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 Post subject: Good DSLR Zoom Lens for shooting from the beach
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:16 pm 
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Was wondering if anyone can provide recommendations for a good zoom lens for my DSLR. Have a Nikon 3200, w 18-55mm VR lens. Love the VR because on the beach when windy it can get shaky, obviously will need to get a tripod at some point but a bit cumbersome for travel.

What lenses are you guys using? I am hoping to shoot both photos and videos. How much zoom/magnification do you get, is it enough?

Hoping not to spend over 250-300USD if possible.


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 Post subject: Re: Good DSLR Zoom Lens for shooting from the beach
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:27 am 
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For something inexpensive check out other brands, I have a Tamron 70-300 VC f4-5.6 and it's really nice for kiting. It focuses relatively quickly (faster than the nikon 70-300) and is a bit sharper. Focus speed is very important - if you can, I would personally skip the whole "amateur" lens class and spend $1000 on a used pro lens like whatever the nikon equivalent of the 70-200 f4L is (which you can get for $600-700). The focusing speed is a whole different level and it will be much sharper. If I still shot pictures as much as I used to, I'd sell all my gear and get a cheaper body and probably a 70-200 f2.8L and a cheap 35mm prime or something.

Anyway, here's my lens:
http://www.amazon.com/Tamron-70-300mm-4 ... 003YH9DZ4/

few sample pictures i've shot with my d90

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looks like my quick resizing/compressing job killed the quality of the photos, probably not the best example for sharpness haha.


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 Post subject: Re: Good DSLR Zoom Lens for shooting from the beach
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:47 am 
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My advice would be to sell all bulky DSLR kit - some of the new compact semi pro cameras are soooo good -- canon g series etc. i never looked back. even crops look good.


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 Post subject: Re: Good DSLR Zoom Lens for shooting from the beach
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:39 am 
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longwhitecloud wrote:
My advice would be to sell all bulky DSLR kit - some of the new compact semi pro cameras are soooo good -- canon g series etc. i never looked back. even crops look good.


Bulky is good when you're doing some serious shooting- it's easier to hold a large camera. The disadvantage is who wants to take their expensive camera and telephoto lens and leave it in the car while they are kitesurfing. For those situations, a smaller camera to take some quick shots of friends would make sense.


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 Post subject: Re: Good DSLR Zoom Lens for shooting from the beach
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:37 pm 
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longwhitecloud wrote:
My advice would be to sell all bulky DSLR kit - some of the new compact semi pro cameras are soooo good -- canon g series etc. i never looked back. even crops look good.


I also did that years ago - got rid of the bulky cameras and (many) lenses :thumb:

And have used superzooms as my "go to" cams for years now.

You dont get sand inside your camera (like on a DSLR when changing lens on the beach when sand is flying around you), and you got wide angle too, for shots of the smiling kitesurfers on the beach standing beside you.

It is lighter and so compact, that you can carry it every single day without thinking bout it.

Optical image stabilization works great, and it is an advantage that it is light, as you can take much better handheld photos this way.
I've tried standing with a huge lens once, but after 5 minutes you are totally toast - and wearing a tripod for everyday use ? Naaah, no way this would ever happen :(

What is the downside of such "ultimate" all in one cam ?

It is on cost of sensitivity, nothing you can do about that - so can be grainy in really low light.
And the resolution is also a bit lower on the sensor, when it has to be fast.

They shoot 10-15 pictures per second in burst, which is perfect for kitesurfing (freestyle or waves where you want THE best hit).
Shooting f.ex 5-6 pictures per second is too slow for good action shots, so I almost never use this mode...

But you can usually not follow as effortlessly in the viewfinder, in fastest burst mode.
This is possible with the really expensive DSLR cams and lenses, but they cost 10 times as much, so you dont have these laying around on the beach because of the risk of theft :o

On the other hand, you can get used to how these superzooms typically work, and then everything is possible - and one thing is for sure: You will get MANY awesome photos now, simply because you HAVE the cam with you, when it is epic :rollgrin:

Have tried almost every superzoom out there, and have now settled with the Panasonic Lumix FX150 and 200.
The zoom range is from 25 to 610mm in one lens :naughty:

But as this topic seems to be about a DSLR lens and not the alternative solution, I wont post typical FZ shots here...

Just agreeing with longwhitecloud that most users (inclusive me as a photo specialist) will have much more out of this type of cam of course, although the dedicated specialists (with good money too) that dont surf much will of course use single lenses and change instead :D

8) Peter


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 Post subject: Re: Good DSLR Zoom Lens for shooting from the beach
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:33 pm 
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Thanks for the responses. The Tamron 70x300mm one looks like it will be the winner.

I understand the comments about other types of cams, but this is actually a gift idea for the wife, who loves shooting on her DSLR for all aspects of life, but also likes taking pics on the beach when shes not riding.

Was just curious what kind of vid quality people are getting with DSLRs on high zoom...


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 Post subject: Re: Good DSLR Zoom Lens for shooting from the beach
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:03 am 
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mz16 wrote:
Thanks for the responses. The Tamron 70x300mm one looks like it will be the winner.

I understand the comments about other types of cams, but this is actually a gift idea for the wife, who loves shooting on her DSLR for all aspects of life, but also likes taking pics on the beach when shes not riding.

Was just curious what kind of vid quality people are getting with DSLRs on high zoom...


Search youtube and vimeo and you'll find some really nice videos shot with Nikon and Canon DSLR's. I have the 70-200 2.8 Canon lens but still have an old Rebel XT so can't shoot videos yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Good DSLR Zoom Lens for shooting from the beach
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:34 am 
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I recently bought the only waterproof DSLR with interchangeable lenses. the Nikon AW1. I use to both for my kiteboard and flyboarding businesses and I never have to worry about it getting wet.

If shooting in or near water, there are 2 lenses. If you want more options, there are other lenses that are not waterproof, but give tons of options.

It's a very powerful camera and has separate shutters for pics and separate for vids. No menu to scroll though to change, Just press one button or the other.

Excellent camera and I highly recommend.

Bob
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 Post subject: Re: Good DSLR Zoom Lens for shooting from the beach
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:35 am 
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oops....just saw the post was for a lens, not the camera. Never mind, but my info still holds true for anyone looking for the whole waterproof camera with lens options.

Bob
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 Post subject: Re: Good DSLR Zoom Lens for shooting from the beach
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:02 am 
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sounds like a cool camera! - i will look at buying one if it is still alive in a year...


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