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    09-11-2012, 02:07 PM
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Question PHOTOGRAPHY- which lense?

I have the NIKON D40 with a 18-55mm lens but I would love to upgrade... I love taking pics of my animals(especially horses)- which lens would be better?

-- The "nifty" 50
-- Zoom lens(like up to 200???)

I want to be able to take a picture of a horse in a gallop but yet have the background blurred a bit(brokeh, I think that's how it spelled?)

Which lens would you get? If you would go for the zoom lens, which size would you get? NIKON USERS please help me out(other users too :) )

Thanks :)

NOTE: in the picture that I posted of the bull/rider, I really wanted the background to blur... what could have I done differently? I was shooting with the 18-55mm(boring!)
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    09-11-2012, 02:20 PM
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How much are you wanting to spend?
Right now the lens I use with my Nikon is the 70-300mm f4-5.6. (Telephoto.) It's good for the price, but I can't wait to get a lower f-stop.
If you are shooting horses, you want a telephoto; any other lens will distort the picture around the edges, which will throw off your proportions. I.e. Shooting a head with your 18-55 will make the nose look big and disproportionate to the rest of the horse. A telephoto will not stretch the edges. If you're needing to get "closer to the action" when sitting on the sidelines, you will need a telephoto.
Make sure you know if you want to shoot in manual or automatic (or have the option to choose) and make that a consideration in choosing a lens.
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    09-11-2012, 02:25 PM
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Just a note - f-stop and aperture determine depth of field (blur/no blur) ... A lower f-stop will produce more depth of field range, as will a low number aperture. (I think I got that right .. Don't have my camera in front of me.)
The 18-55 kit lens is ok for some things, but mine has sat in my closet, unused, since I upgraded to a couple of telephotos and a portrait lens.
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    09-11-2012, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
How much are you wanting to spend?
Right now the lens I use with my Nikon is the 70-300mm f4-5.6. (Telephoto.) It's good for the price, but I can't wait to get a lower f-stop.
If you are shooting horses, you want a telephoto; any other lens will distort the picture around the edges, which will throw off your proportions. I.e. Shooting a head with your 18-55 will make the nose look big and disproportionate to the rest of the horse. A telephoto will not stretch the edges. If you're needing to get "closer to the action" when sitting on the sidelines, you will need a telephoto.
Make sure you know if you want to shoot in manual or automatic (or have the option to choose) and make that a consideration in choosing a lens.
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Not sure how much I want to spend :/ Mayeb $200-$300...maybe.. Though I know I'll go on ebay!

So can you get a lens that shoots on BOTH auto and manual? Which do you prefer? I am learning to shoot on Manual right now and it's 100% awesome!

So you would lean towards a zoom lens then, instead of the 50mm?? I was thinking that too, but I though that I should ask some of the horse photographers on here :0)

Thanks :)
     
    09-11-2012, 03:30 PM
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For that budget I would suggest looking at a used Nikkor 55-200mm lens. It's a decent lens for the money and will give you the focal length you're looking for. However, to get bokeh images, you need a lower f-stop or shoot differently. I'll pop on my laptop tonight and reply with examples.
For a lens that will give you good depth of field and a good range no matter the length of "zoom", you're looking in the thousands of dollars.
Yes you can get lenses that shoot manual or auto - there's a switch on the side that you can flip between the two.
Learn how to control your aperture as well if you haven't.
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    09-11-2012, 04:16 PM
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I'd love if you gave an example of a picture and told what settings you use to see if I can copy it. I have a Nikon D40 and I know I don't use it to it's potential. I've read the manual, but it's like trying to read greek. I'm more of a hands on to learn type person. I'd love to take more horse moment photos where the horse or horse and rider come out clear and like stated above the background blurred somewhat.

I'd also love to know what you mean about controlling your aperture. Thanks in advance!
     
    09-11-2012, 05:11 PM
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Great!! I'll try and get on my laptop tonight, and if not I will have time tomorrow for sure :)
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    09-11-2012, 05:56 PM
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I shoot with an 18-200mm Nikor and a 70-200 Nikor. I think one cost me about $1000 and the other $2500. I don't know about cheaper Nikor lenses but I suppose you could look at other brands.
     
    09-11-2012, 06:16 PM
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WN, I cannot wait for the day I can buy the 70-200mm Nikkor.... *drool*
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