A Good Walk Around Lens for FX Body

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In changing to the D700/FX format, I have ended up with zooms that are fabulous glass...but heavy for casual/walk around shooting. The 18-135 filled that void nicely on my D300 and I would like to have a comparable (i.e. weight, budget, and performance wise) lens for D700 use. Thoughts...suggestions...will be greatly appreciated.
 
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I love the 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 lens on my F100. 1:2 macro too! This is a much loved lens around here. It's 18-70 equivalent in DX terms. 28-200's are equivalent to the 18-135DX (I love my 18-135 too). Ken says the 28-200G works great on FX.
 
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I would also suggest considering the 28-105 D lens. Affordable compared to many other wide to short tele zooms, and a good performer.
 
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I hear the 28-105 is a great lens. I think the 24-120VR works better with the D3/700 because of the lower pixel density doesn't bring out the flaws of the lens as much. I wouldn't expect it to work on the rumoured 24MP D3x as well.
 
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I have a Sigma 28-105 f/2.8-4 from back when I bought my N70 in the mid 90s. On the D700 it turns out that it's a lot nicer lens than I remembered it to be on film. :)

I also picked up a used Tokina 24-200 f/3.5-5.6 from B&H just for the extra range on both ends. I took this lens to Disneyland last month and I was very pleased with the captures through it. The Tokina is an AT-X lens and built like a tank with a full metal body so is pretty heavy compared the plastic body Sigma.

I guess my point is that you may have some luck (and fun) digging up old and cheap used lenses from the pre-DSLR days.
 
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depends if you shoot wide more or long But the 35-70 2.8 push pull is pretty nice on D700 for size and weight. The range is not to bad as long as your feet move forward and backward as zoom+. 2 lens kit? Add 17-35. 17-70 handles most daily things. But if you want telephoto, add a 105vr and TC. I think we are committed to a two lens kit to maintain a degree of flexibility. It's one thing that has attracted me about these older, smaller AF ED lenses. My road warrior kit will soon be D700, 17-35, 35-70 push pull, 80-200 push pull. I'll be interested to see where all that kit can "go". You've come from a prime world, you need to maintain quality for the D700, or what's the point. The longer zooms may well be good, but keep that in mind. To me, a lsmall ens or two in pouches on my side, is not that unmanagable. Or a small shoulder bag like a 5 million or 6 million maybe.
 
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Surprised no one's mentioned either 24-85 yet. Both would be great, I'm sure, but the newer, discontinued AF-S model is cheaper, lighter and has a better rep.
 
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Thank you for the insightful suggestions. I purchased a Tamron SP AF24-135mm here on the Cafe earlier this evening. The reviews are generally highly favorable...weighs a tolerable 18 ounces...and the price was right. I will post my observations after I receive it in about a week. Again...thank you! My best, Gordon
 
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asa walk around i plan on using the 35-70 2.8 on my d700...;-)
 
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Have you considered walkaround primes? I was using a 35L on a 1.6x Crop body(canon) as my walkaround, its a huge lens for a prime but results are fantastic and its always nice to be able to stop down to 1.4 when you need it. Plus, in my own twisted way, I find shooting with a prime much more fun and satisfying

I'm planning to use a 50mm f1.4 on a d700 soon
 
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35/2 and a 50/1.8 or 1.4 in your pocket.

honestly on full frame bodies my 50mm got a whole new respect.
 
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I'm with Andrew.....sorta. I usually travel with a few primes rather than a zoom. I guess I'm not too bothered with convenience, even for daily walkaround.
 
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asa walk around i plan on using the 35-70 2.8 on my d700...;-)
Me, too, and just ordered the small (can have it in my pocket), but fine, Nikon 28mm f/2.0 AI-s if I want the sun in the image.

The 35-70 is about as fine as the 24-70 at 35mm, stopped a little down.
 
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