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What lens to use with D700 for walk-around purposes?

Bob32

Chico, US
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Bob32 Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Jul 2007
Wed 18-Feb-09 06:46 AM

Hi, guys!

I own a D200 which has served me well, but I am now seriously considering purchase of a D700, largely because of its low noise characteristics under high ISO conditions where I do a lot of my photography. One of my unresolved issues is what lens I would use with it for walk-around purposes. I really like the 18-70 I have been using with my D200, but I would not want to use that DX lens with a D700. I would normally consider the 24-120 VR as a good candidate, but it seems to be universally panned as one of the poorest lenses Nikon has ever produced. Therefore, I am now considering the 24-85 f/2.8-4 which appears to be a better performer.

I'd appreciate feedback from any of my fellow Nikonians as to whether the 24-85 would, based upon their experience, be a good bet. By the way, with a D700 I would plan on continuing to use my 50 mm. and 85 mm. f/1.8 lenses as well as my 70-300 VR lens that I have obtained since purchasing the D200.

I suspect that some may suggest that I get a 24-70 f/2.8 zoom for walk-around purposes. I'm sure that that is a very fine lens, but I do not find much attraction to those big heavy expensive f/2.8 beasties that the pros lug around. My 70-300 is a bit of a beastie, but at least it's a relatively light weight beastie with a much more digestible price tag.

Bob B.

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