28-300VR vs 24-120VR vs what?

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28-300VR vs 24-120VR vs what?
10 months ago

Help me spend my hard-earned money

In Nikon mount, I currently own D800, 24-85VR (left from D600 kit), 50 1.8D and 85 1.4D. I also own mirrorless cameras in Fuji and m43 mount but for the sake of this argument I want to concentrate on Nikon mount lenses for my D800.

I shoot a lot in 85-135 range. In fact a lot of my current shooting is portraits of my wife and 20-month-old child. My wife is of opinion (which pretty much means its the law) that her face looks the best at 135mm. She can instantly spot any photos taken of her with wider lenses and she immediately Xs them. 85 can slide sometimes for a full body shot, but she prefers further. Now my 20-month old looks good at any focal length.

85 1.4D:

75/1.8 olympus on m43 (150mm equvalent)

So basically I'd love to get some zoom that extends into 100+ terrotory. I did own 70-200/2.8VR2 but that lens, to my surprise, sat at home in the closet most of the time, perhaps due to its size and weight. So I sold it.

I did a research on 24-120/4 and 28-300/VR, but reviews are surprisingly poor on photozone.de (which I generally trust when it comes to lenses) on both of these. 24-120 has 2.5 out of 5 stars optically, and 28-300 has a pathetic 1.5-2 stars out of 5 optically, and both need to be stopped down at tele end to get any sharpness.    I dont want to spend a $1000 on lenses not to shoot them wide open.      Especially since I would be buying these to use a lot wide open at the tele end. I'd like to hear from owners of these lenses, their experiences with shooting portraits at tele distances over 100mm and results in terms of sharpness and overall look.

I did consider 135/2 DC but I decided against that lens. I need fast silent AF. Has there been a 135L for Nikon, I would have snatched it in a second, but it does not exists.

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