Currently I have the following lens complement:
105mm f/2.8 Micro
I would like to add a zoom lens for use this weekend at an outdoor kids function, so I don't have to carry all these around. Any suggestions would be welcome.
I have read most of the posts here already, and other than the AF-S Pro lenses, I would like some more talk regarding the 24-85, 28-80, 28-105, 28-200.
Thanks in advance.
#1. "RE: Zoom Lens Purchase" | In response to Reply # 0photodoc Basic MemberMon 06-Aug-01 07:19 PM
LAST EDITED ON Aug-06-01 AT 11:21 PM (GMT)
I would stick to the 28-105 or the 24-85 if I were you. You have an awesome collection now and I would hate to see you ruin it with a poor zoom. The 28-80 is an OK lens. I have used it. Sold it to get the 28-105. I've not heard a lot of good things about the 28-200. The 28-105 is a very good lens; it is versatile(macro), inexpensive(~$300), and uses 62 mm filters. I just love it. The 24-85 is a bit faster, wider(but you already have the awesome 24/2.8), but it is quite a bit more expensive and uses larger filters. I personally would not swap my 28-105 for the 24-85, but if I didn't have the 18-35, I might consider it. Also, for portraits, the 105 is a great length (as is 85).
#2. "RE: Zoom Lens Purchase" | In response to Reply # 1photobri Basic MemberTue 07-Aug-01 08:22 AM
The lenses you mention are nice, but just so you know, you will notice a difference in quality when compared to the lenses you are now using.
If you want to stay on par with the equipment you have (and not totaly break the bank) , I'd think about the 35-70 2.8 AF D. It is a great lens, sharp and fast and affordable considering its quality - (but this would be the heaviest lens you would own.)
If weight is an issue, I'd lean to the 28-105.
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#3. "re zoom lens" | In response to Reply # 0
I own the same lenses. Recently I get the NIKOR 24-85 . In the short time I own it I become a little addicted to it. It is a very good buy en when you compare the results with the prime’s I don’t see a difference. (normal print 10 x 15 cm).
In the July edition of popular photography the 24/85 came out as a great lens.
(p.s. sorry for my bad knowledge of the English language)