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Equipment & Techniques => Cameras, Lenses and Shooting gear => Topic started by: Didymus on September 27, 2012, 06:35:41 PM

Title: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Didymus on September 27, 2012, 06:35:41 PM
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.

Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: BernardLanguillier on September 27, 2012, 06:45:18 PM
Just about every wedding photographer I have seen work on Nikon uses this lens.

Cheers,
Bernard
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Didymus on September 27, 2012, 11:20:12 PM
Perfect. Thank you, sir.
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Wim van Velzen on September 28, 2012, 11:45:42 AM
This camera and lens form a happy marriage indeed!
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Ken Bennett on September 28, 2012, 11:57:08 AM
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.
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Ligament on September 28, 2012, 02:20:45 PM
I love the 24-70 2.8 on my D800e. Great lens, suprisingly sharp for a zoom. Perfect street lens, although large.
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: David Good on September 28, 2012, 02:54:19 PM
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..... :o
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: LKaven on September 28, 2012, 05:42:27 PM
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.
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: MartinSpence on September 28, 2012, 06:13:44 PM
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..
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: joneil on September 28, 2012, 08:04:12 PM
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.

Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Jim Pascoe on September 29, 2012, 04:27:06 AM
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.

Jim
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Derry on September 29, 2012, 11:55:01 AM
another fan of the lens on my 800E,, so versatile,,

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

Derry
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Ellis Vener on September 29, 2012, 02:30:40 PM
Oh it's so heavy! Don't any of you guys who complain about the weight ever exercise?
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Ken Bennett on September 29, 2012, 03:49:58 PM
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.
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: marcmccalmont on September 29, 2012, 03:53:33 PM
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
Marc   
        
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Colorado David on September 29, 2012, 11:11:47 PM
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. ;D
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: wthurman on September 30, 2012, 04:13:19 AM
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.
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: NicoChina on September 30, 2012, 07:34:02 AM
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.
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Rob C on September 30, 2012, 09:27:14 AM
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.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: joneil on September 30, 2012, 10:06:35 AM
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.  :(
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?

Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: Niels_Patrick on October 01, 2012, 03:03:17 AM
Nikon 24-70 and 70-200 and the job is done. I have both lenses and worked with them on d700 and d800 / d800e bodies. //// Go for it!
Title: Re: Nikon 24-70 for weddings?
Post by: stamper on October 01, 2012, 04:57:54 AM
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. ;D

Heavy or light is directly pertinent to a particular person's physical condition?