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PHOTO GEAR by KRISS on 24 january 2016

WHICH LENSES I USE MOST Having the chance to fool around with a bunch of nice Nikon cameras (but guys this is our bread and butter) I have noticed that even though the choice of what I use is determined by what I have to shoot, I tend to go to certain lenses rather than others.
Also, this seems to be shifting from one period of time to another.
So I am trying to break down which lenses I use the most, which lenses I barely use and which ones I don’t own yet but definitely wish to add to the camera bag someday.

Recently I have been a huge fan of the Nikkor 70-200mm VRII but I have to admit I could really do without the 70mm, 85mm, 105mm and 135mm part of it.
I shoot it locked at 200mm 99% of the time.
This is a great every purpose lens and it is a great portrait and people lens.
I now think a lot about getting more aperture and since I can’t afford the 200mm f2 and often find the 200mm a bit short, I wonder what the Sigma 300mm f2.8 could be for me (besides a huge investment) - it may come along one day !

I have always been fan of the Sigma 85mm f1.4 but recently I got my hand back on the Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART which is far sharper even if I have never been a fan of 50mm lenses.
As a portrait lens, the Nikkor 105mm VRII macro is also a lens I love but I find it short and wonder once again what the 180mm macro would do.

The Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART is a lens I have used a lot in studio photography to create amazing scenes with lots of light, of people, sharpness, amazing color rendition etc…It is one of my favorite lens when it comes to needing more angle.

Finally, my 16-35mm is the lens I very seldom use.
I purchased that one after much hesitation last year, intending to shoot more landscapes or people with landscape and so far it hasn’t been a magic lens for me.
I have seen many beautiful examples of works realized with that 16mm and I just haven’t clicked yet.

I get the impression that longer lenses are becoming my favorites, satisfying me on many level except their price and their weight !

#nikon #nikonphotography #sigma #sigmalenses

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3 comments

Rich on 2016-02-24
I think different lenses become more popular with someone at given times (for no particular reason!). What does seem to happen is one's style seems to gravitate towards a closer view (capturing a close up of a face and its emotion at a wedding)for example as opposed to a wider view of the group interacting. Or, vice versa. I have the 70-200 2.8 VR1 Nikon and at 200, it seems to really come alive. Yet, when I shoot a wedding, the Nikon 24-70 is on my camera more than any other one. I'm older (63) so I can longer move my feet as quickly as I used to so it's a better tool for me (not someone else potentially). What is becoming more important to me is micro contrast, rendition, saturation etc. I know that primes will give me more of that so I'm looking at older Nikon lenses (used) that are classics. Even the Nikon 80-200 2.8 appears to be awesome. At $600 used (US dollars), I am tempted. No VR but I am not finding VR the necessity that most people tout as invaluable.

Rich on 2016-02-24
I've been thinking about the Nikon 105 2.8 for a while. I did shoot it with a while back (borrowed from a friend) and it performed flawlessly, especially with macro. I was shooting it on a d7100 at the time. I am torn between getting that lens and the Nikon 85 1.4. Totally different, I know, but the image quality (not just bokeh) on the 85 1.4 and it's 3d rendition really attracts me. Unfortunately, the price is very high so I am looking at used. Even so, it's an expensive investment. Wondering if you have any thoughts about that lens, and 85's vrs 105 in general. Thanks, Rich

Kriss on 2016-02-24
Hi Rich, yes I agree VR is over rated, I actually switch it off on both 70-200mm and 105mm because otherwise it decides of the aperture for me. If I was to buy an 85mm f1.4 right now I would definitely look at the Sigma 85mm f1.4 ART ! I personally prefer the 85mm f1.4 but my wife prefers the 105mm f2.8 because of it's macro abilities, I think it's all about your personal style. As a portrait lens, you'll get more reward with a 85mm f1.4 for sure !

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