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How's the 35-70 f/2.8 compare to the 28-70 and 17-55?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Jonathan F/2, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. So I've decided to pickup a 12-24 f/4 over the 17-55, because I really want a wide angle. Anyways, I still want an f/2.8 and preferably a Nikon, so I'm eyeing the 35-70 f/2.8, and I'm wondering how this lens compares to the 28-70 and 17-55 at f/2.8? Any advice would be appreciated!
  2. It's excellent! Not much talked about because it's not afs, push pull and narrow on a Dslr but it's truly an excellent lens.
  3. Jonathan, I cannot compare, since I do not have the other lenses. I do have the 35-70 f/2.8 and I find it to be an excellent performer. Sharpness compares with my AF-S 17-35 f/2.8 and my AF-S 80-200 f/2.8.
    It is physically not too intimidating and it can be had at a very reasonable price (new, or used on eBay). Since I have it, I scratched the AF-S 28-70 f/2.8 from my wish list - permanently (Sorry UF!! :D  ).
  4. No need to apologize, Frits. I don't make a commission on Nikon's lens sales... unfortunately.
  5. Rats, there goes THAT theory :)  :) 
  6. Yeah, I was looking to get a cheap portrait/pseudo macro lens. So I'm not too concerned about the wide angle end. Sounds like I'll probably pick one up then, thanks!
  7. Then I'd highly recommend the Tamron 28-75/2.8.
  8. But how is the f/2.8 performance on the tamron versus the nikon. I'm not fond of third party f/2.8 zooms. I like third party brands, just not for f/2.8 lenses.

    Everytime I read somebody's review of a third party zoom, they always state it's tack sharp at f/4 and above...but what's the point of owning a fixed aperture lens if you can't really use it at f/2.8?
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