Nikon D90 and Nikon 18-200 vr

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mdo574, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    ive been shooting music bands in very low light getting fairly good results at shutter 1/60 and iso 3200 with very,very little noise ..anyone got any better ideas??? thx mike
     
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    hogfaninga

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    Ummmm a faster lens.

    If on a strict budget then the 50 1.8 for $100 or the 35 1.8 for $200.

    I like my 18-200, but it isn't a low light lens.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    18-200

    well ive got a buget of around 500.00 as was looking at the nikon 50mm f1.4...what do you think??
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    18-200

    one thing is for shure the 18-200 shure is a awsome lense very little distortion at 200mm
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    First, do you notice yourself shooting at a particular FL on the 18-200? Assuming your answer is yes...50mm-ish...then....

    The Sigma 50mm is better than the Nikkor. Either though are capable of giving you significantly better results than the 18-200.
     
  6. macrumors G3

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    Yeah, what focal range do you mainly use?
     
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    JDDavis

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    I have the D90 and the 18-200 and 50 1.8. On the D90 the 50mm is really like 72mm right? I find it reachy enough for most situations. It's a great lens and better than the 18-200 in low light for sure. I have not shot with the 50 1.4 but I can't see the extra money being worth it. I'm very happy with the 1.8. The 18-200 is a great lens but if I could afford a bag full of prime lenses that's what I'd have.
     
  9. macrumors G4

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    Is 50mm what you need? With your budget you could go for a 85mm 1.8 (I've got one and I like it a lot.) or if you really must have an even longer lens you can pick up a good used 80-200 f/2.8 for about $650.

    f/2.8 gets you 4X faster shutter or 4X lower ISO, f/1.4 gets 16X. Huge difference from f/5.6 BUt the depth of feild will be very small at f/1.4 Can you handle that? When I say "small" I mean you will have to focus on the eyes, not just the person. You have to be very careful with focus at f/1.4

    Nikon just came out with a new f/1.4 so you might find a good deal on a used, pervious version 50mm lens
     
  10. Guest

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    I would just get the nifty fifty, aka the nikon 50mm 1.8, awesome lens and runs around $100 or less!
     
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    I would like to add the 50mm 1.8 is nice as I have it and the 18-200mm as well but it has been mentioned that the 85mm 1.8 is a nice lens and gets great praise from a bunch of people that have one. I like the 50mm for family parties or parties in general but the 85mm really has my interest as of late. Good luck with your next choice of a lens.
     

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