Depends what you want. Nikon 35-70 f2.8D is excellent but you'd have to find a used one. I have the Nikon 24-120 f3.5-5.6 which I purchased in August 2009 and it is a very good copy. The new Nikon 24-120 f4 has a great reputation although it's only been out a short time.
Hedley Originally from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales -- now in Arkansas
I don't shoot FX but if I did I would be have the new 24-120 f/4 on my short list. I picked the Dx equivalent range, 16-85mm, last spring and I love the range (and sharpness) and I use it a lot for 'walking around'
Albert J Valentino Nikonian Moderator Emeritus Vantage Point Images Mastery of Composition is the Key to Great Photography
I strongly recommend the new 28-300/VRII. I am sure that the new 24-120 is also terrific. The reviews of the 28-300 have been remarkably positive for lens with such extreme flexibility. This is not a light, cheap consumer lens, despite the range. It is substantial, yet comfortable for walking around.
>I strongly recommend the new 28-300/VRII. I am sure that the >new 24-120 is also terrific. The reviews of the 28-300 have >been remarkably positive for lens with such extreme >flexibility. This is not a light, cheap consumer lens, despite >the range. It is substantial, yet comfortable for walking >around. Well, I am supporting your recommendation, out of questions. But sometimes light cheap consumer lens is able to deliver images in pare with my Leica90AA - not in respect of distortions or bokeh, of course. So the image(crop only, a bit less than 100%)taken with D3, Nikkor 28-200G, at 200mm, f9.5 to get both eyes sharp. No P/P, jpg from camera. Dimitri.
I use an old 24-85 AF f/3.5-4.5. Available used for $150 to $350. As far as I can tell, it's technical specs are only outdone by about 10% (maybe 15% if you're a persnickity pixel peeper) by the newest 24-70 on the market. Otherwise, it'll take the same pictures as the 24-70.
For the same price, the old 28-200 G or D lenses are amazing and have a bit more reach at the long end.
Or just buy Nikon's new 28-300.
All lenses are compromises between everything they do for whatever they cost. Get what's best for your life style and picture taking objectives.
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DSLR's: D40, D700 FSLR's: FG, N80, F100 DX Lenses: Nikkor 18-55 VR, 18-70, 55-200 VR FX Lenses: Nikkor 18-35, 24-85, 28-80, 28-200, two 50's, 70-300 VR, Nikon Series E 28, 100 & 135. Speedlights: SB-15, SB-600 Graflex 4x5 Super Speed Graphic w/135mm Rodenstock f/4.5