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Rash Purchase

Postby Savannah_Alan » Tue 29 Aug 2006 04:59 GMT

I've gawn and done it now! :wink: .

Just ordered this.
Nikkor 70-200 constant F2.8 with built in VR (Vibration Reduction).

This lens cost considerably more than my camera :shock: , but I'm hoping it can pay for itself some (at least I've got 0% interest on the credit card until December).

Gulp. I'm going to lie down in a dark room for a while now and ponder the error of my ways...

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Postby Graeme » Tue 29 Aug 2006 15:28 GMT

Wow, that's more than I paid for my video camera, my digital camera and my 35 ml combined :shock:

I'm looking forward to the amazing photo's you are sure to produce from using this Alan. We all need to reward ourselves from time to time and perhaps it was time you put yourself first and got something you really wanted. Good luck with it.
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Postby Savannah_Alan » Tue 29 Aug 2006 16:00 GMT

Thanks Graeme. I really can't afford it, but what the hell. It'll be tax deductible (I can claim it as a work expense for both the web design and the real estate business) and I'll try to get it paid off before the interest kicks in in December.

I already have a lens that covers that range (I have a 55-200, F4.5-5.6 zoom), but out of all my lenses, that is the one that I notice the shortcomings of mostly.
While it can produce some really nice shots in ideal conditions, I miss many because it is too slow, both in terms of focusing speed and the amount of light it lets in.

This lens will be my first real "pro" lens and I hear great things about it. The VR allows you to get sharp photos at shutter speeds that would not be possible with a standard lens due to camera shake. That, coupled with the fact that it is a "fast" lens (F2.8 throughout the zoom range), really makes it a good one (despite the fact that it's pretty huge).

I could have bought a newer, higher model camera for less than the cost of that lens, but I'm following the mantra that "it's the glass that matters".
I've taken 6,500 photographs in the last six months :shock: , so I guess eventually, I'll wear my camera out. Hopefully by the time that happens though, I'll have a really good collection of glass to go on the replacement!

My name is Alan, and I'm a photoholic... :?

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Postby Savannah_Alan » Tue 29 Aug 2006 16:43 GMT

Talking of my outgoing lens (the one that the new one is going to replace), here's a shot I took last week with it.
I don't usually do flowers, etc..., but couldn't resist this as I walked back to the car on the way back from a short hike with Sally.
(As usual, click to get larger version).

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(Nikon D70s. Nikkor 55-200 at 70mm. 1/179 sec at F4.5)

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Postby Graeme » Tue 29 Aug 2006 18:52 GMT

Nice picture Alan, I like the contrast between the red flower and the black and white butterfly. Wish I could take pics like that!!

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Postby Kay » Tue 29 Aug 2006 20:18 GMT

Lovely photo - definitely a POTW!

Yeah, logically maybe you shouldn't have bought that new lens. But you have one life. Live it! If it makes you happy... If that's what you wanted to do...

I'd do the same any day.

Enjoy it! (It'd be handy if you could make some money out of it too :D .)

It's such a joy to use equipment that's ... how can I say it? ... a joy to use. :D

Go on, you're worth it!
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Postby Savannah_Alan » Tue 29 Aug 2006 20:53 GMT

Thanks Kay. You know how to say just the right things :D . Every time I start to feel guilty about the purchase, I'm going to come back here and re-read this thread.

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Postby ruggie » Wed 13 Sep 2006 20:00 GMT

Nice Lens. My son let me look through his big Canon lens a few weeks ago. I didn't realise how effective image stabilisation systems were - looked out of his bedroom window at a flower in the garden below at 400mm.
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