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  1. #1
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    Walkaround lens

    My current go to is the Nikon 18-55mm VR AF-P DX VR G NIKKOR.
    Curious if any of the below might be a better option. I was looking into the 17-70 sigma C for the price.

    Unders $1,000 range:
    Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6
    Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD
    Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 Contemporary DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon
    Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art DC HSM Lens for Nikon
    Over $1,000 range:
    Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR
    Sigma 24-70mm Art Lenses
    Tamronís 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2


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    Nikon D3300 - Nikon 18-55mm VR AF-P DX VR; Nikon 35mm F1.8G; Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G VR





  2. #2
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    Re: Walkaround lens

    Just about any lens you buy will be better than the 18-55. Are you looking for better IQ or better zoom range. Also, with your D3300, make sure any lens you buy has a built-in focus motor.
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    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  3. #3
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    Re: Walkaround lens

    Hi Chip, I have owned the Nikon 18-55, Sigma 17-50 and Sigma 17-70, the latter being my current favorite as it combines light weight with very good IQ.

    A few test results might help: ColorFoto, a German magazine I like for their comprehensive and credible testing, gave the Sigma 17-70 the highest score by far of these three, a 65. Of the others you are eyeing, the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art is the ONLY one scoring higher, at 67.5, though personally I find its zoom range too narrow, even though I would love the wide aperture. They did not test the Tamron 24-70 G2 yet (that will likely happen in the upcoming issue). The previous version got a 61. (All tested on D7100 to ensure comparability.)
    Lothar Katz

    Nikon D700, D500, D7100, 1 J5, 200-500 f/5.6, 50mm f/1.8 - Tamron 60 f/2 Macro - Sigma 100-400 f/5-6.3, 17-70 f/2.8-4 - Tokina 12-28 f/4 - Yongnou YN568 - Panasonic TZ101 (a.k.a. ZN100) - Photoshop CS6 - Lightroom 6 - DXO PhotoLab - Aurora HDR 2018


  4. #4
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    Re: Walkaround lens

    I have the Tamron 17-50 and it is a sharp, well made lens that is very reasonably priced.
    Woody Green

    Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

    D500, D7200, D7100, D70

  5. #5
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    Re: Walkaround lens

    Quote Originally Posted by lokatz View Post
    Hi Chip, I have owned the Nikon 18-55, Sigma 17-50 and Sigma 17-70, the latter being my current favorite as it combines light weight with very good IQ.

    A few test results might help: ColorFoto, a German magazine I like for their comprehensive and credible testing, gave the Sigma 17-70 the highest score by far of these three, a 65. Of the others you are eyeing, the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art is the ONLY one scoring higher, at 67.5, though personally I find its zoom range too narrow, even though I would love the wide aperture. They did not test the Tamron 24-70 G2 yet (that will likely happen in the upcoming issue). The previous version got a 61. (All tested on D7100 to ensure comparability.)
    Do you have the Sigma 17-70 Contemporary?
    Nikon D3300 - Nikon 18-55mm VR AF-P DX VR; Nikon 35mm F1.8G; Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G VR



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    Re: Walkaround lens

    Quote Originally Posted by chip View Post
    My current go to is the Nikon 18-55mm VR AF-P DX VR G NIKKOR.
    Just to be 100% clear... You have the 18-55mm AF-P DX VR? That "P" in the nomenclature is important because it means the lens is the latest version (released in 2016, I believe) with the stepper-motor for auto-focus. In short, this latest version of Nikon's 18-55mm is a surprisingly good lens; it's leaps and bounds better than any of the previous 18-55's and not a lens I would be eager to get rid of unless the focal range was simply not working for me.

    If you don't feel you're getting good, sharp images out of that lens I would ask if you're shooting JPEG primarily, and if so if you've adjusted the Sharpness setting in the Picture Control menu for your D3300. If do, and you haven't, I'd suggest you start there before looking for new glass in the same focal range.
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  7. #7
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    Re: Walkaround lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    Just to be 100% clear... You have the 18-55mm AF-P DX VR? That "P" in the nomenclature is important because it means the lens is the latest version (released in 2016, I believe) with the stepper-motor for auto-focus. In short, this latest version of Nikon's 18-55mm is a surprisingly good lens; it's leaps and bounds better than any of the previous 18-55's and not a lens I would be eager to get rid of unless the focal range was simply not working for me.

    If you don't feel you're getting good, sharp images out of that lens I would ask if you're shooting JPEG primarily, and if so if you've adjusted the Sharpness setting in the Picture Control menu for your D3300. If do, and you haven't, I'd suggest you start there before looking for new glass in the same focal range.
    Correct I have the newer af-p. Yes I usually shoot in in jpeg but haven't adjust sharpness.
    Nikon D3300 - Nikon 18-55mm VR AF-P DX VR; Nikon 35mm F1.8G; Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G VR



  8. #8
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    Re: Walkaround lens

    Quote Originally Posted by chip View Post
    Correct I have the newer af-p. Yes I usually shoot in in jpeg but haven't adjust sharpness.
    Then here's what I suggest you do...

    Press the Menu button and drop down to the Shooting Menu (camera icon)
    Highlight Set Picture Control and click right one time to enter the Picture Control menus. I use Standard when shooting JPG, but pick your poison. Know also that all the different Picture Controls have their own set of sub-menus and settings.

    Click right one more time to enter the Settings menu for the Picture Control you want to work with.

    From this menu, drop down to the "Sharpening" setting and bump it up to +7. For whatever reason, by default, Nikon sets this option really low, at something like like 2 or 3, and if you haven't changed anything that's where the setting will be. You can try using other settings here but +7 seems to do a really nice job; there was a noticeable difference in image quality once I made this adjustment.

    I don't adjust anything else in this menu; the Sharpness setting is the only one I feel needs help but some people like to bump the Saturation setting by a tick. Try it, see what you think. You can always go back and change it if you don't like what you're seeing.
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  9. #9
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    Re: Walkaround lens

    Great thanks for the suggestion. Give it a try over the weekend.
    Nikon D3300 - Nikon 18-55mm VR AF-P DX VR; Nikon 35mm F1.8G; Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G VR



  10. #10
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    Re: Walkaround lens

    Quote Originally Posted by chip View Post
    Do you have the Sigma 17-70 Contemporary?
    Yes, I do.
    Lothar Katz

    Nikon D700, D500, D7100, 1 J5, 200-500 f/5.6, 50mm f/1.8 - Tamron 60 f/2 Macro - Sigma 100-400 f/5-6.3, 17-70 f/2.8-4 - Tokina 12-28 f/4 - Yongnou YN568 - Panasonic TZ101 (a.k.a. ZN100) - Photoshop CS6 - Lightroom 6 - DXO PhotoLab - Aurora HDR 2018






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