It is said, one should never say never!
In a post from November 2016 I wrote …… ‘my f/2.8 70-200mm zoom is a heavy beast of a lens but I would be very reluctant to part with it as its one of the sharpest lenses in my collection’. All true but at 1500g this lens was a killer weight on my back; no wonder I was feeling like a packhorse. In the end, my head over-ruled my heart and this ‘old friend’ which had accompanied me faithfully at every wedding and on every portrait and commercial assignment since 2004 had to go.
In a ‘spring clean’, I also took the decision to off load the f/2.8 24-70mm lens, saving an extra 940g. This particular lens was the last in a series, typical of that focal length, which had been considered an essential tool in my professional photography days. My first pro zoom lens had been the f/2.8 28-70mm acquired in the late 1990s; this was replaced in 2011 by the f/4 24-120mm welcomed for its longer reach and for being lighter although unfortunately it wasn’t in the same quality league as the earlier lens. These shortcomings became clearer following my upgrade from the Nikon D3 camera to the higher resolution Nikon D800 body; and in 2014 I opted for the pro’s workhorse lens, the f/2.8 24-70mm. Weight wasn’t so much of a factor at that time as I used to transport my gear in a Lowepro Pro Roller case; however a roller case isn’t much use out photographing in the landscape.
Bottom line, will I miss either of these lenses? With the 24-70mm, probably not, as I have other glass covering most of this focal range; as for the longer 70-200mm zoom, yes it would be a great loss. So having read countless reviews and comments by respected colleagues, I have decided to go for a replacement. The f/4 version is one-stop slower but otherwise appears to be a fine lens; more importantly, as far as my well-being is concerned, at just 850g this lens will be significantly lighter than my old f/2.8 70-200mm zoom so it’s a win-win situation.
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