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Photography Equipment => Lenses => Topic started by: alan1572 on December 18, 2010, 04:01:34 PM

Title: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on December 18, 2010, 04:01:34 PM
i have finally decided to sell my 12-24 lens, i need a lens to go upto 70mm to work on my D700, what are my options?
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Oldboy on December 18, 2010, 04:57:03 PM
Suggest Nikon 24-70mm F2.8, as the 24mm end will do for landscapes whilst the 70mm end will do portraits. I used mine in Birmingham today even covered in snow.  :tup:
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Graham on December 18, 2010, 05:10:24 PM
Suggest Nikon 24-70mm F2.8, as the 24mm end will do for landscapes whilst the 70mm end will do portraits. I used mine in Birmingham today even covered in snow.  :tup:
           Trust your uncle Oldboy. Anything else will be a compromise.
                         Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on December 18, 2010, 07:13:23 PM
whilst i don't doubt it is a cracking lens....what's plan b? (a compromise ) £1200 is a bit to much at the moment even though i am a brand snob i just can't stretch that far, i am only looking at around £500 tops for my lens (mint, boxed with hood and clothe bag)
what about the 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF AF Zoom ? it's a lot cheaper.
and then there's this
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Nikon-24-120-f3-5-5-6-G-IF-ED-AFS-VR-Boxed-Mint-/220708521236?pt=UK_Photography_Film_Cameras_ET&hash=item336340c514
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 18, 2010, 07:35:17 PM
Im told the sigma 24-70 is also excellent glass
http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-sigma-24-70mm-f2-8-if-ex-dg-hsm-nikon-fit/p1029974 (http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-sigma-24-70mm-f2-8-if-ex-dg-hsm-nikon-fit/p1029974)
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Oldboy on December 18, 2010, 08:53:45 PM
whilst i don't doubt it is a cracking lens....what's plan b? (a compromise ) £1200 is a bit to much at the moment even though i am a brand snob i just can't stretch that far, i am only looking at around £500 tops for my lens (mint, boxed with hood and clothe bag)
what about the 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF AF Zoom ? it's a lot cheaper.
and then there's this
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Nikon-24-120-f3-5-5-6-G-IF-ED-AFS-VR-Boxed-Mint-/220708521236?pt=UK_Photography_Film_Cameras_ET&hash=item336340c514

In that case Grey's of Westminster have a secondhand 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor at £445. A F2.8 would cover you better than a F2.8-4 as a all round lens. Wouldn't bother with the 24-120mm, as I've got one and never rated it.  ;D
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on December 19, 2010, 11:01:46 AM
cheers Oldboy, just need to sell mine
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Oldboy on December 19, 2010, 08:46:23 PM
cheers Oldboy, just need to sell mine

Should get at least £500 for it, as brand new it's £796.99 at WareHouse Express.   :tup:
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on December 19, 2010, 10:20:15 PM
i'll pop it on ebay and try a couple of other camera sites
Title: Re: what lens? SOLD
Post by: alan1572 on January 02, 2011, 05:18:20 PM
SOLD
Title: Re: what lens? SOLD
Post by: Oldboy on January 02, 2011, 08:51:29 PM
SOLD

 :tup:
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on January 25, 2011, 07:00:19 PM


In that case Grey's of Westminster have a secondhand 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor at £445. A F2.8 would cover you better than a F2.8-4 as a all round lens. Wouldn't bother with the 24-120mm, as I've got one and never rated it.  ;D
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how does this one compare?
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-28-70mm-f-2-8D-ED-IF-Lens-/230576684868?pt=UK_CamerasPhoto_CameraAccessories_CameraLensesFilters_JN&hash=item35af70ff44
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Oldboy on January 25, 2011, 09:57:23 PM
From Ken Rockwell's site.

This is a spectacular lens. It's also spectacularly big, heavy and expensive: about $1,450 as of December 2007. Its price has been stable; it was $1,400 in 2002. I suspect it will be discontinued as it has been superceded by the improved, lighter and even more expensive 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S.

I'm afraid of this 28-70mm lens because it is so big and heavy. It is Nikon's heaviest midrange zoom ever. I'd never want to walk around with this thing hanging off the front of my camera. If you spend more time shooting than carrying it, it's a great lens. The Nikon 28-70mm AF-S is not a lens for taking on vacation or for the timid. It's a lens to use all day long shooting.

