Sold one to help fund the other

I had a Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 VR for my full frame D800e body. It’s not a bad lens for the price I paid but there are better lenses out there. I’ve never really been blown away with the 24-85, so it was always a stop gap for me till I could upgrade. I bought this lens just after upgrading to full frame from the D7100 to the D800e, it was all I could afford at that time.

So it worked OK but as I said, I’ve never been blown away with its performance. I decided the other day to either sell or part ex this lens and get a pro grade standard zoom to replace it. I’ve got a decent price for it so it’s given me a decent chunk of cash to help fund its replacement.

Decisions, decisions…

So now the fun began….or the ballache!! I don’t like shopping because when it comes to spending my hard earned I’m indecisive. I spend far too long watching and reading reviews, comparing prices and basically just spending too much time making a decision. I wanted to replace the 24-85 with a pro grade standard zoom and after extensive research I had narrowed it down to three options:

  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G IF ED
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2
  • Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM

Winner is Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 IF ED

I’m not going to go into massive detail on why I picked the lens I did and bore you with the same gumpf I read and watched, but I ended up going with a used Nikon 24-70 IF ED in good condition because:

  • It was within my budget
  • I don’t need image stabilisation, I’d say at least 80% of my shots are with the camera on a tripod, all my landscapes shots are from a tripod
  • Even though the lens is quite old now, it’s still a reputable pro lens and is a good performer.
  • The Tamron and Sigma lenses presented as many issues as the Nikon, so I had to decide based on what I want to use the lens for and what pitfalls there are with each.

Always Compromises…

So one of the first things I learned when I got into DSLR photography is that there is always a trade off and compromises to be made when it comes to kit. Weight, cost and performance being the three that most directly affect my choices. So it would be no surprise I guess to find that there are some compromises I have to make with the new lens.

The most obvious is weight, the Nikon 24-70 weighs in at just over 900 grams. So my exercise at reducing my pack weight for the photography/ hiking trips I undertook a few months ago has taken a little bit of a backstep. Then the size of the lens is bigger than that of the 24-85 I’ve been using. So more bulk in my backpack.

I can live with this though as the Nikon 24-70 offers superior image quality over my old 24-85. It’s worth the upgrade for me and I can’t wait to get cracking with the new lens, putting it through its paces!

Over to you...


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