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So whats in your Lens Arsenal?

I tried to see if a thread like this was done but didnt see anything.

What equiptment /lens do you have in your commission and love or regret.

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SB-400 flash

It's a wonderful little kit that I really can't say enough about for the snap shooters, parties and general use. We pretty much leave it in P and shoot away. Nope, it's not a perfect camera but it's dead simple and works very nicely.

With the wifes camera.



I shoot Canon gear.

My loves:

35 f1.4 L - Just a dream to use and i'd keep this forever.
70-200 2.8 IS L - Fast, long-ish, sharp, IS.
15mm fisheye - just plain cool when needed.

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50D - body layout sucks, errors, broken pop-up flash (which I rarely used anyway), matching grip also sucks 'cause of the weak internal gears that broke. The 7D went back to the button layout of the 30D/5D which should be a big improvement.

Shot with a 1DsII and 15mm fisheye.



behind the scenes - you can see how close I was to the stadium and still got the whole thing in there. No way to do that without something uber-wide.


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I have a Nikon D60 w/ the 18-55mm AF VR kit lens and also the 55-200mm AF VR lens.

For a beginner that wants to branch out a little further than a straight P&S I can't say enough about this camera. Sure it doesn't have the AF pin so you have to buy AF lenses unless you decide to manually focus but that is something I knew getting into it.

I almost didn't get the 55-200 when I got my camera and looking back that would have been a huge mistake for me.

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Those are some great shots Troy! You have an eye for angle!

Currently, my Camera and lens Lineup:

Nikon D300 (Mine - I shoot with this)
Nikon D200 (Mine - Brianne shoots with this)

Primes:
Nikon 50mm F/1.4 AF (old one, but great optic)
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 AF-S (Great lens...this guy has many miles on it-literally)
Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Micro (Ultimate all around Macro - great for aquarium photography!)
Nikon 100mm f/2.8 AF-S Micro (Not terribly enthused with this. Great image quality, but slow as fuck to focus)
Vivitar 90mm f/2.8 Macro Non-AF (This is probably the more accurate, sharp lens ever made for Nikon. One of the *first* computer designed lenses, designed back in the 70's!)


Zoom lenses:
Nikon 70-300 AF-S VR (I think this is AF-S. I got it for Brianne because she likes long reach, and it's got great image quality for a consumer lens)
Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 AF-S VR (first generation. All generations have great glass!)
Tokina 12-24 f/4 AF (I wish this has VR - A great lens at half the cost of the Nikon)

I had the Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 AF-S, but I sold it when a pro gave me a heads up that a full frame replacement was coming out with VR. Well, Nikon a year later came out with the 24-70 F/2.8 AF-S, but dropped the VR feature to keep the cost down. I'm still waiting for something in this range to come out with top quality optics *and* VR since this is the range I shoot in for my candid shooting style. Also a great range if I ever get into wedding photography for some side money.

I may have some more lenses that I forgot I had.... I've not shot much lately as I've had other things to worry about that keep distracting me from photography. I'm very "out of sight, out of mind" sorta person.

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I have a Nikon D60 w/ the 18-55mm AF VR kit lens and also the 55-200mm AF VR lens.

For a beginner that wants to branch out a little further than a straight P&S I can't say enough about this camera. Sure it doesn't have the AF pin so you have to buy AF lenses unless you decide to manually focus but that is something I knew getting into it.

I almost didn't get the 55-200 when I got my camera and looking back that would have been a huge mistake for me.
Get the little SB-400 when you can. It's a miracle worker indoors and out. So inexpensive, no extra controls to mess with, just plug and play.

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Get the little SB-400 when you can. It's a miracle worker indoors and out. So inexpensive, no extra controls to mess with, just plug and play.
Been lookin at the SB-400 and SB-600 for about a year now. Just don't know why I haven't pulled the trigger. Now that summer is back and I will be outside more with my camera I might have to spend the $.

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I am in photography hiatus at this time, all my gear is sold towards a track bike, but I had

Canon 40D,
and 2 Sigma's

Sigma EX 18-50 f/2.8 HSM MACRO - GREAT LENS - is equal or better according to some reviews to Canon 18-50 f/2.8 L in IQ and almost as good in build quality
Sigma EX 70-200 f/2.8 - very good lens as well - a tad less sharp than Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L at wide open, but at f/4 - f/16 - is as good and twice cheaper
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yeah, I had nifty fifty as well, nice lens for sure.

I forgot to mention i had Sigma 1.4X converter, so I had equavalent of 110-300 F/4 when attached that to my 70-200
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Been lookin at the SB-400 and SB-600 for about a year now. Just don't know why I haven't pulled the trigger. Now that summer is back and I will be outside more with my camera I might have to spend the $.
Www.nikonrumours.com

Is thinkin that the sb600 is on its way out.

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Is thinkin that the sb600 is on its way out.
Doesn't really matter, most of the replacement flashes don't bring much to the table over the current versions IMO. Heck, my most used flashes are Nikon SB-26's and I shoot Canon.

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Is thinkin that the sb600 is on its way out.
That just means I can get a sweet sweet deal on it.

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Heck, my most used flashes are Nikon SB-26's and I shoot Canon.
Those are classic bad ass. Do you read The Strobist?

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Those are classic bad ass. Do you read The Strobist?
I ran across the strobist a couple years back when I was searching the web for the SB-26's and read there for a while but really have not kept up with what he's got going over there. Really a great site to learn from but I don't keep up with everything there. I've actually got a ton of flashes and use them off camera a bunch much like the strobist. I've got 9 shoe mount flashes, Radio Poppers, and Alien Bees that I use too. You can really do some neat things with off camera flashes.

This was taken in the evening after sunset with a flash outside the window to simulate window light in the background.



This one was during the afternoon and underexposed to show the flames better, then off camera flash was used to light her up.



This one I just put the flash right in the shot for something a bit different.



shot with a flash directly behind them inside the doorway. BTW - at 10mm!



I guess that this thread started as a love/hate lens thread but I'll include my flashes as my other "love" since I use them a ton.

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Nice Shots Troy! very creative.

Although now i have a taste for one of Nick's Huge burgers.




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In the end, when I "shoot" a subject, they don't get up!!!

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In the end, when I "shoot" a subject, they don't get up!!!
cough, this is a describe your lens thread. not just photos!

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cough, this is a describe your lens thread. not just photos!

hehe more info!
My bad

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Schmidt & Bender
Pro Hunter
3-12x56
30mm tube
Heavy Duplex reticle

Cleanest glass money can buy, although Hensoldt ( Made by Zeiss) is coming up quick


Night Force
NXS
8-32x56
30mm tube
NPR2 reticle ranges at 20 power

Optical calrity is there but not as bright as teh S&B, but you save $1K over the S&B


Leupold MKIV

JUNK


Leupold VXIII
SUPER JUNK

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