Another arrow in the quiver

fiddlefye

Senior Member
I always need a good "gig" zoom and haven't been super pleased with the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5. Recently a 24-70mm f2.8 turned up out of a local estate. It needed new grips and a going through and I finally got it today. Big and chunky, but lovely. Balances fine on the D750 and D3.
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GuyK

Junior Member
I don't really care for the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, either, but the f/2.8 lens is above my paygrade. So I make do with a couple nice primes that are as fast or faster. To be honest, I don't generally shoot much at the wider end, so it works out. I would like the 70-200 f/2.8, since it would be a superb portrait lens, but it's also just out of reach right now. But I don't end up doing many portraits, so it still works out. My only real problem is focusing my D610 manually in a low-light situation (both my 50mm's are manual), but I just got a 60mm micro that IS auto focus, so that problem just went away. Most often, I have the 28-300 f/3.5-5.6 on the camera anyways. It does most of what I want passably well.
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
I don't really care for the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, either, but the f/2.8 lens is above my paygrade. So I make do with a couple nice primes that are as fast or faster. To be honest, I don't generally shoot much at the wider end, so it works out. I would like the 70-200 f/2.8, since it would be a superb portrait lens, but it's also just out of reach right now. But I don't end up doing many portraits, so it still works out. My only real problem is focusing my D610 manually in a low-light situation (both my 50mm's are manual), but I just got a 60mm micro that IS auto focus, so that problem just went away. Most often, I have the 28-300 f/3.5-5.6 on the camera anyways. It does most of what I want passably well.
This 24-70 is the earlier pre-VR version. That it came out of this big estate batch kept it from being above my paygrade. I've looked at these lenses for years, but they always go for way more than I could afford. Finally one in my price league. Most of my lenses are manual focus as well, just a 20-35 f2.8, 24-85, 24-70 and 300 f4 D are autofocus. The 24-85 is fine in many ways - handy range, size and weight, but CA drives me batty. The 24-70 exhibits none that is visible, even in untouched RAW files. With the 24-85 I can't entirely remove it in Photoshop, even manually.

I do quite a bit of event "gig" shooting, often in tight quarters. A good wide-to moderate tele is really useful. The 24-85 was ok for that work (mostly for website use), but to have a lens of quality to turn around in the middle of things and do a really good portrait or something is a different matter. I did that with the 24-85, but the results sometimes disappointed.
 
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