As I was buying my 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses, I have been eyeing the Full Frame cameras. And when the D700 came out within a couple of months of me getting the D300 – I have been kicking myself.
Now that my buying itch has begun (it has been a while since I have made any photography related purchase – my last was the D80, but that was to replace my D50 which I broke), I am starting to think and compare the following:
17-55mm f/2.82 – I really like the wide / zoom range of the kit lens and this is the closest. Unfortunately this is also one of the few lenses that I have not been able to rent / borrow. This will probably cost about the same as the 17-35mm, ~$1,450, and I would really hate it if this is notas good. I am trying to see if I can find a used one. If I do, I ‘ll buy it as a trial. If I like it, I’llgo ahead and buy the real thing.
28-70mm f/2.8 1 – Gives me a bit more “zoom”, but ONLY a bit more. If I do end up getting the 17-55, I might actually skip this. On the other hand, if I end up getting the 17-35mm I may NOT have a choice but to get this ALSO :o(
70-200mm – For that scenic landscape
50mm f/1.4 1 – Portraits
60mm 1 / 85mm / 105mm Macro – Macros are just soooo much fun ;o)
Unfortunately, none of these (except for the 50mm and the Macro) are any where close to within my budget :o(
Also, I have found that the same lens differ quite drastically in price depending on where it is manufatcured. Lenses made in Japan seem more expensive. But, I’m told, they are also the better ones.
I have been able to borrow / rent these already
I have rented a 17-35mm f/2.8 and also a 20-35mm f/2.8D was very happy with the results. My only reservation is the range. It’s too narrow. I might actually go for the 28-70mm instead even though I will loose the widest.