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It’s a great lens! Built like a tank???

Ramesses

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Ramesses Registered since 29th Mar 2007
Sun 20-Apr-08 08:34 PM

Hi:

I have a bone to pick with a lot of posters. I have never owned a high-end lens. However, I’ve hearing that the 17-55, 17-35 or 70-200, etc are great lenses because “they are built like tanks.” What am I going to do with a tank” Take it to war with me? Furthermore, since I’m not a pro and do not abuse my lenses, why do I need a tank? It is like saying that a 50 lb stainless steel tripod, built like a tank, is superior to 2 lb carbon fiber one.

Since I got the Nikon 14-24, I understand what people are saying. The 14-24 is not just very well built to withstand punishment (excepting the exposed front element,) but first and foremost, it is a precision tool with excellent optics. Precision tools are always very expensive but fully worth it. Now, I understand the difference in price. It is much more than just being built like a tank. It is like my very simple Novoflex focusing rack, which came to $220 – it is very simple with precision and excellent engineering, more than worth the price.

Best regards,

Ramesses

A Nikonian in Kemet

My Blog: Hektors Blog
My Photo Album: Hektors Photos

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