UPDATE: Lens has gone to a new happy, loving home.
I’ve been umming and ahhing about the decision to sell this lens for some time.Â It’s just a piece of glass, but man I’ve gotten attached to it. I knew before I ever used it that this was the wide-angle zoom lens I wanted to replace my old kit lens when I upgraded to a full-frame Nikon body. I haven’t been disappointed. It’s been my go-to workhorse lens for just about everything. At 24mm it makes a solid landscape lens. At 70mm wide openÂ it makes a stunning portrait lens. It’s sturdy, it feels solid in my hands, it’s smooth to operate, and man is it sharp! I’ve learnt to love it so much that I’ve often had to force myself to put another lens on my camera just so that I don’t get stuck in one perspective. I just keep coming back to it though.
You’re probably starting to ask why I’m selling this lens if I love it so much. I admit that writing this post is making me question the decision again. I have found myself photographing at the 70mm end of the zoom range less and less recently as I spend much more time at 24mm.Â With great edge-to-edge sharpness and very little distortion, it really does make a fantastic landscape lens, but I find myself wanting to go wider. There are more and more occasions where I find myself having to choose between having more foreground or sky in the frame, and I’d rather not have to choose.Â There are some very good choices out there for super-wide angle zoom lenses for full-frame Nikon cameras. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you about the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 super-duper wide zoom lens that comes with a super-duper price tag. There is also the Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 lens with a slightly less super price.Â The third option worth consideringÂ is the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR lens. Those are three very good options, and I haven’t even mentioned third-party non-Nikon options from Sigma, Tokina, etc.
So, back to my reluctant sale. My little friend is in excellent condition. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have if you’re interested in buying it, or you can even come and have a play if you’re in town (Mount Maunganui, NZ). I travel regularly around the country, so hit me up and I’ll let you know if I’m headed your way.
I would prefer to sell this without using the abominable rip-off merchant that is Trade Me. The price will be kept lower that way and everyone wins!Â
I’m asking $1990. Make me an offer.Â Please tell your photography buddies and share this around using the buttons below.
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