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tjpenton
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p.1 #1 · Walk around lens for D600


Looking for an alternative to the costly 24-70.

Looking to keep it under 800 preferably. When voting please consider the cost vs performance and judge accordingly. Ideally I want the best compromise, so if the used Tamron for $300 performs 5% worse than the the $850 nikon 28-70 then choose the Tamron. I'm not very well versed in any of the lenses in this list but I am coming from the Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 NON BIM and I love it. Like seriously love it. So if you know one of these will perform similar please inform me!

As always, thanks guys/gals!



Sep 17, 2012 at 03:14 AM
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p.1 #2 · Walk around lens for D600


Another one to add as a possibility if you can handle only going to 35 on the wide side is the excellent Nikon 35-70/2.8 AF-D... predecessor to the 28/24-70 lenses. Significantly smaller but 'pro quality' for a zoom. It is a push-pull which some people don't like but I've never minded.

I'd also put in a plug for a prime as your walk around, the 50/1.8 or 60/2.8 Micro are both excellent.



Sep 17, 2012 at 03:33 AM
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p.1 #3 · Walk around lens for D600


vpik01 wrote:
Another one to add as a possibility if you can handle only going to 35 on the wide side is the excellent Nikon 35-70/2.8 AF-D... predecessor to the 28/24-70 lenses. Significantly smaller but 'pro quality' for a zoom. It is a push-pull which some people don't like but I've never minded.

I'd also put in a plug for a prime as your walk around, the 50/1.8 or 60/2.8 Micro are both excellent.



Thanks for your reply!!

But, I already have the 50 f/1.8G and the 85 F/1.8g. Though I don't really like the 85mm look on full frame (much preferred on crop sensor). It's a sin too because I've only ever used it three times lol.

As for only 35mm on the wide end, can't do it! I love being able to hit 20mm or wider, it just ads a unique perspective!



Sep 17, 2012 at 03:45 AM
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p.1 #4 · Walk around lens for D600


I'd take my 24-85mm f/2.8-4D over all those lenses.


Sep 17, 2012 at 04:01 AM
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p.1 #5 · Walk around lens for D600


tedbare wrote:
I'd take my 24-85mm f/2.8-4D over all those lenses.


Haven't looked into this lens, is it supposed to be as sharp as a good copy of the Tamron?



Sep 17, 2012 at 04:33 AM
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p.1 #6 · Walk around lens for D600


I have both, The Tamron is sharper than 24-85D and with less distortion, but the 24-85D has nice macro feature.



Sep 17, 2012 at 06:16 AM
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p.1 #7 · Walk around lens for D600


I guess you mean the new AF-S 24-85/3.5-4.5 VR (I think you should ). This lens is meant for the D600.


Sep 17, 2012 at 07:59 AM
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p.1 #8 · Walk around lens for D600


The 24-120/4 VR is the best walk around lens IMO. It's very sharp and has great range. I never liked the 24-70/85 lenses.


Sep 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM
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p.1 #9 · Walk around lens for D600


24-120mm F4 VR11, great range, sharp, VR, such a versatile lens. I have the 24-70G and it sits in a bag for the most part.


Sep 17, 2012 at 01:17 PM
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p.1 #10 · Walk around lens for D600


I'd be tempted personally to go with the 28-70 f2.8 for the pro build and darn good IQ, but the Tamron is honestly a better value if you can live with the more plasticky build. I think the 24-120 is also a very good suggestion, maybe not quite the IQ of the 24-70, but still better build than some others you are looking at and a fantastic useful focal range.

As for the two Nikkor 24-85's (not the new VR version)... I've owned them both and would take the Tamron 28-75 over them all day long every day. It's plain got better IQ. The AF isn't quite as fast as the AFS version Nikkor, but it's at least reliable. The f2.8-4 has no motor, and even on better pro bodies will never be confused for a 24-70 speed wise. It just feels dated to me. I sold mine immediately after getting the Tamron, while I still kept the AFS 24-85 for my daughter and a lightweight throw-around lens. It's okay, reasonable IQ, decent build and good AF performance.

The 24-70 is the cream of the crop no question, but if you can't justify the price, I'd be going Tamron if you want bang for the buck, 28-70 if you want pro build and very good IQ at a slightly higher cost, 24-120 if you want versatility above all else, and the new 24-85VR would sure intrigue me if I were a new D600 buyer... maybe wait for reviews on that one.



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p.1 #11 · Walk around lens for D600


nikon 24-120 f4 VRII


Sep 17, 2012 at 01:42 PM
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dj dunzie wrote:
I'd be tempted personally to go with the 28-70 f2.8 for the pro build and darn good IQ, but the Tamron is honestly a better value if you can live with the more plasticky build. I think the 24-120 is also a very good suggestion, maybe not quite the IQ of the 24-70, but still better build than some others you are looking at and a fantastic useful focal range.

As for the two Nikkor 24-85's (not the new VR version)... I've owned them both and would take the Tamron 28-75 over them all day long every day. It's plain
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My first choice was going to be the 24-120 F/4 but unfortunately at $1000 used I can't justify it when the Tamron can be had much cheaper for nearly the same optical quality



Sep 17, 2012 at 02:06 PM
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p.1 #13 · Walk around lens for D600


oh yes you can. for the most part the word "nearly" says it all.


Sep 17, 2012 at 02:25 PM
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p.1 #14 · Walk around lens for D600


I had the Tamron 28-75 and wasn't really happy with the sharpness. Picked up a Nikon 35-70 and like it quite a bit more - sharper and better build. From your list though I would go with the Nikon 28-70. Used it will run 2-2.5x more than the less expensive lenses, but I think you are a whole lot less likely to want to upgrade in the short or near long term with that lens, while with all of the others you will eventually recognize their shortcomings as you use them and end up upgrading anyway if you use that length a lot.




Sep 17, 2012 at 02:35 PM
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p.1 #15 · Walk around lens for D600


tjpenton wrote:
Haven't looked into this lens, is it supposed to be as sharp as a good copy of the Tamron?


I haven't laid my hands on the Tamron. Mine's pretty doggone sharp... it was my walk around lens on a D700 for over a year, and on my D3 before that. The macro feature makes if really versatile.



Sep 17, 2012 at 05:28 PM
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p.1 #16 · Walk around lens for D600


I have both the 24-70/2.8 and the 17-35/2.8 - shooting with a D700.

For a walk around lens I tend to use the 17-35 more, but I guess it depends on the subject and your style. The 24-70 gets a lot of use as well, pretty much if I'm using the 17-35 the 24-70 will be in my bag and vice-versa.



Sep 17, 2012 at 05:57 PM
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p.1 #17 · Walk around lens for D600


I know it's not on your list, but have you thought about the 28/.8? It's in your budget and you already have some nice primes


Sep 17, 2012 at 06:02 PM
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p.1 #18 · Walk around lens for D600


BenV wrote:
I know it's not on your list, but have you thought about the 28/.8? It's in your budget and you already have some nice primes



I have though about that but I don't think I wanna go all primes just yet :/



Sep 17, 2012 at 06:20 PM
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p.1 #19 · Walk around lens for D600


wow!......TM predicted this thread a few days ago.....


trenchmonkey wrote:
I can see the threads now..."what cheap walkaround lens can I put on my D600"



Will, can you please pm me this weeks winning powerball numbers? please and thank you



Sep 17, 2012 at 06:27 PM
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p.1 #20 · Walk around lens for D600


You could get the Nikon 28-105 3.5-4.5D used for less than $200.


Sep 17, 2012 at 06:51 PM
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