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Old 07-04-2007, 17:34   #1 (permalink)
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Calling all Nikon users

Following the demise of my 18-70mm lens I am now in the market for a new bit of fast glass, pretty quickly as well as I have a wedding next weekend.

I've narrowed down my choices to the following:

Nikon 17-35mm f2.8
Nikon 17-55mm f2.8
Nikon 28-70mm ff2.8 (this is the preferred choice due to the focal length)

I've had a look at the Sigma variants but have not been impressed with the build quality of what I have seen. My current line up is Sigma 10-20mm, Nikon 50mm f1.4 and Nikon 70-200mm AF-S. Nikon glass would be the preferred option but I am open to suggestions.

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Old 07-04-2007, 17:53   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Calling all Nikon users

Well the Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 has always been given rave reviews & used by lots of Pro's . The focal range also sits nicely with your other lenses, allowing you to go reasonably wide without swapping to the Sigma 10-20mm.....something the Nikon 28-70mm wouldn't be able to do Gut feel is you need the 17mm in the range, plus the extra 20mm at the other end puts it over the 17-35mm
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Old 07-04-2007, 18:15   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Calling all Nikon users

Thanks Dave, after giving it some more thought I'm dropping the 17-35mm from the list of options as the range is not sufficient. I'm trying to decide what 'missing' focal length I would use more, the 20-28mm or the 55-70mm.
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Old 07-04-2007, 18:46   #4 (permalink)
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As good as the 28-70mm is it was never really designed to work with digital bodies and, when compared against the 17-55DX, it suffers a bit more from flare / ghosting when shooting towards bright light sources and high-contrast scenes. The 17-55 exhibits slightly less flare and ghosting, whilst the 17-35 has next to none - though it lacks flexibility in subject matter.

I've had a look over at the shots showcased on your website and, taking the composition and subject matter presented there into consideration, I would rate the lenses you're looking at as follows in terms of suitability for you:

1. 17-55
2. 28-70
3. 17-35

The 17-55 comes out on top because it is an excellent all-rounder, fully capable of covering everything from landscapes to portraits and at just over 900 average retail price, it's a steal. If you take a peek at my own gallery you'll see that a good many of the shots there were taken with this lens.

The 28-70 comes second principally because 28mm on a D200 just isn't wide enough for a lot of applications; there will be time when you're limited by how far back from your subject you can get - particularly when shooting indoors - and in those situations you would regret not having the ability to go wider.

The 17-35 comes third because a 2x zoom can't compare with the 3.2x zoom reach of the 17-55; the only consideration that would place this lens at the top of the list is if you shoot a lot of sunsets, sunrises or brightly lit scenes with high contrast, since this lens gives excellent rendition of such scenes with the minimum of optical artefacting.

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Old 07-04-2007, 19:50   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Calling all Nikon users

Another option for Wedding shoots, if you are controlling the timing of shots etc, is to consider some primes

Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 D Super Wide Angle Lens - 300
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2 D Lens - 170

..which would leave enough money to sell the D70 & buy a D80 as a second body. You could then have 2 bodies with different lens setups for the day, plus you're covered with a backup body . Just a thought
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Re: Calling all Nikon users

Thanks martin, some good advice there and I've often admired your shots taken with the 17-55mm which is the one I am now leaning towards, all the reviews are good and it seems like the ideal companion for the D200.

Dave, behave yourself and stop sowing those seeds in my head. If I were to go for another body I wouldn't hesitate in buying a second D200.
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Old 08-04-2007, 08:04   #7 (permalink)
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Well I can only agree that the 17-55 2.8 is an excellent piece of glass.......was always on my D2H.

Looks like your expensive day didn't finish yesterday
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Old 08-04-2007, 16:31   #8 (permalink)
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Well it was almost a disgrace him walking round with the D200 with a kit lens on it
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Thank you Dave!

I've just managed to pick up a minty, year old 17-55mm for the princely sum of 475.

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Well done sounds like a bargain.
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Quite the bargain you snagged there - eBay?
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What a bargain
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Unbeliveable price .....no chance of getting it for that on EBAY
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It was on ebay! It hadn't been on long so I contacted the seller to ask if he had a buy it now price (it's always worth a shot) and that was the price he came back with.

He's also got a D2x for sale.......
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D2X .... You've asked a price haven't you ?? Hope you're seeing the item before handing cash over , seeing as seller is relatively new

I was oging to say that's the only way to get a deal on EBAY ....done it myself a few times
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I can vouch for Dave's ability to nail a good price
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Not quite as good as Colins though
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D2X .... You've asked a price haven't you ?? Hope you're seeing the item before handing cash over , seeing as seller is relatively new
I'm speaking to him tonight about a couple of things - D2x included. He is a relatively new seller but I've checked him out, name, address, employer etc etc and it all appears okay. Otherwise he'll get visit from a few ex-military pals from my bodyguarding days.
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Anyone famous ?? So you look like Kevin Costner then
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Nah, I didn't use to do the "stars/celebrities" (although I did a couple of well known names for short periods) as they want high profile, ex-bouncer meatheads who have no training or experience - this was always one of my pet hates, I can feel a rant coming on!

And as for looking like Kevin Costner - check my avatar! Actually, Whitney Houston's real life bodyguard was a Brit who I knew and he advised on the film set about operating procedures etc. Boy, did he get the **** taken out of him for a considerable time after the films release.
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