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Is there ever good time to buy a new lens ?
Old 03-28-2004, 08:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering if there is a time of year that new glass hits the market and maybe older glass might drop in price? Or should I just go and buy the lens I want and don't look back ?

I'm talking about a nikon lens that runs about $1500 for beach shoots.
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Re: Is there ever good time to buy a new lens ?
Old 03-28-2004, 02:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Based on my experiance the best time to buy a lens is before you need it! Bought a D-100 in late December, Already had a AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8 D, that I love, and a AF 70-300 f/4-5.6 G that I'm coming to hate for the limitations. I'll be ordering a AF 80-200 f/2.8 D as soon as I hit the ground in CONUS. Been kicking myself in the ass for not doing it in the first place. Seems to me that buying cheap or putting off buying glass you need will eventually bite you in the ass for missed opportunities, especially if you rely on photography for your income and can swing it resonably. And I don't shoot for a living. My 2˘, George
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Re: Is there ever good time to buy a new lens ?
Old 03-28-2004, 04:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Quote: (and a AF 70-300 f/4-5.6 G that I'm coming to hate for the limitations)

Hi George, just curious, what are the limitations?

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Re: Is there ever good time to buy a new lens ?
Old 03-28-2004, 04:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi Ron, Overall I'd say it's a piece of crap. Quality of the optics seems ok as I have gotten some ok pics with it, but for the loose tolerences and cheap construction it lacks badly in consistancy and hunts like crazy in auto focus, which I use most of the time because of it being difficult to focus manually. I also don't care for the shifting f/ stop and lack of a manual f/stop ring, but could live with it if not for the other deficiencies. If you've never shot a f/2.8, DON'T, it will spoil your ass and you won't want anything less. If I was to consider a lens in this range again, I'd be more inclined tward the AF 70-300 f/4-5.6 "D". But that's what I get for trying to be cheap. I'm sure there's some good third party choices out there as well, Tamron, Sigma, etc., that would make good purchases on a budget, but I have no experience with them. That help any? George
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Old 03-28-2004, 05:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well George, my problem is I haven't shot enough of anything to have enough experiance to really know what I'm talking about.
I bought a D-Rebel around xmas time that came with 18-55 3.5-5.6, then bought a Tamron 75-300 4-5.6, and recently a Sigma Aspherical 28-105 2.8-4. They are all AF or Manual focus. I think I have enough lenses for awhile, now I just need to use them and learn. The only thing I lack right now is a model. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
Anyway, I was curious about the limitations of your 70-300, because I have the Tamron 75-300, but sounds like you just aren't happy with the quality of the lens.
Thanks for the reply, and hope you get to come home soon. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Is there ever good time to buy a new lens ?
Old 03-28-2004, 05:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ron, That's exactly it, quality. I'm not very experienced either and my last SLR was a Pentax K1000, with several sigma lens. Served me well for years and taught me alot. But for going digital, with the availabity of faster lens it's a whole new world. One of the biggest things I've learned is that you're not shooting a camera, you're shooting a system, and the most important part of that system is the lens, as it dictates all the parameters of the system, format, iso, etc., not withstanding. The camera, I think more of as a control head for the lens. Does that make sense? Good shooting, George
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Re: Is there ever good time to buy a new lens ?
Old 03-28-2004, 07:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You're buying a lens for beach shoots? Just curious... why not get one you can also use for non-beach shoots? Ha ha. Anyway I don't think there is a season. The manufacturers bring stuff out year round. When you see prices dropping dramatically or great rebates on an item, it usually means a better version is about to come out, but that's true in almost any business.

On David Mecey's recommendation a couple years ago, I bought two Tamron zooms (Nikon mounts). The 28-105mm f2.8, and the 70-210mm f2.8. Almost everything I've shot in the last two years has been with one of those two lenses and they are beautiful, and not really that expensive, one was about $700, the other about $900 if I remember correctly. Because I almost always meter manually, I refuse to buy a lens with a shifting f-stop. Once I get a digital camera I'll be testing to see how they work with that, but I don't anticipate any problems, especially since I don't shoot much wide angle.

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Re: Is there ever good time to buy a new lens ?
Old 03-28-2004, 09:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I will have to look into those 2 lenes...the 70 to 210mm 2.8 sounds like what I am looking for..

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It's a tough choice to make. Can't wait to get a better lens.

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Hey George, I hear ya on that 70-300 G lens. It works, but it sucks. It almost shouldn't even say Nikkor on it.

I replaced it with the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX HSM (Nikon mount for my S2, BTW it has a locking manual AP ring).

I've raved and rattled about it elsewhere...There's a post about it in this forum, I believe.

I highly recommend it...Yeah, so it's only a 200, big deal...Another buck and a half or so and it's an 800 at f4 if you want to "reach out and touch," and you're still under a grand.

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