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What type of lenses do I need to be looking at?


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RENIX Registered since 29th Dec 2012
Tue 09-Apr-13 03:08 PM

Hello! I recently purchased the D600 and so far I love it! I owned a D90 and sold it when I purchased the D600. I have two kit lenses, the 24-85 and the 70-300 Nikon lenses. The 24-85 came with the camera and the 70-300 I purchased along with.

My friend has a D90, and he helped me shoot a couple of weddings. We each had our D90's at the time, but he has a Nikon 70-200 2.8 lens. When I sat down and edited those images compared to mine, I was BLOWN AWAY! Only then did I understand how much difference a lens can make!

Well, I can tell a difference in the full-frame compared to the D90, but I'm still using kit lenses. Since I saw my friend's (and another friend's) images using higher-quality lenses, I really, REALLY want one! But, I don't think I can afford the Nikon lens just yet.

So, my question is, what brands should I be looking at if I can't afford the Nikon? I'm a portrait photographer mainly, but have shot a few weddings, and I do enjoy landscape and nature photography, although I realize that's more for fun since the trees don't usually purchase pictures of themselves

What lenses should I be looking at? I have the 70-300 that I really like, and I think it's a higher-quality lens than the 24-85. And, it's got the reach I want. So, I've been drooling over the Nikon 24-70 2.8 lens. Is that what I should be looking at for portraits and weddings? Or should I be looking at something else? And if I can't afford the Nikon, is there a different brand that's comparable (like Tamron, Sigma, etc.)?

Just curious as to your thoughts - thanks so much!