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Old 06-26-2015, 04:35 PM   #1
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Decent zoom lens for Nikon FF

Hi guys,

was wondering if someone could recommend a decent zoom lens for my Nikon D600?

Currently only have the 24-85, and want something with a bit more reach.

Donīt have the biggest of budgets and donīt want to lug around a heavy 70-200 if I can avoid it.

Iīm not too focused on staying with Nikon, third party will do, as long as the image quality is good. Mainly landscape photography, buildings, views etc.

Any recommendations?

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Old 06-28-2015, 12:59 PM   #2
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I was trying to put together my wish list for when I move to FF. I found that most of the lenses are atleast 2 pounds. The 70-200mm is pretty heavy to lug around. One idea I thought about was to use the 105mm f/2.8 lens. If you have the 24-85mm lens you are looking at getting what? another 100mm? I know when I had a lens that reached to 200mm, I rarely shot at 200mm.

24-120mm f/4 is another option.
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Old 06-28-2015, 02:30 PM   #3
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I quite like the versatility the 24-85 offers, but find that I wish I was able to zoom in further quite often. The IQ is quite good so I can do it in post but itīs not the same of course.

Wouldnīt mind a 70-200, will have to see if third party options are lighter.
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:24 PM   #4
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If you're interested in just a bit more range, you could sell the 24-85 and pic up the 24-120. I have that with my D750 and really like it for normal use. I also have the first gen 70-200, and while its a great lens, it's pretty heavy to carry around not to mention $$$.

If you really want a one-for-all lens you could also look at the 24-300. I haven't used one personally but it's supposed to be fairly good quality and would give you the most range in one package.

Sorry but I don't have any experience with any third party zooms. If you have any good local camera shops I'd go there and ask the workers what they like. Normally they all shoot a lot and have a lot of experience with what's available.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:55 AM   #5
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Just how much extra range are you looking for? Don't forget about the older AF-D lenses, too. If you don't need the latest and greatest, nanocoated optics, AF-S motors, etc- there are some fantastic deals to be had on the older glass.

I use a Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 as my daily lens on a Df, and absolutely love it (sold my 24-85 after I bought it).
When I need more reach, I have a Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.-5.6. With the high-ISO capability of the newer bodies, I can get away with the slightly slower but much lighter and less expensive(!) lenses.
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