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Whats the best lens for a beach shoot ?
Old 02-08-2004, 08:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have the Nikon D100 and right now I have the 24-85mm ed glass lens but I want a better lens. I am lookin at the 80-200mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom-Nikkor. Is that the best choice ?

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Re: Whats the best lens for a beach shoot ?
Old 02-08-2004, 09:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hey andy pearlman used a 70-210 2.8 tamron and did loads of beach stuff with it..so if you can afford the nikon go for it.. << sigma 70-210 2.8
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Re: Whats the best lens for a beach shoot ?
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The best value for the money is the 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom-Nikkor. If you decide to purchase this lens, make sure it has a tripod collar. Also, you might as well buy this lens new and get the 5-year warranty, because like BMWs, used Nikon 80-200/2.8 lenses cost almost as much as new ones.

If you have the money, you might as well purchase the 70-200/2.8 VR. I haven't seen the older 80-200/2.8 AF-S in stock anywhere.
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300mm f2.8
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I shoot 99.9% of everything on the beach with a Nikkor 300mm f2.8.... occasionally a 500mm f4, or a 28-105 zoom.

Don't use a "push-pull" zoom on the beach... the micro-grains of sand in the air will much more easily get into the lens on a push-pull zoom than a twin ring. design. Do not zoom "fast" as the fast movement of the lens group inside can suck microsand in around the seals. I believe the latest Nikkors include air chanels along the inside of the barrel to allow air to flow internally instead of being pushed/sucked from outside. Don't know about other mfgs.

The low flare of ED glass ED glass is very helpful on the beach if you shoot fill flash into the sun.


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There is nothing better than shooting a model with the 400/2.8 and blowing out the background! SWEEEEEEEEET. Get the 400/2.8!
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Re: Whats the best lens for a beach shoot ?
Old 02-09-2004, 01:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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That would be a good lens to have, since "beach shoot" covers a lot of territory. With the short zoom you have, you don't get the best perspective on people, and you have to get very close for a tight shot. I've used a 300 2.8 which is awesome because it does really throw the background out of focus, but not always practical or necesary. If I had to have just one, I'd have the one I have, the Tamron 70-210mm f2.8. Its sharp as a tack, lightweight and has a tripod collar, and costs a lot less than the comparable Nikon. This image of Erika Valdez was shot with that lens.



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Re: Whats the best lens for a beach shoot ?
Old 02-10-2004, 04:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm partial to shorter lenses -- I have everything up to a 600 f4 but find the longest I need for a beach shoot is 200mm. The downsides of bigger lens, to me, outweigh the pluses. First, communication: Anything over a 200mm I find myself having to yell (usually over wind and waves) directions and the model looking at me with a confused expression and yelling back "what, can't hear you..." -- this wastes a lot of time and energy. Also, weight and size of anything over 200mm generally requires a monopod or tripod to do decent work, which is fine but you lose mobility and end up shooting many of the same angles, not just because of the 'pod but also because bigger lenses are harder to move and require long distance between lens and subject, making them less versatile -- not to mention the backache from lugging a big lens around in the sun. As for blur, sand and water fade easily into the background so no need for tremendous blur, and many times you don't want too much blur if the background is nice. Finally, many of my favorite beach shots have been taken with shorter lenses -- even 35mm -- I just like the perspective.

In sum, probably the best lens is the one you are considering or something else, as Andy Pearlman suggests, in the 70-200mm zoom range -- many pro swimwear shooters favor this type of lens lens for it's versatility and quality. Have fun, shooting on the beach is the best. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]






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Myself and a lot of other guys I know are using Sigma's 70-200 f/2.8 EX lens. Very high quality for the money, with a tripod collar. I tried a Canon 70-200 f/4 L and returned it for the Sigma. It's that good.

Of course, I don't know your budget. It's impossible to go wrong with a long, fast prime.

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My Choice for the Beach
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I prefer a used, piece of crap, beat-up old Canon 135 f 2.8 SF lens that bought real cheap and don't care if it's gets sand blasted, salt covred and otherwise abused.

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