Upgrade to 24-70mm f/2.8E or 70-200mm f/2.8E

protikprotik Posts: 17Member
edited July 29 in Nikon Lenses
Hi guys,

Currently the 24-70mm f/2.8E and 70-200mm f/2.8E lenses are on sale here in Australia till 31st with 20% off + $200/$300 cashback (costing around 1750USD and 1900USD respectively). At the moment I have a few f/1.8 primes (20, 24, 35, 50, 85) along with the 70-200 f/4 and I am consider to either:

- Sell 20mm + 70-200 f/4 and purchase 70-200mm f/2.8E or,
- Sell 20mm and purchase 24-70mm f/2.8E or,
- Sell 20mm + 70-200 f/4 and purchase both 24-70mm f/2.8E + 70-200mm f/2.8E (probably shouldn't!)

Which upgrade do you guys think would be most worthwhile in the long term? As an enthusiast, I mostly shoot landscape panorama (on a tripod) and travel photos while on the go. Previously I was considering to eventually add the 24-70mm f/2.8E for travel usage mostly however 1900USD (much less after trading in 20mm and the f4) seems a great deal for the 70-200mm f/2.8E so now I am not sure if I should upgrade the tele instead. Thoughts?

Also, when picking up either of these lenses, what are the things should I check in-store and at home to ensure that I have a good copy?

Thanks in advance!
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  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,108Member
    edited July 29
    "As an enthusiast, I mostly shoot landscape panorama (on a tripod) and travel photos while on the go"

    Dont think you need an upgrade .. its just NAS .. it will pass .....

    The 20 is a nice landscaper lense with good sunstars ! I would keep it !!
    the 70-200 F4 is much smaller and lighter than the 2.8s for travel. and sharper too..

    PS where in down under are you?
    PPS : What sale !!
    Post edited by heartyfisher on
    Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.

  • protikprotik Posts: 17Member
    edited July 29
    PS where in down under are you? PPS : What sale !!
    Sydney :) Many authorized retailers seem to have a 100th anv sale at the moment (e.g. 20% at camerahouse and 16% at george's camera on all nikon products).
    Post edited by protik on
  • SportsSports Posts: 345Member
    The two "upgrades" cannot replace that 20mm so why do you want to sell it?
    I agree with @heartyfisher that your current kit looks really attractive, and that you don't need those two "upgrades". If you took sports pictures, then the 70-200E should be on the wishlist. If you hate changing lenses, then the 24-70E would help you, but it wouldn't exactly be an upgrade.
    One alternative suggestion would be to get the 14-24 if that's on sale, too. That would EXTEND your capabilities. Then, selling the 20mm would start making more sense.
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  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,108Member
    @protik Sydney huh.. I join several "Meetup"s in Sydney... good fun with some like minded snappers :-)
    Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.

  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 5,351Moderator



    Dont think you need an upgrade .. its just NAS .. it will pass .....

    The 20 is a nice landscaper lense with good sunstars ! I would keep it !!
    the 70-200 F4 is much smaller and lighter than the 2.8s for travel. and sharper too..

    @protik very good advice from heartfisher there.
    Always learning.
  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 3,552Member
    I'm going to go with a few others, keep what you have now it's more than good enough.
    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • flipflip Posts: 64Member
    Dont know the outcome, but lately vr has become attractive even for sime landscapes. I could see buying both zooms for the vr. EveR consider the 24-120 f4 vr instead of these 2 zooms?
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 5,351Moderator
    The IQ of the 24-120 is quite poor at 80mm IME.
    Always learning.
  • MisterRRMisterRR Posts: 1Member
    Hi! I think that sell 20mm and purchase 24-70mm f/2.8E will be better. And what do you think?
  • henrik1963henrik1963 Posts: 542Member
    20mm and 24-70 are two very different lenses - you would need a reason to move from one to the other. 24-70 is a very good allround lens.

    70-200 F2.8 is a super good lens but a beast to carry compared to F4 version - do you need more light? I love my 70-200 F2.8 VR2
  • djrdjr Posts: 3Member
    edited August 21
    Go with 20, 28, 50 and the 70-200 f/2.8e
    Sell 24, 35, 85, 70-200f4
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  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,089Member

    20mm and 24-70 are two very different lenses - you would need a reason to move from one to the other. 24-70 is a very good allround lens.

    70-200 F2.8 is a super good lens but a beast to carry compared to F4 version - do you need more light? I love my 70-200 F2.8 VR2

    I had the D750 + 70-200 F2.8F EL around the next for 3 hours Saturday morning. No beast for me since I use a sling and the foot for carrying the gear or let it hang on the sling. Great lens.
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
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