Sale Nikon 24-70, & Go w/ PRIME

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Just thinking out loud, what do you think?

I love my Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR, along with my Nikon 24-70 f/2.8, but I'm think about selling it and going with PRIMES!

Nikon 20 f/2.8 (architecture)
Nikon 24 f/2.8 (Walk around)
Nikon 85 f/1.8 (portraits)
Nikon 105 f/2.8 MICRO

I already have a Nikon 50 f/1.4

I do weddings, portraits, & sports.
I also would love to pick up the OLDER model of the 28-105 f/3.5-4-5 w/MICRO! Sharp lens......

Any thoughts from anyone that has done this?

thanks......
 
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I'd keep the zooms and start collecting primes. I think the versatility of zooms is a good option to have and they are two very nice pieces of glass.
 
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I love primes, but those zooms you have - are already first rate, and gives you really good glass with convenience!

If I had those, I'd keep them, then slowly (depending on your $$) accumulate the primes I want.
 
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I was in the same boat at one point and sold my 24-70 and tried to make due with a 24/2.8, 50/1.4 and 28-105. Needless to say I kept the 50 and re-purchased a 2nd 24-70.

For your wedding and sports work, the 24-70 & 70-200 would be your staple. As others have stated, just save up for a prime or two and round out your kit.
 
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Depends a lot on what you shoot as well! I sold off my 24-70 because I usually reach for the 35/50/85 combo in its place....however, shooting weddings, events, etc. you'll be stuffed :wink: so I keep a 24-120 f/4 for working in less controlled environments
 
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I like to use primes when shooting landscapes and for holiday traveling 24mm / 50mm or 35mm / 85mm. 24-70 and 70-200 are mostly used for studio, event work, or dedicated photo trips for me. Then again you can just shoot primes if you do not mind changing lenses.
 
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I was a guest at a friend's wedding and tried to shoot with just my 35mm and 105mm primes... I quickly got fed up switching lenses, and I could never frame the shot quite like I wanted to while I was part of the ceremony. I really should've stuck to my kit lens, and it made me see the value of the 70-200mm.

Based on my limited experience, I'd really suggest keeping the zooms for candid wedding pictures.
 
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keep the zooms - the 24-70 is an amazing lens - its big and heavy but even though i have a wide selection of primes - i always seem to gravitate back to the 24-70 as my go to all purpose lens - also the auto-focus is super fast (i don't have another lens that can match it)
 
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I like to use prime. I'm also a Leica user And an amatorial photografer so i'm confident with manual focus. I prefer prime because i'm looking for specific "caracter" that just a single lens Can have. I use a Leica r 21mm for his color rendering And straight line, a Leica 35mm r for his boken And resolution a 50mm f/2 h.c. That recently won a battle with te zeiss 50mm planar zf2, a 100 zeiss zf2 that has incedibile details And boken And a 180 mm f/2.8 af ed for portrait And framing landscape. But i'm not a professional so i Can loose time to' chance lens.
Ciao
Alberto
 
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Think of the 24-70 as 4 lenses you carry in one: 24mm f/2.8, 28mm f2.8, 35 f/2, and a short tele at 70mm. If you take a look at its performance at www.photozone.de, its performance is quite amazing at wide open at f2.8. When i am on vacation, it is the one lens that is on my D700 most of the time.
 
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If you shoot weddings, do you have multiple bodies to put those primes on? If not, keep the zooms. changing lenses throughout the ceremony/reception would be nuts.
 
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I've bought and sold two copies. For my needs it is just too big and heavy, but for event photography I can see where it is an awesome lens.
 
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