to do either. So in the meantime, I will just try and learn photography with a single prime lens for now which I think maybe better than try to zoom in for every angle. I will no doubt be back asking about zoom lens later on when I can afford a bigger budget.

I have another question. I read on another thread that another camera user somehow broke her sensor by pointing her DSLR towards the sun. Since I was wondering what lens filter I should buy for my 35mm f/1.8 nikon anyways, could I have some suggestions on what UV or other lens filter I could use as protection that does not make me sacrifice image quality? And also what lens cleaning kit would work well?

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