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12-11-2007, 09:10 PM   #16
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I am impressed

If these were the shots I took on the first day with a new lens I would be I love...

She is beautiful and that lens if wonderful... I feel like a cheerleader here but wow I am gonna start saving my pennies. Now more ebay until.....


QuoteOriginally posted by LittleSwans Quote
If I have the money I would have gotten the 50-135 but the 77mm will have to do. Just received it today and couldn't resist trying it out as soon as I got home! Here's a couple of shots.




12-13-2007, 04:10 PM   #17
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Thanks guys for your comments on the photos! I'm hoping to do some outdoor shots this weekend as this is the reason why I bought this lens so that I won't be in my children's faces too much!

So, Clem Nichols, when is your beauty arriving? Can't wait to see the shots!

If it weren't for the bonus from work, I wouldn't have been able to afford this 77mm. I would have bought the DA 70mm which is still a very good lens to have.
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I'm afraid I'm going to have to wait a few weeks before investing in the 50-135. Two reasons for that: first and foremost, I just purchased a Bigma in late October, and I don't want to push my luck with my wife too far; secondly, some think that Sigma may release the 50-150 with a Pentax mount in January, and I'd kind of like to see how it compares to the Pentax. Until then I'll have to rely on my Sigma 17-70 for portraits as my 50mm f/1.4 just seems a little on the short side at least for a head and shoulder shot. I understand that people can be put off by a long lens, but I think having a shorter lens only 2 or 3 feet from your face is a bit intimidating also. I'll post a couple as soon as I make a purchase, but seriously doubt I can find a subject as attractive as Little Swan's.

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12-13-2007, 08:37 PM   #19
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QuoteOriginally posted by LittleSwans Quote
If I have the money I would have gotten the 50-135 but the 77mm will have to do. Just received it today and couldn't resist trying it out as soon as I got home! Here's a couple of shots.

I find it intriguing to read about focal lengths and portraiture. IIRC, in the old film days we used a 75 or 80mm lens most of the time so that we could be in 'touch' with our subject and with a 105mm we were 'too far away.' These shots of your lovely daughter prove that 105mm (77mm) is not too far away.

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We had a small family get-together today, and I took this picture of my grand daughter with my K10D and Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 lens. With this quality, it makes me think that perhaps that's all the portrait lens I need. (Obviously having a beautiful model who thankfully looks nothing like me doesn't hurt.)

See next post.

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Let me try this to see if I can upload the pic rather than the url.

Success at last. I've been working on this for the past hour. Duh!

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Worth the effort

QuoteOriginally posted by Clem Nichols Quote
Let me try this to see if I can upload the pic rather than the url.

Success at last. I've been working on this for the past hour. Duh!
IMHO, it was worth the effort Clem, that is a fine shot of a beautiful subject.

I love the 17-70, it has and is serving me well.

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I am old so I started before zooms. In fact, I spent my first three years taking pictures with an Exacta and a 50mm lens. For most of that time I was making around $100 a month and lenses weren't in the budget. So, I'm comfortable with primes. The zooms win hands down for convenience but I still like the quality of primes and the shuffling forwards and backwards is natural for me.

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