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Sayeret18
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


Must downsize/cull gear. Currently own a d750 and the 24-120, 70-200 VR II, 35 1.8g, and 85 1.8g. At this point I am shooting street, family events, the odd portrait, and vacations. I was thinking about the d750/35/70-200 combo but then a wedding photographer friend suggested that a d7200/18-35 1.8/70-200 kit may be more useful (and less costly). Thoughts?

Happy New Year and thanks in advance.



Jan 03, 2018 at 08:54 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


I think if you're used to the D750, the D7200 might be a bit of a disappointment particularly in the image quality department. Up to you if you think that would bother you.

Your existing kit is very well rounded in my opinion, I would have trouble downsizing that. You have 24-200 covered with zooms now slower than F4 which is convenient, and you have the 35 and 85 for when you want to travel light or need fast apertures.

35mm is not wide at all, so for me, that would force me to keep the 24-120. Similarly, 85mm and 120mm are not very long, which would force me to keep the 70-200. If you need F1.8, that forces you to keep the primes....haha.

I think you should go through your photos over the last year or two and organize them by focal length (Lightroom can do this if you use that). If I had to get rid of something, I would simply get rid of what I used the least.

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Jan 03, 2018 at 09:04 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


I feel like having on the 35 as your widest will limit you at times. I had a 35 as my widest for a while and I finally had to break down and get a 24, I use this combo quit a bit.

If you're really only going two lenses, the Tamron G2 24-70 and 70-200 would be a great two lens kit, and the 24-70 isn't nearly has heavy and bulky as the Nikon 24-70s.

You could go crop, and save on weight, but that Sigma 18-35 is just as heavy as a 24-70 with less reach.

Personally, I would go D750 with the two Tamron setup.

If you go crop, with that Sigma, you're not really saving on a lot of weight.

You would have to ask yourself if that crop 1.8 is really useful enough to you, and if you need that extra crop reach on 200mm over the slight but beneficial benefits of full frame.



Jan 03, 2018 at 09:05 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


It all depends on your shooting style. I'd definitely keep D750 though - it's a great camera.

Personally - if you don't need reach, I'd probably keep 24-120 (as a walk around lens) and 85 (for portraits). On the other hand - keeping 35 as a 3rd lens leaves you with a great 35/85 combo.

Decisions, decisions.



Jan 03, 2018 at 09:35 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


Depends on your style of photography and how you see. I am a longer FL shooter so the WA's are not so important. I prefer 50mm whereas many prefer 35mm FOV and I find the 70-200 is a superb workhorse for my style of shooting.

I would go with your gut feel. D750, the 35/1.8G and 70-200 VRII. There is no downside as you are just moving gear on with no further outlay for now You can always add one more lens later like a 20/1.8G if you feel the need.

My litmus test is look at the lenses that I have used and the ones that I have not picked up in the last few months. This is very telling. If you are a working pro then keeping an array of specialty lenses maybe important but for most people it is not.

The D750 has one of the best sensors out there even now. The 35/1.8G and 70-200 VR II are both excellent lenses and they will not disappoint and you already have them



Jan 03, 2018 at 09:56 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


If you post process / manage your photos using Lightroom - you can upload the catalog to https://www.lightroomdashboard.com/ - it will tell you what are your most commonly used lenses / apertures / focal lengths.


Jan 03, 2018 at 10:12 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


You could always get the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 as an alternative to the 18-35.


Jan 03, 2018 at 10:19 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


austinschutz wrote:
You could always get the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 as an alternative to the 18-35.


The 24-35 Art is a superb lens but it is a beast of a lens. It is a great lens for functions and where you need the 24-35 range but I had it for a short while and moved it on quickly keeping the 24 and 35 Art instead.



Jan 03, 2018 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


How about a single lens kit: a DX body with either The Tamron 16-300 or 18-400. You could add your favorite prime if needed.


Jan 04, 2018 at 12:53 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


Also adding the Sigma 50-100mm 1.8 with one of those Tamrons would make a great 2 lens kit.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


I would keep d750 24 120 f4 and 70 200 2.8vr2.i used to own 28 1.8g and 50 1.8g but got tired of swapping lenses. Im quite happy with the 2 Lens setup


Jan 04, 2018 at 03:22 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


Keep D750
If you have a sharp copy of 24-120, keep it
70-200, keep it
35mm, if you like the results, keep it
85mm - it depends, check your stats on the long end, you may be OK with 70-200



Jan 04, 2018 at 04:34 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


D750, 58mm 1.4, 105mm 1.4.


Jan 04, 2018 at 06:00 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


Keep the 35 and the 70-200 and add something like a Voightlander 20/4 for when you need wider. It's incredibly tiny and a breeze to manually focus.


Jan 04, 2018 at 06:10 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


Don't downsize.


Jan 04, 2018 at 07:29 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


Sayeret18 wrote:
Must downsize/cull gear.


Why ?

You only have 4 lenses - two zooms, two primes.

Thats a very basic set. For example, you dont even have a macro yet. So why do you need to reduce your lens collection even further ?

For comparison, I currently use about 10 lenses - 2 zooms, 8 primes.



Sayeret18 wrote:
At this point I am shooting street, family events, the odd portrait, and vacations.


While I wouldnt have chosen those specific lenses myself for this, your lens choices seem to reflect your prefered subjects pretty well.



Sayeret18 wrote:
a wedding photographer friend suggested that a d7200/18-35 1.8/70-200 kit may be more useful (and less costly).


That seems like a pretty random suggestion. For example, how exactly is a D7200 better fit for your subjects than the D750 ? I would rather see it as a clearly inferior choice. I dont see how this is tailored to your needs.



Jan 04, 2018 at 09:12 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


Thanks for the information, much appreciated.


Jan 04, 2018 at 03:39 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


I would definitely stick with the D750. I currently have the 70-200 VRII, and the Sigma 24-35. I find that those two lenses cover virtually everything I need. I tried the 24-70 for a bit, but just found it to bleh in the middle.

The only thing I do find myself reaching for on occasion is a 50mm. I still have a 1.8D, but I try not to use that one too much. That's stuck on my J5 for my car camera.



Jan 05, 2018 at 05:32 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


35/85


Jan 05, 2018 at 06:09 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Two Lenses Only: Downsizing/Gear Cull Advice


75% of the shots I take at a wedding are with the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. 15% are taken with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. The 70-200mm is a must have for the ceremony shots but otherwise I could live without it. The other 10% of my shots are taken with the 14-24mm f/2.8 lens. For detail shots I screw a 77mm +4 closeup lens onto the 24-70mm lens.

I bought the 14-24mm and the 24-70mm lenses in 2007 and they are still great lenses and I have used them with the D3, D800e, D750, D810, and D850 cameras. If all my lenses were destroyed by fire or flood the first two lenses I would buy to rebuild my kit would be the 14-24mm and 24-70mm zooms.

With digital the fewer times I change a lens the less the chance for dust getting into the camera and settling on the sensor. I only use a prime when it does something that a zoom will not as with macro and tilt shift photography or my 600mm f/4 super telephoto.



Jan 05, 2018 at 10:34 PM
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