gear1box

Lives in United States woodbridge, VA, United States
Works as a defense economist
Joined on Apr 4, 2008

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  • i agree with Michael's judgment. Actually i have all three of the AIS lenses you cite -- and used each one extensively in the film era -- and have shot them on both the d600 and the d810.  In  my ...
  • "yes" i have been shooting mid-zooms since the age of film in several different formats and, hands down, this lens is the best in DX particulalry for your applications.   Fast (sort of), reasonable ...
  • For your uses i do not believe that zoom is all that valuable, nor is AF. i have the prime lens and Rokinon's 14mm on FX yields 110+ degrees of FOV, so it is a very wide photon bucket. F2.8 is ...
  • i have used a lot of mid-zooms in my time -- ah, too too many going back to the mid-80s -- and the 16-80 is, without doubt, the finest that i have ever used. Since we are talking DX here i assume ...
  • I should have mentioned these two points by saaber1, particularly spring for the extra $20 for the "Nikon chipped" version.   Actually, it is a MAJOR benefit compared to the Samyang on Canon, since ...
  • You will never regret getting the 85 f1.8G, which is one of Nikon's -- or the industry's --  very best lenses under $1k.  Seriously, just get it and use for a very very long time; the fraction of ...
  • This lens is, er, an acquired taste.   i love mine but use it infrequently for things like interiors -- often with people / group shots -- and real estate photography.   That is to say, all ...
  • John -- i would prefer not to quibble about sensors & pixels, but, as has been noted there really is very little difference between a 3.89 micron pixel and 4.2 micron one from an optical point of ...
  • Last Black Friday i bought a d5500 and 18-140 together.   By March i had replaced it with the 16-80 and, when i need tele, the 70-300 AF-P.  Yes, it means changing.   Yes it is MUCH better optical ...
  • Markus  -- It is none of my business but -- in a line from an old Dirty Harry movie -- "Ah gots to know?"   I have the lens on d5500 and have deeply pleased with it; so much so that i have ...
  • Mackie -- Sadly -- and i say this as an owner of a shelf-full of beloved AIS lenses-- the problem in your scenario is . . . the glass itself.   Honestly, for anything 50mm or shorter, it just isn't ...
  • Respectfully, Weed, i disagree. Before mentioning why, let me observed that i am *painfully* aware of the quality/mass trade-off, which is a frontier that i am constantly balancing.   I've had a ...
  • Robert -- I assume that this is offered in irony. For those that are new to the field, both these steps are, ah, ill-advised if your objective is to obtain high contrast, high resolution, images. I ...
  • i got one last fall with my d5500 body on a Black Friday deal. Used it fairly extensively for three months or so and got so frustrated with it that i got a "refurbished" 16-80 f2.8-4.  i am glad ...
  • Tord -- i bought the Tamron for the speed and indoor use, which a f5.6 lens basically doesn't give me.  But i have not taken the plunge to replace the 8-400G.   As i said, i rarely need a tele. One ...
  • i acquire lenses rarely (well, at least compared to some here) and it takes me a while to learn how to use one, particularly zooms.   All of them have their strengths and weaknesses. i usually ...
  • I've used both those lenses on my16mp d7000 and was disappointed with the sharpness in the long third of the focal range.  They will be worse on your 24mp body; TCs will not solve the problem ...
  • I have some and have been happy with mine of recent vintage.  Back in the film era i got burned a few times too.   The design hardware and optical quality of brands like Sigma and Tamron has gone ...
  • Yah, my main gripe.  There seems no fix to it and now that Nikon announced "no mas" for consumer-grade DSLRs, there probably won't be.   You have to be careful about shutter shock on teles too; at ...
  • John -- i bought one last fall and use it was my "travel" kit; like Ming i shoot with a d810 (i guess he uses Hassy's now that he doesnt' pay for them) for serious work. Worst feature of the body ...
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