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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8


FatBoyfocus 5 69 4 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 9:41AM
Hi

Some advice please.
I currently have a D3100 but, will be upgrading in the new year. I want to buy this lens or something similar.
I don't know much about sensors and lens fitting etc.

I'm looking for something I can use on the d3100 now and later on the transfer it to the new camera without causing me any issues. I'm not sure yet what I'll be buying but, I was looking at the D3, D600, D800... aiming for the upper categories. I'll know at the time but, I'm assuming going up a few will have bigger sensors???

Any advice will be handy including suggesting a camera or flash
I do small work events (Functions and presentations), some student photography (Portraits and street photography) and have a few friends weddings coming up.
All these people asked me as a friend and I have been doing these for nothing or travel cost only. I'd like to be able to do more with a faster camera/lens on low light etc (Especially for the weddings inside)

Thanks in advance
Riaan

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M22s 3 36 1
30 Dec 2012 10:04AM
The 24-70 is right up there with Nikons best! If you type the following into google, all your questions will be answered - 'nikon 24-70 f2.8 review', then post any questions you are left with on here. I wouldn't worry about making the purchase, but i think you need to do a little further research of your own regarding the camera choices you have cited, again google will help.

But to be constructive, the 24-70 with any of the 3 cameras will be a superb combination, and one used by pros all over.
Focus_Man 4 481 631 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 10:15AM
It always amazes me how people do professional work but need to ask for such basic advice. Get an idea of what you want like an f2.8 lens (constant full aperture that is) then google reviews.
FatBoyfocus 5 69 4 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 10:23AM
Hi

Thanks I'll try that and be back if I get confused

Thanks

Focus_Man... I did mention it's for friends and work mates... never was pro work and wasn't planning on going that way
It's a hobby I take pride in. Just because I don't know about the ins and outs of camera's, doesn't mean I'm any worst than you??? Tongue
Focus_Man 4 481 631 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 10:38AM

Quote: I do small work events (Functions and presentations), some student photography (Portraits and street photography) and have a few friends weddings coming up.
All these people asked me as a friend and I have been doing these for nothing or travel cost only. I'd like to be able to do more with a faster camera/lens on low light etc (Especially for the weddings inside)
Thanks in advance
Riaan



Still professional work whether or not you receive remuneration. I never said you were "any worst than me" just trying to make what I believe is a valid point. I apologise if I have caused offence.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
30 Dec 2012 10:39AM

Quote:It always amazes me how people do professional work but need to ask for such basic advice.


I thought the OP made it perfectly clear that he was an amateur with an entry-level camera who was looking to "up his game". Let's hope this genuine request for advice does not turn into one of those odious threads where "professional" photographers whinge and moan about amateurs "stealing" their work.

So, looking at his basic question, the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 is probably the best "standard zoom" for use with any of Nikon's FX-format dSLR cameras. Most of us who moved from DX to FX swapped our old 17-55mm f/2.8 lenses for this FX model and were not disappointed with the results. So - if you are seriously considering moving to an FX body, and you can afford this lens, it is undoubtedly the one to go for.

It is the middle range component of the standard Nikon FX f/2.8 trio - the 14-24mm, the 24-70mm and the 70-200mm, each of which is amongst the very best high-quality zoom lenses on the market.
FatBoyfocus 5 69 4 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 10:56AM
Hi

Thanks for the help. Looks like this will be a good choice Grin
Focus_Man 4 481 631 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 11:03AM

Quote:Let's hope this genuine request for advice does not turn into one of those odious threads where "professional" photographers whinge and moan about amateurs "stealing" their work.


Not my intention, I am 72 and well retired. The work he mentions that he does, is Professional work whether or not remuneration is received.
thewilliam 6 4.8k
30 Dec 2012 11:10AM
Nikon has always made sure that the lenses intended to become a professional's standard kit are of the highest quality and performance. The 24-70 is one of those lenses.
widtink 2 406 2 Scotland
30 Dec 2012 2:31PM
enough said
hobbs 10 1.2k United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 11:41PM
It's a cracking lens, that you can't go wrong with. I'm due to go FX at some point next year and it's at the top of my purchase list.
31 Dec 2012 8:07AM

Quote:Hi

I don't know much about sensors and lens fitting etc.


The straightforward comment is that the 24-70 works perfectly with every Nikon DSLR.
Finding out more about Nikon equipment is not too difficult by visiting Nikon's website and maybe ordering brochures. As you appear to be a UK based visiting your nearest Jessop's shop is another option.
The lens you are considering costs about four times more than your current camera with kit lens. Whether it might be best value as a first buy for someone intending to enter the wedding arena is another topic.
To get the best out of the 24-70 ideally needs pro grade body and appropriate flash and a total budget of around 3000.
Something like a D5200 with 18-105 costs less than 1000, a D7000 with 24-120 f4 costs about 1500, and a D600 with 24-85 costs under 2000. Each of these options has more resolution, better high ISO performance and better autofocus than your present camera with the kit lens, with the improvement roughly proportional to the price difference.
thewilliam 6 4.8k
31 Dec 2012 10:52AM
Good lenses can remain in use for a decade or even longer, whereas camera bodies come and go. The best of the Nikon lenses from 20 or 30 years ago are still pretty good by today's standards but who would want to use a D1 body?

An investment in good lenses is truly an investment.

I must disagree with Len and say that the image-quality of the cheaper Nikon bodies is very close to that of the high-end models from the same generation so that, unless you're shooting in extreme conditions, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference in the results.

That said, some of the real cheapie Nikon lenses, like the 18-55, are seriously good when straight from the box. What they lack is the durability of the higher-end optics and the deterioration of image-quality with age is gradual and insidious.

I have a 24-70 and rate it very highly indeed. It has the durability needed for a press lens, so the OP is unlikely to wear it out.

She-who-must-be-obeyed uses DX format for her "bump" shoots and borrows the 24-70 on a frequent basis. That means it must be good!
User_Removed 7 736 4
31 Dec 2012 1:08PM
If you're looking for a cheaper option but with the same optical quality, may I suggest a secondhand Nikkor 28 - 70mm f2.8? It's the route I went about 4 years ago and haven't regretted it. It's one of the two lenses I use everyday for work (the other being the 70-200 f2.8). And I don't miss the extra 4mm. (If I do, I reach for the 14 - 24 f2.8, and that generally means I'm missing more than the 4mm).
FatBoyfocus 5 69 4 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 5:12PM
loads of good advice here gents. Thank you Grin

I don't mind the lens costing 4 times more than the current camera... I mean to use this later on a much higher spec camera Wink which was the reason for the post... so I could do exactly that Grin

Riaan

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