Where to go next for a standard zoom?

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fletchdirect New Member • Posts: 21
Where to go next for a standard zoom?

I run a F6, F65 and a D3200. The D3200 is just for casual family shots, where I like to take a few landscapes, and walkaround travel photography with the F65 and F6.

I have a fixed budget of £500 and want a new 'walkaround zoom' for film use.

I had a lovely AFS 28-70 2.8 but the motor a CPU failed - and a repair will take up all of my budget and then some more. I

I am using an old 28-80 3.3-5.6G left over from an old F65. It was the kit lens, but I have been really pleased with its sharpness despite its plasticky old feel.

I feel I have 3 to 4 options - would love to have some advice

1) Repair the 28-70 2.8, but kind of fancy a change and if I could get the same or better results without the bulk, would be good.

2) Keep the 28-80 f3.3-5.6G - on the basis that none of the options (bar the 28-70) will improve on it. Anyone have any experience with this?

3) Buy a new Nikon Zoom 24-85 3.5-4.5G VR which is just under £500 here in the UK.

4) Buy a used option for £250 say, but what? Apparently option 3 is a super sharp lens and will be tough to beat, looks more like a kit lens to me.

Am shooting Ektachrome, Ektar 100 and Velvia at f5.6 and f8 mainly and 'sharpness wide open' is of no interest to me. I already have 35, 50 and 85 primes - but need one lens for travel. I used to run Canon with a 28-105 3.5-4.5 USM and could never get a really sharp and vibrant result from that.

Your help would be much appreciated!!!!


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