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Old 02-14-2013, 11:27 AM   #4091
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:57 AM   #4092
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I guess my reservations with the Tokina are that for the same money I can get a Nikkor 10-24, which goes wider and covers more of a zoom range. An extra 1mm might not seem like a huge deal, but I expect that most of the time I'm going to be all the way zoomed out, which makes sense that I would want to be able to go wider. I rarely find myself doing wide stuff inside or at night without a tripod, so I don't think I'd get much use out of the Tokina's fixed f/2.8 aperture.

The Sigma is available used and in nice condition for $350 and under.
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I guess my reservations with the Tokina are that for the same money I can get a Nikkor 10-24, which goes wider and covers more of a zoom range. An extra 1mm might not seem like a huge deal, but I expect that most of the time I'm going to be all the way zoomed out, which makes sense that I would want to be able to go wider. I rarely find myself doing wide stuff inside or at night without a tripod, so I don't think I'd get much use out of the Tokina's fixed f/2.8 aperture.

The Sigma is available used and in nice condition for $350 and under.
The lockable aperture is only one benifit, the glass is the rest. It will produce sharper images than the sigma. Day or night, fully open or closed.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:09 PM   #4094
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The Tokina is just as sharp as the Nikkor between these 2 lenses.

I have tested both, and I like both. The Nikkor glass is more reliable and is better built than the Tokina. But other than that, take care of your gear and you are all good.

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:24 PM   #4095
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Tokina 11-16 is gonna be my next lens along with a automotive rig hopefully. I haven't picked up my D3100 in ages so I decided to pick it up and actually photograph my car haha.


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Nice shot indeed. Though not a fan of the strong white line of light in front of your car, the shot looks great and color of the color and sharpness of the car looks awesome.

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Very nice job of keeping your subject on one of the thirds. Keep practicing that.

Now, next thing to add to your photo thoughts when taking a photo ... busy backgrounds and subject angle.

You choose your background based on the color, vibrance and attention strength your subject has. In this case your car. You want to try and not let the background take away from the attention of your subject. On this shot, I actually looked at the cars and house in the left background first before looking at your car.

The lighter color car and red bricks caught my attention. And additionally the bush, kinda hid your car in terms of the shot saturation of the green and blue kinda mixed.

Many people get by that with a lens that can create a background blur, called 'Bokeh'. But I know that you aren't shooting with anything high end at the moment.

So, I suggest you go looking for a less busy background. Like a calm setting around water, empty street, parking garage ... etc.

And the subject angle. It's not to off here. But most cars are flattering if shot at 'headlight level'. There is a term called 'eye-level', which means you shoot a person at where they are not looking up or down to you for the photo. For a car, the eyes are the headlights. Try another shot where you are more crouched and at 'headlight' level. Even in the same shot, it can change the feel and dynamics of the photo.

Keep at it ... you are doing good.

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Old 02-15-2013, 11:47 AM   #4099
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important to note that you can minimize busy background issues with proper depth of field. If you make it blur out it becomes less distracting. Also helps if it's darker than the subject...

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IMG_4751_wm by Lyonsroar91, on Flickr


IMG_3921_wm by Lyonsroar91, on Flickr


IMG_3837_wm by Lyonsroar91, on Flickr
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One of my first shots on my first DSLR....go easy on me please lol
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