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03-13-2012, 05:43 PM   #1
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Need lens for practical purposes

I needed to take some shots of some equipment in a closet, another of a door, and some close ups of a trim piece. Information to send on for ordering parts, or showing a work site, documenting the state of something before we dive in.

I used my 50mm, but it is too long.

I'm thinking a zoom, maybe 17-70? 16-45? Any suggestions?

03-13-2012, 05:48 PM   #2
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Get one of the high-quality F2.8 zooms. I would make my choice from among these three:

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03-13-2012, 06:00 PM   #3
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Do you not already own a zoom? Something in particular about the kit lens you think won't meet your needs?
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I don't. I got a DAL55-300 with my body and have a growing collection of longer lenses. Ran into this particular need yesterday, and foresee having to do it again.

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Buy a used DA L 18-55, should not pay more than 60 bucks.

Is all you need.
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I have a DA L 18 - 55 if you're interested.
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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
I needed to take some shots of some equipment in a closet, another of a door, and some close ups of a trim piece. Information to send on for ordering parts, or showing a work site, documenting the state of something before we dive in.
Wouldn't a point-and-shoot work for that kind of record?
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Erf, I'd say the 16-45 is worth the buck compared to the kit 18-55..

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lytrytyr: sure, if I had one
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You should be able to get a decent one for 60 bucks.
If you only have one DSLR, a P&S is a good backup.
03-13-2012, 08:23 PM   #11
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Hmm. Food for thought.
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Sigma 17-70 Macro, miniumm focal distance is about 20mm (8")
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