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Old 27.01.2011, 14:54
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Nikon Lens

There is a AF-S 24-85 ED lens for sale - 449chf instead of 848chf.

Does anyone have any opinions on this lens? IE is it good value at that price? How good is the performance?

It it to replace the 18-135 on a D80
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Re: Nikon Lens

No personal experience but read this review by Thom Hogan. He's pretty trustworthy.

It's definitely a better lens that what you're using at the moment, but I think you'll miss not being able to go so wide, and miss having the reach that you have with your current lens.

One advantage is that the 24-85 is designed for full frame, so you'll be using the best part of the lens on your D80, and should avoid most CA and distortion problems.

Disadvantage is that it's quite a slow lens in terms of aperture, but then if you want zooms with a constant 2.8 aperture then you're looking at 1.5 to 2 grand.

Regarding the cost, well its about what it should be with "swiss weighting" given the strength of the frank. I've seen a lot of camera places dropping their prices and say was such and such, but now wow, but those previous prices were based on the frank being a lot weaker than it is now.
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Old 27.01.2011, 17:48
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Re: Nikon Lens

The other option is the 18-35.

I have a 70-210 for longer stuff - which was a complete bargain when I bought it - and delivers some great results.

The lens is the
Nikon 18-35mm AF D IF ED 1:3.5-4.5
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Re: Nikon Lens

Again no personal experience of this lens but it does look reasonable on paper.

I've got to admit I'm a bit puzzled. Unless you're thinking of going full frame I can't see any reason to replace the 18-135 with one of these lenses - they each cover less of the range you already have, and are still in the 3.5 - 4.5 aperture range which means you won't be getting much if any advantage in lower light situations. Admittedly the 18-135 is a pretty basic lens, and not without some problems, but it is by all accounts sharp right through the zoom range.

Unless you're really into pixel peeping I doubt you'll see much difference in terms of sharpness between all of these lenses. As for the problems associated with the 18-135 - chromatic aberration and barrel/pincushion distortions - these are easily correctable in all but the most basic image editors these days.

Personally I would be looking at lenses that would offer something that you don't already have. A 10-24 would give you fantastic wide angle opportunities. A 50mm 1.8 is as cheap as chips, would give you good low light performance, and be a reasonable portrait lens on the D80. Perhaps a macro lens to get you close in. The 60mm would be affordable, but at under a thousand franks these days I'd recommend the 105mm.

Unless of course the 18-135 is broken, in which case if I only had the option of the 18-35 or the 24-85, I'd go for the 18-35 but probably also add the 50mm 1.8.
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Re: Nikon Lens

I agree with the previous posters, that you may rather consider a wider lens, as you have something on the longer end and the 24mm will not be that short on your crop factor camera.

Price wise, I always also look at the lowest available prices on www.toppreise.ch and the offer looks reasonable, IMO.
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