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    New camera and lens advice

    by Bigfoot1966 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:24 am

    Hi All,
    I have looking to upgrade for a while.

    I stated looking at the Nikon D5300 and D7100, but now have started to look at the full frame cameras.

    My new dilemma is what lens to choose.

    I was set on the Nikon 18-140mm DX but this is not suitable for full frame cameras.

    What are your views on the Nikon 24-85mm and 28-300mm

    Can you suggest another lens alternative.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: New camera and lens advice

    by Busiboy » Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:13 am

    If you are going to go full frame then invest in the better lenses, otherwise you are wasting the capacity of the larger sensor.
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    Re: New camera and lens advice

    by Bigfoot1966 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:19 pm

    Busiboy wrote:If you are going to go full frame then invest in the better lenses, otherwise you are wasting the capacity of the larger sensor.


    Thanks for your reply.

    What about Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

    or

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR Lens

    They are both around the $900 mark

    Do you have any other suggestions?

    Cheers
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    Re: New camera and lens advice

    by heartyfisher » Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:26 am

    what camera do you currently have and what lenses? what subjects are you most interested in?

    I actually use the 18-140 on my D610 .. works very well :-)
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    Re: New camera and lens advice

    by Bigfoot1966 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:50 am

    heartyfisher wrote:what camera do you currently have and what lenses? what subjects are you most interested in?

    I actually use the 18-140 on my D610 .. works very well :-)


    Hello Hearty Fisher,

    Thanks for your reply.

    I currently have a 12 year old Pentax DSLR

    I mainly use a 17-70mm 2.8 macro now.

    My family are traveling to the USA for six weeks School holidays.

    My last trip there was 16 years ago with a 35mm Film camera. (I still think that took better photo's than what I have now)

    I was looking at upgrading to the Nikon D750

    Doing this trip, I do not think a 17-70mm will be versatile enough.

    You said that you use the 18-140mm on your full frame camera.

    I thought the 18-140mm is a DX lens ?

    From what I have read placing a DX lens on a FX Camera you get vignetting.

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    Re: New camera and lens advice

    by Bigfoot1966 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:40 am

    Decision made.

    I purchased the Nikon D750 with an AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1.8G and a AF-S NiKkor 28-300mm 3.5-5.6G ED VR

    I am very happy with it,

    I just need to learn how to use it :D

    Thanks for the advice.
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    Re: New camera and lens advice

    by DJT » Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:57 pm

    Gotta be happy with that.
    That new 50 works pretty sweet on my D700 :D and I just added the 85 as well last week.
    Not big on super zooms, but I'm sure it will do what you need it to do quite nicely
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    Re: New camera and lens advice

    by heartyfisher » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:07 pm

    Sorry for not getting back to you earlier.. ( I moved back to sydney from melbourne in the last week or so :-) )
    the D750 is an awesome camera ! the 28-300 is a nice travel lense.

    You may not want to hear this but unfortunatly the lens is not going to get the best out of your
    camera. However, as a travel lense its hard to fault. try to keep it at F8 and you will be fine.

    yes the 18-140 vignetts in FX mode. but I crop it. and I like the square crop in my photos. that
    also gives me slightly more MP than DX mode. so i get in effect about 16-140. Note that the 18-140
    is much lighter. IQ wise it produce sharper images than the 28-300 even in DX mode. and the bokeh is good ie the resulting
    image is better with the 18-140 on an FX camera than the 28-300. at 1/3 the cost. and weight. Thats
    why I got it for my D610. but I am spliting hairs ! you will enjoy your 28-300 ! and there are advantages
    to getting to 300mm instead of 140mm x 1.5! one of my friends have the 28-300 and I have
    had a play with it on my D610. Its nice :-)

    The 28-300 is actually a good choice as there is no other option in that range that is as good. (beside the dinky 18-140)
    unless you go for multi lense options. eg 24-70 Tamron VC plus 70-200 F4 VR (or 70-300 VR) but for travel
    you want one lense and the 28-300 will be a great travel partner! just remember to keep it at F8 if posible.
    Moments of Light : D7K D610 18-200 150 12-24 24-70 70-200 + C&C very welcome!
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    Re: New camera and lens advice

    by Bigfoot1966 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:43 am

    Hi,
    Thank you for your replies.

    I am most impressed with the camera, but I have a lot to learn.

    I tried out the 28-300 today and it is very good.

    The 50mm lens is a gem.

    I am holidaying for the school holidays.
    The idea being to have a white Christmas with the wife and kids.
    We will be in Niagara falls for 6 days over Christmas then 6 days in Manhattan over New Year.
    I will have plenty of use for the camera. :D

    I am most impressed with the lack of noise when I increase the ISO.
    The low light focus is brilliant.

    One question, when using the video function whilst zooming there is a lot of audio noise from the lens.
    Is this normal.

    I did not buy the camera for video, but I thought to give it a go. the quality is remarkable.

    Thanks

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    Re: New camera and lens advice

    by heartyfisher » Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:12 am

    Bigfoot1966 wrote:Hi,
    Thank you for your replies.

    I am most impressed with the camera, but I have a lot to learn.

    I tried out the 28-300 today and it is very good.

    The 50mm lens is a gem.

    I am holidaying for the school holidays.
    The idea being to have a white Christmas with the wife and kids.
    We will be in Niagara falls for 6 days over Christmas then 6 days in Manhattan over New Year.
    I will have plenty of use for the camera. :D

    I am most impressed with the lack of noise when I increase the ISO.
    The low light focus is brilliant.

    One question, when using the video function whilst zooming there is a lot of audio noise from the lens.
    Is this normal.

    I did not buy the camera for video, but I thought to give it a go. the quality is remarkable.

    Thanks

    Regards


    The D750 is probably the best camera on the planet at the moment by some measures. You should
    be "pleased" !! tell us more about it :-)

    The 28-300 is a great holiday lense! You will love it. I took the dx version (18-200) on a trip to Manhatttan
    during one January and yes the icy snow is nice. I took long walks at dawn in the early mornings
    when no one was around in the city except for the people clearing the streets of snow. It was a
    challenge metering with the ice and snow. But you have the mode to set exposure for highlights
    now in the D750 which should help a lot. Let us know how that goes for you !

    Re the noise.. that happens.. thats why there is a good market for mics.. I have played with a
    cheap rode videoMic directional mic my friend got and that helps alot. I am keen to get a Tascam TM-2X,
    and there is the Nikon ME-1 mic which I have not tried. the last 2 dont need batteries which is good
    for me as I rarely use vid and sound.

    Good memories of walking along the river parks ..
    Image

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    Moments of Light : D7K D610 18-200 150 12-24 24-70 70-200 + C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.
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    Re: New camera and lens advice

    by Bigfoot1966 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:26 pm

    Hi Hearty Fisher,

    Thank you

    Squirrels are very quick, lucky to get that picture.

    Seeing ice on water, is not something we see here in Western Australia. :)

    With last years polar vortex, Niagara falls just about froze over, Hopefully it will do the same again this year.

    I hope to post plenty of pictures.

    Regards

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