28mm f/2.8 AF or 24mm f/2.8 AF??? Help!!!!!
I'm looking to get a wide-angle lens for my N80. I currently a 50mm f/1.8 and a 28-80 3.3-5.6. Ever since I bought the 50mm 1.8
The 28-80 does not touch the camera.
I have narrowed my search down to two lenses, the 28mm 2.8 and the 24mm 2.8 (please do not try to sway me towards a zoom lens)
Is there a difference in quality between the two? Would I benefit greatly in the 4mm difference of the two? Note that the 24mm is over $160.00 more than the 28mm
If anyone has either lens maybe you could shed some light on my dilemma.
Just a note to all the Nikonians out there buying the N65 and N80 in kit form. BUY THE BODY ALONE AND FOR THE SAME $99.00 THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO PAY FOR THE 28-80MM ZOOM GET THE 50MM 1.8 AF. I took about 10 rolls of film with the 28-80 before I bought the 50mm 1.8. After the first roll with the 50mm I felt like I was finally getting what I was looking for. Extremely sharp and contrasty photos roll after roll. When I take my photos and place them side by side with the photos that I had taken with the 28-80 zoom anyone could see the difference. Note that the shots taken with 28-80 and the ones taken with the 50mm were of the same film brand and same developing lab. I took the advice given to me from this site and bought the 50mm and it was the best $99.00 that I have spent on any photo gear.
Now I always ask for as much advice as possible before I start throwing my money into the wind.
#1. "RE: 28mm f/2.8 AF or 24mm f/2.8 AF??? Help!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 0photobri Basic MemberSat 11-Aug-01 08:28 AM
LAST EDITED ON Aug-11-01 AT 12:30 PM (GMT)
I know exactly what you are talking about. I used to have my 28-105 on my N80 all the time. As soon as I started to compare shots taken with any of my primes, I left my 28-105 in the bag. It will soon be for sale. Not that it is a bad lens - actualy a very good and versitile lens, but using my 24, 28, 50, 85 or 105 instead gives better results for anything over a 4x6 print. I don't mind switching lenses or bodies.
Now to your question. If you plan on using it for landscapes more than for people, I'd get the 24mm. It is an AWESOME lens. Look used, as I got mine for just over $200.00 as a demo from B&H. Came with the wty card and everything!
Also, with the 24mm and a reversing ring ($20), you have instant Micro Photography capabilities greater than 2:1 (thx TD)
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#2. "RE: 28mm f/2.8 AF or 24mm f/2.8 AF??? Help!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 0Joe Guzzi Basic MemberSat 11-Aug-01 08:56 AM
Normally I would tend to recommend a zoom lens to someone who doesn't know what focal length prime lens they would prefer. This way you get a feel for the different focal lengths, and will know the most useful prime lens focal length in or around that range for you. Since you don't want to be swayed to a zoom I will refrain from telling you just how good the AF18-35 3.5-4.5D ED IF really is, and how useful I find the 18mm focal length.
I don't find 28mm all that wide, I think 24 is a better choice if you want one lens that is considered wide. 4mm goes a long way in this focal length range. It all depends on what you want to photograph and if you will want a 20 down the road. A 28 and a 20 may make better sense than a 24 and a 20. Put the 28-80 on the camera, set it to 28, compose a variety of shots, and see if you want something wider. A 24 will most likely be used more than a 20, but sometimes you have to have something wider, because wider is better.
#3. "RE: 28mm f/2.8 AF or 24mm f/2.8 AF??? Help!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 0RickD Basic MemberSat 11-Aug-01 10:47 AM
I to will refrain from trying to talk you into a wide angle zoom lens, even though they are a very versitile lens. I own the 24mm 2.8 AF lens that you are thinking about buying. It's a very sharp and fast lens, you will not regret buying it. I purchased the 24mm rather than the 28mm because I had a zoom that would go down to 28mm. I use the 24mm mostly for landscapes and I like to photograph peoples homes. ( from the outside ) It enables you to get close to the house and avoid the things that you do not want in the picture. ( sidewalks & utility boxes )The difference between the 24mm and the 28mm was enough to sway me into purchasing the 24mm.
I don't think it will get much use anymore as I just purchased the 17-35 2.8mm AFS. Like you I did not want to buy a wide angle zoom, I wanted a wide angle prime. But a year and a half later I ended up buying the wide angle zoom because I thought it was much more versitile, and it is. But as promised, ( and I am a man of my word ) I will not try to talk you into buying a wide angle zoom just because it is more versitile and you will get at least five different lenses if you purchase a wide angle zoom.
Um, No I don't want to sell my 24mm 2.8 just yet, I think it will still have a place in my bag. It really is a good lens.
What ever you do, do not click on the above link it may just cost you some money.
#4. "RE: 28mm f/2.8 AF or 24mm f/2.8 AF??? Help!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 3jjussi Basic MemberSat 11-Aug-01 12:15 PM
LAST EDITED ON Aug-11-01 AT 04:16 PM (GMT)
>What ever you do, do not
>click on the above link
>it may just cost you
Would be nice to have so much money that you an walk to shop, point cameras and lenses and say: "I will take these! Thank you!"
#5. "RE: 28mm f/2.8 AF or 24mm f/2.8 AF??? Help!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 4jrp Charter MemberSat 11-Aug-01 01:05 PM
You will love the 24mm f/2.8D AF. It gives you more coverage than the 28mm, for more interesting perpectives and still very manageble. I own it and like it very much. They are scarce in the used market, but with some luck you may find very good samples in excellent condition or above, at places like keh.com and B&H photo.
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#7. "RE: 28mm f/2.8 AF or 24mm f/2.8 AF??? Help!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 5kkennally Basic MemberSat 11-Aug-01 01:24 PM
Thanks guys for the good info.
After going to photodo.com I believe that I will be going with the 24mm 2.8, http://www.photodo.com/prod/lens/nikkor.shtml#Nikkor
It was rated slightly sharper than the 28mm 2.8 and the 4mm difference will help considering that I will be using it for landscape photography.
#6. "RE: 28mm f/2.8 AF or 24mm f/2.8 AF??? Help!!!!!" | In response to Reply # 4jnscbl Basic MemberSat 11-Aug-01 01:17 PM
LAST EDITED ON Aug-12-01 AT 03:03 AM (GMT)
For what it's worth, I have a 24 (Sigma)and a 28 (Nikkor). I use the 28 most of the time. I find the 24 is only useful for a major foreground subject with background in focus. The 28 gives a good wide view without diminishing middle ground detail. But to each his own. I'll kill two birds with one stone. Here is a shot with the 28mm, on Fuji Sensia 400. ---scott
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