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17-35 24-70 wide angle

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#1 Pingsplash


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Posted 02 October 2015 - 11:21 AM

Hi Folks

I have a Nikon D810 (which is smarter than I am at this point) and my go to lens is the 24-70 f/2.8. I love it but now i'm eyeing the 17-35 f/2.8 wide angle lens.


Is there a compelling reason I would want to spend another $1900 bucks for a little more functionality, or is the addition significant enough for the plunge. 


I take pictures of just about everything so there are no specialties I'm targeting.


Any advice is welcome




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Posted 02 October 2015 - 12:35 PM

don't buy it
honestly - if you don't know the reason yourself why you should buy it, then you don't need it

on the other hand: money seems not to be an issue with you - go ahead and get it - can i be your new gear supplier??:)

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 12:47 PM

I have the D810 and have rented the lenses. I would say there is no compelling reason. If you feel the absolute need to buy a wide angle zoom, I would much rather have the 14-24mm. It has performed very well for me in the past. Honestly, if I wasn't considering the 14-24mm I would probably go for a "consumer" lens as my wide angle zoom and get the 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G lens. From my rental experience (and other than being a little softer in the corners), I prefer it over the pro 17-35. But that is definitely my subjectivity. I still wouldn't get the 17-35 if I owned a 24-70, though.

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 10:15 PM

The 18-35 is an attractive buy.
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Posted 03 October 2015 - 07:36 PM

Thanks everyone.

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 07:03 AM

If you only occasionally need that field of view, just stitch together panoramas.  If your primary genre is landscape or real-estate, then perhaps buying the UWA is what you need.

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 11:54 AM

I'll start with a little off-topic comment, but boy I'm glad our members here started to think better before going all out into GAS ( Gear Acquisition Syndrome ) and they are giving sound advice.

When somebody needs convincing / talking into / etc that he needs to buy a lens, it is obviously a matter of WANT ( for the sake of it ) instead of NEEDing it.


If you need something, something that you'll be putting to use, you don't need any talking into it, neither go all out, you know what you need, you might just be between two or three different brands, etc.


Enough off-topic, on-topic now.


If you shoot a lot of landscapes/seascapes/cityscapes/architecture a lens that covers the lower focal length range is almost needed ( think 14-24, 15-30, 16-35, 18-35 ).
The 17-35 wouldn't be my choice anyway. It simply isn't wide enough, nor is good enough ( sharpness, image resolution, astigmatism, lens flare, etc ).



Stitching panoramas with the 24-70 won't give you the same results shooting the same scene with a 14-24 would give you due to the focal length compression effect.

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 12:31 AM

I've used the D800 with the 14-24, superb lens. 

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