Used Nikkor 28-70 or a New Tamron 28-75?

Started Sep 17, 2010 | Discussions thread
Stoker98 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,195
Re: Used Nikkor 28-70 or a New Tamron 28-75?

The 28-70mm Nikon is a totally superb lens. No disrespect to Tamron's offerings, but its in a totally different league, both in terms of its optics and its pro quality construction.

Go try one, and it will sell itself to you in minutes.

The only reason for buying the Tamron, would be for its portability. But a portrait lens is not the same thing as a travel lens. I don't mind a heavy portrait lens, as I would not want to trek it around in my kitbag just in case the need arose. If you want a portrait lens that you can carry, I would look at a used Nikon 35-70mm f2.8D. Or a prime, like the 50mm f1.4 AI-S.

If you are using a dx camera, then before setting on the 28-70mm, you might just want to try a Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 EX DC HSM. It makes a good portrait lens, even if it is not as good as the Nikon. But its sharp, light enough, and has a pleasent bokeh. It falls just a little short of the quality of the 80-200mm f2.8 ED, which is the lens I like to use for portraits if I want something longer. But the Sigma is a great compromise because its relatively short and light. Its a hugely versatilie lens, so it represents probably the best bang for the $$$.

Wait, watch, listen, then pounce !

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