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Didymus
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« on: September 27, 2012, 05:35:41 PM »
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I want to shoot weddings with my D700 and I'm thinking about getting the Nikon 24-70. A midrange zoom seems practical for weddings because it is much quicker than switching lenses out in the middle of a wedding. I'm looking for feedback from anyone with experience either with weddings or this particular lens. Thank you.

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012, 05:45:18 PM »
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Just about every wedding photographer I have seen work on Nikon uses this lens.

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Bernard
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2012, 10:20:12 PM »
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Perfect. Thank you, sir.
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012, 10:45:42 AM »
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This camera and lens form a happy marriage indeed!
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2012, 10:57:08 AM »
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Just about every wedding photographer I have seen work on Nikon uses this lens.

Yup, and all the Canon wedding shooters use the 24-70 Canon. Very popular and useful lens.
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2012, 01:20:45 PM »
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I love the 24-70 2.8 on my D800e. Great lens, suprisingly sharp for a zoom. Perfect street lens, although large.
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2012, 01:54:19 PM »
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Been shooting with one recently (on a D700 as well) and I have to say it is a sweet combination. This from a Canon shooter..... Shocked
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2012, 04:42:27 PM »
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The 24-70 is essential for event work.  I have it and all of the f/1.8 primes (28/50/85).  The 24-70 is a very sharp lens even wide open, with excellent microcontrast and pleasing rendering of midtone gradations.  It has jittery bokeh, but that is a problem that any mid-range zoom has.  But you will miss too many critical moments working with the primes. 

You can sometimes find the 24-70 refurbished at a good price.  I found it at $1560 compared to over $1800 new.
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2012, 05:13:44 PM »
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Totally agree 24-70 is a sweet lens.. If u carry a second body try the 85 or 70-200 on it and ur set..
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2012, 07:04:12 PM »
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I don't shoot weddings, but I love my 24-70.  Extremely sharp lens at all settings, even at f2.8.   One of the most useful "all purpose" lenses I have ever owned or used.

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« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2012, 03:27:06 AM »
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As a fairly experienced wedding photographer I like to have a change now and then to freshen up the way I work and to set myself a challenge - so I now use mostly prime lenses at weddings.  But for many years the (Canon) 24-70 and 70-200 lenses were my staple, and if you could only use one lens for a whole wedding the 24-70 would arguably be the way to go.

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« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2012, 10:55:01 AM »
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another fan of the lens on my 800E,, so versatile,,

can get heavy after a day of handing on the camera,,

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« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2012, 01:30:40 PM »
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Oh it's so heavy! Don't any of you guys who complain about the weight ever exercise?
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« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2012, 02:49:58 PM »
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Hey, man, I'm old. The 24-70 on the 1D and the 70-200 on the other 1D and a heavy bag over the shoulder - it does get heavy at the end of the day. Not so great around the neck, too. Exercise helps, but isn't a panacea.
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« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2012, 02:53:33 PM »
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I'm very happy with the Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC
photozone rating:
Optical Quality: 3.5 stars              
Mechanical Quality: 4 stars   
Price/Performance: 4.5 stars
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« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2012, 10:11:47 PM »
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Try shooting a story about Chukar Partridge hunting in the mountains of Eastern Oregon with a full-size HD video camera and a backpack and report back about heavy. Grin
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« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2012, 03:13:19 AM »
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I've got one of these lenses and probably 90% of the images I've shot- street stuff in Afghanistan, mostly- have been done with it.  Used on a D700 and a D3X and just bought a D800E which I am looking forward to using with the lens.  It's my bread and butter, no doubt.  Yes. it's heavy.  But just so, so versatile.
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« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2012, 06:34:02 AM »
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I shoot weddings (mostly in China), and this is the lens everybody uses.
I do use primes with 2 bodies when I can, mostly because I'm trying to get something a bit different, but with one body, that lens is super efficient for weddings and events in general.
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« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2012, 08:27:14 AM »
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Nikkor 2.8/24-70 G.

I promised to say nothing more on the topic, so I won't, directly, other than to say that I remember it.

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« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2012, 09:06:35 AM »
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I'm very happy with the Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC
Marc   

  I had to send my Nikon 24-70mm in for service to Nikon after I dropped it.  Sad
Almost four weeks now am I am still waiting for it to come back.  They had to get the part from Japan to repair it.  A basic, workhorse professional lens from Nikon and four weeks to get it fixed because of no parts.

I don't know, but I've had people tell me Tamron is a lot faster for repair.  If that is true, makes you wonder if in some cases the Tamron might not be the better choice?

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