Nikon 24-70 2.8 or nikon 24-120 4 + 85 1.8g

Started Apr 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
Cultured Vulture Veteran Member • Posts: 4,181
Re: Nikon 24-70 2.8 or nikon 24-120 4 + 85 1.8g

chuhsi wrote:

I would be surprised if you could get away with a 24-120 with a wedding since it's an f/4. But I don't shoot weddings. Also, are you going to be using this lens combo on one or two bodies?

I shoot with a D7000 and was in the same lens debate situation. A 24-120 2.8 would be perfect for me. Since that doesn't exist, I decided that I needed 2.8 more than the extra focal length for the indoor no-flash pictures I like to take. f/4 wouldn't cut it for me.

I still may buy an 85 1.8g to complement my 24-70.

Photographers "got away" with  f/2.8 when they couldn't shoot much faster than ISO 400. With a current FX camera they can easily shoot with great results 2-3 stops faster. Really more since weddings were typically shot at ISO 200 or less in film and the early days of digital. For my money a 24-120 F/4 is a much more flexible lens for a wedding with its increased reach. The VR is very useful at the longer end since much of a wedding is not that fast moving. In this scenario you would also have the 85G when you needed a faster lens. The 24-70 f/2.8 is a great lens but it is very limited in its range and flexibility.

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