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03-20-2020, 08:21 AM   #1
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Quick 645D lens selection question?

Hi All, looking for inspiration when choosing which lens to take with a 645D.

The lenses I have are:
- DFA 55 - definitely
- FA 33-55 - probably (I feel I need the wide-angle)
- FA 45-85 - not sure
- FA 80-160 - not sure
- A* 300/4 - preferably

Of the 45-85, 80-160 & 300 I'd have to leave one behind. I'm not traveling but 'travel' is the best description of the kind of shots I'll be taking. Ideally I want the 300 as I haven't had much opportunity to use it.

Is there anything I should think about?

John.

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QuoteOriginally posted by johnha Quote
Hi All, looking for inspiration when choosing which lens to take with a 645D.

The lenses I have are:
- DFA 55 - definitely
- FA 33-55 - probably (I feel I need the wide-angle)
- FA 45-85 - not sure
- FA 80-160 - not sure
- A* 300/4 - preferably

Of the 45-85, 80-160 & 300 I'd have to leave one behind. I'm not traveling but 'travel' is the best description of the kind of shots I'll be taking. Ideally I want the 300 as I haven't had much opportunity to use it.

Is there anything I should think about?

John.
For focal length coverage leave the 45-85 at home. The 33-55 handles everything up to 55. The 80-160 covers the 85 end. This leaves a small gap between 55-80. A few steps forward or back and a little cropping would handle that. It's always fun to pack and decide what gets left behind .

Thanks,
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03-20-2020, 08:45 AM   #3
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Gosh, so much depends on what you are shooting, not traveling but travel, is hard - for me - to imagine. I don't own the FA 33-55 and the FA 45-85, but I've been given to understand that the 45-95 is a superior lens while the 33-55 is not so much. By what you've said, if you had to leave one behind from your list, seems like the 80-160 would be the one as you appear to want to use the 300. However, shooting outdoor landscapes last fall with my z, my favorite and most useful lenses were the DFA 28-45, DFA 55, and the FA 80-160. I really didn't need much else. I'd think you'd really have to imagine a particular need for the 300 to take it over the 80-160. YMMV

Happy choosing.
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I didn't have the 28-45 when I went to Alaska. But the lenses that were essential on that trip were the 35, 45-85, 55, 120, 200, and 400.

I have a 300 A*, but it's too heavy to carry around, and requires a specialized telescope mount to provide the necessary tripod mount.

The 45-85 is superb--it's my most-used lens, and perfect for people pictures in a variety of settings, like a 35-70 in 24x36 format. The 55 is also excellent, and I use it when I need a walk-around lens in bad weather, because it's weather-sealed.

With the 45-85, which is inexpensive, I'd add the 35, and forget the 33-55, which has a poor reputation in comparison. Then, save up for the 28-45, which earns its excellent reputation.

The long zooms are heavy and better on one end than the other. The recent reports of the 150-300 have been impressive enough, but the 200 by itself is cheap and excellent (as is the 150), and 300 just isn't long enough to be the longest lens I have.

The old adage that pros carry lenses in multiples of 2 has held for me--120, 200, 400. But a 1.4 teleconverter is cheap and easy to include for filling in blanks on the long end.

Rick "who would never be without the 45-85" Denney

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Thanks for the input and comments about the 33-55, 45-85 and reminders of the practicalities of the A*300. The 33-55 is my only wide option, I'm aware of the reviews and might get a 35 but that's for another time. The 28-45 would be fab but I can't justify the expense.

My original plan was the 55, 33-55, 45-85 & late 67 200/4 (or less likely the 67 90-180), I may revert back to this plan.

Thanks for the reminder about a suitable tripod Rick, with hindsight, I'll get better results with the 67 200 than the 300 as I'll likely be hand holding.
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