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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 ! Must be sharp of course, I know Nikon is excellent, at a price, but wondered how t'others faired.
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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,
I use a Nikkor 18-70 f/3.5-4.5 AF-S DX...always gives me good results currently under £200
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...
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.
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.
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.
If I'm lucky Nikon will price D600 so as I can get both!
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....
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
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.
Just reading a few reviews about 18-70mm - very interesting.
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
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!
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.
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