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    My next lens

    I just finished a week with around $450.00 in over time. And I want to buy a new lens. I have a Nikon N80 and currently only have two lenses a 28-80 and a 70-300. I would like your suggestions on what a next good lens would be(Well as good as it gets for $450).

    Just some background on what and why I shoot. I love to backpack, and thats the reason I bought my first camera. So I enjoy landscapes, and wildlife. I have reacently been considering doing some macro photography however. I am realy torn between a macro lens and a wide angle lens. I shoot mostly B&W(Ilford delta 100/400) and do my own developing and printing.

    Thanks for your advise and this great site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eheldreth
    I have a Nikon N80 and currently only have two lenses a 28-80 and a 70-300.
    So I enjoy landscapes, and wildlife. I have reacently been considering doing some macro photography however. I am realy torn between a macro lens and a wide angle lens. I shoot mostly B&W(Ilford delta 100/400) and do my own developing and printing.

    Thanks for your advise and this great site.
    Tamron received Lens of the year award last year for a 70-300 Macro lens.
    Since you already have a 70 -300, maybe pick up the Macro filters (x1 x2 x3) I believe they may come as a set. Then you can spend your money on a bigger lens (a 500 or larger perhaps )

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    Depending on what you want to shoot you have a few alternaives:

    If you like macro photogrpahy I'd reccomend a 105-micro nikkor o a tamron 90mm 1:1

    Wide angle: a 20mm Nikkor or a 28mm Nikkor are great
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    For wildlife shots perhaps a longer zoom or a prime lens of about 600mm, if you can find one for your budget. Or for the landscapes how about a good quality prime 28mm. It will almost definitely be faster than your zoom, will be lighter as well.
    Or how about a lightweight tripod?
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I think I have narrowed it down to the following three choices.

    62mm Close-up Kit (+1, +2, +4) for my 70-300
    Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens(Fast lens plus its a prime)
    with either
    Nikon Wide Angle AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D Autofocus Lens
    or
    Nikon Wide Angle AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D Autofocus Lens


    or I could blow the budget on one lens
    Nikon Super Wide Angle AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D Autofocus Lens

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    Quote Originally Posted by eheldreth
    Thanks for the suggestions. I think I have narrowed it down to the following three choices.

    62mm Close-up Kit (+1, +2, +4) for my 70-300
    Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens(Fast lens plus its a prime)
    Can you get the 50mm/1.4?


    Quote Originally Posted by eheldreth
    with either
    Nikon Wide Angle AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D Autofocus Lens
    or
    Nikon Wide Angle AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D Autofocus Lens


    or I could blow the budget on one lens
    Nikon Super Wide Angle AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D Autofocus Lens
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    I, similarly, had a 35-80 and an 80-210 zoom for my minolta. I opted for the wide angle because the zooms were sometimes excluding things yhat I wanted in my shots.

    The WA's let you get nice and close for details without excluding alot form the shot. You pay for it with distortion, but what the heck, there's a price for everything.
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    But I also just picked up a 500mm reflector....just cause.
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    While I do primarily LF these days, I also have an N80. If you are going to do a lot of backpacking and hiking, I would suggest something more along the lines of an ultra-wide angle lens or zoom. I have a Sigma 17-35 which I have found to be a great lens (I use it for > 90% of 35mm stuff). The lens is very sharp. You just need to be careful of the large filter size - 82mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by titrisol
    Can you get the 50mm/1.4?
    I have never used anything lower than a 1.8 and I'm curious, how much of a diffrence is there between 1.8 and 1.4.

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