Walk around lens for DX Nikon slightly longer than my 17-50mm f/2.8?

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  1. DaveAndHolly219

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    I shoot a Nikon D90 (I know it's old but I still love it) and my primary walk around lens is a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8. It is a wonderful lens, but it lacks a bit of reach in some of the places I like to go shoot.

    I'm looking to supplement it with a walk around zoom with slightly more reach. I would consider a prime as well, but for a walk around lens I do like the convenience a zoom offers.

    I have a Nikon 18-105mm and a 55-200mm but I'm not much of a fan of the build quality or IQ of either. I'd like something at least at the same level as my Sigma 17-50mm quality wise.

    Budget is around $400-500. I would probably buy used to get the best glass possible for the money.

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    on a budget, tamron 28-75 f/2.8 (also a FX lens if you upgrade later) i owned this lens and loved it. (~$300 used)
    alternatively, you can spend a little more money and get a tamron or sigma 24-70 f/2.8 with VR. (within your budget used)
     
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    Nikon's 16-80mm f/2.8~4 AF-S DX VR zoom is going to be the next step up in quality, and the price is not cheap. So, that lens is probably eliminated by budget restraints at this time. Here's a review. Nikon 16-80mm VR Review

    The earlier 16-85mm lens might also be an option,and I think (not sure) you might be able to get a used one in your price range.

    You're in a tough spot as to more range than the 18-105 and better quality than the 17-50...combined with the $400-$500 budget AND the need to have it be a zoom lens.
     
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    Don't need more range than the 18-105. As a matter of fact, if that lens was sharper, it would be perfect.

    I also don't HAVE to have a zoom. I'd definitely be into the right prime.


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    Yeah, I had an 18-105 back in the DX days when it was a relatively new lens, but it has continually been expanded, first to the 18-135VR, and now 18-140VR...you know,I had FORGOTTEN the 28-200mm model, the AF-S one from the early 2000's...I had that with the D70 and the D2x early on...it has the range, and the mid-zone is pretty good. It's available affordably used. The 24-85mm f/3.3~4.5 AF-S (2001 intro?) is relatively good.

    The best thing is the D90 has lowish MP count, so it is not uber-critical to have the best glass, the way it is on the newesrt 24-MP DX Nikons. I LIKED the 28-200 as a one-lens, weekender type zoom. The 24-85 AF-S was decent too.

    12MP DX is a sort of sweet spot for moderate to average glass: it's not super-demanding of the best-in-class type lenses.
     
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    Another option is Nikon 24-85mm 3.5-4.5 VR
     
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    They still make it, now a contemporary version.

    I have a Nikon version for sale with minimal use if anyone is interested.
     
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    Your D90 will drive the old 28-85/105 lenses which were sharp, screw driven, and inexpensive.
    Look at the old AF-D lenses for small, lightweight, inexpensive and high IQ especially for the smaller MP sensors.

    I used to have a 70-300/AF lens that was sharp until I went to a higher MP sensor, then the images went to mush. So be aware of that if you ever upgrade your body of that possibly happening, though the 28-85/105s were still good IQ on my modern bodies when we had one for the Lens Across America project.
     
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    Back in the day of the D300, the go to walk around was a 16-85 3.5-5.6. They are top quality mechanicals with metal mount and heavy plastic. Very solid feeling. They are a bit long in the tooth for todays 24mp sensors but, one of these should match up quite nicely with your 12mp D90.
     

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