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Zoom or Prime for the wide to mid range?


Huddersfield, UK
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ricdiggle Basic Member
Wed 21-May-08 12:21 PM

I must update my profile.

A couple of weeks ago, I sold both my zoom lenses. The 70-200 and 14-24 are now gone and I'm left with the following primes:

50 f1.8
85 f1.4
105 VR
200 f2

If and when a new 70-200 appears, I'll be first in line and whilst I decide on whether a 200-400 will be long enough or if I should just get a 600mm, I'd like to sort out the wide end of my setup.

Whilst I thought the 14-24mm was an exceptional performer on the D3, I sold it on as I found I simply never used it. My feeble mind simply couldn't get over how wide it was and it sat on my shelf unused.

Looking at my options, I could get the 20mm, the 28mm and 35mm primes or I could get the 24-70 AF-s. The 'slow' speed of the zoom wouldn't be an issue at all and I'd certainly make use of the long end more when using it as a walkaround lens. (My 70-200 served as walkaround lens so weight isn't an issue either)

I'm just wondering if there is a really compelling arguement to go with the primes rather than the new super zoom. By all accounts the 24-70 is rather special in terms of sharpness and colour but would the primes be even better?

Many thanks for any light shed,


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