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Old 03-04-2009, 12:19 AM
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The more I read, the more I learn. This is the lens that I am thinking about buying now:

Nikon AF-S 16-85mm DX Zoom Nikkor f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Good review of it here.

It sounds like it is a sharper, higher quality lens than the 18-200.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:37 AM
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The more I read, the more I learn. This is the lens that I am thinking about buying now:

Nikon AF-S 16-85mm DX Zoom Nikkor f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Good review of it here.

It sounds like it is a sharper, higher quality lens than the 18-200.
very nice lens (I kinda want that). and that is a true statement. it's got a little more 'ummph' than some kit lenses that are usually 18-55 (ish). so you get slightly wider angle(16mm vs. 18), slightly more zoom(85mm vs. 55).



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Old 03-04-2009, 10:14 AM
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Buy good glass. Buy good glass. Buy fast glass. Buy fast glass.

I have been shooting for about 30 some odd years now. Good glass is everything. I started on my fathers Pentax and then got a Canon A-1 for graduation. After that I went to Nikon. First an FM then an FM2 then an N-90. Then I also got an Olympus 5060 for point and shoot digital. My first foray into the dark side of photrography. I just bought the new Nikon D-90 last fall. Nice.

So may buttons so little time. And this my friends is the problem with digital. For most people they say " we'll fix it in photoshop".

Learn how to shoot with good photographic discipline. When my friends look at my digital photography they say they don't have to do hardly anything with these. I learned how to shoot with film. I have read years of magazines, read many books and listened to many lectures of the big pros. I mean the big pros. I have whittled all this down to the stuff that make sense to use as reference for other people.

Don't waste your time on fixed focal length lenses unless they are a steel. All my lenses except for two are f2.8 lenses. Most are zooms. No three. My big lense is a 500f4P. That is not an f2.8 aperture.

Learn to shoot.

Remember the only thing the sensor (film) sees is the glass. The rest keeps the dust out and stays dark inside.

Maybe another class for the club. That would be fun. I've done that for the scouts before.

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Old 03-04-2009, 10:17 AM
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Matt Bring your D200 body to the meeting tonight. I'll bring my lense bag and you can play with what is in there. Lots of choices in my camera bag.

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The more I read, the more I learn. This is the lens that I am thinking about buying now:

Nikon AF-S 16-85mm DX Zoom Nikkor f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Good review of it here.

It sounds like it is a sharper, higher quality lens than the 18-200.
I guess it depends on what you want to shoot and how you use it. I'm not into it enough to want to carry several lenses and change them out all the time. it's hard to beat the 18-200 for a 1 all around lens. I want the quality of a good slr for family pics but i'm not into it as a hobby.
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Old 03-04-2009, 12:31 PM
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I guess it depends on what you want to shoot and how you use it. I'm not into it enough to want to carry several lenses and change them out all the time. it's hard to beat the 18-200 for a 1 all around lens. I want the quality of a good slr for family pics but i'm not into it as a hobby.
Wes, do you have the 18-200 lens? If you do, would you mind bringing it tonight? Or maybe I could hook up with you locally to check it out.

I have the D200 with me. The battery is charged, and I have an old, slow 512MB CF card.
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Old 03-04-2009, 02:29 PM
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I've been shooting with zoom lenses for years. Quality is not an issue anymore. Most of my zooms are f2.8. very good fast glass. Eyesight causes you to autofocus anymore.

I have another camera bag with all my fixed focal length lenses. Don't use them anymore.

Matt I'll have the 18-105 with me. Among other lenses. You can play with that also.

Wes, you're right in choosing what you want to shoot. I've always thought that one should try to determine that before they buy.

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Old 03-04-2009, 02:57 PM
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Hard to tell if this self portrait is funny because of the lens curve or the left side subject...
I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this one....
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18-200 is the best lens ever (unless you let Moab dust get it)

The Fuji S3 Pro I have is too big to carry around but an awesome camera.
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