Hi Everyone. New to Nikonians and back into photography after long lay off. Had several Canon film slr's. Nikon D700(absolutely love it)got me to switch to Nikon and into digital.
My lenses are: Nikon 50mm 1.4, Nikon 105mm Macro, Nikon 80-400mm, and Sigma 18-200mm. I was talked into buying the Sigma when I purchased the D700. My concern is: Is this Sigma lens capable of taking really sharp shots on a full frame D700 or is it relegated to snapshots. Also the Nikon 24-120mm VR looks good on paper but the reviews I've read state this lens is a stinker. Way too soft for the money. Is this too a snapshot lens? Can this lens be as bad as the reviews state? Additionally, should I get rid of the Sigma 18-200 and buy the Nikon 24-70 2.8 and then maybe Nikon 70-200?
Any input would be most appreciated. Everyone have a reat day.
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#1. "RE: Nikon Lenses" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Thu 12-Feb-09 07:33 PM
The Sigma 18-200 is a DX lens - it does not use the entire D700 sensor. I'd return that one if you have the ability to do so. I'm as big a fan of using DX lenses on FX if you already have them, but buying a new one for an FX camera doesn't strike me as a very wise investment. It's a pretty good lens, but it's not the one you should be using.
The 24-120 is nowhere near as bad as "stinker" - but compared to most everything else that goes on an FX camera these days, it's a snapshot lens.
If you're willing to spend the money and haul the weight, the 24-70 + 70-200 is going to obliterate almost anything else you can put on your D700. But that Sigma was maybe $450 and the 24-70 and 70-200 is now well over $3000 and probably headed for $4000. They ought to leave it in the dust, and they do.
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#2. "RE: Nikon Lenses" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Thu 12-Feb-09 11:01 PM
If you budget allows, Get the 24-70mm and the 70-200mm. You will then have two of the best Nikkor lenses made. As Brian said, the Sigma 18-200mm should be returned to the shop that talked you into purchasing it, for a full refund.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!