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10-12-2011, 12:48 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by DaveHolmes Quote
Personally...

Keep the 18-55mm
Ditch the rest...
Buy a fast 50mm prime
Buy a prime between 24mm and 35mm (Pentax-M-28mm or Sigma 24mm or DA-L35mm 2.4...)
Get a 135mm 2.8 for a couple quid on fleabay...
Get a new but cheap manual flash (Yongnuo YN560 or Vivitar 285hv) a stand, brolly and trigger set...

The other thing I'd deffo get... (I don't think has been mentioned) is circular polorising filters for those lenses you'll use for landscape work...

Maybe a couple ND's (cokin ND4 and ND8) to slow things down...

All the best
I'm not sure if you should dith allthose lenses as 135mm depending on types of photography might not have enough reach. Have you tried to get a picture of a bird or animal with a 135. You need to be silent and have patience but with a 200 or 300 you have lots of room to work with. I'd definately keep the da18-55 get a da35 2.4 and keep one of the longer lenses until you upgrade as for the rest sell for funds. You never really did mention what type of photography you are looking at for example if it is portrait type stuff you wouldnt need the longer lens and the 135 will fit the bill perfectly. Something to consider.

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Daves list is pretty good although I'm not sure you need to ditch so many lenses (are any of them worth a lot?). What you NEED is bigger apertures. This really opens an entirely different world of photography especially for portrait work. For starters you can get a M50/1.7 (50ish) and a M135/3.5 (<50ish).

But it would help to find out what the instructor recommends for Nikon gear. focal lengths and apertures are what is important. Will the instructor want intact EXIF data (aperture)?
10-12-2011, 06:43 PM   #33
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I would look into a used flash (like a Vivitar 2800 or something basic), use the DA 18-55 and pick up a 50mm f1.7 or 55mm f1.8 and keep the 75-300.. couldn't imagine needing anything else unless you wanted a 2x teleconverter.. it all depends what your shooting.. a circular polarizer for the 18-55 at the very least.. maybe a ND8 filter as well.

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I have both a 50-200 and a 100-300,even that there is a 100mm overlap wouldn't want to get rid of either.The da 50-200 is small,light,as easy to carry around as the 18-50 where the 100-300 is not as comfortable.
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