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Need help selling lenses; can't decide which

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Jonathan, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. Jonathan


    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
    I'm looking for advice that is hard to give. Generally, people are posting about lenses that they'd like to buy. My problem is the opposite. I have more glass than I need, and need to lighten the load and free up some cash at the same time.

    I have the following lenses:

    18-70 "kit" lens
    70-200VR(w/ 1.7tele)
    85mm 1.4
    50mm 1.8
    17-55 2.8
    28-70 2.8

    The two lenses that I'd die before selling are the the 70-200 and the 85mm 1.4. I need to lighten the load on some of the rest. The question really is, "If you have these lenses and wanted to free up some $$, where would you start?"

    I love landscape shots, so parting with the 12-24 would be tough, obviously either the 17-55 or the 28-70 needs to go bye-bye. Beyond that, I am looking for advice. I'm primarily doing portraits, or outside landscape stuff or sports/zoom stuff.

    I'd love to get this down to 3-4 lenses, but can't make up my mind. Phil, if you're reading this, I know we have some of the same glass. Help me out!!

    Advice/comments/criticism greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
  2. Hi Jonathan,

    I can understand your dilemma. :cool:  If you check my lens list you will see that it is very similar to yours. Since you have the 12-24, I would recommend parting with the 17-55. I know, I know, it is a fantastic piece of glass. But, the 28-70 is more flexible (as I have recently discovered), and along with your 12-24 and 70-200, enables you to cover the range between 12mm and 200mm quite nicely. Your 85 1.4 is THE dream portrait lens. I have spent the past eight months refining my kit and I am quite satisfied now.:redface:

    No comments from the peanut gallery!!! :biggrin:

    Good luck! :tongue:
  3. saturnine

    saturnine Guest

    Based on what you've described above, I would probably get rid of the 18-70mm kit lens, 17-55mm, and 24-120mm VR.

    I was also going to recommend getting rid of the 50mm f/1.8, but that's just an all around great convienent low-light prime lens, and you don't need as much distance as the 85mm.
  4. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Very good advice from the last two posters. Hard to disagree with their recommendations. :smile:
  5. I have an 80mm 1.4 on my Mamiya and I wouldn't give that up either :) 

    I wouldn't want you to die or anything, but if you feel like letting go of that TC1.7 I'd be happy to help you out with that one. I'm looking for one now.
  6. cknight


    May 2, 2005
    Madison, AL
    You've said you definitely want to keep the 70-200VR (and I'm assuming the TC) and the 85. I would keep the 12-24 for landscapes, and the 50mm. The 50 is small, won't get you much $$$ if you sell it, and is a good low light lens.

    I would keep at least on of the others (18-70, 24-120VR, 17-55, 28-70). The 24-120VR is probably the most flexible of these, but probably not as good optically (but not bad either). If you want the best optics, I'd go with the 28-70 or 17-55.
    The kit lens is kind of redundant compared to the other mid range zooms, but is small and light if you're trying to save weight.

    Maybe keep the kit lens for a light everyday lens, and the 28-70 for when you want the quality and don't mind the weight.
  7. Jonathan


    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine

    for all of the replies and comments. It looks like you may see the following on the for sale forum any day now:

    17-55 or 28-70(still undecided which one)

    I'll likely keep:

    85mm 1.4(no brainer)
    70-200VR(no brainer)
    50mm 1.8
    17-55 or 28-70

    Thanks again for the advice. I appreciate it.
  8. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    lens sell

    I would neverrrrrrrrr get rid of 24120 vr

    Just me
  9. cknight


    May 2, 2005
    Madison, AL
    Gale, we all know your biased. You have a VRRRRRR fettish. :biggrin:
  10. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    I'd let the 17-55 and 24-120 go.
  11. kit lens = sell
    12-24 = keep

    70-200VR (w/ 1.7tele) = don't ever sell

    85mm 1.4 = how often do you use it?
    50mm 1.8 = I was told "this should be in everyone's bag "

    17-55 2.8
    28-70 2.8
    keep one = sell two of these three

    If it were me I'd sell:

    24-120VR = it is not 2.8 & at short focal lengths even I can hold it steady
    17-55 2.8 = I love this lens, but you have the 12-24

    KEEP---28-70 2.8 = BEAST
  12. And what about that TC17E?
    I'm dreaming of one...
  13. Jonathan


    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
    And what about that TC17E?

    That, I'll never part with. I love it.
  14. The TC17EII is really hard to locate. I ordered on locally and waited for three long weeks just to discover that it was backordered from Nikon! Then I called another camera shop and they had one on the shelf! I rushed down to their shop and purchased it in time for my vacation. You might want to try their website: http://www.penncamera.com
  15. Jonathan,

    I would sell the kit lens and one of either the 17-55 or the 28-70, but I would not sell the 24-120. When you want to go light with a single lens, that's the one to take. When you get a second body (i.e. upgrade from the D70 and don't sell it, keeping it around as a backup), you'll want the 24-120 semi-permanently on the backup body, while the big gun is getting 'quality time' with the pro lenses...

    How do I know? That is exactly what I have done... except I didn't sell any lens, as I didn't get all of the 18-70, 24-120, 17-55 and 28-70! :tongue: I only got 2 of those: 24-120 and 17-55, and also 50 f/1.4 and 35 f2... which I still have, all of them.

    Btw, I agree with everyone else about keeping the inexpensive 50 f/1.8 and of course the 12-24 (if you are using it: I know I do mine), the 85 f/1.5 and the 70-200 (I would never sell that one, either!!) :rolleyes: 
  16. Jonathan,

    I'll dup my post here for a little "balance" on the 17-55 regards usefulness and flexibility.

    You already know the tough question -- 17-55 or 28-70. Clearly that is the area of most interest to free up not only the biggest hunk of cash but also bag space and weight.

    I just returned from my first trip after purchasing the 85 so the first real "field trip" test of my theoretical two-lens carry -- 17-55 and 85 or 17-55 and 70-200, depending on the anticipated situation. It worked out *perfectly*. If going out for an event, I would carry the 70-200 and if just out casual shooting the 85 -- both instances in combo with the 17-55. In neither case did I feel the need to say, "I wish I had ....". That said, if I would have had the 28-70 and not the 17-55, having a 12-24 would have been an absolute MUST and I would have been swapping lenses a LOT. Every trip out with the 17-55 I took more shots from 17 to 24 than I did from 24 to 55 and the 24 to 55 was a large number. I would have been constantly swapping or compromising my shots. I have often said the 12-24, 28-70, and 70-200 would be the three-lens killer kit and throwing in the 85/1.4 would make it perfect. I still believe that but for *me* (and maybe you), the obvious most useful choice is the 17-55. I would have worn out my cam mount last week alone if I had the 28-70 and 12-24. To get the exact same framing for my shots last week, I would have had literally 20 to 40 lens swaps A DAY. Not something I want to do. It would have been very nice to have a 12-24 along with my 17-55 but it wouldn't have been needed more than a half dozen times a day. A much more manageable number of lens swaps, I think. All that said, the 28-70 *might* be a better choice for YOU. Only you and your experience with both lenses can answer that.

    As for the rest -- I sold my 24-120VR after two weeks, sell it -- get that puppy gone. I have both the kit lens and the 50/1.8 -- I never use them, they didn't even make the trip last week -- sell 'em, pocket that cash. So, here's the keeper kit, IMO:

    17-55 or 28-70 (tough, tough decision -- would be the 17-55 for me)
    85/1.4 (you would have to kill me to get mine)
    70-200 w/TC (you would have to get this one while I was dead from the above)

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