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Need Advice on Nikkor Mid-Range Zoom.
Old 07-26-2005, 12:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to purchase a Nikkor mid-range zoom to use for general purpose photography and some portrait work. I am looking at two lens and I would like to know if anyone can give me their opinions about these two lenses to help me make my decision.

The first lens I am looking at is the Nikkor 28 - 70 mm F3.5 - 4.5 and the second lens I am looking at is the Nikkor 28 - 85 mm F3.5 - 4.5. With the Nikkor 28 - 85 mm lens I have seen references to an 'early' lens and a 'late' lens. Can anyone tell me what the 'early' vs the 'late' designation means? If it refers to something like macro capabilities I am not concerend about that since I don't do a lot of macro work anyway.

Since the lens are Nikkors I know they are good quality lenses but has anyone had any experience with these lenses enough to recommend one over the other?

Thanks for the help.
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Re: Need Advice on Nikkor Mid-Range Zoom.
Old 07-26-2005, 12:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It is expensive, but how about the Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8? Any maximum aperture more than f/2.8 is getting to small and slow for me because I like shallow depth of field and shooting in natural light which has a tendecny to get dim for half the day.
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Re: Need Advice on Nikkor Mid-Range Zoom.
Old 07-26-2005, 06:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens and use it for most of my 3/4 to full length studio shots. The slow speed doesn't bother me since I'm using strobes most of the time and shoot at f/8 anyway. On my D70 I shoot quite a bit with it around 60mm and it's sharp and has good contrast (IMHO). If you want something in the available light range, then the 28-70 seems to be the hot choice. It's pricy, but you don't get f/2.8 glass for free. Here's one of my favs done with the 24-85.
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Re: Need Advice on Nikkor Mid-Range Zoom.
Old 07-26-2005, 09:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use the Nikor 24-120 f3.5-f5.6 for everything from travel landscapes to studio portraits. I like that I only have to carry one lens when I travel and it is long enough to shoot closeup shots of models frolicking in the ocean/lake without me getting into the water. I agree with the previous posts in that you should look into a faster lens. If you do a lot of studio work, you'll appreciate the fast speed and fixed aperature. My next lens will be the 80-200 f2.8 VR.
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Old 07-26-2005, 09:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If you are digital, look into the Tamron 28-75 Di 2.8 nikon mount, good price on them and sharp as anything.


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Re: Need Advice on Nikkor Mid-Range Zoom.
Old 07-26-2005, 06:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Dave,
If you're shooting film, this may not be enough focal length for portraits. I prefer 85mm-135mm for that type of work. Also, I don't think you'll be happy with the slower aperature.

My advice for film cameras: general purpose 28-70 mm f2.8, portait and action 80-200 mm f2.8. A single lens for portraiture that is perfect is 85mm f2 or faster.

Don't compromise on lenses. Buy the best made for your brand of camera . Photography is not a cheap hobby. That's why professionals get the rates that they charge.

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Greetings! Check out Nikonians.org testing the 28-70 & 35-70 Nikkors. You might be surprised at the results, but, the final tally should be your personal shooting habits and experiences with these lenses. Rent them and do your own tests of what you will be shooting.
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The 35-70 f2.8 is a very good lens from what I've seen.. It is hardly prone to flare,...which is a problem with lenses that have a longer zooming range.. It's compact, sharp as heck, and is an f2.8 lens so that the AF performs better with that lens than any f3.5,..f4,...f4.5,...or f5.6 lens,..

Good "bang for the buck"..

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