i have been trying to decide for weeks what lenses to buy and its tough when you are starting out in the AF world. I feel as if i need a zoom b/c i travel alot, however, can't afford the wonderful 80-200/2.8 So, my question is, should i get a 28-200/3.5-5.6; 28-80/3.5-5.6; 28-105/3.5-4.5; 70-200 4-5.6; or just get a telephoto 180/2.8 or a 300mm/2.8 (which may be a little cumbersome when traveling)
Also, when i've been looking at lenses, i've been concentrating on Nikkor. But, are there other cheaper comparable lenses? How about Tokina or Tamron???
I am in the same buying mode as you, but for different reasons. I have an excellent three-lens prime set (24mm f/2.8 - 50mm f/1.4 - Micro 105mm f/2.8), and want to add a general/travel zoom to my collection.
My findings...in order of quality/ratings (summarized from various sites/sources):
1. 35-70mm f/2.8 -- about the closest to the pro AFS lenses, great 2. 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 -- great optics, alot of praise, most recommendations, a lot of people feel it's a pro lens at consumer pricing 3. 24-85mm f/2.8-4 -- close to the 28-105, but falls a little short 4. 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 -- too wide of a range to be good at most of it.
By no means am I trying to start another "flaming" discussion here. The ratings are what I have read into what others have given myself and others as far as advice.
Hope this helps a little )
P.S. Optics are far more important than aperture -- I am sure most would agree...
Cory: I happen to agree with your appreciations. I would just place the 24-85 ahead of the 28-105 in terms of optical quality as reported. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story