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Posted 11/21/2012 by melissa in General Photography


PeaNut 4
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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:28:57 AM
Last fall, those of you still around here enabled me and I bought a Nikon 85mm 1.8 that I absolutely love. It is now my favorite lens. It is wonderfully fast and the glass is just superb. I have a 50mm 1.8, but it doesn't compare for the type of work I do which is dance photography, so often shooting in a dark theater. I have a 20-70mm that I depend on for in studio (in dance studio, not photography studio. )

So, as my next 2 big project are coming up, I am considering a 35mm 1.8 so that I have a wider prime. Wondering if a Nikon 35mm 1.8 is as wonderful as the 85mm 1.8. Any thoughts?

My camera body is a cropped sensor, so adding something like a 35mm will give me more like a 50mm.

The other purchase I am considering is a new-to-me body. I have a d80 and thought maybe it was time to move up to a d90. Yes, I'd love to move up to something more modern than that, but I am happy with the d80 and a used d90 is in my price range. I need a body where you can push both the ISO and the shutter speed to an acceptable range.

So, should I bother with the 35mm 1.8 lens and just get the d90 body? Or should I bite the bullet and do both?


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Posted: 11/21/2012 8:08:06 AM

too many questions as I shop around this morning.

Was comparing the d90 to the d5100. Can get a barely used d5100 for even cheaper and the ISO goes higher than my d80.

Decisions, decisions..

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Posted: 11/21/2012 8:33:08 AM
Hey Melissa!

I have the D90 - upgraded from the D80 and love it. But I have been thinking of the D7000 - trying to get better high ISO. I can shoot at 1000 but any higher I run through noiseware.

I shot a banquet with my 50 1.8, 1600 iso and it needed tweaking.

If higher ISO is what you want, you might look at the 5100 or for a 7000. What I want is a replacement for the D300s with better sensor - more of a pro-amateur camera than amateur.



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Posted: 11/21/2012 9:11:59 AM
Thanks Leanne!

That was a big help!

I went for the d5100. Couldn't pass up $350 for a new body. Makes me a little nervous as the d80 was my first SLR ever, but I am at a point where I absolutely need to carry a second body. It's too scary going it alone without another photographer for events.

I would a higher end pro SLR, but it's not in the budget.

I am taking photos at a tea coming up, something I've never done professionally. A little concerned about the lighting too. Still thinking about adding the 35mm 1.8 too.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 12:00:47 PM
I upgraded to a D7000 last March. I was going to sell my D90 but decided to hang on to it. I still love my D90 and use it probably 50-60% of the time. However, I don't shoot much indoors.

I can't answer your questions about the lenses though as I don't have any of those you've listed. I am looking at getting a wide angle lens but that will be after Christmas.

Good luck with your decisions!

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Posted: 11/23/2012 6:20:27 AM
KerryP.....if you decide to sell your d90......pea mail me! I would be interested!
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