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changeable_fate
03-01-11, 12:22 AM
Morning all! Old photographer, new to WDC...!

I have recently purchased a Nikon D3100 having upgraded my old Canon G10 (which in turn was an upgrade from my very old 35mm EOS5). The camera comes with a 'kit' 18-55VR lens, and I am looking to expand on range of lenses a little.

I tend to take landscape, building, and 'people' shots, together with the occasional live band (small venues). That said I am also getting into macro photography too. To top it all off a friend of mine (with no money) has asked me to take a few shots for his forthcoming wedding in the summer so something that can take a decent portrait shot would be nice.

I am considering purchasing either a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 Macro which should cover most bases; or the cheaper Sigma 70-300mm f4 macro together with either a Nikon 50mm f1.4 or a Sigma 105mm f2.8 maybe.

I know I want to have my cake and eat it, but I've only got about 600 to spend on a lens/lenses
without specialising in any one area.
Comments, suggestions, or any experience with any of the above lenses would be most welcome.

Thanks in advance,
-CF-

wave
10-01-11, 07:53 AM
Hi from what you have said landscapes tend to need a wide angle lens buildings depnds on how you photograph them and people if you mean portraits then a 50 or 85 prime is better. There is no one lens that will do all. mabe look at a sigma 17- 70 it will cover the landscaps and maybe the portraits.
As for the wedding are you going to be the only shooter or do they have a professional too.

PeterPhotos
10-01-11, 08:13 AM
Your kit lens is a really good one - something that Nikon usually get right. It gives crisp images and does a decent job at macro too.

Your requirement is quite wide and so I reckon you need 2 lenses. If your budget allows then why not consider the Nikkor 10-24mm which is a fantastic wide angle lens and then the 55-200mm VR. With this set of lenses you will have everything covered. I admit that you might be slightly over budget but it really will be worth it.

Good luck.

changeable_fate
10-01-11, 07:49 PM
Hi from what you have said landscapes tend to need a wide angle lens buildings depnds on how you photograph them and people if you mean portraits then a 50 or 85 prime is better. There is no one lens that will do all. mabe look at a sigma 17- 70 it will cover the landscaps and maybe the portraits.
As for the wedding are you going to be the only shooter or do they have a professional too.

I'm afraid they only have me....!

wave
11-01-11, 07:42 AM
Hi dont know your experience or back ground so i could be saying things you already know sorry about that. Follow this link to an earlier thread it gives advice on weddings.
http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1659&highlight=wedding
Good Luck

changeable_fate
24-01-11, 06:56 PM
Hi dont know your experience or back ground so i could be saying things you already know sorry about that. Follow this link to an earlier thread it gives advice on weddings.
http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1659&highlight=wedding
Good Luck

Thanks for the advice. I have done one or two weddings, but just for friends so any help is welcome...

On a different note I've been shopping:D and bought a Nikon 55-200 VR lens, and a (used) Nikon 12-24mm which is rather imressive I have to say. I'm still considering a 50mm prime lens, but I really have to save up for that one after my recent shopping spree, and I have plenty to be playing with in the mean time.

Many thanks,

-A-

BenEvansPhotography
31-01-11, 03:18 PM
The 12.24mm is a good lens. The 50mm is only worth getting if you need a larger maximum aperture for low light work, or need increased sharpness; otherwise, both of the lens you have will do a great job.