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  1. #1
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    Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    I was looking at the lens categories but I feel this topic belongs here...so...

    Many suggestions throughout this forum deal with spending money on better and better lenses, rather than bodies. Let's assume you have your favorite Nikon DX body but find yourself missing all your lenses. Obviously, what you shoot at is a critical aspect, so go ahead and factor that in to this question:

    If you were buying new DX lenses today in order of importance, or value to you, which would you buy...and why? Thanks!


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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    New DX ? I'd definitely re-buy my Tokina 12-28 DX, you can get them new still.

    Old DX ? I really like my older FX capable lenses on the DX. I'd re-buy these on the used market (Sigma 24 2.8 Super Wide II, Nik 50 1.8 AFD Nik 70-300VR, Nik 28-105 AFD)
    Last edited by Texas; 11-22-2017 at 04:12 AM.
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    I second the Tokina 12-28 and add Sigma's 17-70 2.8-4.0 to the list. It is slightly sharper than Sigma's also-good 17-50 2.8 (which I owned before) and has a longer zoom range, which to me more than compensates the loss in light sensitivity.
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    My Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 pretty much lives on m D300

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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    medium zoom - 17-55 2.8 I had the Nikon for several years and it was comparable to my 24-70. Sigma and others make comparable units.
    70-200 2.8 - every photographer should have one
    tokina UWA - I had the 11-16 many years ago and it was very good on DX (crappy on FX). More focal lengths available today.
    100 or 105 macro
    Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

    Jim Singler - D750 & D7200; 14-24 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 24-120 VRII, 70-200 2.8 VRII, 70-300 VR, 200-500 VR, 50 1.4D, 85 1.8G, Tokina 100 2.8; 3 SB-800s, SB-500


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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    For wide angle and normal lenses it's not a tough choice for me... I don't really crave to shoot ultrawide so the Sigma Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 OS HSM and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art would be my starting point. These would be my walk about lenses, good for just about everything I shoot.

    Choosing a tele-zoom is more complicated but I'll go with the Sigma Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM if I *have* to choose a true "DX" lens for the sake of argument. It's out of production but copies can still be had and they're worth going after; the newest version is larger and heavier but it's there if you fell compelled to buy NIB. This would be my go-to portrait lens but it's flexible enough for everyday use. The Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 Art would be a very close second, or the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art.

    For a really big zoom I'm not sure what I'd do... At least not without breaking into FX lenses; I've been shooting full frame for a long time and I'm a little out of touch with DX glass.
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    If they have to be "true" DX lenses, my list sucks.
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    Jim Singler - D750 & D7200; 14-24 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 24-120 VRII, 70-200 2.8 VRII, 70-300 VR, 200-500 VR, 50 1.4D, 85 1.8G, Tokina 100 2.8; 3 SB-800s, SB-500


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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    Quote Originally Posted by singlerosa View Post
    If they have to be "true" DX lenses, my list sucks.
    I interpreted the OP as meaning true "DX" lenses only... If full-frame glass is on the table my list would look entirely different.
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    I'm with Paul ... I transitioned my lenses over to FX leading up to my move to the D810, but when I added the D500 I started looking for DX lenses that would keep things light weight for when that made sense ... knowing I can still leverage the FX glass when needed.

    To that end, I picked up the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens as well, for the smaller package than my current 24-70 f/2.8. It's done well, and allows me to pack the D500 pick down smaller for trips where photography may be more of an after thought. I've been on the fence toying over the Sigma telephoto lenses for DX, but just haven't gotten myself to pull the trigger on any of those yet.

  10. #10
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    My favorite DX lens was my Sigma 10-20 f3.5. I really enjoyed that lens.
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