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 Post subject: A little help please
PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:07 am 
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I have recently upgraded to a D610 from a D80. The lenses I used on my D80 were a 35 mm f/1.8 DX for lowlight indoor and some general use. A 18-200 VR for out and about like going to zoos etc when I only wanted to bring one lens. And then my baby, the 70-200 f/2.8 VR for my kids sports.

I bought a 50 mm f/1.8D and obviously still have the 70-200, but I am looking for an FX version of the 18-200.

I realize the 28-300 is the most comparable from a focal length standpoint, but isn't equivalent to the 18-200?

I am also considering the 24-85 and 24-120 f/4

Any thoughts would be appreciated

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 Post subject: Re: A little help please
PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 3:44 am 
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The 28-300 is almost exactly an equivalent to the 18-200, different formats taken into account.

I tried the 28-300, but thought it didn't make the best use of the D800 sensor, although it is a reasonable lens.

A friend of mine has the 24-120 and likes it, though you have to use the right aperture for best results.

I also tried out the 24-85 and didn't get it because of some performance issues, but maybe I am too picky. I ended up with an old 35-70 2.8, which is marvellous but restricted in focal length.

If you want a lens for general use, perhaps the 28-300 is the best one, particularly if you want to go long. Otherwise the 24-85 which is sharp in the centre and gets you to a wider angle view. The 24-120 is heavy and expensive.

See the tests on Cameralabs - they're very informative.

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 Post subject: Re: A little help please
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:13 pm 
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Thanks for the input.

These are the lenses I considered

24-70 f/2.8
24-120 f/4
24-85
28-300

I was twisting myself in knots. The 24-120 looked very intriguing and the review in Cameralabs and other sites thought it was a good lens but had questions about price.

Back and forth I went. I ruled out the 28-300 pretty quick due to size and IQ. I was actually getting ready to pull the trigger on the 24-70 when I had what I thought was a very rational idea.

I decided to be methodical and I went back and looked at every picture I have taken with the 18-200 for the past six years and put the focal length into an excel spreadsheet. What I found was that 80% of my pictures were taken between 24-135mm and 73% were between 24-120mm (adjusting for the 1.5 crop on a DX).

Using that information it became very clear, the 24-70 and 24-85 just weren't going to give me the range I needed. Sure between the 24-70 and my 70-200 I have my entire range covered, my whole premise was to be able to carry one lens and not have to carry the 70-200.

Sure, I will miss a few very long shots, but when I reviewed the 20% >135mm only 5% were between 170-200 and when I looked at each one, they weren't that great and I probably could have gotten them if I had moved my feet.

So, in the end, I ordered the 24-120. I was able to find a barely used version on EBay for $845 shipped which seems very reasonable to me as they are going for $1200 new on Amazon. I used the money to buy the 85 f/1.8.

Some other things that leaned in the 24-120s favor was size compared to the 24-70 and 28-300. It is only 3 ounces heavier than my 18-200. Also even though the 24-70 is one stop better, I think the 24-120 makes up for that with VR. I talked to a friend who has a 24-70 and while she loves it, she definitely wishes she had VR.

I will post some pictures when I get it an can put it through its paces.

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