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

Started Feb 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
dave gaines
dave gaines Veteran Member • Posts: 9,183
Lens decision help, Nikon 24-70

The 16-35 f/4VR is not a people or portrait lens. It's too wide. It's also soft over 28 mm. The slower lenses you mention aren't going to work for weddings. VR is not going to help with subject motion. It's like putting the camera on a tripod and shooting slow shutter speeds. It will accomplish the same thing as VR but will not help with moving subjects.

Shooting wider than 28 mm for groups or 50 mm for individual and couple portraits is going to introduce distortion effects. Not good for people shots. Wider than 35 mm is probably not very useful for weddings and events.

The 24-85 f/2.8-4D might work but it's a stop slower than the 24-70 from about 50 to 85 mm. Read a couple of lens reviews, including test data on the Tamron 24-70 and see how it compares to the Nikon 24-70. I know from your list and your comment about the Nikon 24-70 that the 70-200 f/2.8 is not in your budget. If you get the D610 as a 2nd body then you can put the 85 f/1.8G on one body and the Nikon 24-70 on the other and have a wide range of options. Maybe a used 135 mm f/2.0D would be a good 3rd option for portraits.

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