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Perspective on Lens

wmcy

Charlotte, US
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wmcy Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Aug 2006
Tue 03-Feb-09 02:26 AM

First of all, I know the Nikkor 24-70 is an awesome lens. I have had my D700 since last summer and due to budget, purshased a Tamron 28-7 2.8. Here's my question, I need to purchase several other critical components (I don't own an external flash, for example). For anyone that's used both the 24-70 AND the Tamron lens, is the 24-70 an exponentially better lens or moderately so. I'm trying to determine if I should continually save for the 24 - 70 or go for as SB900 and other needs. I know this is comparing apples to oranges, but I'd appreciate feedback from some of you with experience with both lens.

Thanks in advance for any insight.

MEMcD

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#1. "RE: Perspective on Lens" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Tue 03-Feb-09 06:50 AM

Hi William,

Are you unhappy with the Tamron 28-70mm's performance in any way?
I have the Nikkor and it is superb, though I have never used the Tamron. If you are happy with the Tamron, get the SB-900 and sleep well. If and when your budget allows you can get the Nikkor. There is no rush if you are happy with what you have now.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

Bruceap

US
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#2. "RE: Perspective on Lens" | In response to Reply # 0

Bruceap Registered since 19th Dec 2008
Tue 03-Feb-09 07:01 AM

I have been using the Nikor 24-70 2.8, and I like it a lot.
How is the Tamron doing for you? If you are fairly satisfied, or not dissatisfied, then I think you should get what ever else you need first since you already have the lens. I also have the 80-200 f2.8 and am lusting after a superzoom. But how can I justify to my wife spending $4000.00+ for a lens for a hobby? (never mind I have a $40,000 boat I no longer use, sale the boat you say... now there's an idea..

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torags

US
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#3. "RE: Perspective on Lens" | In response to Reply # 2

torags Registered since 06th Jan 2007
Tue 03-Feb-09 10:46 PM

Well when you find out how to sell the boat, let me know; I have one to get rid of...

High Speed

San Carlos, US
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#4. "RE: Perspective on Lens" | In response to Reply # 3

High Speed Registered since 09th Nov 2008
Wed 04-Feb-09 02:19 AM

Using the pop up flash with the 24-70 leaves a huge dead spot. The lense is too long for the flash too get full frame lighting.

Harry

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wmcy

Charlotte, US
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#5. "RE: Perspective on Lens" | In response to Reply # 4

wmcy Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Aug 2006
Wed 04-Feb-09 02:35 AM

Thanks to all for your feedback. This site is great.

PeteG

US
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#6. "RE: Perspective on Lens" | In response to Reply # 0

PeteG Registered since 06th Jun 2008
Wed 04-Feb-09 11:40 AM

>First of all, I know the Nikkor 24-70 is an awesome lens. I
>have had my D700 since last summer and due to budget,
>purshased a Tamron 28-7 2.8. Here's my question, I need to
>purchase several other critical components (I don't own an
>external flash, for example). For anyone that's used both the
>24-70 AND the Tamron lens, is the 24-70 an exponentially
>better lens or moderately so. I'm trying to determine if I
>should continually save for the 24 - 70 or go for as SB900 and
>other needs. I know this is comparing apples to oranges, but
>I'd appreciate feedback from some of you with experience with
>both lens.
>
>Thanks in advance for any insight.
I've been a long user of Tamron lens going back to my film days. They are great lenses and have produced superb pics for me. After upgrading to the D700, I found that I was having difficulty getting the crisp images I once did. Obviously having to play around with the camera settings gave me some improvement, but I started renting some Nikkors to do some testing. I even spent a day at a Tamron event put on by one of the local camera shops and did some comparisons with the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 to the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8. For me, I found that the Nikkor lenses were sharper than the Tamron. Now, some can say you get what you pay for, and for those of us who are obsessed with getting crisp images with lots of detail, then its worth the extra cost.

I now own both 24-70mm and 70-200mm f2.8Nikkors, as well as a 1-55mm f2.8 Tamron, and 18-200 f3.5 Tamron. But, the Nikkors get far more use.

Cheers

wmcy

Charlotte, US
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#7. "RE: Perspective on Lens" | In response to Reply # 6

wmcy Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Aug 2006
Wed 04-Feb-09 02:39 PM

Pete, great perspective. I think I knew the answer all along, just wanted to hear about some real life experiences. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

Wm.

terryb100

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#8. "RE: Perspective on Lens" | In response to Reply # 7

terryb100 Registered since 30th Jan 2009
Wed 04-Feb-09 07:47 PM

The Tamron arrived today and Nikkor arrives later this week. I plan on doing some tests and will let you know.

In the meantime I've been using the 50mm 1.8 for $100 and have been getting incredible results!

Terry

wmcy

Charlotte, US
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#9. "RE: Perspective on Lens" | In response to Reply # 8

wmcy Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Aug 2006
Thu 05-Feb-09 02:11 AM

Thanks Terry. Looking forward to your feedback.

Wm.

fstop808

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#10. "RE: Perspective on Lens" | In response to Reply # 4

fstop808 Registered since 30th Dec 2006
Thu 05-Feb-09 10:40 AM

>Using the pop up flash with the 24-70 leaves a huge dead
>spot. The lense is too long for the flash too get full frame
>lighting.

True. The 24-70 is longer than the 28-70 it replaced. Buy a SB-400 flash and this problem goes away; however, I've found I have to increase the exposure by nearly 2 stops with the SB-400--I must be doing something wrong.

G