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p.1 #1 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


I'll be buying a D700 here soon (after I sell my canon 50D) and I'm starting to look at lenses. I know I'm getting the 80-200 f/2.8. I've narrowed down my next lens to either the Nikkor 35-70 f2.8D or the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. I'd love to get the Nikon 24-70, but that is way out of my budget right now. I'm just a hobbiest and my wife will not approve of getting that lens.

My primary subject will be my 2 kids. 1 is 3.5yrs old and the other a little over 1 yrs old. So autofocus speed will be important. Out of the 2, which one would you reccomend? If there are other lens that you reccomend also, please do. I'd like to keep my budget around $500 but can go a little higher.

I'll also pick up an sb-600 if that matters.

TIA



Jan 06, 2010 at 01:23 PM
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p.1 #2 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


Never tried the 35-70 (picked up my24-70 1st) .. but my Tamron 28-75 for Canon was sharp it's almost as good as my 24-70L (PS: also Marco on the lens is not that bad although it's 0.39:1 I think)


Jan 06, 2010 at 01:29 PM
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p.1 #3 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


Both are screw driven so the AF is nothing exciting. I've had both and optically both are very good. Personally starting at 35mm is too long for me. 28-75mm is a better range and if it matters the lens hood is nicer and more convenient to put on.

Also the push/pull zoom design of the 35-70mm is a bit old fashioned and supposedly can suck dust into the lens.



Jan 06, 2010 at 01:34 PM
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p.1 #4 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


I was very satisfied with my Tamron 28-75 on a D700 and the AF was just a little bit slower as now on my Nikkor 28-70.


Jan 06, 2010 at 01:44 PM
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p.1 #5 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


Nikon 35-70
Pros - f 2.8, excellent IQ, Nikon glass, macro mode
Cons - push-pull zoom, short zoom range,a bit heavy.

Most people who have them consider selling them but usually end up keeping them. An excellent lens IMHO.



Jan 06, 2010 at 01:45 PM
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p.1 #6 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


Thanks for the reply's.

I've read nothing but good reviews on the Nikon 35-70. I don't do much wide angle, so starting at 35 isn't that big of a deal for me, since my most used lens on the Canon 50D was my sigma 30 which gave me a FOV of aprox 50.

The Tamron would be the BIM version as I don't think they make the screw driven one anymore.

I know these aren't lightning fast as the USM i'm used to. Just as long as I can get good keeper rate of the kids running around.



Jan 06, 2010 at 01:57 PM
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p.1 #7 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


I had the nikon 35-70 before buying my 28-70, and it was a great little lens. It can flare directly into the sun, but if you know that you can work with it.

cheers

David



Jan 06, 2010 at 02:04 PM
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p.1 #8 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


The 28-75 is a terrific lens. I think lensrentals is right on the mark on its page about it, calling it one of the best bargains out there.


Jan 06, 2010 at 02:19 PM
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p.1 #9 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


Supa Lao wrote:
The Tamron would be the BIM version as I don't think they make the screw driven one anymore.


I've not heard good things about Tamron's BIM lenses. Find a used screw drive version and you'll be very happy, though.



Jan 06, 2010 at 02:25 PM
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p.1 #10 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


Both lenses are good so you don't go wrong with either. Of course each has some pros and cons...

In 95% of situations like this I go for Nikon. You loose 7mm in range but Nikon keeps better it's value and for sure has a better Build Quality.

Later you can add the little CV 20mm/f3.5 to your bag, just for situations when you'll need to go wide.



Jan 06, 2010 at 03:13 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


I've had the 35-70 2.8 since my first Nikon (N90s) and still love the lens. I shoot with it on my D700 and its still as good as its always been.


Jan 06, 2010 at 03:43 PM
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p.1 #12 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


Everybody that owns or has own the 35-70 2.8D Do you think it will autofocus and lock onto kids running around?


Jan 06, 2010 at 03:51 PM
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p.1 #13 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


I think your D700 and 35-70 2.8d will work just fine for running kids!! The only problem you will run into is low light situations, but that is a problem for everyone!!


Jan 06, 2010 at 06:50 PM
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p.1 #14 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


I own both lenses as well as the 24-70

AF performance is critical in low light
24-70: ok
35-70 a bit slow
28-75 sometimes cannot lock (I own the version without BIM)
As far as IQ is concerned, all three lenses are very good to excellent performers.

35-70: some flare, push-pull design, better AF on a pro body than the Tamron
28-75: the best compromise if AF in low light is not critical
24-70: the best of all worlds (wider, better AF)

Guy



Jan 06, 2010 at 07:36 PM
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p.1 #15 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


gugs says :

AF performance is critical in low light
24-70: ok
35-70 a bit slow
28-75 sometimes cannot lock (I own the version without BIM)
As far as IQ is concerned, all three lenses are very good to excellent performers.


How is the 35-70 slow? I have one and put it on my D2Hs, F5, D1H and rarely skips a beat. Fast focus and is extremely sharp. Which body did you put it on?



Jan 07, 2010 at 12:28 AM
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p.1 #16 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


It's slow compared to the 24-70... just like the 80-200 push/pull is slow compared to the 70/80-200mm afs lenses.


Jan 07, 2010 at 02:10 AM
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p.1 #17 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


A) The 37-70 produces better color fidelity than any of the 3 Tamron 28-75 lenses I've owned or borrowed, All of the 28-75's I've used have had a yellow cast to them. Not extreme, but there.

B) The AF on the 35-70 is just as fast.

C) personally, I prefer the push/ pull over the Tamron zoom ring. It takes all of about 5 minutes to feel comfortable with it.

D) The 35-70 is built much better.

E) On FF, the 35-70 has better corners, no issues with decentering (I've seen that on 2 of the Tamrons)

I shoot roller skating pairs dancing for my daughter with the 35-70 and it focuses just fine.

As far as flare goes...loose the useless lens hood it comes with and get the metal HN23...Flare problems gone.



Jan 07, 2010 at 02:54 AM
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p.1 #18 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


Thanks everybody!! I think I'm going to get the 35-70 f/2.8D. Now it's time to go out and find one


Jan 07, 2010 at 03:43 AM
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p.1 #19 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


Super Lao, pm sent.


Jan 08, 2010 at 03:05 PM
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p.1 #20 · Nikon 35-70 f2.8D vs Tamron 28-75


I just wanted to update this. I ended up going with the tamron 28-75 that I bought off the boards earlier today.



Jan 08, 2010 at 03:16 PM
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