Lens decision help, Tamron 24-70, Nikon 24-85, 24-120, 16-35

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Re: Lens decision help, Tamron 24-70, Nikon 24-85, 24-120, 16-35
In reply to Solveik, 6 months ago

Solveik wrote:

Hi there!

I have some trouble deciding which lens(es) to buy, especially since my budget has limitations and the local store is not too keen on letting me try several lenses.

I shoot mostly children portrait in their natural habitat. This means I shoot indoor and outdoor without controlled lighting situations. I do shoot occasional weddings (2-5 a year).

I use a D700 body, thinking about adding a D610.
Lenses I use now: Nikon 50mm f/1,4 G, Nikon 85mm/f/1,8 G. Both lenses are fine, but moving back and forth is sometimes too slow and disrupts the situation. So I would like to have a zoom option on one body.

So here the questions:

-would you, for what I shoot, recommend something in the 16-35 range or 24-70 range?

- I'm pretty much decided on the Nikon 16-35 f/4,0 G ED VR if you don't have any suggestions that are way better and still affordable (the older 20-35 f/2,8 maybe?)

- now the other zoom range gives me headaches: the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 VR comes as a kit with the D610, but is this any good compared to the Tamron 24-70/2,8 Di VC, Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR G or even Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR (I don't think I need that range). I left out the Nikon 24-70 on purpose since I think it is in a different league.

Any help and experience is very much appreciated.

There's been a lot of recent threads on these lenses if you do a search, or even scroll down a bit.

For low natural indoor light, moving subjects, VR is not going to help you too much.  You need a fast lens and a quick AF.

The 24-85 VR and 24-120 VR are essentially the same thing:  too slow, both in speed (f stop) and AF.  Those are nice when stopped down to at least f5.6 or greater, and VR only offsets your motion.  You're going to need faster shutter speed than either of these can give you.  Unless you have good indoor light.  Only you know that.

The Tamron 24-70 has VR, which is nice for somethings, but not so much for what you describe. But it is a fast lens. I have not used one, so you'll need to see what others say on AF speed.  From what I recall reading, the AF is not as snappy as the Nikon 24-70. I owned one of those, and it is fast. Same as the 70-200 VRII f2.8.

The best lens for what you describe is the Nikon 24-70.  The Tamron is as fast, just not as snappy in the AF.  Forget the 24-85 and 24-120 VR's.  Could you skip the 16-35 and get one lens?  The 24-70 Nikon?

If not, there is an older pre-24-70 f2.8 Nikon that many people like.  Another option is the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 The new one with motor built in is said to have a slow AF. I just bought the older non-BIM, and the AF seems about the same as the 24-120 \ 24-85 VR.  It's almost as sharp as the 24-70 Nikon or Tamron.  You don't need the VR.

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