Nikon 20mm f/2.8 or Nikon 24mm f/2.8

Started Feb 20, 2010 | Discussions thread
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Re: Nikon 20mm f/2.8 or Nikon 24mm f/2.8
In reply to moving_comfort, Feb 24, 2010

I've only read some of the posts here, but wanted to add my 2 cents...I've never used the 24mm f/2.8 or 20mm f/2.8. I see your difficulty with wanting to keep the 35-70mm but not wanting to spend $$ on the 24-70mm...

I'm far from being a pro...just exploring photography while in grad school and wanting the best stuff to capture my fast moving kids and taking wildlife/landscapes of the beautiful surroundings here in the Northwest.

Since upgrading from a D80 to a D700 last year, I've gone through the following lenses:

  • 35mm f/2 AF-D

  • 35-70mm f/2.8 AF-D (OK copy, sent it in to Nikon came back perfect)

  • 85mm f/1.8 AF-D

  • 50mm f/1.4 (dad borrowing it)

  • SOLD: 35-70mm

  • 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S (perfect copy)

  • 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF-D

  • 20mm f/4 AI (perfect copy)

  • 180mm f/2.8 ED AI (perfect copy)

  • SOLD: 20mm f/4 AI (sold for $590!)

  • 16-35mm f/4G VR AF-S

  • ON EBAY NOW: 180mm & 24-85mm

This leaves me with my present setup:

  • 16-35mm f/4G VR AF-S

  • 35mm f/2

  • 85mm f/1.8

  • 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF-D

My dad has my 50mm and I can borrow his 70-300mm VR anytime. My 16-35mm is really new, but if it turns out to be an otherwise excellent lens, then I think I'll be set for the indefinite future...which is saying something considering my prior indecisiveness. That said, Nikon called the 16-35mm the first of a new range of prosumer lenses (e.g., f/4 VR zooms). I don't have the money now for more lenses anyway, but would drool over these lenses if they show up someday:

  • 28-120mm f/4G VR ED AF-S

  • 120-300mm f/4G VR ED AF-S

  • 35mm f/1.4 AF-S

  • 135mm f/2 AF-S

If I were you, I'd sell your 35-70mm f/2.8 and buy the 24-85mm AF-S for around $299 (what I have it listed for on ebay right now). That gives you even better range, near-macro focusing capability along the whole range (not just @ 35mm), and you still have your 50mm f1.4 for low-light if you need it...no sense keeping two low lights in that range. Otherwise, I'll say that the 20mm f/4 AI was great while it lasted and it's legendary sharpness was great to see in each shot, but I've moved on to a more practical, useful, new, (and weather sealed!) zoom.

I've tagged all my shots with the above lenses and your welcome to check them out here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barronkerry/

Good luck!

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