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Old 06-13-2017   #1
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Alright guys. So I need a new lens and my goal is to find a walk-around/ portrait style lens. I know the 24-70 is very popular... But also very expensive. Has anybody experience with nikon (or Tamron version) of the 28-120 or 24-300? I'm also open to any sigma options there may be out there. Or any other suggestions yall may have. I've about decided I want to buy a D750 and I mainly shoot travel/nature/landscape/outdoors but looking to branch into engagements and family portrait work.

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You mean....
The Nikon 24-120 f/4?
And the 28-300 f/3.5-5.6?

I think your covering a lot of different ground there... if you want to get in to engagements or family portraits (does that mean portraits, or groups? ) then I think you will need/want a shallow depth, which would mean f/1.4 or f/1.8, and for a portrait, probably something around 85mm. The Nikon 85mm f/1.8 is under $500, and the 1.4 version is probably sticker shock. But I'd think prime for this "new area"...

The 28-300 is just way to wide, unless all you want is a carry all lens with the camera and that is all you have on you. A 10 plus zoom isn't going to be a stellar image taker across the board. maybe the Nikon 24-85 f/2.8-4 zoom is a good 2nd lens to go with the 85mm prime, and can be gotten for $700 to $750.

I think you want to be around $1000-1200 and those 2 give you a wide-ish landscape, decent light, cover the normal zoom range lens, and a nice blur the background targeted portrait lens....
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Have you considered the nikkor 35-70 2.8? Its the great grand pa of the 24-70 vr. its about 300 usd used. Then pair it with 85 1.8 g another 300 cost. You'll get a good set of portrait and all around lens for under 700
If you can spare about 170 you could add a 50 1.8g too

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In the film days before good zooms became popular, the focal lengths between 60 and 75 mm or so was a no-man's land: too long to be a "normal" lens; too short to be a proper long focus lens. The 35 mm (semi-wide) focal length was (and still is) quite popular with street and landscape photographers. If you want a small, light, and inexpensive but good-performing prime for street photography, you could do a lot worse than a 40 mm f/2.8 "pancake" lens. Primes in the 17-35 mm range are also good for landscape photography, the shorter lengths being more expensive and less suitable for street photography. Back in the olden days, 35 mm cameras often came equipped with 50 mm f/1.8 or f/2 "kit" lenses and such lenses are still a good choice for general photography on a budget when you need some speed without taking a big size and weight penalty.
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I have a 35mm DX lens that I quite enjoy, I know it can be used on the FX body but its magnified a bit correct?

Mr. P I like those suggestions, i'll go look

RNA I will look at those too- and I plan on getting a 50mm today!
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I have a 35mm DX lens that I quite enjoy, I know it can
be used on the FX body but its magnified a bit correct?

Mr. P I like those suggestions, i'll go look

RNA I will look at those too- and I plan on getting a
50mm today!
The idea of magnification abd a DX lens on an FX body
is sated backwards in your post. I don't know if you've
got an incorrect idea of it or you just wrote carelessly ?

OK. You're getting a 50. That is not only very useful in
itself, for etiher DX or FX use, but also helps you decide
what else you need ... IOW a fine "point of departure" !
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You mean....
The Nikon 24-120 f/4?
And the 28-300 f/3.5-5.6?

I think your covering a lot of different ground there
... ..........
Nikon has recently been "giving away" those lenses.

Last year I bought the 610 body and in it came with
the 28-300 [and a bunch of useful small items] for
$1550. I really wanted a 750, and this year Nikon is
selling the 750 with grip and 24-120 for $2000 and
again including some useful small items.

The lenses are admittedly not small or light, and if
you look for it, you will see some distortion but it's
not all that obvious for general subject matter. The
good news is that everything else about both lenses
is amazing. They defy common, and well founded,
beliefs about wide ration zooms. Illumination is very
decent wide open and one stop down is all you need
to really even it out. Sharpness is remarkable. Near
focus limits are about 18 inches on both lenses. AF
is quick and accurate.

The current offering, the 750 plus the 24-120, is a
fine general use package and offers f/4.0 at all FLs,
which is more than adequate for controlling portrait
backgrounds and such. The word is "controlling". If
you want to be "obliterating" backgrounds then look
elsewhere. IMNSHO obliterating backgrounds, rather
than controlling them, demonstrates a lack of visual
skill, but it's a verrrrry popular unskilled cop out, so
you will seen endless recommendations to go for an
exotic f/1.4 portrait lens. Fantasy can be expensive !
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I know the 24-70 is very popular... But also very expensive.
You mentioned the popular 24-70mm f/2.8 and Richard Noel Amora mentioned the older 35-70mm f/2.8 (see the lens on the left). Both are very good lenses. In addition to those two Nikon lenses is a Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 which is also a very good lens (see the lens on the right).


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I used tamrom 28-70mm.
Its probably half of the price of Nikon and still very good

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