Old 02-24-2011, 07:40 AM   #1
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Question Nikon pro Lens opinions..

Well thanks to my tax returns I'm soon to be in the market for some new pro glass..

I was looking at both the 12-24 f/4, and 24-70 f/2.8. Just wonder if anyone uses either of these lenses, and what are their opinions on them??

The 12-24 I've seen used for pretty cheap, the 24-70 I will definitely be buying new, so I can have a warranty.

I do intend to use these for trains, but thats not the only use they will see.. I intend once summer rolls around to hopefully start shooting weddings and such just as an extra way to bring in some money..

I thought about the 14-24 f/2.8, it would be nice to have if I had a D700, but on my D300(crop sensor) I don't think it would be much wider than my current 16-85... Hence my leaning toward the 12-24.. I will still be keeping the 16-85 just to have a cheap, light walking around lens whenever I'm on vacation or something.

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Old 02-24-2011, 06:10 PM   #2
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C'mon, man...get the lens with the focal lengths you need. You've already got a 16-85, so unless you're planning on shooting available light indoor stuff, or REALLY have your 16-85, go for the 12-24.
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C'mon, man...get the lens with the focal lengths you need. You've already got a 16-85, so unless you're planning on shooting available light indoor stuff, or REALLY have your 16-85, go for the 12-24.
That was the point, but then again I have a 50 f1.8 and a fast 70-200, that I can shoot in crappy light. So you're right I really don't need the 24-70.. It was just the whole me wondering if moving up from amateur(well the 16-85 was a $600 lens) glass, to pro glass would be worth it. Thanks for your input.

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Old 02-25-2011, 06:03 AM   #4
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Do you think you might get a full frame at some point in the future? If so, buy a good full frame lens, instead of a crop lens. I don't have the 12-24 f2.8, but it supposed to be one of the sharper Nikon WA zooms. I have the 17-35 2.8 and it get's alot of use on the crop and full frame bodies. (It used to get a lot of use on the film camera's too.)
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I haven't really decided that yet, I like having a crop sensor camera, especially for trains. I haven't really seen where a full frame sensor would have benefited me, except for shooting in really low light.
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I have a friend who uses the Nikon 24-70 and he has had real good results with it. It performs almost as well as my L, in terms of color and contrast. Quality is good, too.

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Well the 24-70 is a gold ring lens, which is the Nikon version of L glass. Sadly they don't have a cool designation like Canon, or Sigma's ''EX'' glass. lol

I think I'm just going to get the 12-24 for now, and maybe save the left over money and put toward a super telephoto lens like a Sigma 120-400, or Nikon 300 f/4(old cheap version).. Who knows, still thinking about it..

Edit: Actually surprised no one has brought this up yet, I want a wide angle lens, and most of my shots are telephoto shots. But I do want to try some new wide angle stuff in 2011, as time permits..

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Edit: Actually surprised no one has brought this up yet, I want a wide angle lens, and most of my shots are telephoto shots. But I do want to try some new wide angle stuff in 2011, as time permits..
You have somewhat answered your question about a full frame camera with the above. If you like telephoto more than wideangle - stick with the crop camera and see if you use the 12-24 enough to re-think a full frame camera. In my case, I shot 35mm film for many years, so I was happy when Nikon came out with several full frame cameras. If I had my choice now, I'd sell my crop camera and get one more full frame Nikon.
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You have somewhat answered your question about a full frame camera with the above. If you like telephoto more than wideangle - stick with the crop camera and see if you use the 12-24 enough to re-think a full frame camera. In my case, I shot 35mm film for many years, so I was happy when Nikon came out with several full frame cameras. If I had my choice now, I'd sell my crop camera and get one more full frame Nikon.
I believe you are right, but if I could afford it(maybe next year) I would have a D700 for wide angle shots, and have the D300 just for telephoto shots.
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I've shot with the D700, D3, 14-24 and 24-70. They kick ASS. I prefer my 5D to the D700, but the lenses are just like HEY CANON WHAT'S GOIN ON IN HERE OH HAHA UR BUSEH BEIN UNSHARP! LOL U FAIL
I kind of miss those lenses...
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I've shot with the D700, D3, 14-24 and 24-70. They kick ASS. I prefer my 5D to the D700, but the lenses are just like HEY CANON WHAT'S GOIN ON IN HERE OH HAHA UR BUSEH BEIN UNSHARP! LOL U FAIL
I kind of miss those lenses...


