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28-300 or 24-85... Recommendations Please?

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igere Registered since 13th Oct 2004
Tue 28-May-13 08:11 PM | edited Tue 28-May-13 09:05 PM by igere

Long time D200 shooter here, getting ready to move to FF (D600). I have a decent array of lenses from my 35mm days and only one DX lens (18-200VR) which I plan on gifting to my dad, who still uses a DX body.

So here's my question: Thoughts on the 24-85VR vs 28-300VR? Which is sharper? I've got most focal lengths covered so just trying to weigh convenience factor vs. overall lens performance and travel weight. I do a lot of hiking/backpacking/general travel and rarely carry a speed light. I've played with both lenses at my local shop and prefer the feel of the smaller/lighter lens, but am tempted by the range of the 28-300. That said, I'm more concerned with optical performance than range.

AF Nikkors I currently own are 18-35, 50, 80-200 2.8, 105M, 300 F4, TC-17 and 18-200VR DX. I've been using the 18-200 as a travel lens since 2005 and think its pretty decent overall, but not really great at any one thing.

What would you do? Thanks in advance.

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