Affordable gears for enthusiasts ....

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I , being a photography enthusiast without a very deep pocket , have always been on look out for el cheapo solutions to my photographic needs .Specially i have been on the lookout for second hand manual focus lenses , flashes , tripods, ballheads , light modifiers etc. I have seen that with practice acceptable result can be got out of them.I hope that some of you , who have same intention will share your thoughts and experiences . Please don't confine yourself to Nikon/Canon etc. throw some third party lenses etc. too.Mind that I don't pretend to be much knowledgeable , sharing my experience as well as being enriched by your experience is my goal.

First lens is Nikon 105 f2.5 ais . This was bought by me from ebay.in for rs.6000. It had fungus which i got cleaned for rs.500.00.

This is an awesome portrait lens. Manual focusing through live view or viewfinder focus conformation needs practice but is quite a breeze when grasped.

This fantastic lens has the habit of, if focused properly, to sharpen the eyes and to beautifully melt away the hair and softening skin . This attribute is available in modrn 85 f1.4s but they cost 15 times more


SAMPLE PIC FROM THIS LENS : CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO GET HIGH REZ

[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/53767538@N02/10604892624/]nikon 105 f2.5
#2 Nov 4th, 2013, 10:47
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The Macro photos in the link were really good (in addition to the one posted above)
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I agree with narendra.d.

I will be keeping track of all the posts here...I am also keen on knowing about affordable gears for my camera.

Thanks for starting this thread.
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This fantastic lens has the habit of, if focused properly, to sharpen the eyes and to beautifully melt away the hair and softening skin .
all that is because of the model ( your daughter, i presume), iamsomnath. not the lens .

Can you do a picture of something not naturally smooth or having well defined edges, so it can be put to test.
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Re: Affordable gears for enthusiasts ....

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Originally Posted by adam00121 View Post all that is because of the model ( your daughter, i presume), iamsomnath. not the lens .

Can you do a picture of something not naturally smooth or having well defined edges, so it can be put to test.
Suggest something?
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I will take picture of my old film cameras, still in use . They have rough texture and well defined edges. Let's see how this tiny wonder performs
Subject acceptable?
Google nikon f2as and Minolta SRT 100 X as they are the two models I have.
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maybe some chiseled stone carvings? or any uneven stone surfaces,

like this?

or barks/trunks of old trees with running cracks?

would such things be where you could see the effect of the lens? Or am i, as usual, talking out of places that are better kept closed?
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Re: Affordable gears for enthusiasts ....

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Originally Posted by adam00121 View Post maybe some chiseled stone carvings? or any uneven stone surfaces,

like this?

or barks/trunks of old trees with running cracks?

would such things be where you could see the effect of the lens? Or am i, as usual, talking out of places that are better kept closed?
Why not, why not? Perfect suggestions. Let me just get the props.
I will also perhaps feature a 25 dollar flash which is serving me flawlessly for last two years
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hi friend i have got Sony Slt A 58 camera and i wish to buy Tamron 70-300 what is your suggestion for this. i am beginner in DSLR Photography.
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Originally Posted by eklavya bhargava View Post hi friend i have got Sony Slt A 58 camera and i wish to buy Tamron 70-300 what is your suggestion for this. i am beginner in DSLR Photography.
Sorry sir I cannot help you in any way because I don't know. I never put forward my opinion about any gear, photographic or not, unless I have used them for considerable time myself.
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Re first post of your daughter.

This pic would be greatly improved if you take the shot about a foot away from the background, just shows you what can be achieved by a wide open lens, and correct focussing
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This pic would be greatly improved if you take the shot about a foot away from the background
I don't understand that. My distance was much more than that from the background. Do you mean to place the subject further away from the wall?
Agree about it then . Unfortunately space was inadequate. You know the room sizes and the clutter within which we live in :-(. That is a 8 by 8 room crammed with my digital garbage . This is the only patch of a clear wall I have... .
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Yes further away from the wall , then you would not get the shadow on RHS, appreciate that you have a space problem, however beautiful daughter, lucky man
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Originally Posted by fsg View Post Yes further away from the wall , then you would not get the shadow on RHS, appreciate that you have a space problem, however beautiful daughter, lucky man
Thanks fsg. ... I thought about firing one flash from RHS too, to cut the shadows. Played lazy .
Would urge you to contribute in the thread. Will help all cheapo lovers :-D
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