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    Talking When I Woke Up This Morning...

    I had no idea that I would have a new lens this afternoon.

    A pro photographer we know bought a D200 early last year. He couldn't find the body only, so he bought one with the 18-70mm kit lens. He tried the lens and decided he didn't particuarly like it. Now he's going through a divorce, and could use some "positive cash flow". On the way to work this morning, Dawn asks if I know if he has any photo gear he doesn't use that I could use.

    A quick visit to his office this morning, researched the price on KEH, met at lunch, and I now have a Nikon 18-70mm lens.

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    Re: When I Woke Up This Morning...

    Good deal. I think the 18-70mm gets a bad rap. I have gotten what I think are some very good results with it. Great little walking around lens when you want to go light. I think your going to like having it in the stable. Enjoy!!!
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    Re: When I Woke Up This Morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by Speed
    Any day above ground is a good day. But any day you get new gear is a great day!

    Well said my friend!
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    Re: When I Woke Up This Morning...

    Very nice! With that thread title, I thought you were writing a blues song...

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    Good deal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Timer
    Good deal. I think the 18-70mm gets a bad rap. I have gotten what I think are some very good results with it. Great little walking around lens when you want to go light. I think your going to like having it in the stable. Enjoy!!!

    Thanks Old Timer. I know several folks on PR have stated that they like this lens, and that it is a very capable lens.

    The pro I bought the lens from has a 17-35mm f2.8, and I would imagine there is a difference between a $1500 lens and a $350 lens. He kept the 18-70mm as a backup, just in case.

    I really want the Tamron 17-50mm f 2.8, but not having $450, I'll keep on wanting it. But since my 28-70mm f 2.8 is now effectively a 42-105mm on my D200, I really wanted something wider. This will fill the bill until I can get that f 2.8 I want. I'm going to Cape Lookout this Saturday, so the new lens should get a good workout this weekend.
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    Well said my friend!

    Thank you, thank you.

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    I thought you were writing a blues song...

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    Very nice! With that thread title, I thought you were writing a blues song...
    As if! I'm nowhere near that artistically inclined!

    Hehehe.

    But I like where your head's at!

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    Talking This One Is For Steve (Another View)

    When I woke up this morning,
    I was feeling kinda blue,
    But now I’m so happy,
    And it’s because of you.

    When I woke up this morning,
    I didn’t have a clue,
    That I’d have a new lens,
    Before the day was through.

    Thanks to my baby…
    For seeing me through…
    You know I love you baby…
    For all that you do!


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    Re: When I Woke Up This Morning...

    Maybe you could sell that song to Sanjiah.
    Congrats on the lens!
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    Re: When I Woke Up This Morning...

    Quote Originally Posted by Speed
    I had no idea that I would have a new lens this afternoon.

    A pro photographer we know bought a D200 early last year. He couldn't find the body only, so he bought one with the 18-70mm kit lens. He tried the lens and decided he didn't particuarly like it. Now he's going through a divorce, and could use some "positive cash flow". On the way to work this morning, Dawn asks if I know if he has any photo gear he doesn't use that I could use.

    A quick visit to his office this morning, researched the price on KEH, met at lunch, and I now have a Nikon 18-70mm lens.

    Any day above ground is a good day. But any day you get new gear is a great day!
    I really like the 18-70 DX lens, My only problem is it's NOT fast, at least for low light. That is why I have a 50mm F1.4.
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    Re: When I Woke Up This Morning...

    Hi Speed,

    Congrats on the new lens. I have that lens, and I think it is very good, considering the price. The f3.5-4.5 max aperture is my only complaint.

    Enjoy!

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    Maybe you could sell that song to Sanjiah.

    I don't watch American Idol, but I've heard about the current round on the radio and at work. Apparently this kid has no talent, but keeps getting enough votes to stay on. I doubt my feeble attempt at lyrics would make a difference.

    "Congrats on the lens!"

    Thank you for the comments. It is always great to get new gear.
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    That is why I have a 50mm F1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by freygr
    I really like the 18-70 DX lens, My only problem is it's NOT fast, at least for low light. That is why I have a 50mm F1.4.
    I hear you! I LOVE my 50mm f 1.4!

    I also love fast lenses. And while the 18-70mm isn't a fast lens, it goes give me a wide angle with my D200. It will have to suffice until I can afford that 17-50mm f 2.8 I want.

    ;-)

    So far I have been impressed with the lens. I intend to give it a workout this weekend, and get a feel for what it can do.

    Thanks for the comments!
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    The f3.5-4.5 max aperture is my only complaint

    Quote Originally Posted by photophorous
    Hi Speed,

    Congrats on the new lens. I have that lens, and I think it is very good, considering the price. The f3.5-4.5 max aperture is my only complaint.

    Enjoy!

    Paul

    Thanks Paul.

    I agree with you 100%. In my limited use of it so far, I like it. While I like my fast lenses, at least it's a 3.4 to 4.5 - instead of the dreaded 4.0 to 5.6. Hey, I'll take every photon of light I can get!

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    Re: Maybe you could sell that song to Sanjiah.

    Quote Originally Posted by Speed
    I don't watch American Idol
    I don't watch American Idle either... But you're a poet and didn't even knowit (knowet...).

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    Re: When I Woke Up This Morning...

    that is an awesome lens, i have one myself it is my second favourite lens (next to my 50 f/1.8) and the one that spends the most time on my camera, great for my Urban Exploration trips.

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    that is an awesome lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Axle
    that is an awesome lens, i have one myself it is my second favourite lens (next to my 50 f/1.8) and the one that spends the most time on my camera, great for my Urban Exploration trips.

    Congrats!

    Thank you Axle! Glad to know that you enjoy your lens. I'm looking forward to using this one a lot more.

    There IS something about a 50mm...

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    I don't watch American [I]Idle[/I]

    "But you're a poet and didn't even knowit (knowet...)."

    No I'm not. And I don't play one on TV either!

    If you've ever seen Adventures In Babysitting, then imagine the tune from the Blues Bar with the above lyrics...
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    Re: When I Woke Up This Morning...

    Hey Speedy, congrats on the new delivery! You're chasing Larry down as He Who Owns Most Nikon Stuff. Any new Nikon is a good Nikon, I say! The real test is, how well does it render your wife?!
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    The real test is, how well does it render your wife?!

    Quote Originally Posted by walterick
    Hey Speedy, congrats on the new delivery! You're chasing Larry down as He Who Owns Most Nikon Stuff. Any new Nikon is a good Nikon, I say! The real test is, how well does it render your wife?!

    EXCELLENT point my friend! I will have to put it to the test.

    Thanks for the congrats, I appreciate it. It is always great to get new Nikon stuff.

    I don't see myself even in the same catagory as Larry! He's got too many years head start on me. And I'm not about to try to play catch up. I'm just happy to have a new lens that fills a need.
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    Re: The real test is, how well does it render your wife?!

    Just for the record my stable grew by one this week with the arrival of the D200. Can't wait to put it through it's paces.
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    Talking Just for the record

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Timer
    Just for the record my stable grew by one this week with the arrival of the D200. Can't wait to put it through it's paces.
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

    You are going to LOVE this camera!

    That brings you to 14 Nikon cameras?

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    Yeah, looks like he has it planned out to stay one step ahead of ya ;)
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    Re: When I Woke Up This Morning...

    You might be catching up to the Deckcadet.
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    Yeah, looks like he has it planned out to stay one step ahead of ya

    He can have it!

    I'm not into keeping up with the Jones. I'd go bankrupt trying to catch up to Larry.

    But he is my hero!

    A true Nikon Samurai!!!
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