Should I get these lenses used? 70-200; 24-70; maybe a prime?

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  1. Cody'sCaptures

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    Why not just rent a few and try them before dropping thousands?
    I also remember reading Tamron licences Nikon tech, not sure of the validity of that though.


     
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    I too would recomment getting the Tamron G2 lenses. I'm not much into zooms, but from what one can hear from others, they are cheaper, optically as good or better, and autofocus isnt an issue either, so what more can you ask ?


    I own that lens; it was among my first three full frame lenses. But while its indeed super sharp, I think its nowadays a really bad bang for the buck deal.
     
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    Compatability is not so much an issue now with sigma leading and tamron copying the idea of a dock to upgrade the lens through a pc rather than sending it in to get sorted by a dealer.

    The tamron 150-600 was getting slightly better reviews than the sigma 150-600c when I bought about a year or so ago, but the siggy had a dock that comforted me in its purchase. I got the dock, never used it. The lens has been permanently attached to my d7200 for about 6 months- it's sharp and responsive. Graphs and user preferences will say there are better lenses, but at a cost. It supposedly matches the Nikon 200-500, but is 150-600 at a slightly lower price.

    Third party lenses have come a long way and without the worry they'll not be compatible. Have a look at the Tammy's suggested, the g2 versions supposedly kick as..
     
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    Those docks sound really interesting with being able to calibrate at different zoom levels.
     
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    It's a PITA to do, but is like owning sever primes, after calibrating my 150-600 over the different focal lengths.
     
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    The question to ask and answer is - "What is your final output?" If your taking pictures that will be printed to 8x10 or 11x14 or "normal" photo sizes then do you need the absolutely best IQ lens there is? Becasue you will not see the difference between the Nikon and Tamron G2 at those sizes. Even less so if your using the photos for online viewing! If you have a camera sensor large enough to be making poster prints then the lenses might start to show a difference. Maybe! Especially with lens and camera corrections in software now. Many lens faults are now corrected in post. So, there is even less that can be discerned when comparing "normal" sized prints.

    If your output will never show the small quality difference between lenses. Why pay the extra? Now having said that, the majority of my AF lenses are Nikons though. With about 1/2 purchased used. And that's not for absolute quality though. But for compatibility reasons. Although I just recently ran into an issue with Nikon teleconverters that are NOT backwards compatable! And new P lenses are not backwards compatable. So, even Nikon is moving away from full compatibility (at least backwards that is)!
     
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    That's a good point. I'm sure the G2 will be a fine lens. But I know myself, and I know I'll feel some type of way knowing I could have had the best lens, but don't. However, the TAP console seems to assure people that compatibility shouldn't be an issue, but durability is yet to be seen, since it's so new. But I got my hands on it yesterday in-store and it feels pretty solid.
     
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    Can’t speak for G2 durability.

    My VC (previous generation) is 4-5 years old. I’m the second owner and I’ve not been gentle with it. It’s been in rain storms, covered in mud, banged off of trees/walls, etc and it’s held up really well. Small scuff marks in the lens hood are the only damage visible and it’s never needed focus calibration.
     

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