Nikon Zoom lens 17-55... maybe

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  1. thedude

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    im looking for a fast zoom lens, now it needs to have AF and have the best quality optical image as possible within reason ;) build quality isn't as important as the quality of the images that it produces.
     
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    You just looking for suggestions here I take it ?
     
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    Yeah whether their are more appropriate lenses and what people have used and like to use.
     
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    Depends on FL.
     
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    Whats the use?
     
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    I recently hired the Nikon 17-55 f2.8...i was blown away by the results, low light performance was great.

    ..as for the price new....shudder. Around £900 and up. Used prices vary from £500 -700.

    It depends if you plan to take your photography to the next level and earn money from it. That would then be a investment opportunity. ;)
     
  7. thedude

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    Morning Twist, i would say mainly group shots and occasional portrait use. Having a zoom i feel would be beneficial than swapping out half way through and allow me to keep the 85mm on one camera all day.
     
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    The 17-55 is a very good lens, Id also look at the Sigma 18-35mm 1.8, its insanely good, but depends if you can drop the extra range. Also cheaper new. Id probs go with that tbh and prime a 50 1.4 and 70-200 2.8. If you want a flexible zoom setup.
     
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    HANG ON a minute, you use FF so why are you looking at crop lenses? You should be looking at FX like 16/17-35 and 24-70.
     
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    i looked quickly, i wasn't sure what i wanted and needed hence the post. I see its a crop now.
    I have a 24mm prime i wouldnt mind a little wider.
     
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    Tokina 16-28mm FX
    Nikon 16/17/18-35mm
    Sigma 12-24
    Tamron 15-30
     
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    im at work and the computers are hampering me look correctly on IE as we are using 7 and everything doesnt load correctly.
    My excuse i am sticking to it

    ok looking at those the 17-35mm looks like its the most expensive, assume its a cracker.
     
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    From memory it is aimed at the pros (f2.8, pro build quality, faster AF-s motor etc etc) compared to the amateur 16-35 which adds VR but loses a stop
     
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    rather have it quicker, i dont need VR at that length.
     
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    I think you wold struggle to beat the 70-200mm f2.8 VRII tbh, I've been blown away by this lens. Portraits at 200mm look very nice too imo, although that's preference as some prefer 135mm and 85mm. If you want ultimate flexibility for weddings etc then the 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8 VRII would be pretty unbeatable, but obviously it won't be quite as good as a fast prime. Maybe you should have 3 cameras :devil:
     
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    But hes looking for a wide lens.
     
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    And that's why I mentioned the 24-70 :p
     
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    I had the 17-55mm when I had my DX Nikon. It was my favourite all round lens. It does weigh a bit but its built like a tank with its metal construction and you'll get use to it quickly. It was sharp, even when wide open but the sharpness improves even more when stopped down to f4. I've moved to a FX now and have bought the equivalent FX 24-70mm and its brilliant. Its amazing how many keepers I get because the lenses were fast f2.8 and so can get decent shutter speeds. They are expensive but they are worth it imo.
     
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    Where are you looking at used prices? MPB have loads from £399-450
     
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    That wont bother the OP.... like twist he's wealthier than Bill Gate's housekeeper :smashin:

    I'm not a Nikon owner but thats a fabulous lens...... :)
     
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    Think you're getting confused there ;)
     
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    Thats a possibility......
     
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    Yeah, Im poor.
     
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    No, everyone else is poor after asking the question "which one should I buy ??" and getting the stock answer "both" :clap:

    Not criticising just saying is all...... :cool:
     
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    i'll probably buy used or import but i think i need to concentrate on quality and what i can get rather than fill the need. Rather buy once than twice and for this i think i need it fast and amazing. The other option is two primes but that defeats the ease.
    so just one decent zoom
     
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    In the short zoom range it has to be the 24-70mm f2.8 for me. 70mm's not bad for portraits and f2.8 should be just about give shallow enough DOF on FF. You'll see quite a difference from your 85mm f1.8 though, especially in terms of bokeh quality.
     

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