Discussion in 'Nikon' started by jonas_mccord, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. I bought a new nikon 700d and wanted to get some lenses. I love the 24 70 2.8 but it's way out of my price league. Does anyone know if the lens is available in the used market, and if so where does one go to buy good used lenses.
  2. SCL


    Sure - it shows up almost every week on Ebay used, but still not cheap. Occasionally KEH gets a used one as well, but they are usually gone in a couple of days after they show up.
  3. Look for a Nikkor 28-70 2.8, that will be cheaper, but still expensive or a Tamron 28-75 2.8 which is just cheap used. The Tamron is very good(optical) and looks looks and feels very cheap.
  4. There is no Nikon 700d, there is a D700. I don't think Tamron looks and feels cheap.
  5. Congratulations on your new camera...
    Take a look at the following discussion it might help as it's discussing fast wide to short-tele lenses from Sigma, Nikon, Tamron and Tokina.
    Personally I can recommend on the Tokina 28-70 f/2.8, I assume it will be cheaper than the Nikon, image quality and build quality are very good (i.e. doesn't feel cheap...)
  6. Jonas, Sigma makes a few f/2.8 FF lenses for around $400/500. They also recently introduced a new version of their 24-70 f/2.8. It should be a very respectable choice. An alternative to the zoom idea would be a few primes. You can't go wrong with the all time favorite 50 f/1.8. It should be the closest thing to "one-lens-does-it-all" on FX. Other lenses like the 28 f/2.8, 60 f/2.8 AF-S are also relatively affordable; and in the case of the 60, very sharp.
  7. Be careful with thirty part. While they are pretty good on DX format they may be not up to the task in FX formats. I think it is better if you experiment with some lower speed nikons. Have a look at 28-70 3.5/4.5 at f8 and f11 it is good and could be a good starting point (and a very cheap one). In the old screw af family there are several inexpensive jewels if you do not care to much about luminosity.
  8. What is your price league? I continue to wonder about folks who buy what is basically a pro camera at a high price point and then try to buy cheaper glass. Can you wait till you can afford what you really want? Perhaps buying a 50 f1.8 to tide you over? What kind of stuff are you shooting?
    On the "cheap side" of zooms, the 35 - 70 f1.8, although not very wide, is a great performer on full-frame.
  9. How about good old 28-105/3.5-4.5? Not very fast, but gives excellent results with FX, is reasonably solid, and not expensive at all. And it even has a decent macro feature.
  10. +1 on the Nikkor 28-70/f3.5-4.5D-AF lens. I use one on my D700 and it is a very fine lens. With the excellent high-ISO performance of the D700, this little lens closely equals the 28-70/2.8, which I also have.
  11. another testimonial to the 28-70/3.5-4.5. i really like it, and it tided me over until i was ready to spring for the 24-70/2.8. while you're at it, take a look at AI and AI-S MF primes in the focal lenghts that appeal to you. they get respect and don't cost a lot.
    as for where to buy, KEH is where i'd start looking, as they have a wide selection of lenses in all price ranges from which to choose.
  12. " The Tamron is very good(optical) and looks looks and feels very cheap."
    aesthetics are not the tamron's strong point. optical performance (and FF capability) are.
  13. Look at Adorama and B&H. If there are none of your fav lens there, then it means that shooters are keeping them, not trading them in. If they are not coming up in the private sales category at eBay, then its for the same reason.
    The Tokina ATX Pro 2.8's are almost (but not quite) as good as the Nikon's good lenses. Nikon's consumer lenses are pretty ordinary except the 18-55/3.5. It's Sharp as.
    Many place the Sigma and Tamron 3rd and 4th. I do think you generally get what you pay for.
    Do the hard reviews, forums. Decide what sort of photography you do then see what the pros use...THEN see what you can afford.
  14. I would also suggest considering the AF 28-105 zoom, ours has been an excellent lens for us on our D200 and D70s.
    You can use AI'd, Ai and AIS MF Nikkors on the D700, which are available at much lower prices than the AF versions. See Bjorn Rorslett's excellent and accurate reviews:

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