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01/11/2007 10:49:08 AM · #51
Originally posted by valkner:

What is everyone's favorite lens to shoot with? I'm just getting started in photography and playing with the strengths and weaknesses of the lenses, but I honestly don't know enough about photography to know anything about lenses other than that they cost WAY too much money!


Me too, I am not an expert of lenses. For the time being, I have decided to use just the 18-135mm kit lens, which gives me maximum flexibility of focal length when I go out, as I often like to shoot candids.
I do not tend to consider lens luminosity and vibration reduction as essential features (considering their cost), but I rather increase ISO when needed.
Other problems like distortion and color aberration become minor ones with the PTlens Photoshop plugin.
01/11/2007 11:37:10 AM · #52
I have DXO Optics Pro, and only plan to purchase lenses that this program supports, it's that good.
01/11/2007 11:39:01 AM · #53
Can't say a whole lot about favorite lenses as I only have one at this time, the Nikkor 18-200 VR. It meets the majority of my needs without having the inconvenience of having to change lenses to achieve the same focal range. The only downside I've found so far is that this lens does not excel in low light situations. I'm looking at the Nikkor 50 1.8 or 1.4 to help with the indoor/low light needs. This could, of course be remedied by buying a good flash (drooling again over the SB800) but the flash would be more expensive than eigher of these lenses. Decisions, decisions *sigh*.

Does anyone have first hand experience with the 50 1.8 & 1.4? What is your impression of both?
01/11/2007 12:05:22 PM · #54
I had the 50 f1.4 and sold it to get the 18-200VR. I had the 18-200VR for about 3 days and sold it on ebay for $150.00 more than I paid for it. I was not impressed by the 18-200, I thought it was way over rated. The 50 f1.4 is a great lens, very sharp, however for the difference in price I would get the 1.8 and then buy DXO Optics. I got a $100.00 gift certificate from Wolf Camera and will probably use it on the 50 f1.8.
01/11/2007 03:53:01 PM · #55
The lens I used most often is the 18-200 VR but I have to say my favorite lens is the 50mmm F1.4. It's actuall approx. 75mm-85-mm because our D80 is a 4:3 format ( correct me if I am wrong ) so it should be a nice lens to shoot potraits with very good depth of field. SO far I am still looking for a suitable model. I have yet to go up to someone and ask, " Hey, will you model for me ? "
01/11/2007 04:56:03 PM · #56
krgl,

The 50mm lens actually gives the view of a 75mm lens due to the 1.5x focal length multiplier. This is due to the digital sensor diagonal measurement being 1.5 times smaller than the diagonal of 35mm film.

You can find a more in-depth explanation of this (with pictures to illustrate the effect) HERE.

Message edited by author 2007-01-11 17:08:35.
01/11/2007 06:03:04 PM · #57
Kyle, I see you have a boat load of glass, what is your favorite wide angle lens? I was looking at the Tokina 12-24 and the Sigma 10-20.
01/11/2007 11:33:57 PM · #58
Originally posted by mattforbes:

Kyle, I see you have a boat load of glass, what is your favorite wide angle lens? I was looking at the Tokina 12-24 and the Sigma 10-20.


I am usually a Nikon person but I am pleasantly surprsied by how great the Sigma 10-20 zoom is. I read several artciles stating that it performs better than the Nikon Wide angle zoom, so I tried it. It's worth every penny !
01/11/2007 11:34:15 PM · #59
Originally posted by krafty1:

krgl,

The 50mm lens actually gives the view of a 75mm lens due to the 1.5x focal length multiplier. This is due to the digital sensor diagonal measurement being 1.5 times smaller than the diagonal of 35mm film.

You can find a more in-depth explanation of this (with pictures to illustrate the effect) HERE.


Thanks.
01/12/2007 03:48:07 PM · #60
Our team is complete and on the 1st slot of the wiating list. All other teams are also completed. Let's hope someone drops out ad we get a shot at it ! Happy Shooting !
01/15/2007 10:17:58 AM · #61
ok, now that we are officially not in WPL4, what do you think about a "what if" simulation. We can calculate our best 4 picture average every week and see how do we would have placed in the championship.

This way we can prepare better for the next season (-:
01/15/2007 11:07:48 AM · #62
Originally posted by yianisn:

ok, now that we are officially not in WPL4, what do you think about a "what if" simulation. We can calculate our best 4 picture average every week and see how do we would have placed in the championship.

