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Looking for a great walk around lense?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by D300fan, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. D300fan


    Mar 30, 2008
    Hello all. I'm looking for a replacement to my 18-200 lens. I have had it for 2 years and was not crazy about it. It wasn't that sharp and the lens creep drove me nuts. I sold it yesterday, as well as picked up a new Nikon 28-70 2.8 lens. I have a wedding coming up this weekend I needed it for. At any rate, the 28-70 is a bit long for an everyday lens, so I was thinking of the 17-35 2.8 or the 17-55 2.8. I know the the 17-55 overlaps, but the 28-70 will stay on my D3 and I will use my D300 or D80 (more likely) as a quick grab camera. How many of you use the the Nikon 17-35 or 17-55 as your "everyday" lens? I know they a bit heavy, but I can deal with that? What is your take on this?

  2. LDB415


    Apr 26, 2008
    I'd reply that I had the 18-70 and traded it for my 18-200 and never looked back but that would probably get labeled a smarta** reply so I won't respond.
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  3. The Ben

    The Ben

    Oct 17, 2007
    Houston, Tx
    I'm selling my 18-200 lens also. Ever since I got the 24-70 sigma which I sold last week and replaced with the 28-70 Nikon, and my 70-200, the 18-200 has sat in my bag and collected dust. Great lens, but not useful to me.

    My 'walk around' setup now is the D300 with the grip or the D80 and the 28-70. Love the lens, wouldn't trade it for the world (right now).
  4. Micky


    Feb 29, 2008
    17-55, but...

    I still change lenses a lot. The 17-55 is what is normally mounted on the D300, but I have been trying to shoot a lot lately with my 30/1.4. That seems like a perfect walk-around prime, but the 17-55 is where I turn if I need a general purpose lens.

    My son uses my D200 and the 18-200 is generally mounted on that, he uses the 10-20 a lot as well.

    It pretty much depends on where you are and what you shoot, there have been times where my 70-200 was my walk-around lens, such as at a football or soccer game.

    I am hoping my next walk-around lens is the 24-70...
  5. What's wrong with the new 16-85VR? It pretty much gets rave reviews.

  6. I use my 28-105 as my "snapshot lens" and taylor anything else to what I'm shooting. My "small" kit is D3, 28-105, 35/2, 50/1.4 and 85/1.4.
  7. Mine will be 35/2
  8. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    if u want GREAT for dx there's nothing better than the 17-55 ....sounds like your on the right track...;-)
  9. ERAUGrad04


    Jan 15, 2008
    I'll second that statement! I have had my 17-55 for just over 2 months now, and it spends at least 90% of the time mounted to my D40x.
  10. Brodman


    Aug 26, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    Add another one for the 17-55. Went to Charleston recently and used this lens most of the time in the city. Can't be beat on the D300. I picked up a Sigma 50-150 2.8 and although I like it, just doesn't thrill me. I wish that Nikon would update the 24-120, or something similar, with a constant 2.8.
  11. Gnarl


    Jun 25, 2008
    Fairfax, VA
    I use the 18-70 as my all-purpose walk-around lens; but would like a 17-55 f2.8 or 16-85 VR. The 17-35 just isn't long enough for me; the 16-85 has a nice range and VR, but the 17-55 is tops optically if you don't need the long end.
  12. bradNYC


    Mar 28, 2008
    no brainer for me, look at my sig
  13. I'd also probably recommend the 17-55 as a walk around lens....eventhough I don't own one. It would seem to be a great option. I use either the 12-24 or 17-35 depending upon where I'm walking around.....The 17-35 is usually my pick.

    However, for an evening walk around, I'm usually carrying the 35mm f1.4

    Good luck with your decision,

  14. Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8

    This is the ONE lens I leave on my D300 body.
    It's provides exceptionnal picture quality in almost every situation.

    My only complaint about this lens is I find distortion seems to be high in the 17-21mm range (at least on my sample).
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  15. cotdt


    Jul 14, 2007
    Bay Area, USA
    The 14-24 f/2.8 would make an excellent walkaround lens
  16. If the beast is too long then would agree with Phil, the 14-24 might be a good option without giving any overlap.... personally I a sticking with the beast as my walk around.
  17. I have the Nikon 17-35mm and the 28-70mm. Love them both and usually one or the other is on my D300. When I am shooting something that need more reach I'll slap on the 70-200 or 300 f2.8.
  18. Wanna see my "Walk around lens set"?

    Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)

    ....the 17-55 is definitely in there! :Crunk:
  19. taat2d


    Sep 28, 2007
    Doesn't that hurt your feet when you're walking around?? :eek: 
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