A&P Thinking on a new lens...help me decide.

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  1. ftslogger

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    Okay, currently in my bag are the following:

    12-24 f/4 - Tokina
    18-200 VR - Nikkor
    35-70 f/2.8 - Nikkor (The Baby Beast)
    70-200 f/2.8 HSM - Sigma
    50 mm 1.8D - Nikkor

    I want to add a prime. What I have on my mind...

    Sigma 30 f/1.4 HSM
    Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D

    Right now my budget is less than $400 (both fall under that category new)

    I shoot mainly people, weddings and kids. I've heard great things about both...and wedding season is coming, I've got 3 starting in May. Nikon shooters which would you go for? :o :eek3:
     
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    nikkor 85 1.8

    do you already have a 24-70 2.8? im not a nikon shooter but I think event photographers have pretty much the same thing in their bags. UWA, 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8is(vr in your case), 85 1.8
     
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    The siggy 30 is a great "walk around" prime on a crop body. Depends on what you want though. If you need it for portraits, get the 85.
     
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    I've been leaning towards the 85mm for some time, but the 30 mm looks pretty sweet, and it kinda covers that gap I have between 24-35mm. I won't be upgrading to a 24-70 unless I find a steal. The 35-70 is as good or better than Nikon's 28-70.

    Its all on a crop body. D300 and D50. I think the 85 will be awesome at a reception, and shooting with au natural light.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    again 85. you can easily make that 24-35 gap by moving a foot. But the DOF and perspective of the 85 1.8 cannot be easily replicated with what you have.

    if ou did alot of product editorial and stuff like that i would suggest the 30. but you do events and people, get the 85 and dont sweat it.
     
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    yeah my 30mm doesnt see much use at events
     
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    :werd: Looking around... KEH has the 85 1.8 w/ Hood for $245 BGN condition, I might just jump on it. I've heard all over that KEH is known for being very conservative on their ratings. Anyone else buy from them?
     
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    the last BGN i got was damn near new, so yes get it
     
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    Another vote for the 85. I have it and I love it.
     
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    85 both shot at 1.8
     
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    What about the Tamron 90mm Micro? I know its insanely good at macro, but can it do double duty, portraits and macro? :dunno:
     
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    that's the 1.4 though, right?
     
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    Nope, 1.8. 1.4's too much $$, plus I don't think I'd shoot at 1.4 much. I shot with my cousin's 50 1.4 and it was too annoying to get the focus just right, any movement threw it off wide open.
     

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