Which lens would you buy first?

Started Aug 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
user_name Veteran Member • Posts: 3,134
Re: Which lens would you buy first?

First, why are you buying all FX lenses? Are you considering migrating to FX at some point?

If so, that makes sense to fill your bag with FX lenses and high quality ones at that.

The 14-24 does not take filters, so that may be an issue. The 16-35mm f/4 VR may be a better choice, even though 16mm is like 24mm on a DX camera. The advantage of the 16-35mm is the VR and it takes filters. It is a very good lens.

You still need a UWA lens and maybe a DX lens would be a good purchase if you can find a good UWA prime to augment the zoom.

All of the Holy Trinity lenses are heavy. You will not want to carry these in a bag and clearly will not want to carry them mounted for a long period. They are all pro glass, but they are going to be heavy.

For landscape Primes are the better choice. First, they are light and you can easily carry two or three primes, whereas a pro zoom will be hard to carry if you are hiking. As a general rule of thumb, primes generally have better performance over zooms, but there are some exceptions with regard to some focal lengths.

For street photography you may find a zoom a better choice. VR can be a big help. The new 24-85 VR II is getting good reviews and it is very light compared to the 24-70. The 24-70 has better image quality, but at the cost of weight and price.

In the end there is no perfect recipe for lens decisions. Every lens is a compromise to some extent and you need to really understand your needs before making large purchases.

I would encourage you to rent some lenses to see if they really meet expectations. It is cheaper than buying the wrong gear.

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