What is the best alternative to the Nikon 24-70mm 2.8?

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It struck me yesterday as I shot with my D90 and 50 1.8 that I really need to get the 24-70mm 2.8 as my "everyday lens." Since I am not planning to upgrade to FX any time soon, I really need fast glass and with the crop factor, to get wide enough I really need to go at least down to 24mm. Otherwise, I really find myself struggling. My widest lenses are the 35 1.8, 18-200 3.5/5.6, and the 18-55 3.5/5.6 kit lens. Each has its own issues that have been discussed extensively in this forum.

I found several Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 used on KEH for under $400. Seems like a pretty good price, but the reviews are hit or miss. I know nothing of the Tamron equivalent....except that it's starting to get pricey too.

So, if one was in the market for a 24-70 or other sharp, fast lens, what would you recommend?
 

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I went with a 28-70mm f2.8 Nikon and my next lens will be a 10-24 or 12-24mm Nikon for wider shots. These will be my every day lenses for my D7100.
 

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Stalking this thread ..I would love that lens but can't justify the price tag right now.
 

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I have a tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and its been a fantastic lens. Also have tamron 17-50 f/2.8,also a great lens. Did all my wedding shots with one of those two lenses. I believe the one i posted was with the 17-50.
 

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A random guy I met on a trip during February had a Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC. That thing is hella sharp. The vibration control works pretty well too. I'd say that's the best alternative.

What I want to know is if the old 35-70mm 2.8 holds up compared to its successors (optically).
 

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My 35 -70 is sharp as a tack. Bokeh isn't the best and many copies ( including mine ) flare pretty easily. If you learn it's limitations, you should have no issues. 35 is plenty wide enough for me on fx.
 

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This thread is just what I was thinking too!

I just got the D600 and had good coverage on my D90 with the 12-24 Tokina, 17-50 Tamron, 35mm, 50mm and 70-200.
Over the weekend I was shooting a wedding and was really limited only have a 70-200 zoom and the 50. Both great lenses but not very practical for my needs.

I would love to buy the Tamron 24-70 VC but thats not in the budget right now. I used to own the Tamron 28-75 but sold it for the 17-50 when I needed something wider. I am going to look around for the 24-85 2.8-4, that sounds like it could be a great lens.
 

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