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The Next Lens

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by zigzag, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. zigzag


    Oct 16, 2005
    I've made a promise to myself to get the best glass possible in the future. With that in mind, I have the following:

    Tokina 12-24 DX
    Nikkor 18-70 DX (thinking of selling this, as it has sat unused for months)
    Nikkor 24-120 VR
    Sigma 30mm 1.4
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
    Nikkor 80-400 VR

    I'd like to get one of the great wide/midrange zooms - 17-35, 17-55, or 28-70 - as my next purchase. Given that my Tokina is super sharp and covers up to 24 mm, am I best off going with the 28-70? Sometime down the road I'll probably get a 70-200VR. The other one that looks attractive is the 17-55, since it covers a large area. Is the 17-55 more 'useable' on a digital body than the 28-70? Anyone own both :) eek: ) and use them on a digital body?

    Also, size and weight are important to me, though I realize those will be sacrificed if I want the best. But are there any differences between these?

    Thanks in advance for the advice.
  2. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Lens collections are obviously compiled according to the photographical aspirations of the shooter. It would seem to me that your Tokina 12-24mm is a keeper for sure. The 24-70mm f/2.8 is a great lens and I enjoy the heck out of mine. The next option is the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, another that I have and love. Any longer telephoto lenses above this would be dictated by what you are interested in shooting. I had the 80-400mm VR, but sold it reluctantly to a friend because it was too slow for shooting sports. But it is a lens worth keeping if you already own it, especially if it is fast enough for your interests. A nice teleconverter or two is beneficial when additional reach is needed.

    Just some food for thought...I may not be totally correct in my rationality, but at least it gives you something to think about.
  3. bpetterson

    bpetterson Guest

    The 17-35, 28-70, and the 70-200 VR are top notch
    The 17-55 is also very good.
    I have them all.

    For low lite and great Boke the 85mm f1.4 and the 28mm f 1.4 are super.

    All depends on what you shoot and what you can afford.

  4. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    Since you already have the 12-24 mm range covered, my recommendation is to get the 28-70 f/2.8 and the 70-200 f/2.8 VR. That trio of lenses will just about cover anything. Add the 50 mm f/1.8 as it's cheap, fast and sharp.
  5. txbonds


    Dec 10, 2005
    Given what you have and reading your thoughts on what you want, I'd recommend the following thought:

    Buy the 70-200vr first and do the following possible lineup

    tokina 12-24
    nikon 18-70 or 24-120 (pick only one of these that you like best)
    nikon 70-200vr
    sigma 30 f1.4
    nikon 50 f1.8
    nikon TC-17EII or TC-14EII

    So, I'm suggesting the possiblity of selling either the 18-80 or 24-120, selling the 80-400vr, and buy the 70-200vr and a teleconverter first.

    I think for auto sports, the 70-200vr with f2.8 aperature might be a better lens to have first before the mid range f2.8 zoom. I could be wrong, but this is just my thinking. Then, go after that mid range zoom as your next aquisition and pick the one that matches the mid range you decide to keep out of your current ones. What I'm saying is, if you keep the 18-70 you'd probably favor the 17-55 range. If you keep the 24-120, you'd probably favor the 28-70 range. Just my thoughts though.
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