Help! I am a previous Nikon user (N90 with various lenses). I switched to strictly digital, selling my Nikon gear and moving to the Olympus E-10. I am now returning to NIkon (for good- I promise)having just purchased the D100, vertical grip, SB50DX amd 24-85 AFS. I do not yet have the D100 body. My question-- I am reading a lot of stuff regarding the new, small "ultra" of travel zooms (24-28 to 200-300).
Do any of you have ANY recommendations??? It seems attractive in terms of size weight etc. But what about quality etc. I have read that the tokina suffers greatly from vignetting (sp?). I am considering tokina,tamron,nikon and sigma. I would like to get one which has a front ring that does not rotate during focus ar zooming. Any help/experience/input would be greatly appreciated
#2. "Superzooms..." | In response to Reply # 0RRowlett Charter MemberWed 14-Aug-02 05:38 PM
...have too many optical compromises, and are very slow at the long end compared to more traditional range zoom lenses. AVOID if you are picky about image quality, especially at the extremes. The one lens that I might consider owning in this class (but don't) is the 28-200, but I think there are better options out there for less cost and weight. One thing to think about with your D100 is that it can get by with slightly lower quality glass without giving up much in sharpness. Becuase the image sensor is much smaller than a 35 mm film frame, you are using the best 50% of the focused image. So you might find that lesser and lighter lenses might still fill the bill for you even if you are a stickler. And since the base ISO of the D100 is 200, you are two stops up from Velvia and one stop up from Provia 100F, so you can make up some loss of lens speed you find in consumer glass. Also, the FOV crop of 1.5X gives you interesting options in the tele range.
At the cheap end of things, I would strongly consider the 18-35, 24-85 or 28-105, and 70-300ED or G lenses for a lightweight, good performing kit covering effective focal lengths from 28-450 mm.
#3. "RE: Superzooms..." | In response to Reply # 2michaeladawson Registered since 17th May 2002Thu 15-Aug-02 06:53 PM
...and the D100 don't quite go together in my mind. The problem is the 1.5x "crop factor" with the D bodies. A 28-200 effectively becomes a 42-300. Starting at 42mm on the wide end defeats the whole purpose.
I bought the Tokina 24-200 last fall to go with my F100 on a two week vacation. It does have light fall-off on the edges and some distortion but for a vacation snap-shot lens it was fine (great in fact). I won't use it for my quality work.
Another factor I discovered on my vacation was that I rarely shot any pictures at more than 100mm. The fact that my lens went out to 200mm was nice put I rarely used it.
For me, the ideal new all purpose knock around/travel lens for use with Nikon D bodies would be a 17-80mm. f/3.5-4.5 would be OK for a low cost version. I already have the 80-200 lens to cover the long end if I choose to carry it. Whether a quality lens with this focal length range can be made is beyond me.
#4. "RE: ZOOMS?!?" | In response to Reply # 0
I only own 1 non Nikon lens and it's the Sigma 24-80 2.8 and it seems pretty sharp for an after-market lens. I wouldn't sacrifice quality for convience though, there's no replacing the creamy-deramy look of the 17-35 Nikkor, or 80-200 ed if , and the close focus on the 28-105 is incredible baby! why would you spend the time and $$ on the gear just to replace it when you go on vacation? A time when you know you will want, no, NEED those beautiful lenses and more importantly, the results. Even a Xmass snap shot in an editorial of family in the 21st century, not to mention your own family history. Can't get more intamate than that and I can't think of any other reason to justify the good quality lens.
But that's just my opinion. P)
#5. "RE: ZOOMS?!?" | In response to Reply # 4michaeladawson Registered since 17th May 2002Fri 16-Aug-02 12:52 AM
Each person is different with different priorities.
For me... when I took a couple of cruises in Europe I was NOT going to lug around 2 or 3 f/2.8 constant aperture zoom lenses as I strolled city streets with my girlfriend. I could walk around all day with one lens. Vacation a time when I NEED those beautiful lenses??? No, not me. I do my important photography outside of vacation.
But that's me. To each his own and to anyone who thinks vacation photos are the most important shots they take then I gladly yield and they should choose their lenses accordingly.