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Nikkor v. third party lens

ge22y 12 115 12 Wales
12 Jan 2009 3:19PM
Hi all,

I have a Fuji S5 pro and currently have a Sigma 18-50mm 3.5-5.6 DC HSM, a Nikon DX AF S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED and a Tamron SP DI 90mm 2.8 Macro lens.

My questions are -

If I replaced the Sigma with the Nikon 24-85mm f2.8-4 D AF Lens is the quality vastly different?

Do Nikon do a professional series lens like the Canon L series, if so what do I need to look for?

Any advice will be greatfully received thanks.


Ps my wife is the better photographer (Hellsbells8868)
hellsbells8868 12 151 2 Wales
12 Jan 2009 3:30PM
Yes I know lol...
discreetphoton Plus
15 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 3:42PM

Quote:If I replaced the Sigma with the Nikon 24-85mm f2.8-4 D AF Lens is the quality vastly different?

It would seem so, but you may start to miss the 18mm end if you replace the sigma altogether. If it's pro quality you're after, look at the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8.

Any of the modern, fast Nikkors are good lenses, as far as I've seen.
cameracat 16 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
12 Jan 2009 4:09PM
I agree with David regarding the Nikon 17-55 f/2.8......But and here's the but, It's a DX Nikkor and therefore constructed to perform best on a DX sensor ( aka a crop or APC type/size ) So whilst it's a workhorse in this category, It does limit you should you desire to go FX or full frame at some future stage.......!

So far we have seen the Nikon/Fuji alliance work well, Right up to and including the S5 Pro, So the question that remains is, Will Fuji see the need to aquire an FX ( Full frame ) counterpart to those offered by Nikon, Enter the D700, D3 or even the mighty D3X...? ? ?

If the answer is yes, And if that is a path you might see yourself taking, The very expensive DX lens models, Might not be a good investment.......Just a thought...!

Lens wise have a look at the Nikon 17-35 f/2.8 ED, Or Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S, Add to that the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 ......Then if you have any money left check out thier 70mm + upwards offerings, Anything under 800 will not be a pro lens though ......! ! !
hellsbells8868 12 151 2 Wales
12 Jan 2009 6:03PM
Its me this time, he at work....
Is there a real difference in image quality between say a 300 lens and the 800 equivelent......i mean there must be obviously, is it a case of buy the best you possibly can afford as it does make a difference to the end result?
scottishphototours 16 2.6k 2
12 Jan 2009 6:08PM
The 800 lens will be optically superior, better built, faster and easier to use (f2.8 = better viewfinder image & AF performance) than its 300 equivalent.

Only you can know if you need the 800 worth! - but I'd think that as a hobbyist, he'd be happy with the 300 one.
hellsbells8868 12 151 2 Wales
12 Jan 2009 6:11PM
Thank you everyone......
IanA 17 3.0k 12 England
12 Jan 2009 8:52PM
Of that 800 probably 40-60% is going on the name.
The Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM virtually matches the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 at half the price. Perhaps not quite as solidly built, but just as fast focussing and the image quality is inseperable to the human eye!
Yes, you do get what you pay for, and if you want to pay for the name on the lens, by all means do so. However, it is worth remembering that 3rd party lenses can produce just as good images as marque ones, especially when you get the 3rd party upper grade optics.
Do you think that all marque lenses are made in the marque-holder's own factories? You might be surprised! Wink

12 Jan 2009 9:11PM

Quote:Do Nikon do a professional series lens like the Canon L series, if so what do I need to look for?

....A gold stripe round the front of the lens...!

I've used (and still have..) the 17-55 2.8 and there's no doubt it's slick, smooth, weather protected and fast...but its big..!!
Recently taken to their newish..16-85 (with VR) and to be honest, it's spending more time on the camera..okay it's not 2.8 but I've been well impressed with results so far..
ge22y 12 115 12 Wales
13 Jan 2009 2:53PM
Thanks all, Ian totally agree with your factory comment.
LenShepherd 12 4.2k United Kingdom
16 Jan 2009 7:59AM

Quote:If I replaced the Sigma with the Nikon 24-85mm f2.8-4 D AF Lens is the quality vastly different?

It part depends.
Less than 2 MP cameras are needed for the quality in a typical web picture, and optically there is not a lot of optical quality difference between most lenses at f8-f11. Also in terms of current DSLR resolution your Fuji is not a front runner, though it may well be more than good enough for what you use it for.
Your initial lens choice has faster AF and will out perform the wide open performance of your existing lens at comparable apertures.
Pro grade f2.8 lenses like the 17-55, 24-70 and for extremely wide work the 14-24 focus even quicker, perform even better at f3.5-f5.6, give you more depth of field options and have better build quality.
Nikon's nano coating on the 24-70 helps shooting into the light compared to the 28-70 f2.8.
If you are on a budget Ffordes usually have several 17-55's second hand.

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