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    Changing lenses is a pain in the bung hole! Many photographers swear by prime lenses (only one focal length) but I even find zoom lenses restricting. It is funny though how one of my lenses becomes the star on each trip. In the jungle photographing animals I use my 100-400 while walking through Amsterdam my 17-55 was always on my camera but around home and my all time favorite "go to" lens is my 24-105.

    I look at the range of the lens and for me less than 3:1 is where I think the lens is not flexible enough. I also place more emphasis on the middle of the range. A 10-20mm lens may have a 2:1 ratio but it only offers a 10mm focal length range while a 100-200 lens has the same 2:1 ratio but offers 100mm of zoom range. So, for me wide angle zoom lenses like the 10-24 just do not offer the flexibility I want. I gave up some wide angle and went for a 18-55mm.

    When considering the focal length I also look at the aperture. When I'm doing wide angle I'm probably inside or somewhere light is limited so I want a faster lens. A 10mm or 20mm lens that only opens to f4 will be limiting. f2.8 lenses are more expensive but if it is the difference between getting the shot or not??? When I'm using a 100mm+ lens I'll probably be outside and light will be better so it's not so important to have the faster (expensive) lens, and I find that many of my outside, ship photos are taken around f8.

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      Thank you so much for feedback there, Dane!!!
      As I don't take indoor images too often I don't have the need right now for a very fast lense, so f2.8 will just have to wait
      A 18-250 would be great for me because I often take pictures across our harbour which is about half a kilometer wide, or other images where I need some zoom (you know, those ISPS docks are not built for us wanting to get close to our objects).
      We'll see. Must get to know the equipment I already got first.
      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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        Changing lenses?

        Changing lenses is one of the biggest differences between a compact camera and a DSLR. Bur as far as I remember, you only have 2 lenses (18-50 mm and 50-250 mm?)? It can't be THAT job? I think it is a question of getting to know your camera and getting adjusted to it.
        If you settle on only one lens to cover you whole focal lenght area (18-250 mm), this most certainly will be an inferior lens compared to the two you have - unless you buy a really expensive one. The aperture area of f 3.5 to 6.3 suggests that this is not a high quality lens.
        My personal favorites for zoom lenses are like this; 17-35 mm, 24 - 70 mm and 70 - 200 mm. And they must be f 2,8-lenses.
        So Sterkoder; keep practising changing lenses - but remember that this is the easiest way to get dust on your CCD sensor!
        The focal area 10-24 is an excellent one. My own experience is that I always wish I had a wider lens...
        Last edited by Sigve; January 10th, 2011, 18:12.
        Regards; Sigve.
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        IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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          Yeah, changing lenses is indeed a pain in the butt, but (and there's the famous but again), a neccessity.

          I have to agree with Dane when he talks about how strange it is that a particular lens become the lens-of-choice during a certain event. During my trip to Copenhagen, 99% of all the imags were taken with the 11-16mm Tokina lens. The 70-200 was rarely taken out of the bag, apart from a few occations.

          Normally, when at home and going out for a walk, the 70-200 is on the camera, and the 11-16 in the bag.

          They are both good lenses, but used for varying times in their own best.

          I have found that changing lenses can also be fun though (have to convince myself of that at least), having nailed an image with one lens, it could be rewarding to nail it again with another lens.

          I know it's a pain, but I bet you will soon get used to it.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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            So, on the bottom line..., I might be quite ok for a while walking around with my 18-55 then, as long as I have a 200 ready in the bag
            "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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              The choice of lens is all dependent on what you try to achieve.

              I seem to be using the 11-16 by far the most, and the 70-200 as secondary. But, then comes summer and beautiful cruise ships again, this role will be reversed.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                Since this is a thread for new camera, I'll just say that I have gone over to a new camera brand.

                My Olympus E-510 has served me very well for over three years, but in the last couple of weeks I have had periodic problems with focus, so after careful reviews, I bought myself a new camera a Nikon D7000 with Nikon18-200mm, 70-300mm and a wide angle lens Nikon10-24mm or Tokina 11-16mm is under consideration.

                I have only been trying it out a bit for the last days, but so far I am very pleased.
                So now it's just to snap pictures and make me familiar with the camera at Easter.



                Fantastic manual (book) that makes it easy to browse and read in.

                So I hope that I get as much pleasure and more of my new camera than the old camera has given me for the last years.

                I am now officially a Nikon man.

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                  Congratulations Bengt!

                  Can't wait to see your future works, knowing what quality we have seen from you before!
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                  Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                  Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                    Just how WOW is that news, Asimut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    ….and what will our dear Captain have to say!!!!!!!!!!!!


                    EDIT: OH, crossed posts with pakarang...he was quite laid back about it! Probably hasn't quite sunk in yet!!!!!!
                    Last edited by Seagull; April 20th, 2011, 13:44.

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                      Originally posted by Seagull View Post
                      Just how WOW is that news, Asimut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                      ….and what will our dear Captain have to say!!!!!!!!!!!!


                      EDIT: OH, crossed posts with pakarang...he was quite laid back about it! Probably hasn't quite sunk in yet!!!!!!
                      Probably so happy for a great photographer that I didn't even bother about the brand.

                      Whatever Bengt chooses, I know what he will produce will be brilliant!
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                        Thank you very much, Jan-Olav
                        I need a while to get everything to work the way I want with the new camera, but I expect that there will be some pictures soon.

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                          Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                          ....Whatever Bengt chooses, I know what he will produce will be brilliant!
                          Absolutely, it most certainly will! Of that there is no doubt

                          Originally posted by Asimut View Post
                          ....I need a while to get everything to work the way I want with the new camera, but I expect that there will be some pictures soon.
                          I am SO looking forward to seeing the first pictures ...

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                            Thanks for that, Seagull
                            I'll just take the time to help so that I get everything to work the way I want, so we'll see if there are any usable images in the future.

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                              Three test images taken with D7000 and Nikon 70-300mm (4.5-5.6) at different focal lengths this afternoon, trying to find out more or less correct settings.

                              What do you think, good or bad?


                              First image: 70mm Exposure: 1/400 sec F.7,1 ISO: 100


                              Second image: 185mm: 1/320 sec F.7,1 ISO: 100


                              Third picture: 275mm: 1/320 sec F.7,1 ISO: 100
                              Last edited by Azimut; April 20th, 2011, 18:09.

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                                WOW!!! Congratulations to you, Bengt!!!!

                                I feel a little "out" in here, now that it seems like I'm the only PENTAX-guy in here, but it's my own choise...., so....

                                No, let's be serious:
                                I think your images from your new D7000 is great. Sharp and nice light and colours.
                                (More "technical" than that is unable for me to be, sorry...).

                                Again; congratulations and I hope to see even more great pictures from you in the future
                                "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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