Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

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Alex Akai Regular Member • Posts: 405
Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

Ok, now that I got my D600, cant wait to get a FX lens for midrange.  I really cant decide between Nikon 24-70 f2.8 or Tamron 24-70 or even 28-75.  Does anyone have any feedback as to which is the best option considering price / performance.  I know Nikon is much more expensive.  Is it really worth more than 3 times of Tamron 28-75  which seems to be a better value since it's much cheaper than the other options.  Anyway if anyone can give me any guidance to this new FX newbie I'd appreciate it.

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m_appeal Veteran Member • Posts: 3,434
Re: Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

I'm not completely satisfied with the 28-75 on D800...I don't feel like it does the sensor justice. Tamron  24-70 should be the better lens in every respect. Nikon is too expensive for what it is and even heavier... Tamron 24-70 VC strikes the balance between the 2, so it would be the one I'd get. Just makes sure you get it from a store with a good return policy.

gipper51 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,489
Re: Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

The Nikon and Tamron 24-70 will surely outperform the 28-75, but at 2-4 time the cost they damn well should. That said, the 28-75 is actually a pretty good lens and a great value. I shoot one on a Canon 5D2 and find it plenty sharp. Stop it down to f8-11 it takes a very expensive lens to get appreciably better results. It's also much smaller and lighter than either of the 24-70 models.

It did take two copies for me to get a good sample. I bought it new, and the first copy was very disappointing wide open. The second lens has performed as I'd hoped. It performs well enough I'm not looking to replace it any time soon.

There are better lenses than the Tamron 28-75, but they are bigger, heavier and a lot more expensive. How much are you willing to pay and how much do you want to carry?

The Tamron 24-70 seems like a much better value than the Nikon, and VR is always welcome in any lens.  This would be my choice if you want more than the 28-75.

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m_appeal Veteran Member • Posts: 3,434
Thats' the problem with Tamron 28-75

You have to go through multiple copies to find a good one. I guess it's a problem with the Tamron 24-70 VC, but  I would think it would be less difficult to find a sharp copy. I also find that mine is fine in good light, but wide open in low light, my results are mush. I don't think the AF is up to snuff for low light.

stany buyle Senior Member • Posts: 1,957
Re: Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

The tamron 28-75 was great on my D700 but fails totally on my D800E, don't know how it does on D600 sensor. I read very good comments on the tamron 24-70 VC though.
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OP Alex Akai Regular Member • Posts: 405
Re: Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

Thanks for all you feedback, I think I will settle with Tamron 24-70 VC as it seems to be the best  balance between the other two.  Hopefully I will get a good copy.  Cheers.

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Re: Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

The Tamron 28-75 f2.8 (which I used to own) is a very good starter option for FX. Get the first version, the one without a built-in motor. It's reputed to be the fastest focuser. This lens is a nice, but still compromise lens: it's not as sharp at f2.8 as the Nikkor (which I own now), and it is not as wide (28 vs. 24mm). You must decide if this is important enough to forego the cheaper/older 28-75 f2.8. As for Tamron's newest 24-70 f2.8, I'd wait for reviews before jumping on it.

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Re: Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

I really cant decide between Nikon 24-70 f2.8 or Tamron 24-70 or even 28-75.

I have the Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO and this Lens is very sharp.
Sometimes i hate really the sharpness from this Lens, so that i use the better Tamron SP AF 28-105mm F/2.8 LD Aspherical [IF].

Does anyone have any feedback as to which is the best option considering price / performance.

For best Price / Performance buy the Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO.

I know Nikon is much more expensive. Is it really worth more than 3 times of Tamron 28-75 which seems to be a better value since it's much cheaper than the other options.

If You have the Money for the Expensive Nikon and You don't need the fast USDVC from the Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD so go with the old AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 mm 1:2,8G ED...

Regards: Carsten

DWR0082
DWR0082 Regular Member • Posts: 238
Re: Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

I recently rented a Nikon 24-70 and its a beauty of a lens but it is enormous and heavy. For paid work (which is why I rented it) It isn't a big deal unless you are carrying it all day. I haven't used the Tamron yet but supposedly it's center is said to be sharp, soft corners and a few sites noted QC issues. Worth a look though. Really would suggest renting a Tamron 24-70 first and try it out.

JimPearce
JimPearce Veteran Member • Posts: 9,135
Interesting...

My Tamron 28-75 screwdriver was great for film from f4 on, and is a killer on DX. But the negative reviews on FX are too consistent to ignore. Another good reason for sticking with DX.

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RonAnnArbor Senior Member • Posts: 1,296
Neither...Sigma 24-70 2.8
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PK24X36NOW Senior Member • Posts: 1,872
Re: Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

Alex Akai wrote:

Ok, now that I got my D600, cant wait to get a FX lens for midrange. I really cant decide between Nikon 24-70 f2.8 or Tamron 24-70 or even 28-75. Does anyone have any feedback as to which is the best option considering price / performance. I know Nikon is much more expensive. Is it really worth more than 3 times of Tamron 28-75 which seems to be a better value since it's much cheaper than the other options. Anyway if anyone can give me any guidance to this new FX newbie I'd appreciate it.

You might want to look at it this way. Irrespective of which brand you choose, a 24-70 is a better choice than a 28-75, since it gives you much more on the wide end, while not missing much on the tele end. 4mm of wide angle is a much bigger difference than 5mm of telephoto in angle of view terms. Plus, assuming you have a 70-200, a 24-70 leaves no gap and does not overlap focal lengths you've already got covered.In other words, you might frequently find that 28mm on the short end isn't quite as wide as you might like or need, while 24mm is quite wide and will probably not leave you wishing for a wider lens very often.

On the other hand, if you want an (ultra)wide angle zoom below your "standard" zoom, your choice might have something to do with what option you prefer there (i.e., Nikon 14-24 f 2.8, Sigma 12-24 f 4.5-5.6, Tokina 16-28 f 2.8, Nikon 16-35 f 4, etc.).

vagtanklan Senior Member • Posts: 1,421
Re: Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

Have to say, the 28-75mm is/was just as good on my D800, as it was on my D700 bodies.

Great value lens which is very light and handy - the polar opposite of the both the Nikon and Tamron 24-70mm lenses.

I remember back in the day when I first started using it on my D700 - I dubbed it the "creative catalyst" as it made the camera so much more user friendly and applicable by not killing my neck as the Nikon 24-70mm did.

All my shots with the combo that I have online can be found here.

All shots I have online  done with the 28-75mm, but across different camera bodies.

A couple of samples:

75mm, f2.8

http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmkayfive/7954303532/

75mm, f/2.8

http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmkayfive/7954303310/

28mm, f/3.2

http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmkayfive/7905945840/

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vagtanklan Senior Member • Posts: 1,421
Re: Lens question: Nikon / Tamron 24-70 or 28-75 f2.8, which ?

Correct D800/28-75mm combo link - previous one omitted some pics.

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MikaelJ
MikaelJ Regular Member • Posts: 210
Any pictures of the Tamron 24-70/2.8 mounted on the D600?

Any pictures out there of the Tamron 24-70/2.8 mounted on the D600?

/MikaelJ

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