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Buying a 'normal' range zoom for a Nikon.

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SEMANON
SEMANON  295 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 - 12:16 AM

I'm looking for a 'normal' range zoom for a Nikon - The Sigma 24-70, Tamron 28-75 or possibly a second hand Nikon 24-70 although that depends on the cost of D600 !Wink Must be sharp of course, I know Nikon is excellent, at a price, but wondered how t'others faired.

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SEMANON
SEMANON  295 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 - 12:42 AM

Too add to above, I might just get an 85mm f1.8 as that will also fit in well with my current lenses and when I go to full-frame. Just a bit unsure about what to do, how much benefit I'll get from the zoom over several fast primes,

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104020 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 7:13 AM

I use a Nikkor 18-70 f/3.5-4.5 AF-S DX...always gives me good results Smile currently under 200

scottishphototours

The Sigma is good too, we have one we use as a spare and it's well worth a look.

The Nikkor though is simply stellar...

SEMANON
SEMANON  295 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 - 12:10 PM

Thats the thing about Nikon, there better glass are inspiring in themselves, that's why I'm thinking about getting 85mm f1.8 - maybe not the most practical choice, but possibly work alongside 40 @ 50mm primes I own??? not sure yet.

Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41202 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2012 - 3:39 PM

I'd still advise spending money on top quality glass rather than an expensive body. Bodies will come and go, but the good glass will probably remain. If you get a lens that will work on full frame, you will be prepered for future upgrades.

Nick

scottishphototours

For what it's worth, the 85mm is a far better lens than the Sigma 24-70, though the Sigma has the edge because of its zoom range and the added comvenience of being a zoom.

Sooty's right - good glass first, bodies come and go.

SEMANON
SEMANON  295 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 - 10:22 PM

If I'm lucky Nikon will price D600 so as I can get both!

KevinEllison
KevinEllison e2 Member 72504 forum postsKevinEllison vcard England
8 Aug 2012 - 12:36 AM

As a backup to what's been mentioned above, the 18-70mm was originally offered as the "kit lens" along with D70 and D50. It's now become somewhat recognised as Nikon's secret mistake...a damn good lens in its own right...I had one with a D50 and youngest daughter reassigned both... My "walkabout" now is the 16-85mm but I'd be quite happy to be using that 18-70....

MikeJG
MikeJG  3 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 - 11:31 AM

I agree that the 16-85 is a very good lens. OK, so its not a 'pro' lens, but used correctly gives excellent results. I had mine for a few years and have resisted the urge to go for a replacement as I really don't need it!16-85 Example

SEMANON
SEMANON  295 forum posts United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 - 5:23 PM

I'd say at the minute that was a maybe(16-85), although not a fast lens, I've heard its sharp, then again if I go for FF later in the year, not going to work for me. Buying next lens I will have an eye keeping it for the future.

SEMANON
SEMANON  295 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 - 9:46 AM

Just reading a few reviews about 18-70mm - very interesting.

Railcam
Railcam  7472 forum posts Scotland
10 Aug 2012 - 10:52 AM

Whilst everyone is extolling the virtues of the 18-70 DX lens, the OP is referring to the D600 which is rumoured to be an FX body. A slight mis-match then?

Back to the drawing board Sad

SEMANON
SEMANON  295 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 - 11:54 AM

I think I'm going to get an 85mm to go with 40mm - and it is Full Frame. Or just play safe, but expensive and go for 24-70, which will give me speed & zoom & FX compatible (probably why its 1200) A lot of money, I hope it's worth it!

Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41202 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 6:28 PM

If you are planning to get a FF camera later on, why quibble about changing lenses now? If FF is certain, just go for FF compatible lenses and have done with it? That will reduce your options immediately. Identify what you need (not what you want) and you will find your choice is virtually made for you.
It seems daft to consider a DX lens in the circumstances.

Nick

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