nikon 17-55 f2.8 OR 24-70mm f2.8

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  1. RONDAL

    RONDAL TPF Noob!

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    i'm shooting a D90 and D300. So crop sensors. I don't think im ever gonna go FF, as i dont really think I need it. I dont do weddings or low light, and i dont really need SUPER wide.


    i shoot everything from portrait, to cars, to landscape. I currently have a 10-20mm wide, a 50mm, and a 18-200mm.

    I know i need a 70-200mm f2.8 for stuff, and that will be coming down the road. But right now my biggest issue is not having a zoom that is quick and sharp for portraits. The 50mm is good but has its limitations.

    Given the 2 choices, what would you guys suggest. The price between them is about $300, the 24-70 being a little more. bviously if i ever went FF the 24-70 would be able to hold. Resale wise they both seem to hold their value pretty well.

    Im just slightly torn. I know about the weird focal lengths you get with the crop sensor and the 24-70, but im wondering if its enough of a reason NOT to get that lens.


    Your thoughts/comments
     
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    bentcountershaft Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Since you already have the 10-20 I don't see a reason not to get the 24-70.
     
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    I was facing a similar decision and considering the cost of the lens I opted for 24-70 to assure I could upgrade to FF. 24 is pretty decent on the short end I and just work within the confines of my rig knowing that I will never have to re purchase lenses for a new cam...
     
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    24-70
     
  5. Mike_E

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    Ditto! 24-70mm! The good numbers for portraits don't even start until 50. ;)
     
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    I have the Nikon 24-70 on my D90 and love it! just like you, i have a wide angle that covers 12-24, so I had no reason to buy the Nikon 17-55.

    You will love it!
     
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    The 70-200 to many is probably one of the best all around portrait lenses just to let you know. I would go with the 17-55 if you don't plan on going to FX because it is like a 24-70 with the crop factor. But my first choice would be a 70-200 then the 17-55 if you don't want FX.
    TJ
     
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    while this is true on FF, when you're using a crop sensor it doesn't hold as much.

    i guess the response is all for the 24-70.
     
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    and extend all the way beyond 200 mm.

    I would be looking at the AF 80-200 f/2.8 for now myself (about $850 for a good used 2-ring version) and sell the 18-200. I've made it well known I have a low opinion of the image quality of the 18-200mm lens, for the price.
     
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    The 24-70 f2.8 is my next lens.

    That's my vote.
     
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    24-70 for sure
     
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    I was under the impression that the lens should be about 105mm for portraits. In film, a 50 mm lens is about our eyesite looking at the subject. A 105mm lens gets the camera far enough away along with lighting equipment to not crowd the subject and not too big to handle. I don't know if there is a zoom range these days that stops at a middle of the road focal length wise but I would try a higher focal length.
     

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