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UER Forum > Archived Rookie Forum > Lens Recommendations (Viewed 1395 times)
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Lens Recommendations
< on 1/1/2011 6:20 AM >
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What are some recommendations for different lenses for exploration photography?

things like interior, exterior...

what do you guys use?

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 1 on 1/1/2011 7:03 AM >
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Posted by Scrumpet
What are some recommendations for different lenses for exploration photography?

things like interior, exterior...

what do you guys use?

For a D3100 nikon.

For indoors rooms you're gonna want a wide lens (less than 18mm, but not fisheye); usually you can tripod up so fstop isn't painful. Hallways or drains will want higher fstop to get more than a razor plane in focus, so an f/2.8 lens won't help much. A 50 prime looks like fun, but I've only got the kit lens (18-55) and a telephoto.

I shoot Canon, but Ashes in the Snow has a similar camera and he does model shoots. Tamron lenses might please you.

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 2 on 1/1/2011 7:03 AM >
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Posted by Scrumpet
What are some recommendations for different lenses for exploration photography?

things like interior, exterior...

what do you guys use?


You are a Nikon user (observed from you flickr) so I'd definitely get a Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX

and a wide angle:
best buy: sigma 10-20
best optics: Tokina 11-16mm OR Sigma 8-16mm


You can upgrade your kit lens to something better but I'd increase your focal reach at least one the wide end and one decent prime before I went for another standard zoom.

I don't know much about Nikon standard zooms so I'll leave that to you to do your own research but primes are always good and 35mm is about the standard focal length on crop sensor and the tokina 11-16 is favored by many here but the sigma 10-20 isn't too worse of an option if you're on a budget, and the sigma 8-16 is as wide as you can get on crop sensor w/o going fisheye.

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 3 on 1/1/2011 7:10 AM >
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Posted by AnAppleSnail

For a D3100 nikon.

For indoors rooms you're gonna want a wide lens (less than 18mm, but not fisheye); usually you can tripod up so fstop isn't painful. Hallways or drains will want higher fstop to get more than a razor plane in focus, so an f/2.8 lens won't help much. A 50 prime looks like fun, but I've only got the kit lens (18-55) and a telephoto.

I shoot Canon, but Ashes in the Snow has a similar camera and he does model shoots. Tamron lenses might please you.


Nikon wisely doesn't make an autofocus 50mm for their crop sensors the 35mm is the 50mm on 1.5x crop.

Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 is the only decent Tamron lens I could recommend over a Nikon coefficient... stay away from the Tamron wide angles. 10-24 = bad, 11-18 = horrible ...
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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 4 on 1/1/2011 11:00 AM >
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I have a Tamron 19-35 and it is sharp. colors need a little help, but shooting in RAW makes it a non-significant issue. Some people compare this lens' sharpness to Canon L and Nikkor G, or whatever Nikon's top of the line are referred to as.

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<Reply # 5 on 1/1/2011 8:08 PM >
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I use a 50 1.4 on my Canon, it can be a very versatile lens in the right hands.

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 6 on 1/3/2011 1:33 AM >
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Another good one to look at is the Sigma 30mm f1.4, very similar to many of the 35mm and 50mm lenses out there, makes a great low light standard prime close equivalent to full frame 50mm, it can be a little soft on the edges though. I still tend to find I use my Tokina 12-24mm most of the time, its very similar to the sigma 10-20mm just not quite as wide, but good for what I shoot (a lot of drains and hospitals, 10mm is too wide for my needs)

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 7 on 1/3/2011 9:18 AM >
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if you have a Nikon this is helpful

http://www.kenrock.../nikon/10-best.htm

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<Reply # 8 on 1/4/2011 9:20 PM >
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I shoot 99% of my photos with my Tokina 12-24, and for the most part, I'm very satisfied with it. The autofocus on it kind of sucks, but I also suck for using autofocus.

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 9 on 1/7/2011 5:53 AM >
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Posted by TheVicariousVadder

Nikon wisely doesn't make an autofocus 50mm for their crop sensors.

Uuuuuuhhh..yes they do..



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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 10 on 1/7/2011 6:12 AM >
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Posted by ZenCanadian
I use a 50 1.4 on my Canon, it can be a very versatile lens in the right hands.


