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  1. #1
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    I just moved from Canon to Nikon

    Hi guys,

    i'm new here.... new because i just moved from Canon to Nikon.

    Tempted by the darkside.. maybe so.

    A little introduction, i've been shooting with canon for years. Started with the Xti then i got the 5D Mark II paired with a 24-70L f2.8 (constant).

    About few days ago, i bought the Nikon D300s and now in process to buy the lense. Took me few days to sell all my Canon gears, lense, flash, etc..
    Now that i have some green left, i need a Nikon lense but just 1. I don't need super zoom for what i do.

    As i am typing this, i am negociating a price for a used AF DX 17-55 F2.8.
    Sorry about the terms, i'm still not sure what all those AF-S DX mean..

    The guy is selling a 2nd hand 17-55mm F/2.8 about 1 year old with the both caps, sunhood and the box for about 1K

    The option i have is a used AF 35-70 F/2.8 (D version). There are some noticable dust inside, you can see that the lense is very old. probably over 12 years old. But i tried the lense and it seems nice. I didn't notice anything wrong in the picture.

    But because i don't know how to use a Nikon body i couldn't test anything serious to detect anything.

    I know that i will have to read the manual book, it just that i got the D300s like 2 days ago and will require sometime to relearn the stuff. Except that 2nd 17-55mm fly and i need to make a decision right now. Should i buy a 17-55 f2.8 for 1k or an old 35-70mm f2.8 that is 12+ years old.
    The field is not an issue. I can live with both. I just need to know which one is has the best natural picture in the end.
    As for the type of shooting. I do lots of portrait outdoor and indoor low light.
    I also travel alot and i need something that can handle daylight (beach photo)
    because i also shoot moving objects i need something that can focus and refocus quick.

    money is a small factor in my decision. I do not consider any other lense.. just those 2 for now,

    Any input would help me a bunch. Tnx

  2. #2
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    17-55 is known to be a very good lens. DX means it's a crop not FF lens, which matches what the D300s supports (along with FF lenses), but unlike Canon's 1.6x crop ratio Nikon has the better crop ratio of 1.5x for its non-FF cameras. Cant comment on the other lens though.
    Cameras: Nikon D300, Panasonic Lumix G2, LX3 & FZ20
    Nikkor Lenses: 24-70mm f2.8 - 70-300mm VRII f4.5-5.6 - 50mm f1.4 G - 35mm f1.8 G - 50mm f1.8 - 18-200mm VR f3.5-5.6
    Other Lenses: Tokina: 11-16mm f2.8, Sigma: 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 Macro, Lumix: 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 & 20mm f1.7
    Other: Nikon SB 600, Vivitar 1/2/4 Close-up Lens, Cokin Graduated ND Filter and more...
    Computers/Software: MacBookPro 2.8ghz, Dell Latitude D630, Lexar CF UDMA FW800 Reader, Nikon Capture NX 1+2, Adobe Lightroom 1+2+3

  3. #3
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    Any reason why you ditched a Full Frame camera for a crop one regardless of brand?
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    Elisha82, being unemployed (but with an upcoming interview that I'm very excited about), and doing the relatively simple math, perhaps that question is not particularly welcom in these uncertain economic times.

    Review: This review of the 35-70 is from Bjorn Rorslett. He usually knows what he's talking about. The lens seems a little out of date by current standard, and if you take a lot of photos into the sun, it may disappoint. The price on the 17-55 is OK, given that it's a Nikkor. I have this lens with my D200, and I've never been disappointed with its performance. Early models were a bit hit and miss, but more recently, I've not heard anyone complaining. There are some criticisms of the lens in certain ranges (based on lab testing) that I'm sure you can look up on the net, but in actual use, it's a peach.
    Eric Lund
    Nikon D200
    Nikkors: 17-55mm f2.8, 18-200mm f3.5-f4.5 VR, 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR, 35mm f2, 50mm f1.8, 55mm f2.8 AI-S micro, 105mm f2.8 VR micro
    Other Lenses: Tokina 12-24 f4, Tamron 75-300mm f4-5.6 LD macro
    Stuff: Nikon SB800, Nikon MBD200, Gitzo 1327 Tripod w/RRS BH-55LR Ballhead, Sekonic L-358 meter

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    I found the 17-55/2.8 to be a bit bulky when compared to the third party brands. Also its price point is a bit high in my mind. But that's just me. I have seen images from it and they are great, so I have no doubts about its optics. I know when I was in the market for a f/2.8 walk around, the Nikkor was quickly eliminated due to those two things.

    As for the 35-70/2.8, ehh its inexpensive, compact, and a fairly sharp optic, but the push/pull zoom along with its range, especially on DX, leaves some more to be desired if you ask me. Personally I would not get it and opt. for a 3rd party optic over the 35-70.

    If Nikkor is what you want then I would put my money on the 17-55/2.8, a used 28-70/2.8 or blow your wad on a 24-70/2.8.
    Nikon D300 | MB-D10 | Nikkor 12-24/4 | Nikkor 50/1.8 | Nikkor 70-200/2.8 VRI | Sigma 18-50/2.8 | SB-800 | SB-80DX (x4) | Radiopopper JrX Studio |

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    It would help to know what you are using the D300s for, and what are the important criteria. Is f/2.8 a critical factor? Is most of your work done in low light? Maybe a decent general purpose VR zoom would work better.

    I love my Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 but 90% of the time I have an 18-125 hung on the mount. The 24-70 seems to compare well to your old Canon lens.
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    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisha82 View Post
    Any reason why you ditched a Full Frame camera for a crop one...
    i thought the same thing. then i saw his username and the fact he hasn't reposted in his own thread and i had my answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    ...the fact he hasn't reposted in his own thread...
    My thoughts also.
    Jason

    "A coward dies a thousand deaths, a soldier dies but once."-2Pac


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  9. #9
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    Meh.
    sounds like a duck, walks like a duck.
    US Navy--Hooyah!

    Nikon D700/D300|17-35 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, Sigmalux, 80-200 f/2.8, 16 f/2.8 fisheye,

    Lots of flashes and Honl gear.

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    Duck? Could be the case, but maybe not.

    If it was a financial decision, believe me I understand (still job hunting), and the D300s is about the best choice out there for advanced amature or pro.

    Lenses? A tricky thing. Two of my most popular shots (one mag cover) were taken with my Sigma 18-125 (thinking of buying the OS version, but waitng for reviews). On the other hand my best shoot (IMHO) was using a 28-70 f/2.8 Nikkor at "The Canyon".

    A side note: My D80 hated focusing my Sigmas, the borrowed D300 loved em... go figure. The D80 is history. The D300s is the future.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
    Ha! See, I can change...


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