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Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:22 pm

I don't usually talk about lenses, but these are made for quite a few different mounts, so I thought I would share my experience.

First off, I just got a Tokina 28-70/2.8 Pro. Wow, this thing is heavy. Like, 760+ grams heavy, making it heavier than my Big Beercan which is at a paltry ~620g. But wow, this is a sharp lens. The constant 2.8 makes this a great indoor lens. I'll still use my Sony 18-135mm SAM as a walkaround, but this Tokina is a tank for indoor shooting. Really makes me start to doubt when I'll use my 50/1.7 in any but the darkest indoor/night situations.

Secondly, I'm expecting the Tamron 70-300 USD today. Because I shoot Sony, I don't get the VC portion (stabilization) that the Canons and Nikons have, but I'm not horrible concerned. Read a lot of reviews over the last few days and it compares well with the Sony G glass. We'll see. I'll be getting rid of my Minolta Big Beercan (75-300mm) which I love dearly, but will be utterly useless. Will let you know when I get out and shoot with it and how it compares to the Big Beercan, which is an amazing shooter with great AF.
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Re: Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:23 pm

Congratulations on new glass!

I still retread my decision to grab Canon's slower (but lighter and more versatile) 15-85mm 3.5-5.6 over a wide-aperature zoom; I find that the improvement and flexibility brought to low-light shots cannot be overstated and have wished for a faster standard zoom when shooting darker areas handheld.

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Re: Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:36 pm

Most important tool for sharpness and low light shots ... a tripod.
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Re: Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:47 pm

PenGun wrote:Most important tool for sharpness and low light shots ... a tripod.


Assuming your subject stays still and the situation allows you to setup a tripod.

Tripods are great but the cheaper ones are either worrisome in terms of stability or too bulky, higher quality ones are hard to justify for some hobbyist.
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Re: Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:03 pm

What about a monopod? are those worthwhile to carry on a hike or something?
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Re: Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:06 pm

slowriot wrote:
PenGun wrote:Most important tool for sharpness and low light shots ... a tripod.


Assuming your subject stays still and the situation allows you to setup a tripod.

Tripods are great but the cheaper ones are either worrisome in terms of stability or too bulky, higher quality ones are hard to justify for some hobbyist.


I have my Fuji X-E1 and a very fine 60mm lens for it. I have done some photography:

http://carnagepro.com/photo/EX1

The portraits could be printed. The rest although they look alright are not sharp enough to print. I stay above 125th sec but still everything is a compromise. I stick her on a tripod, my ball head should be here tomorrow, and all those would be sharp enough.

I spent many years with my Nikon FM2, shooting stock for a while, and it lived on a tripod. My Fuji will too, a rather nice Manfrotto.
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Re: Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:07 pm

TheEmrys wrote:I don't usually talk about lenses, but these are made for quite a few different mounts, so I thought I would share my experience.

First off, I just got a Tokina 28-70/2.8 Pro. Wow, this thing is heavy. Like, 760+ grams heavy, making it heavier than my Big Beercan which is at a paltry ~620g. But wow, this is a sharp lens. The constant 2.8 makes this a great indoor lens. I'll still use my Sony 18-135mm SAM as a walkaround, but this Tokina is a tank for indoor shooting.

I've still got an old-as-dirt Tokina 80-200mm f/2.8. You could club a man to death with it, and then photograph the crime scene in perfect working order. The only weaknesses are a slow, loud AF and rotating front element.

The 12-24 f/4 is pretty heavy, too.
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Re: Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:33 pm

druidcent wrote:What about a monopod? are those worthwhile to carry on a hike or something?


I think that depends on when you're hiking and what you're shooting; typically, you'll have enough light to shoot handheld, and with every ounce and inch of bulk counting, you'd probably just pick one or two stabilized lenses and call it done.

That's why I like my 15-85mm; for a cheaper zoom, it's wide, long, sharp, and stabilized, and plenty fast outdoors. If I were shooting the 50/1.8? Well, either takes some care or some manual stabilization. My 24/2.8 IS, though, is amazing handheld (and in video), gorgeous lens.
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Re: Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:09 pm

I like a good monopod while hiking, simply because I use it as a walking stick also. I also have a light and heavy tripod. The light tripod... I just might sell. I might take it on hikes where I want a good family portrait, but that would be about it. The heavy one is highly helpful for wildlife shooting, portraits, and there is a pretty cool comet coming up I want to shoot with my 500/8.

And from what I've heard, every Tokina is built like a tank. This is a great little indoor lens, where I don't need to employ porters to carry it for me over rolling hills.

The Tamron USD came. Oh My. I've just been shooting with it indoors, and here is what I have to say about it:
Nicely fast AF
Reasonable quite AF
I never thought that starting at 70mm @ f/4 over 4.5 would matter that much. I think it does. It suddenly gets useful indoors if you are in a bind.
Nice size. Very baby bear. Not too big, but with a solid balanced weight.
Manual focus is able to be done one the fly! Too cool. It can be in AF mode, but depressing the shutter half-way (to AF) allow MF to microfocus.

Things I may not like, but you never know:
It looks like pixel peeping above 250mm might be an issue.

This lens is currently $349 after the $100 Tamron rebate. If you need a good telezoom, buy this one. I tried a Sony 70-300G, and it may be a matter of this lens being 98% of the G. But at nearly 1/3 the price after the rebate, its a winner.
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Re: Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:26 pm

TheEmrys wrote:If you need a good telezoom, buy this one.
Congrats. I sold my 70-300 IS when i got the 100-400L. I have a lot of fun shooting with a telephoto lens. I especially like photographing wildlife (even trying to spot, zoom in and capture a small bird in a tree around home is a blast).
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Re: Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:50 pm

When I have $2200, I will be getting a Sony 70-400G2 and getting rid of my 70-300, 200-400, and maybe even my 500/8.
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Re: Picked up a couple of new lenses - wow

Postposted on Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:05 pm

I shoot Nikon, and I have the 18-200mm "freedom lens". I like the all in one, as you can get at least the right frame size in most situations. Though it's not the best telephoto lens or the best wide lens, it's overall a good lens when carrying space is limited.
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