Not so much on a Nikon crop (1.5x or 75mm equivalent).

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 11 on 1/7/2011 6:44 AM >
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Posted by Byberrian Fanman

Uuuuuuhhh..yes they do..




durrr... what I meant to say was nikon wisely didn't make a budget 50mm prime for their crop sensors with autofocus. Nikon makes a similar spec one to the canon f1.4 and sigma f1.4 but it's damn near $500 new.

50mm on canon crop is 80mm. The f1.8II sucks, bad focus motor, bad bokeh, cheap construction, it's sharp in the middle wide open and sharper stopped down but isn't that what you'd expect a primes to be?

50mm on nikon crop is what 75mm? It's still too limited.

That wasn't really a negative remark, as nikon's 35mm is a better option, it gives you the 50mm equivalent.

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 12 on 1/8/2011 5:59 AM >
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I use a Tamron 17-50 2.8 for Canon and that usually works well for me, it is usually wide enough and I am on a crop sensor. It doesnt let in as much light as my 50mm, but its more versatile.

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 13 on 1/10/2011 2:26 AM >
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Posted by beccaspics
I use a Tamron 17-50 2.8 for Canon and that usually works well for me, it is usually wide enough and I am on a crop sensor. It doesnt let in as much light as my 50mm, but its more versatile.


I'm thinking of getting a 17-50mm F/2.8 as an upgrade from 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 kit lens. I can get the Tamron without IS (they call it VC) for $400 but with IS I'm looking at $600-700 for either Tamron VC or Sigma 17-50 OS.

What do UE'ers think about necessity of IS?

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 14 on 1/10/2011 2:30 AM >
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i shoot professionally for fashion and automotive magazines....but UE is new to me. Today, i took out my F1.8 50mm prime and my 18-200mm for my canon. The 1.8 was great b/c I could shoot low-light w/o a flash, but it was a bit restrictive in small spaces. I did 2 passes....one with the telephoto and flash and one with the prime alone (didn't want to tripod). Both nikon and canon have a 50mm prime lens for around $100 that are a total worthwhile investment. I highly suggest either! PM if you need more details.

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 15 on 1/10/2011 2:43 AM >
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Posted by Deuterium


I'm thinking of getting a 17-50mm F/2.8 as an upgrade from 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 kit lens. I can get the Tamron without IS (they call it VC) for $400 but with IS I'm looking at $600-700 for either Tamron VC or Sigma 17-50 OS.

What do UE'ers think about necessity of IS?


Is is good, as long as your hand holding your lens, I have IS on my 70-200 f4L IS and its great can hand hold at 200mm at 1/30 and get sharp shots most of the time, and always sharp at 1/60, however if you are using a tripod for exposures 1 sec or longer you have to turn it off as it will start looking for vibrations and screw your shot, so if you have a tripod or like long exposures, its not needed, although if hand holding it makes it much easier to fram shots at longer focal length as the view finder doesnt move. Fast apatures get the same effect by increasing the shutter speed in low light. My preference is faster speed over IS for urbex, only one of my lenses has IS anyway, and you can get fast primes generally cheaper than IS zooms anyway

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 16 on 1/10/2011 2:45 AM >
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I'm thinking of getting a 17-50mm F/2.8 as an upgrade from 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 kit lens. I can get the Tamron without IS (they call it VC) for $400 but with IS I'm looking at $600-700 for either Tamron VC or Sigma 17-50 OS.

What do UE'ers think about necessity of IS?


It would mean you would leave your tripod behind more often and your compositions would suffer. Leave the IS for the sports and wedding shooters.

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 17 on 1/10/2011 3:10 PM >
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Canon Rebel XSi (450D)
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 18 on 1/10/2011 3:13 PM >
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It would mean you would leave your tripod behind more often and your compositions would suffer. Leave the IS for the sports and wedding shooters.


I shoot Sports, and I don't use IS haha

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Re: Lens Recommendations
<Reply # 19 on 1/10/2011 11:37 PM >
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Posted by The Seeker


I shoot Sports, and I don't use IS haha


But you probably crank your ISO through the roof and get shit loads of noise.

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