Expansion of the lens family - 18-300 and 50mm Prime

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  1. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Yeah, I know the first thought is going to be, why not a 35mm Prime lens. However I accidentally purchased the 50mm Prime (1.8D). Reading more about the lens, it turned out to be a safe enough move, since the missus likes shooting portraits and close ups. The 50mm ought to do a decent enough job.

    With regards to the 18-300, special thanks to @Stuge for guiding and advising the noob typing this. I had purchased the D5200 as a kit with 2 lenses, 18-55 and 55-200. Now these were good for everyday shooting, but the hassle of changing the lenses, especially when you are traveling or at a holiday spot, is kind of annoying.

    I did consider Tamaron and Sigma (nearly half price of the Nikon 18-300), but then finally decided to buy the Nikkor lens. Not sure if there is a significant difference in imaging, for the price difference.

    Some obligatory pictures -

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    Yeah yeah we'll get to the Atari console in another thread. I still need batteries for it.

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    The 18-300 despite being the newer model is huge! and heavy! I presumed 550 gms wouldn't be much, but when I placed it next to the 55-200 lens is when the size difference became evident.

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    Both lenses flaccid.

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    And both of them fully extended. The difference is huge!

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    The 50 MM is a super compact lightweight lens. I liked the idea of a fixed focus distance, since it made everything that much harder. But the ability to focus on different parts in the same shot does add a lot of variety and possibilities.

    The image quality of the prime lens was to die for. I'm a noob with photography, so I can probably tell a good image from a bad one, but I cannot (for now) figure out how to refine my image further, unless I play around with the settings. But out of the box, the image quality of the prime lens was a revelation.

    I'll post equivalent 50mm shots from all 4 lenses for a comparo. This should be interesting.

    And finally the current lineup -

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    I think the 55-200 has been made redundant by the 18-300, but I'll play around a bit more to take a call. What do you reckon?
     
  2. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Yeah, you could sell off the 55-200 as it isn't a stellar performer in any case.
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Some one recommended a 12-24 from tokino? Any idea what would be the benefit?
     
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    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Ultrawide angle, different perspective. It's actually quite fun to shoot with one, I recently got the Canon 10-18 IS STM lens, and used it for shooting landscapes and also some street work, the very wide angle and distortion does provide for a fun perspective.
     
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    Okay. I'll demo one out the next time I'm at our local photography store.
     
  6. Stuge

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    Congrats
     
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    Wide angle is addictions initially. Once you're use to it...You will prefer something between 24 and 50/for general.use
     
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    Thank you. that's exactly what I'm enjoying with the 10-20 Sigma. Now just waiting for some days off to go out and play some more with it.
     
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