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Mid-range zoom on D1X
Old 02-10-2004, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Iím (still) looking for a mid-range zoom lens for in my studio on a D1X body. I do full body through close facial.

Iím really considering the Nikkor AFS 24-85 mm f/3.5-4.5 G IF-ED.

I know itís not a pro-build lens, but the reviews are very good. The AFS-Nikkor 28-70 mm f/2.8 ED IF is too limited on my DSLR and the Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55/2.8G IF ED or others are still not on the marked. Today I use primes.

Do any of the proís here have any experience with this lens? Will it give the results I need? Build quality is not the most important factor, image quality is. Suggestions?

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Re: Mid-range zoom on D1X
Old 02-10-2004, 03:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the 28-105 -- it's been a good lens. When using it with the 1.5 magnification factor, the 105 end can really bring you in close.

There is a new lens -- a VR version of the 28-105. I haven't had personal experience (yet) but I hear good things.

Bob

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Re: Mid-range zoom on D1X
Old 02-17-2004, 03:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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are there more opinions ???
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Re: Mid-range zoom on D1X
Old 02-17-2004, 05:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Only full featured lens I use with the D1X is the 24-120mm. It has the equivalent of 35mm-180mm on a film body.

Otherwise, I just use the good old manual lenses I have always used, including the barrel lenses for the really small stuff. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
 
 
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Old 02-18-2004, 09:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I use the 24-85 zoom, old version (not G), and it's a fine lens for either film or digital, although I'd like more width when shooting with my D100. However, in my ersatz "studio" (seamless paper in the spare room with a couple of Alien Bees strobes), I use prime lenses 95% of the time -- mostly 35mm and 60mm macro with digital, 60mm and 90mm with film. If I want wide I switch to a 20mm, want to get tight, 180mm. In such a formal shooting situation, I find zooms unnecessary.

 
 
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Old 02-18-2004, 03:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Interesting, is it because you find zooms much worse in quality? I have several fixed-focal lenses. I'm looking for a zoom because it's faster in the studio, but only if the quality is good.

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I use the 24-85 zoom, old version (not G), and it's a fine lens for either film or digital, although I'd like more width when shooting with my D100. However, in my ersatz "studio" (seamless paper in the spare room with a couple of Alien Bees strobes), I use prime lenses 95% of the time -- mostly 35mm and 60mm macro with digital, 60mm and 90mm with film. If I want wide I switch to a 20mm, want to get tight, 180mm. In such a formal shooting situation, I find zooms unnecessary.



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Re: Mid-range zoom on D1X
Old 02-18-2004, 03:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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No, I don't find them much different in quality. But in the studio, with the model/subject in one place, the camera on a tripod, a bench to hold all my gear, etc., why fool around with a zoom?
 
 
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I use the 24-120 also and really like it. I do have one of the new 12-24 Digital zooms for all my wide needs.

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Got more lenses than I can use, already, in the manual ones.

For an old manual shooter like me, tha'ss no problemo.

When it comes to wide......it is hard to beat the 15mm rectilinear. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
 
 
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I have the 28-105 and love it. In fact, (sadly enough) it's really the only lens I use for all my needs, at least until I gain more experience with which lens is better for which shot.
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