Nikkor 24-70/2.8G

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  • Deleted user 6 July 2011 18:24:14
    Right, so I've finally got this one today, 2nd hand. Fork me, they weren't kidding about what it can do! The contrast and sharpness are unbelievable, I'm in the garden now messing around with it and smiling like an idiot. If the kids are nice I'll go out and grab some sunset pictures in 2 hours.

    The AF is ridiculously fast and very accurate and at 25mm, the lens competes with the sharpest lens I have, the Zeiss Distagon 25/2.8 (manual focus).

    Yes, it's big, expensive and heavy but not THAT much heavier than the CZ and with the grip it's quite comfortable to hold. I'll get some pictures online, hopefully it won't be too much pixel peeping but more real shots.
  • PhoenixFlames 6 Jul 2011 18:27:26 9,005 posts
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    Aren't these like 1200? o_O

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • craigy Staff 6 Jul 2011 18:40:50 7,658 posts
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    Pics or it didn't happen!
  • cheeky_prawnking 6 Jul 2011 18:53:42 4,580 posts
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    PhoenixFlames wrote:
    Aren't these like 1200? o_O

    Around that yeah, the holy trinity as they are referred I think altogether are around 6k, last time I checked they were anyway.
  • Dante_Cubit 6 Jul 2011 19:09:06 1,926 posts
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    I have one. They are fucking excellent. Saves me breaking out the 50mm 1.4 in all but the lowest light.
  • Deleted user 6 July 2011 19:50:32
    PhoenixFlames wrote:Aren't these like 1200? o_O
    I got mine for 950 in almost new condition. Guy had bought it new in 2009 and it stayed unused in its boxed the last 12 months. He's also out after the 85mm 1.4 portrait prime and that thing is equally expensive!
  • cheeky_prawnking 6 Jul 2011 19:53:01 4,580 posts
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    I wouldn't mind the 85 and 35 1.4s, lotto win please someone.
  • Dante_Cubit 6 Jul 2011 19:53:36 1,926 posts
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    I would love an 85 1.4 (particularly the new one) but I have the 1.8 and can't justify the expense. I still really fancy a x100 too... I dont like doing street photography with a D700.
  • cheeky_prawnking 6 Jul 2011 19:54:45 4,580 posts
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    I have the 85 1.8, I love that lens, prefer it to my 50mm 1.8 tbh.
  • Nth 6 Jul 2011 21:13:23 3,121 posts
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    Dante_Cubit wrote:
    I would love an 85 1.4 (particularly the new one) but I have the 1.8 and can't justify the expense. I still really fancy a x100 too... I dont like doing street photography with a D700.
    I shoot almost nothing but street and my Pen has been a revelation, I'd recommend you look at an M4/3 camera :)
  • Dante_Cubit 6 Jul 2011 21:20:11 1,926 posts
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    Nth wrote:
    Dante_Cubit wrote:
    I would love an 85 1.4 (particularly the new one) but I have the 1.8 and can't justify the expense. I still really fancy a x100 too... I dont like doing street photography with a D700.
    I shoot almost nothing but street and my Pen has been a revelation, I'd recommend you look at an M4/3 camera :)

    I've considered M43 but I think the sensor size is a bit of a turn-off. The x100 has an APS-C with useable ISO 3200 which is rather appealing.
  • kalel 6 Jul 2011 21:33:57 87,687 posts
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    Amazing lens. Will always out of my budget so have instead settled for the old 35-70 2.8 which it replaced, which does the job, but will always be envious of that bad boy.
  • Dante_Cubit 6 Jul 2011 21:54:50 1,926 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Amazing lens. Will always out of my budget so have instead settled for the old 35-70 2.8 which it replaced, which does the job, but will always be envious of that bad boy.

    The AF speed is terrific and bokeh rendering is very pleasing. It does weigh quite bit though and the hood adds to the bulk.
  • Deleted user 6 July 2011 22:32:42
    Shots from today, some in the garden then running to the water to catch the sunset - which I almost missed.

    Those dead trees lit by the last rays of sun reminded me of the Velvia film days. Because of that I turned on the VIVID colour settings on the camera and kept it for the rest of the
    shots. Pushed the ISO up to 2000 for the last shots and high noise with JPG doesn't work well together.

    Last shot is taken at f/11 just to see how ridiculously sharp this lens is. Thing is that f/2.8 isn't that much behind, especially in the center.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/valli.noghin/2470testing?authuser=0&feat=directlink
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