Mid-range Zoom

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by DNA930, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. DNA930 macrumors member

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    I have a question about the need for a mid-range zoom.

    I have a D700 with Nikon 14-24 2.8, 50 1.4, and 70-200 2.8. Last week, a couple of friends who consider themselves "Semi-Pros", whatever that means, kept raving about how much their mid-range zooms were the greatest lenses ever made. I currently don't own a mid-range zoom and don't plan on getting one. I shoot landscapes with the wide-angle zoom and portraits and sports with my tele-zoom. For everything else in between, I use my 50 and reposition myself. Am I really missing out by not having a mid-range zoom?
     
  2. jbernie macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't truely have a need for a particular lens then the only thing you will be missing if you don't buy one is the hole in your wallet. If you have a very rare need for a lens then you can always rent one.
     
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    If you were being paid to shoot a head and shoulders shot of every person at a wedding reception a low cost 18-55mm zoom would save you a ton of walking back and forth. Just be glad you are not a "semi-pro" who is paid for such work. That is the best part of being an amateur, you get to do what you want.
     
  4. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    Indoors in crowded locations is when a 24-70 f/2.8 shows it's merit because sometimes walking back enough to get the shot you want would mean walking through a wall.

    I also use my 50 f/1.4 quite a bit, but if I could afford the 24-70 f/2.8 right now, it would be my most often used lens.
     
  5. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Agree that renting the 24-70 might be in order to see if that is something he would really use.
     

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