28-70 range

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by mitchellbrown, May 6, 2007.

  1. Due to finances at the time...well okay most of the time, I couldnt afford the beast so I spent 125 on a tokina 28-70 2.8

    yes yes yes you get what you pay for I guess. Its on the soft side and I am disapointed in it.

    What are some other alternatives in this focal range?

    here is a list of glass I currently have

    nikon 12-24 4
    nikon 50 1.8
    nikon 85 1.8
    sigma 150 2.8 macro
    nikon 80-200 2.8
    nikon 300 2.8

    I want a zoom in the 28-70 range but after picking up the 300, the $$$ for the Beast isnt there.

    any suggestions??

  2. KsJET


    Feb 24, 2007
    I had a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 that was actually quite sharp. I just wasn't fond of the build and excessive creep. You'll notice a lot of posts on this forum at the moment about the Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8 which I am now considering. You'll lose some range with that option, though.
  3. bett


    Mar 31, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Here's another vote for the Tamron 28-75 2.8.
    just got a used one from a forum member here.
    It really is very, very good. Build is OK, for the money spent.
    No creep with mine. I'm quite impressed how sharp it is.

    good luck!
  4. I see a lot of good things being said here about the 35-70 f/2.8 which is around $400-450 new...
  5. Hi Mitchell...

    My choice, for the sharpest lens through the range and wide open, the Nikon 35-70 f/2.8 as this is pretty well on par with the Nikon 28-70 f/2.8, and next would be the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, as if you get a good copy of this lens it can produce outstanding result..
    Both of these are about the same price new and use, but suggest if you can afford new, that way you can either replace the unit if there is a problem or have the manufacture tune the lens if its not as sharp as it should be...;o))
  6. thanks folks I will be looking into the 35-70.
  7. Guest-002

    Guest-002 Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    Worcester, MA
    I found the Nikon 28-70 to be significantly sharper than the Tamron 28-75 wide open. I had purchased the Nikon to replace the Tamron and had both for a short period of time. I ultimately sold the Nikon as well to get an 80-400 (recently replaced by a 70-200VR) and have just sent payment for a used Nikon 35-70 f/2.8D based on the recommendations here and at dpreview.
  8. tasnim_fahim


    Oct 2, 2006

    don't get carried away with all the hype. the lens manufacturers want you
    to have NAS.

    You have all the glass you need to cover that range ( foot zoom ). Ya I know
    all about subject distance,perspective etc. You can overcome it with your glass and learn a lot about the joy of photography..it is not necessarily
    the latest or the `most hyped zoom/s.