This way we can prepare better for the next season (-:


I'm just doing ok with the scores so far, how about the rest of you ?
01/15/2007 03:52:34 PM · #63
Song Titles, 2006
Votes: 258
Views: 323
Avg Vote: 5.5620
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0
Wish Lists: 0
Updated: 01/15/07 03:49 pm

Best Of 2006
Votes: 214
Views: 302
Avg Vote: 4.9439
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0
Wish Lists: 0
Updated: 01/15/07 03:49 pm

Battle Of The Sexes
Votes: 93
Views: 222
Avg Vote: 5.2473
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0
Wish Lists: 0
Updated: 01/15/07 03:49 pm

Besides the song title, the other photos I sent are anti-dpc I guess, I still like them thought more than the first one.
In a few days you will know what I mean (-:

Edit: Spelling error...

Message edited by author 2007-01-15 15:55:01.
01/15/2007 04:20:22 PM · #64
Black and White Portrait II

Votes: 282
Views: 354
Avg Vote: 4.9858
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0
Wish Lists: 0

Best Of 2006

Votes: 180
Views: 224
Avg Vote: 4.9833
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0
Wish Lists: 0

Battle Of The Sexes

Votes: 98
Views: 231
Avg Vote: 5.2857
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0
Wish Lists: 0

Procrastination ( Ended )
Place: 39 out of 131
Avg (all users): 5.7178
Avg (commenters): 5.8571
Avg (camera): 5.7178
Avg (no camera): 0.0000
Views since voting: 14
Views during voting: 315
Votes: 202
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

01/15/2007 04:20:57 PM · #65
I think people are voting nasty, lol.
01/15/2007 04:45:05 PM · #66
Centered Composition II

Place: 98 out of 410
Avg (all users): 5.8358
Avg (commenters): 6.3846
Avg (camera): 5.8535
Avg (no camera): 4.6667
Views since voting: 57
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 201
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1
01/15/2007 05:56:18 PM · #67
Here's my centered cpomposition scores :
Place: 281 out of 410
Avg (all users): 5.0297
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (camera): 5.0151
Avg (no camera): 6.0000
Views since voting: 29
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 202
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0
01/16/2007 07:46:59 AM · #68
Best of 2006Votes: 223
Views: 259
Avg Vote: 5.6323
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0
Wish Lists: 0
Updated: 01/16/07 07:45 am
01/17/2007 12:09:10 PM · #69
Okay guys, for the second time I ended up unsubmitting a photo from a challenge in the last 5 minutes for fear of a poor score (in this case the "Match" challenge). Both times I've regretted doing so. Here is my latest bailed photo submission. How would you have voted? What are your thoughts? The title is "aglow". Thanks!

I've got to stop second guessing myself.

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Message edited by author 2007-01-17 12:10:02.
01/17/2007 01:05:22 PM · #70
I'd have voted it a 6. Simple, good composition.
01/17/2007 05:57:24 PM · #71
Originally posted by krafty1:

Okay guys, for the second time I ended up unsubmitting a photo from a challenge in the last 5 minutes for fear of a poor score (in this case the "Match" challenge). Both times I've regretted doing so. Here is my latest bailed photo submission. How would you have voted? What are your thoughts? The title is "aglow". Thanks!

I've got to stop second guessing myself.

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Nothing ventured nothing gain. I would have give it an 8.
01/18/2007 09:29:27 PM · #72
Thanks for the feedback guys. It is sincerely appreciated.

Of course this confirmed what I feared. An opportunity lost. From now on once I hit submit, for better or worse, it's staying put.
01/20/2007 02:33:52 PM · #73
Originally posted by krafty1:

Thanks for the feedback guys. It is sincerely appreciated.

Of course this confirmed what I feared. An opportunity lost. From now on once I hit submit, for better or worse, it's staying put.


I try to submit to every challlege even if it may lower my average scores - I think that's the only way to get better.
p.s. I've submitted to all recent contests, let's see how I do. :)
Wish me luck !

Message edited by author 2007-01-20 14:34:43.
01/22/2007 03:21:41 PM · #74
Good luck Krgl!

Unfortunately I was down with a flu so I did not manage to take any photos this weekend :-(
01/25/2007 10:03:38 PM · #75
Well aren't we a lively crew.
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