24-70 f2.8?

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  1. dmatsui

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    Initially i was more or less set on purchasing the nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 lens. After reading different opinions and reviews however i have gathered that the focal length is not desireble on a dx format camera. They mention that 24mm is not wide enough and 70mm is not quite close enough for telephoto. After reading this several times in different places i am confused what i should purchase. Should i opt for several primes instead? If so which ones?
    I plan on upgrading to an FX camera somewhere in the space of 5 years (probably sooner) Which is why i am trying to purchase lenses that will be compatible with FX bodies so i wont have to repurchase lenses in a few years.



    I use a nikon d80.
    18-55mm (3.5-5.6 (i think))
    55-200mm (3.5-6.3(again not sure. but its the older version without vr))
    Sigma 10-20
    105 f/2.8 VR
     
  2. 18-55 x 1.5 = 24-77...

    24x70 is a good focal length on a full frame, that's why those lenses have been popular since the film days. They made a version for cropped lenses when they created that 18-50ish range (with a little more reach).

    If you like the field of view, then get one with a good build quality and glass as part of a scalable lens tool kit in the future.

    The 24-70 on a cropped sensor is not that wide, that's true.
     
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    the problem i have is that with an 18-55mm lens wont be an ideal focal length after upgrading to fullframe. I dont even know of any fx 18-55mm lenses. Essentially the problem i would have with purchasing the 18-55 for dx is that i would have to sell it.
    That being said i suppose i'm going to have these sorts of problems untill i upgrade.
     
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    You listed a Sigma 10-20 in there, so there is your wide angle coverage when you need it.

    10-20, 24,70, ...

    Sure, the 24-70 is a little limiting for a crop camera, but if you plan on upgrade in a few years, then the 24-70 will be a decent choice. When on a full frame, a typical "holy trinity" of zoom lenses is the 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200

    Other option is a 17-50ish and then a 70-200.
     
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    I'm with twinky on lens combination...
    Primes: I'm not a big fan of them. Yes, they are sharp and crispy, yadda yadda yadda, but after film days, I'm in heaven with zoom lenses. Even when I have to swap out zoom lenses I hate it b/c #1 it is time and #2 there's a chance of getting some crap on the sensor. So unless shooting with few bodies, I don't recommend primes.
     
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    By a used Nikon 17-55mm and then sell it when it's time to step up to the 24-70mm. It's unlikely that you will lose much money as they hold their value very well so long as the condition remains the same.

    If Nikon comes out with a VR version of the 17-55mm it may discount the non-VR version but hey, you will still get to use a great lens for as long as you have it and still won't lose that much.
     
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    i say just get the 35mm f/1.8 and the 50 f/1.4. as your normal. The 10-20 is the wide, the 105 is the tele, and the two other primes will be super fast, and super sharp as your normal.
     
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    yup

    I was seriously considering a pro mid range zoom like the 17-55mm But thats just not all that importand of a range for me. Ended up going with the 35mm 1.8 which is great. And 1.8 is sooo much faster then 2.8.
     
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    its seems that there are really two options

    1.) Primes (Pro: Faster - Con: Will have to switch lenses)
    2.) 24-70 (Pro: versatile, not as much lense changing needed - Con:Not as fast, non ideal range)
    3.) 18-55 DX lens (Pro: more appropriate range for DX - Con: will have to sell when upgrading to FX)

    Ideally i would buy a D700 right off the bat coupled with a 24-70. Whilst financially it is an option i would prefer not to blow all my money right on one purchase, i like having a bit of money in reserve. Initially i was planning on buying the 70-200, 14-24 and 24-70 before upgrading to FX. Which is why i am not sure about buying primes. (or rather the constant changing of lenses is what is holding me back as i dont think i will be using more than one body. By the time i upgrade i think my D80 will be just about spent up)

    It wont be until around may when i make my purchase but right now i am stuck between buying primes or the more versatile 24-70 zoom.
    Perhaps instead i should wait for that and go for the 70-200mm? (it is still on my list and neither focal range is more important than the other currently.)
     
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    changing lenses is not a bad thing, that's one reason why people get SLR's.
     
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    Think of it this way, if you buy the 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200 you'll still have to do less lens switching than if you're using primes, and then when you do eventually go FF you have your ideal lenses.
     

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