What would be a good basic lens collection?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
happysnapper64 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,416
Re: What would be a good basic lens collection?

Hi Sue. I see by your first post that you prefer to stay with Nikon lenses. if you still want to go that way, then fair enough. I have Canon gear & love the Canon lenses I have. I did, however consider 3rd party lenses before buying, & would suggest you do the same before shelling out a lot of cash for another lens. Someone suggested that one of the criterea would be image quality. This is a very personal thing I find. I went looking for a long lens for birding last year, & the shop I go to had a few for me to try. I decided to go with the versitility of a zoom, & narrowed it down to 2. Canon 100-400 used for £1,000, or Sigma 120-400 new £645 + 3yr warranty. I took about 30-40 shots with each, outside the shop on a busy main street. Good for checking focusing on moving objects, & stabilization on stationary ones, colour rendition etc. I checked the images on my laptop when I got home, & could not tell which lens took which shot. I bought the Sigma. I am happy with most of the images I have taken with it, vast majority of poor ones have been down to my bad technique. I have no doubt that some of the camera manufacturers lenses are superior. It's often a case of is it worth the extra cost? You could try hiring for a couple days. Might avoid an expensive mistake. [& a divorce!! :-(]

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