Faster lens option

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  1. jaomul

    jaomul Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I have a d7200 and d3100. As for lenses I am pretty much covered for good light situations with my 18-105mm kit lens which I really like when light allows.

    I have a sigma 18-35mm f1.8. I am looking for something faster than the kit lens to complement this sigma. I know there are the various 24-70mm f2.8.

    Are there options in similar focal length but maybe less bulky and pricey. I have considered the 24-85mm f3.5/4.5 vr, but I am not sure if f4.5 will always cut it indoors in lower light.

    Have I overlooked any obvious lenses that may fill the criteria. I can mount it on the d7200 so whether or not it has an inbuilt motor does not matter. Maybe nikon has an older lens I'm not aware of.

    Thanks

    (I realize I asked a similar question about 6 months ago so, but I got few different bits and pieces since so it's slightly changed)


     
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    Since you are on a Nikon DX body I would suggest the Tamron 17-50 2.8. Tamron has been making this lens in one variation or another for several years now. The latest version has VC (Tamron version of VR). I own the slightly older non VC version and it is fantastic. There is also an even older (optically identical) version which uses the motor in the camera body for auto focus. Check out KEH for the older versions if you're not apposed to getting used.
     
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    Thanks, I did have that lens at one stage myself. I'm looking for something a bit more telephoto to pair with 18-35. I won't buy to just cover 35-50. A suggestion I previously got was the tamron 28-75 f2.8. This seems like my best option at the moment
     
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    If you want it to be fast wouldn't you be better served with a prime lens?
    I wouldn't find 105mm to be anywhere near long enough for my uses, but if it covers you requirements in good light perhaps something in the 50 to 80mm range would complement your fast 18-35.

    Both the d7200 & the D3100 have reasonable margin for cropping if your composition requires a focal length you don't quite have.
     
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    I do have a 50mm f1.8. I just want a pair of zooms for parties/events etc. Primes are better no doubt, but they make you work to hard at this type of thing.
     
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    sigma 24-70, 2.8

    sigma 70-200, 2.8

    sigma 120-300, 2.8

    nikon 80-200, 2.8

    nikon 70-200, 2.8

    tamron 70-200, 2.8
     
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    Ya that's no help. I can read lens numbers off the net or a magazine also.
     
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    not sure what your budget is exactly or exactly what zoom range you are looking for, or if you want a DX or FX lens.

    if you get a fx lens you got the add in the 1.5X crop ( i think it is) to the focal length of the lens.

    those are the lenses i would look into if any of them are in your price range. i have been doing some reading on fast zoom lenses lately and those seem like some good lenses.
     
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    I gave this a trial run and it works better than I initially thought. Its very easy to spend money on items one thinks they need but probably don't, thanks
     
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    How about legacy lenses, like the Nikkor AF 35-70mm f/2.8D? It will AF with your D7200 only, though.



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    Or the legacy Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8D, that will AF with your both cameras, but is a heavy beast?

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    Or the brand new Nikkor AF-S 16-80mm f/2.8-4E VR DX lens? Not fixed aperture, but fast enough (?) and lighter than the FX 2.8 options.

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    Or the FX all around Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens? You get more reach, but a constant f/4.
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    You have to do that to all lens numbers .. DX or FX.

    DX lenses are just smaller as they use less glass (and lighter) to save money as they only have to create an image circle the size of the DX sensor, versus an image sensor the size of an FX sensor.
     
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    Since you mentioned body motor for your d7200 ,you can also look at the

    - 24-85/2.8-4.0 AF-D I have one and have been using it for years now as my primary "go-to/ walk-around" lens. And they are fairly cheap on the used market. Also on the lens reviews, they actually are rated fairly high above the 3rd party 24-70/2.8s for image quality at least for my d600 in the "Best standard zoom" section ==> Best lenses for Nikon D600 | Nikon Rumors

    - 35-70/2.8 - I had a mint one at one time. It was a nice lens for studio type shooting. It was push-pull though and had horrible issues when directed at any angle towards the sun even when it's out of the frame.

    - 80-200/2.8 AF-D - I've been using one now for several years. Great lens overall

    - 24-120/4 AF-S G - the better kit lens than the 24-85/3.5-4.5 VR.
     
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