Mifsuds have it for £649. http://www.mifsuds.com/acatalog/Used_Nikon_AF_Lenses.html just scroll down to page to find it.  ;D
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on January 25, 2011, 10:49:06 PM
thanks for that, i am scouring the web for a 24 70 and can't believe i missed one on ebay that went for £850
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Simple on January 25, 2011, 11:48:12 PM
I am now in the nice position to have nice glass and camera to play with. I have both the Sigma 24-70 f2.8 (HSM version, not the cheaper Macro) And the Nikon 24-70 f2.8 My colleague and me both prefer the Sigma lens on the D300 and the D3 over the Nikon Lens. The Sigma is short, stubby, heavy. while the Nikon is longer, similar weight. The camera just feels easier to handle. I have no doubt that the Nikon has better IQ in certain circumstances, but I hardly ever pixel peep any more. For me the The Sigma is a winner over the Nikon because I will never spot the difference in price in the picture. Hope that helps a bit Alan
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Oldboy on January 25, 2011, 11:51:29 PM
I am now in the nice position to have nice glass and camera to play with. I have both the Sigma 24-70 f2.8 (HSM version, not the cheaper Macro) And the Nikon 24-70 f2.8 My colleague and me both prefer the Sigma lens on the D300 and the D3 over the Nikon Lens. The Sigma is short, stubby, heavy. while the Nikon is longer, similar weight. The camera just feels easier to handle. I have no doubt that the Nikon has better IQ in certain circumstances, but I hardly ever pixel peep any more. For me the The Sigma is a winner over the Nikon because I will never spot the difference in price in the picture. Hope that helps a bit Alan

Strange, as I think the Nikon on the D3 has perfect balance.  ;D
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on January 26, 2011, 08:33:45 AM
indeed it does, cheers :tup:
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on February 04, 2011, 12:13:28 PM
finally gat a 24 70 nikon lens ;D  :beer:
i was on the verge of buying a new Sigma when i was put on to a gent who had 3 of these for sale,(not sure where they come from but it's in mint condition), so i took the plunge and bought one of them, now £850 isn't cheap but i think it's well worth it.
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Graham on February 04, 2011, 04:58:51 PM
 :tup: And indeed :beer:
                     Graham.
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on February 04, 2011, 06:21:37 PM
just been to see HMS Manchester docked at Liverpool, will post a few shots later
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Oldboy on February 04, 2011, 09:18:36 PM
finally gat a 24 70 nikon lens ;D  :beer:
i was on the verge of buying a new Sigma when i was put on to a gent who had 3 of these for sale,(not sure where they come from but it's in mint condition), so i took the plunge and bought one of them, now £850 isn't cheap but i think it's well worth it.

Saving £350 isn't bad.  :tup:
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on February 04, 2011, 09:33:45 PM
gave it a little test today in Liverpools docklands, good first impressions :)
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: jinky on February 05, 2011, 05:11:29 AM
Good one Alan. Had 3 you say. Do you know if he had any left and where he can be contacted. I found a 2nd hand mint with 6 months warranty but £999
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on February 05, 2011, 09:41:53 AM
i will call him today :)
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: jinky on February 05, 2011, 05:06:06 PM
Cheers Alan - let me know
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on February 05, 2011, 05:44:48 PM
just heard back, sadly the 3 have gone but he will have another in a week or so, so it all depends how long you want to wait, i'll let you know when he has it, if you have found 1 by then then no worries
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: jinky on February 05, 2011, 06:35:48 PM
I can wait a bit longer. Is it a commecial guy you can pass details on to me and keep an eye out myself to save you?
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on February 05, 2011, 06:56:00 PM
can't see a problem with that, he's a friend of a friend who knows someone else...i'll ask him
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Sarasocke on February 07, 2011, 12:29:45 PM
I have a birthday in a couple of days and my wonderful husband  :tup: is looking to get me the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 mm 1:2,8G ED - that is the same lense we're talking about here, isn't it?

I have been using a Tamron 28-75 2.8 XR Di SP which I bought together with the D700 and I'm hoping for improved AF on the Nikon. The Tamron is fine for static objects but dogs running about come out better with my Nikon 70-300 4.5-5.6.

Do you reckon this is a good move?

Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: jinky on February 07, 2011, 02:54:46 PM
It is and it would be Carol. It`s the same move I am looking to make and all reviews / people I know say this is well worth the investment though pricey. The Tamron is a super sharp lens for the money but is slower to focus as you have found. Not been an issue for me mostly but I did drop it whilst attached to my old D80 and every now and again it will not focus / shoot at 28mm until I move in and back out again. I`ll keep it as a back up but the Nikon is slightly wider and certainly should be faster autofocus. Shame it has not VR too but cannot have evrything I suppose and it would add even more to the price.
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Sarasocke on February 07, 2011, 04:06:22 PM
Thanks Paul!
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: alan1572 on February 07, 2011, 05:43:38 PM
after using it a couple opf time i can highly recomend it, go for it, you will not be disappointed
Title: Re: what lens?
Post by: Sarasocke on February 07, 2011, 10:53:17 PM
Anyone want to buy a Tamron ?  ::)