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    Clean Slate (almost) With My Lenses ~ My Reviews and your thoughts?

    I am relatively new to digital and I have been disappointed with the digital performance of my film MF lenses.

    Both too soft...
    Tokina 80-200/2.8
    Tokina 400/5.6

    Hit and miss (but probably me, not the lens)...
    Tamron 28-70/3.5-4.5 MF

    So I have just, in the past month or so, traded in those three, and my Nikkor 20/3.5 MF and will post my thoughts on the new lenses. I kept my 105/4 Micro MF- very happy with it.

    I will begin with a new Rokinon 8/3.5MF FF Fisheye- the newest one with "HD glass" and removable hood.
    Clean Slate (almost) With My Lenses ~ My Reviews and your thoughts?

    What a great lens! And inexpensive! Perfect combo. This lens has 180 degree diagonal vision on my D7000. Here, it sees it own support. Nice and clean image.
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    These images had the closest objects within 3-4 inches of the front element. Nice and clean!
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    This is another new lens- shots and thoughts forthcoming.
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    I was nearly on the trunk of this tree.
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    Here, I got in the middle of the BBall game nearly under the basket and STILL caught a lot of action as they played around me.
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    If you're careful, fisheye distortion can be minimized, as shown below.
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    I have never had anything this wide. This is gonna be F-U-N! Highly recommended at just $330.

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    Re: Clean Slate (almost) With My Lenses ~ My Reviews and your thoughts?

    Tyler

    You're showing us what can be achieved by creative use of that lens. Good on you. It obviously opens up lots of new possibilities.

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    Re: Clean Slate (almost) With My Lenses ~ My Reviews and your thoughts?

    That fisheye lens would be great for Skateboard/BMX photography!

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    Re: Clean Slate (almost) With My Lenses ~ My Reviews and your thoughts?

    Thanks gents! I am enjoying it a lot!

    Next up: Next up, a new Tamron 17-50/2.8 XR DiII LD IF and whatever other murky BS marketing suffixes can be had- but does not have the stabilization that the newest version has. Good price and pretty good performance except that it has what appears to be the worst back focusing problems of any of my AF lenses (on my D7000). So I manually focus it when I need critical sharpness.

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    At <$250 (used), it is a winner!

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    Re: Clean Slate (almost) With My Lenses ~ My Reviews and your thoughts?

    And lastly, a (new to me) used Sigma 150-500/5-6.3 APO with optical stabilizing. Seems to be well made, and with decent optics... but it is no Nikkor in the same tele range. But then again, those are 6x as much cost. Contrast is good, bokeh seems very nice (see first image). Some early handheld w/OS on.
    Clean Slate (almost) With My Lenses ~ My Reviews and your thoughts?

    1. Bokeh seems nice on this lens.
    Clean Slate (almost) With My Lenses ~ My Reviews and your thoughts?

    2. Dealing with the back focus issue common on D7000's. Otherwise, seems like a good rendering.
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    3. I know- poor exposure made poorer in PP. Still learning, but decent sharpness handheld at 500mm with OS on.
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    5. A fave from the time at this game.
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    Your thoughts on what you see in these three lenses?

    Cheers,
    Tyler

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    Re: Clean Slate (almost) With My Lenses ~ My Reviews and your thoughts?

    Tyler - I know two of the lenses fairly well. We own both the Samyang (Rokinon and many other names) f/3.5 8mm fisheye (the older version with the fixed lens hood) and the Sigma f/5.6 -6.3 150-500mm.

    I don't use the fisheye a lot. It is very much a special purpose lens and the only reason I bought it was that it is so inexpensive. Optically and mechanically quite good, but I have to shoot it 100% manually on my D90. As you have noted, virtually everything is in focus. There is a tendency to have a bit of vignetting from the lens hood showing at the edges of the frame.

    The Sigma has not been great. It had to go back to Sigma twice in the first 6 months that we owned it. The first time the autofocus motor and electronics went, and the second time the electronics went again a couple of months later. It focuses reasonably quickly and optically it is okay, about the same as the f/4.5-5.6 80-400mm Nikkor. Mechanically, it is not a particularly robust lens. It takes 86mm filters which are pricey and not always easy to find.

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