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Which lens for what?

Posted by pfmastin (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 1, 09 at 12:02

I'm new at DSLRs and the lenses that go with them. I thought it might be fun for everyone to tell which of their lenses they feel are best to photograph what.

I have to say I was somewhat disappointed with a 70-300mm 1:4.5 - 5.6 because it didn't bring me as "up close" as I thought it would to photograph birds. The brown thrasher I posted this past week was shot at about 15 feet. I was hoping to get a shot like that at three times the distance. Lesson learned....try out a lens before you buy it. :)

I like the 50mm 1.8 for everything...I haven't done portraits, but I think it's killer for that. It will do lower lighted subjects and I love it's crisp results. It's light weight and easy to carry around.

60 mm 1:1/8 is awesome for macro


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RE: Which lens for what?

"I have to say I was somewhat disappointed with a 70-300mm 1:4.5 - 5.6 because it didn't bring me as "up close" as I thought it would"

That was my experience exactly, Pam. It just didn't give me the huge improvement in "zoom" I was expecting from my 10 times zoom point and shoot. I think the things they do with zoom lenses kind of spoil us. And, I think the images we pick up from pro photogs with BIG zooms add another layer of expectations.

I bought a $1500 single lens reflex camera and found out what the "single" meant. The big zoom isn't big enough, the portrait lens isn't small enough. To make me happy, I need a good quality macro lens, a BIG honkin' zoom (now I know why those guys on the sidelines at NFL games look like amateur astronomers, hehe) and a wide angle lens. While my zoom cameras would never give professional quality results, I gained a new respect for what nice little jacks of all trades they were for a wide range of shots.

Or... maybe its operator error?! Couldn't be. Ha.

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