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Old 07-03-2008, 02:41 PM #1
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Until the FAQ is back...lens help

I'll repost this in the FAQ when it's back and delete this post.

Alright, I have narrowed my lens choice down to two lenses. I currently don't have a working lens, and I only have enough money for one decent lens right now. I am traveling the summer so I want something that's versitle and that I can shoot well on foot. Smaller size and less weight is a plus. I want to make sure what I get is quality and won't need to be replaced soon because it's worn out or because I have outgrown it as a photographer (I am a noob so that won't happen anytime soon I am sure).

Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...AFS_ED_IF.html



Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...D_IF_AF_S.html

The 18-200 sounds great, but the price is a bit high for me, and I don't want to it be a lens that does everything OK and nothing well. The 18-70 fits my budget a lot better, but I don't want have to carry another telephoto and deal with swapping lens much.

I am also looking for a backpack that will be good while traveling this summer. Just something to carry stuff with me for the day and hold my camera safely (and so it won't be stolen). Right now I am looking at one of the Tamrac slingpacks. Does anyone have experience with these?
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Old 07-03-2008, 02:51 PM #2
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are you going to need the telephoto on your trip?
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Old 07-03-2008, 02:54 PM #3
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I'm not really sure, I am still getting a feel for what I like shooting and what lenses I need to to that. I don't think I will need the telephoto for my trip. I don't plan on shooting sports really. I think it will mostly be landscape, architecture, and people.
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Old 07-03-2008, 02:56 PM #4
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get the wider lens, save the money. you could put it towards more cool **** on your trip or just pocket it until you have more specific ideas in your head
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Old 07-03-2008, 03:02 PM #5
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Will you be going out of the country? In Thailand there not as used to having there picture taken so I was having a little trouble with the kit lens. (I didn't want to be extremely rude) Right after that trip I decided to get a telephoto. Just a suggestion..
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Old 07-03-2008, 03:13 PM #6
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I'm going to China. I will playing trombone in the opening ceremonies for the Olympics is well is doing a lot of tourist stuff. If I take pictures of people it will mostly be the friends I'm going with.
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go wide

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Definitely go wide if you have the money. Always good to just have one lens.
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:25 PM #9
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I too would say go for the 18-70.

I recently looked into camera backpacks, and was quite disappointed. Most camera backpacks only carry camera gear; they lack a separate compartment for other stuff. On the backpacks that have both a normal compartment and a camera compartment, the normal compartment is really small--it would be difficult to fit even a sweatshirt in there. The backpacks that have a decent sized regular compartment are MASSIVE overall and really expensive ($200+).

I ended up settling for a normal daypack from REI and putting my camera gear in there loose.
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Since we're on the topic of lenses... what's the most usefull focal length for a wide angle?
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I <3 my 24mm prime when I'm shooting 35mm. So on a 1.6 crop camera that would be ~14mm.
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Sounds about right.... Glass is too damn expensive.
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Thanks for the help all. It looks like I will get the 18-70. Eventually maybe I can afford a wider lens like the 12-24, but for now I think this will be good and it will give me an idea of what I want in the future. Now I just have to find a backpack.

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Old 07-03-2008, 11:09 PM #14
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i have the lowepro slingshot 200. and i absolutley love it. it fits all my camera gear (barely, im gonna have to upgrade to the 300) and has a small compartment on the top for other stuff. plus its convenient. you can get the camera out real quick, which would be real useful as our being all touristy. check it out.
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