Ok, so I indulged

myself and bought a new lens: Nikon’s newest mid-range zoom and so far their best. I currently own an older model, Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 AF. Here’s a side by side comparison. The AF ZOOM Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 followed by Nikon’s newest AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G ED

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I have shot a lot of college basketball games and I typically use a tele-zoom and then switch to a mid-range for shots under the hoop. That is when I noticed the drastic differences between the glare my Nikon 70-200 VR II produced in comparison to my AF ZOOM Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8. The AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G ED uses the same nano coating technology as the Nikon 70-200 VR II. The camera is pointed towards a ceiling light, I’ve found the best way to test a lens is in poor conditions but you don’t need to be a photographer to tell the differences are drastic. The older model doesn’t even register the line in between the lights.

I’m also excited to stop lugging around my wide angle, Nikon’s 14-24 f/2.8. I regularly use 24 or 28mm however I can’t achieve that with my Nikkor 35-70mm. As much as I love using 35mm (perfect for street photography) I need 24-28mm for a lot of jobs and it doesn’t make sense to lug around a lens just for 24mm. Rarely do I ever use 14mm unless I’m hiking or camping, the distortion is too much to use for people unless it’s a party pic. I also use a D300s which is a DX format sensor, making my 35-70 much tighter, closer to a 40-90mm. I do however use an F6, that camera I LOVE. I’m going to post more on my F6 when I get a chance to scan some chrome. 

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3 thoughts on “Ok, so I indulged

  1. Hi, I’m just getting into photography and I’m currently taking all photos on my iPhone. I really want a proper camera, but all the photography terms, which from this post I’m assuming you understand, make no sense to me. I was wondering, can you direct me to somewhere that will explain the terms to me, so I know what to look for?

    • Don’t worry too much what you’re shooting on, just keep shooting! (I love taking images with my iphone) But yes, all photographers crave new gear. The site I rely on for reviews is kenrockwell.com. Though it contains a lot of technical information, the site is still made to be accessible to beginners, and the site will typically link to other pages that can explain terms and jargon. My recommendation is choosing Nikon, whether its a DSLR, or a point and shoot. Hope it helped!

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