A place to keep track of favorite reference links & items I'd like to buy. Frankly I'm a novice with camera equiptment so don't look for deep insights here, just an attempt to organize my notes.
$1,000 - 3.5" long - 1 ft macro - ultra wide zoom
I'm not sure I really need that wide but I need more than I got. I suppose the kit lense is probably adequate unfortunately I didn't get that. This is supposedly the only real option for a wide angle zoom. Requires 82mm filters & adapters which means I couldn't put a standard macro adapter on it.
$360 - 3" long - 1.25 ft macro - kit lense mid-range zoom
An excellent starter lense & very compact.
$510 - 3.7" long - 1.6 ft macro - vibration reduction mid-range zoom
This is heavier & bulkier than the kit and my 28-200 & is still seriously lacking wide angle ability but it's still small enough to carry around at all times. The odd 72mm filter thread will probably not take a close-up adapter & the telephoto is enough to stay with a single lense for most uses though it is not fast enough to accept a telephoto adapter. I haven't found a wide angle adapter that could be added & don't know whether that's wise but if feasible I'd love to just have one lense that is not too big with image stabilization. The cost is no long telephoto. Without a wide angle adapter I would need another lense & might as well get a longer telephoto combined with the a wide angle. That would require a big budget!
$350 - 3.5" long - 1.3 ft macro - 'all-in-one' zoom
I chose this for my D70 but I think it's blurry & I miss the lack of wide angle ability. Maybe it's OK though & I'll just have to use a higher ISO to get good pictures. The reviews are pretty good even though such a wide zoom range is generally frowned apon, this seems to do very well considering and I can still shoot in the middle range for very sharp pictures. It's slow speed is awfully hard to hold steady in low light though so I'm craving a VR model.
$1,600 - 8.5" long - 5 ft macro - vibration reduction telephoto zoom
It sure looks huge in the pictures! Unfortunately, it's probably not usable for macro. This has really excellent optics and is fast at f/2.8 with the AF-S it would be possible to add a $400 Nikon TC-17E II (1.7x) teleconverter to get up to 340mm with 1.5 f-stop loss. There is a 2x teleconverter but that would kill the VR function. The real advantage with this lense is being able to shoot action from a distance.
$1,500 - 6.7" long - 7.5 ft macro - vibration reduction long-telephoto zoom
Compared with the above model, this is slower at f/4.5-5.6, it is non internal focusing has more telephoto and it's smaller. The 7.5 ft min. focus distance would be odd and that makes it pretty much useless for macros but so is the 70-200 though theoretically the close-up diopter described above could be used on both lenses I'm not sure how much difference that would make starting at 7.5 ft. This or the above tele would be a great add-on to the kit lense or if you could afford both, the wide angle. Pull it out for low light or telephoto situations and still have enough wide angle & general purpose zoom with the kit for most conditions. Paired with the wide angle you would need to pull out one of these beasts pretty often.
$400 Epson Stylus Photo 1280 is excellent, handles roll media, can get bulk ink system for it.
$500 Canon i9100 is 3 times faster & has individual ink replacements but requires expensive paper for good prints.
$700 Epson Stylus Photo 2200 will make archival prints lasting more than the other's 12 years.