Newest member of my Nikon family

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by gryphon1911, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    I've been having an upswing in wedding business, which is great. However, I've come to the conclusion that the while I love my prime lenses, there are times when the zoom is better suited.

    So I walk into my favorite local camera shop yesterday with the intention of getting some hands on with the fast primes I've been researching - namely the Tamron 15-30, 24-70, and 28-85 f/2.8.

    Why Tamron? Quality to price ratio... And it is what is in the budget for me at the time.

    So, I'm looking at the 15-30, and this thing is monstrous in size. Big, fat, heavy.... But the price you pay for the optic quality it provides. I'm wanting to use this on the Df, and it doesn't feel right, plus there price is out of range.

    I start looking at the other 2 Tamron lenses and the guy helping me and, "Any reason you are not considering the Nikon 24-70?". I explain to him my price ceiling, and he responds. " We have a generation 1 used in the back!"

    My ears perk a little... But then drop down again... It's probably out of the price range as well. I ask anyway to see it. It has such a good price on it, then I traded my Nikon 24/2.8 and Tamron 90/2.8 primes for it and got it for a great price.

    So now I've got the 24-70 and the 80-200 f/2.8 primes to round out my Nikon kit.

    Went right from the camera store to the Columbus Zoo.

    Very happy with the wide open performance in low light, both in AF speed and sharpness. Gotta say, I'm glad I ran into this deal.

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  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Great lenses, no question. The 24-70 is merely big, but the 80-200 is freaking HUGE! Which wouldn't matter if you're shooting a wedding and people are fully expecting to be photographed, and usually enjoying being part of the process. But it's not a lens I'd want to point at some unsuspecting person in a different context. I'd thought about that one (and it's newer 70-200 f2.8 cousins) but once I actually saw one on a DF, it was never gonna happen.

    Enjoy 'em though - they're not called "the holy trinity" for nothing!

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  3. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    Congratulations with these "huge" additions (and the upswing in the wedding business!).
    BTW: nice series!
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  4. ajramirez

    ajramirez Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Nice shots!
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  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    The 80-200 is a big one, no question, but it feels right at home on the Nikon D700. For the whole weekend, the Df has not felt off balance wih the 24-70. It is really not that big. Throw that Tamron 15-30 on there though and we are talking a whole different ballgame. That thing is way bigger than I imagined.