Canon refugee needs advice....

Started Oct 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
Joe Marques Veteran Member • Posts: 5,963
Re: Canon refugee needs advice....

AlephNull wrote:

Joe Marques wrote:

Sumicron69 wrote:

Hello all and thank you in advance. I have a long history of Canon DSLR use. I am no stranger to full frame. I have however purchased a 600D and love it. I prefer prime lenses and have a few choice ones in Nikon mount. I love the camera and the results. My problem is that I don't know much about the zoom lens selection on this side of the aisle. I am looking for the best price performance mid range zoom that can be had. I don't need the fastest or the widest. I just want a decent walk about kind of optic. Please grace me nith your insight.

I'm not sure why anyone would suggest the 24-70 2.8 since you're asking for best PRICE and performance.

The 24-120 f4 is the best price/performance FX mid-range zoom or the "beast" (used) which is the 28-70 f2.8 if you're not familiar. Either are very close to the 24-70 2.8 - the 24-120 is VERY sharp wide open and no lesser quality than the 24-70 2.8. It's solid, sharp, and has a gold ring - sometimes I think "lesser quality" is thrown out there to somehow explain price difference - not true. The price difference is f2.8 vs. f4 not quality. Much like the 24-105 f4 from Canon - which is every bit as sharp wide open as any 2.8 lens - just not..well...2.8.

In 3rd party lenses you can try the Tamron 28-75 2.8 which is easily the best value for an FX mid-range zoom (owned 2 over the years - very pleased). The newer Tamron 24-70 2.8 with their version of VR is in the 24-120 price range but gives you 2.8 - very popular lens not quite up to par with the Nikon 24-70 2.8.

Oh, and you probably should ignore any DX lens recommendations (16-85) - just doesn't make any sense to buy FX and slap a DX on it when there's plenty of great FX glass at just about any price point.

Hope this helps,


I recommend against using lenses with a maximum aperture of f/4 or worse on an FX camera, especially on one which offers better AF when using f/2.8, and even more if you have fondness for primes (which suggests you like shallow depth-of-field).

Recommending the 24-120 f/4 on Nikon FX is almost as bad as recommending the 24-105 f/4 on a Canon full-frame. Oh, yeah, you did that

The 24-70 f/2.8G is simply the best normal zoom for Nikon FX. Sometimes it's not worth economising.

I really appreciate your unique combination of overconfident ignorance.  You recommend against f4 on FX with no real reason - very useful.  Canon sold the 5D and 24-105L as a kit and it was a terrific kit.  So much for it not being suitable for FX.

No on is disputing the 24-70 2.8 is the best zoom.  The OP asked for price/performance - the 24-70 is top price, top performance.  The 24-120 is a better value so it's a very viable suggestion.

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