I wish I was rich, so I wouldn't have to make a near life changing decision.. I would buy a D3s, 14-24, 24-70, and the Nikon version of the 70-200 and be done with it. hah
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I have the D3s and I would be real happy with a 2nd one - it's an awsome camera. Most of my lenses are older Nikon fixed focal length AF lenses and they work just fine for me. Just two zooms the 17-35 and one you can't even think about. A nice lens for railfanning is the 180 2.8 AF-D. A nice focal length, fast and light, and pretty OK price wise.
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Didn't you say you had the 200-400 f/4? That is one lens that I fantasize about owning. Oh well.

I think I have decided what I'm going to do. For good.. Keep the D300 until it falls apart.. Sell the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 because I hate it..

Get the Nikon 12-24 f/4, and the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR..

Then stop worrying about gear, and worry about getting some halfway decent pictures...
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Sounds reasonable to me. Yea, I have the 200-400 and it's a fun lens, but limited in use to the winter for the most part due to heat waves.

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Sounds reasonable to me. Yea, I have the 200-400 and it's a fun lens, but limited in use to the winter for the most part due to heat waves.
You can still get heat waves in the winter! Iv done that. Having grass or snow to shoot over helps rocks and ballast sucks for heat waves. If you're going to do weddings A fast wide prime will come in handy! Having a good zoom helps but a fast prime can save the day. Having a good flash and knowing how to shoot with it to.
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Early in the morning - no heat waves!!!
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I'm confused over the term "Nikon pro lenses" since most of the sports I cover and big news stories I'm on, all the pro shooters have, ahem, Canon gear.


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Maybe where you live. Most of the pro's I've seen here shoot Nikon..
Nothing against Canon, outside of the build quality of their bodies, Although I've witnessed an XTi dropped like 10 feet onto a concrete floor and not even have a scratch on it..
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Ever since the Nikon D3 was introduced, the Canon Pro camp has dwindled in the Sports and PJ genre of photography. On topic, I use the 16-35 f/4, 24-120 f/4, 70-200 f/2.8 and 300 f/4 lenses. I will say that they are all TOP notch!
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Early in the morning - no heat waves!!!
Nice shot, I've gotten heat waves with my old 70-300 VR. Its actually amazing how bad they are in the winter.

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Ever since the Nikon D3 was introduced, the Canon Pro camp has dwindled in the Sports and PJ genre of photography. On topic, I use the 16-35 f/4, 24-120 f/4, 70-200 f/2.8 and 300 f/4 lenses. I will say that they are all TOP notch!
Nice, what 300 f/4 do you have? I might get this one next year.

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Nice shot, I've gotten heat waves with my old 70-300 VR. Its actually amazing how bad they are in the winter.



Nice, what 300 f/4 do you have? I might get this one next year.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...242161&is=GREY
I have the black version of that lens. However, I would suggest that you shy away from that one you linked to. It shows "Imported".... NikonUSA will not under any circumstances repair a Grey Market Import, just a heads up!
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I have the black version of that lens. However, I would suggest that you shy away from that one you linked to. It shows "Imported".... NikonUSA will not under any circumstances repair a Grey Market Import, just a heads up!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...mm_f_4_0L.html

Boy Looks like Canon makes the Nikon Vary smilier, Thats not bad you would be surprised by all that back scratching that go's on with the OM's and Tameron, Tokena, Sigma. Case in point look at these 2 10-24's
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I have the black version of that lens. However, I would suggest that you shy away from that one you linked to. It shows "Imported".... NikonUSA will not under any circumstances repair a Grey Market Import, just a heads up!
Ugh that sucks I didn't know that thanks for telling me.

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Boy Looks like Canon makes the Nikon Vary smilier, Thats not bad you would be surprised by all that back scratching that go's on with the OM's and Tameron, Tokena, Sigma. Case in point look at these 2 10-24's
That is weird, they look very similar. Although the Canon has image stabilization.
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Well my final lens purchase(for this year) has been made. KEH had a good deal on a ''like new'' 12-24 f/4 lens.

I also sold the Sigma 70-200 on Ebay for $50 less than what I paid for it, and found a pristine Nikon 70-200 VR.

My crop sensor ''trinity'' of lenses is finally complete.
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