Hi all, I gave my son my D80 when I got the D7100 and also my 35mm 1.8 lens. I miss the lens so may buy another but was wondering is there is a zoom lens that brackets the 35mm and is as good as it, maybe something from 18 to 50 or so? It doesn't have to be a Nikon lens and maybe an older, used lens. My everyday lens is tha 18-200. Thanks
If you can swing the price, Nikon's 17-55mm f/2.8 DX is a great lens. It was my events lens and often my everyday lens before I went full-frame. Rumor has it that the Tamron version is a good alternative.
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If you really like the 35mm focal length, before investing in anything, try and Sigma 35 1.4. It is the best lens at that FL. I never warmed up to the 17-55 2.8. It is nicely built, and is fine optically but nothing stands out. I compared it to the 24-70 after I bough the 17-55 and regretted getting it. I finally got a 24-70 in the spring of 2012 and have not used the 17-55 since. For both the D7000 and D800 it is my mid zoom of choice. Others like the 17-55 a lot but I see so many for sale despite it not selling in as high a volume as the 24-70, maybe a lot of people find it less than indispensable compared to other lenses that could be sold from the bag. My 24 1.4 gets 10 times the use of the 17-55, and 1/30th of the shots of my 70-200. Trading a son might get a good lens but for a really good long lens you need to trade twins. Longer term maintenance on a long lens is much lower.....and it never wants to borrow your car. Stan St Petersburg Russia
The 17-55 shouldn't be dismissed if you are on DX. I've been thrilled with the performance and durability of my copy. That said, it's a big lens. For a walk around focal length, I've come to appreciate the 35/2 and especially the Sigma 30/1.4, though if I were buying today I'd look at the 35/1.8.
Mon 02-Sep-13 03:13 PM | edited Mon 02-Sep-13 03:16 PM by Arthur Laurent
Nikkor 17-35/2.8 is a nice older autofocus lens. It was used by a lot of PJ's back in The Day. (If I'm playing PJ, I have this lens mounted on one body and a 70-200 mounted on the other.) It's big and heavy, and built like a tank. But it takes N-I-C-E pictures.
I thought it would be sub-$1K by now, but apprently it's still in production, and available at around $1500-1700 from the usual suspects in NYC.