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Anita Z. Gilbert
 

What Lens Should I Buy For Best Sharpness?


I have a Nikon N65 with a 28-200mm 3.5-5.6 zoom lens. I would like to buy a lens that would increase the sharpness of my pictures. I mainly do landscapes and family pictures (vacations). Thanks


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11/10/2003 7:05:33 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Hi Anita.
All Nikkor fixed focal length lenses are renown for their sharpness. Unfortunately, many opt for the convienience of zooms, at the expense of optical clarity.

A Nikkor 35 mm 2.0 is a fine choice for landscapes. For family portrature, a 105 mm will suit your needs.

In my opinion....one of the sharpest lenses Nikkor ever made, was the 180 2.8 ED manual focus lens. This design has been discontinued, but can still be found on e-bay. This medium telephoto will focus from 5' to infinity with tack-sharp clarity.

Keep in mind that there is more to sharpness than good glass....A tripod, or similar camera support, is essential for producing sharp photos at slower shutter speeds.

Bob


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11/10/2003 1:49:26 PM

 
Tony Sweet
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  One quick way to increase sharpness is to stop using your 28-200 f/3.5-5.6, almost a 9-1 ratio, slow with varifocal f/stops. The sharpest zooms are no more than 3-1 ratio at f/2.8, e.g. 80-200 f/2.8 (2.5-1 ratio); 35-70 f/2.8 (2 - 1 ratio); 20-35 f/2.8 (1.7 - 1 ratio).

Make sense?


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11/12/2003 7:37:13 PM

 
Anita Z. Gilbert   Thank you both for your responses. I am currently looking to buy at 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 nikkor lens and a 50mm 1.8 nikkor lens and sell my other lens. I can't afford f2.8 lenses at the current time, but I do think having a smaller zoom and a fixed lens is better than the 28-200. Any opinions???

Anita


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11/13/2003 5:23:50 AM

 
Tony Sweet
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  Look for a used 80-200, f/4 lens.

Look on http://photo.net or at http://bhphoto.com

It is a very inexpensive (when used) pro quality lens.

Good luck!


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11/13/2003 5:26:46 AM

 
Anita Z. Gilbert   Thanks again Tony. I will look into that.

Anita


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11/13/2003 5:30:39 AM

 
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