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Old 07-05-2008, 11:34 PM   #1
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Pics from the zoo today

Here are some pics I took at the zoo today. All taken with my Nikon D80. Hope you all like them. The rest can be viewed here http://s214.photobucket.com/albums/cc26/red04svtcobra/






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And this one is hilarious, these baboons liked eating the bugs out of the other ones butt. Not a good crisp shot but still funny!!
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:11 AM   #3
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LOL...you're havin' a ball, aren't ya? LOL

Looks good...lol
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Old 07-06-2008, 01:24 AM   #4
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I love it. I am already looking at getting a better lens but I don't know much about them so I am reading up on them now. I know I want a VR lens but as far as f #'s and zoom I don't know which would be the best for me.
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Old 07-06-2008, 04:39 AM   #5
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It can depend on your main focus of shooting.

If you're planning on doing a lot of low light shooting or fast speed shooting, then you want a lower f/stop lens. However, if you usually shoot in bright daylight or even in a studio with good lighting, then you can go with a higher up f/stop (as your lowest point on the lens).

Thus, if you wanted to shoot low light/fast target, get something in the f/2.8 or maybe f/4 range

But if you were shooting slower and/or don't want to blur your background as much, then shoot maybe f/4 to f/5.6 and up.

Again, it also depends on how much blur/bokeh/OOF that you want behind your subject. With my race pics, I generally go f/4 or lower if I can. Even the same with some of my close up modeling shots...I'll even try f/2.8 because it'll really blur out the background of the model.

It's all by what you want and how you want your shots to look. :-)
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:13 AM   #6
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Tina has a 35-70mm that is real nice, but her nicest one is a 70-300mm
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Old 07-06-2008, 06:16 PM   #7
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I have reading alot about the 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR lens. It seems to be very popular with the Nikon group. I know I already have a 18-135mm lens with the same f stops but it is a kit lens. My main thing I want is a lens that will shoot action, such as drag racing, birds, or whatever else. Which I think the lens above is good for. I then want a wideangle lens for when I go to the zoo or do some portrait stuff with a very low f stop.
Mike it sounds like Tina has quite a hobby going on. They say that the 200mm lenses on DSLR's as the same as a 300mm film camera.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:13 PM   #8
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Just remember...when it says 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 that means that at 18mm, the lowest f/stop you can go is 3.5 and at 200mm, the lowest f/stop is 5.6. so, keep that in mind, because you don't want to be thinking you'll be able to zoom out to 200 and be at f/3.5. It won't work that way. And as it grows from 18mm to 200mm (or reverse), the "low f/stop" will raise itself automatically, so if you have it at f/3.5 at 18mm and you zoom out to 100mm, it'll automatically raise the f/stop to say f/4.0 or so. Maybe a third higher...I don't remember off the top of my head.

I'm not saying it's not a good lens, but I just wanted to make sure you knew that. :-)

Plus, you are correct that there is a "crop factor" with DSLRs. I don't know what the Nikons are, but for my Canon 40D, it's 1.6. So, you would multiply 18mm by 1.6 (29mm) and 200 by 1.6 (320mm), so in essence, you'll have a 29mm-320mm lens if you're at a crop factor of 1.6x. But they can be different because my 1D is 1.3x and the 1DS is a straight 35mm, so it's 1.0 (no real crop factor).

Okay, I'll go back into my hole now and quit ruining threads. LOL
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On the D70 the factor is 1.5 so it is probably the same or really close to that on the D80.

I am currently debating whether to get a wider lens than what I already have (18mm) or get a better zoom that goes beyond my 300mm one. A wider lens would help in tighter spaces (at shows, shooting from the car, waterfalls, etc.) while a better zoom would help in action shots and getting in closer. But I can't decide which one I want more.

More good shots, BTW.
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Just remember...when it says 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 that means that at 18mm, the lowest f/stop you can go is 3.5 and at 200mm, the lowest f/stop is 5.6. so, keep that in mind, because you don't want to be thinking you'll be able to zoom out to 200 and be at f/3.5. It won't work that way. And as it grows from 18mm to 200mm (or reverse), the "low f/stop" will raise itself automatically, so if you have it at f/3.5 at 18mm and you zoom out to 100mm, it'll automatically raise the f/stop to say f/4.0 or so. Maybe a third higher...I don't remember off the top of my head.

I'm not saying it's not a good lens, but I just wanted to make sure you knew that. :-)

Plus, you are correct that there is a "crop factor" with DSLRs. I don't know what the Nikons are, but for my Canon 40D, it's 1.6. So, you would multiply 18mm by 1.6 (29mm) and 200 by 1.6 (320mm), so in essence, you'll have a 29mm-320mm lens if you're at a crop factor of 1.6x. But they can be different because my 1D is 1.3x and the 1DS is a straight 35mm, so it's 1.0 (no real crop factor).

Okay, I'll go back into my hole now and quit ruining threads. LOL
I already knew that Mat but thanks for pointing that out in case anyone else didn't know. You have been a big help in making all this less confusing. Thanks!!
Allan, it seems like you are in the same boat as me as which lens to get. I want a wide angle for shows and cramped spaces but I also want a good zoom lens with a low f stop so it would be good for action and low light conditions.
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On the D70 the factor is 1.5 so it is probably the same or really close to that on the D80.

I am currently debating whether to get a wider lens than what I already have (18mm) or get a better zoom that goes beyond my 300mm one. A wider lens would help in tighter spaces (at shows, shooting from the car, waterfalls, etc.) while a better zoom would help in action shots and getting in closer. But I can't decide which one I want more.

More good shots, BTW.
I say both!!
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If money were no object I certainly would. The drought is wreaking havoc on our money tree in the backyard right now. Maybe once I get these master's classes out of the way I can do both.

I also have to take a look at this new D700...


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