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Old 05-18-2013, 12:07 AM   #1
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Need help surprising the wife

I need help to surprise the wife for our anniversary.

Two years ago, we bought a D7000 that came with the Nikon 18-200, 3.5-5.6 G II ED.
Added a Nikon 70-300, 4.5-5.6 G VR ED for shooting wildlife and birds. It does its job. Some great animal shots cruising through Alaska, through the sunroof driving through a park with bison, capturing those birds in the woods, etc.

Now, wife wants to get into taking cityscapes and landscapes- lots of mountains, overlooks and trees here. She also wants to get those architectural shots in the city. Tons of bridges.

She's not really happy with the lower end of the 18-200 and she's not quite sure what exactly she is looking for. Just knows she wants to go wider.

She also has her eye on getting the 50 f1.4 . She's saved up and is getting that for herself for candids and walk around. I want to surprise her on her other wish item.

She wants to add something lower that would not be impractical or duplicate what the 50 will do.

She's looking at 10-24 f 3.5-4.5 or the 35/ 1.8 or something else that meets her needs better. She's not sure exactly what she needs as this will be a whole new area for her.

How she uses the camera- a lot of outdoor shooting, think WDW main street or interiors- think capturing the atrium on DCL as well as shooting up at buildings and architecture plus straight on shots of old buildings without being able to step back or interiors of old buildings. She's a history nut and loves going to sections of town with old architecture- plus heading back to Europe next year and all she talks about is the old buildings, cathedrals, museums etc. inside and out, She's into interior decorating and loves both the inside and outside of Versailles. She took shots with a cheap 110 back in '86 as that's all she had. She dreams of getting much better shots this time.

When traveling, it could be WDW, DCL, camping or walking around the city getting picturesque shots like old streets in San Juan/Paris, staring up at the Space Needle/ Eiffel Tower.

I want to surprise her for the anniversary. She would love to have a lens with time to practice before the trip next year.

Any recommendations? Does she need 1 lens or more to fit her needs.

I can make it a lens a year plan if needed.

Thanks for any help. She's been a great wife and deserves a great gift.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:25 AM   #2
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Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. It's wide, fast and sharp.

Do you work for Tokina? Your description sounds like an ad for this lens.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:43 AM   #3
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+1 for the Tokina 11 - 16.

I also have the D7000 and the Tokina 11- 16 is probably my 2nd most heavily used lens. From the way you describe her shooting style she will love this lens.
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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Unless she has a wish list and you're getting a lens off that buy her a gift card. And IMO she should wait to buy until she knows what she really needs to accomplish what she wants. You're are talking about a couple of different types of shooting that many photographers would use different lenses for.

Wider is not better for architectural shooting. You get into perspective distortion from being so close to your subject (that is often beyond what software can correct). Many photographers will use a mid range focal length and those who get serious about architectural photography go for a tilt-shift lens. For cityscapes some photographers prefer longer focal lengths. You're at a farther distance from the subjected and it compresses the space, making the buildings feel closer together.

If she wants wider though, a wide angle is a great tool to have in the bag for other reasons. Especially for WDW shooting.
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I bought a Tamron 10-24mm for my D80, it was fun to use in Paris Part of the reason I went with one that had 24mm at one end is so it would be a bit more useful, not just for really wide shots. I really don't carry it enough, there have been a few times we've been in French villages/cities that I wished I hadn't been lazy and brought it along. I have the 35mm1.8 that I really like, too. I tend to be lazy with carrying extra gear so I mostly use my 18-135 & 70-300 but I really like having the Tamron for when I need wider and the 35mm for low light.
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My Eiffel Tower ones didn't come out that great- my tripod lost a part so I had to hand hold. @10mm
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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All those shots are excellent examples of the distortion you get when you use a wide angle to shoot architecture up close. I think whether or not you're ok with that distortion depends on how serious you are about architectural photography.
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I am in the minority here and not a big fan of ultrawide lens. I would go more for something like the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, or 28-75mm 2.8. Or if the budget is bigger, the nikon version of those lens. Would be nice for walking around the city as well as shooting the interiors.
Whatever you go with, Happy Anniversary!
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:17 AM   #8
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+1 for the Tokina 11 - 16.

I also have the D7000 and the Tokina 11- 16 is probably my 2nd most heavily used lens. From the way you describe her shooting style she will love this lens.
If the 11-16 is your 2nd most used lens, I am wondering what is your most used lens.

Thank you to everyone for your input and help. My DW is narrowing down her search and is looking at the Tokina 11-16 and the Nikon 50/1.4. We spent the weekend doing lots of reseach.

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