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24-70mm zoom recommendations? Other focal lengths?

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I am looking at the Tamron G2 24-70mm ($1200), the Nikon 24-70mm (with and without VR ($1800, $2300)) and the Sigma Art 24-70mm ($1300) currently.

All the reviews seem mixed overall, but the Tamron G2 keeps coming out highly ranked, especially for the price point. The Nikon usually wins quality, but at a 1K price difference, I kinda doubt it's worth that much of a jump in price.

Has anyone here used these lenses and have any advice?

A bit of a back story. I have only shot prime lenses my entire life. Both in film and digital days. I prefer their sharpness and quality and for years never minded the hassle of bringing lots of lenses with me. These days, I seem to keep getting dust and other bullshit on my sensor and it's becoming a huge pain in the ass to change lenses in the locations (mostly outdoor) that I am traveling.

I am looking for the most useful/quality zoom I can get within the price ranges listed above. I know it's always a quality compromise compared to primes, but I am hoping to have something I can throw on and deal with pretty much any situation I need with a huge priority on sharpness and color quality. I prefer these things over speed of autofocus, weight, etc.

My primary focal lengths are 85mm and 20mm (sometimes 28mm). I also shoot 105mm for macro stuff, but generally I am happy at the 85mm range for most things I shoot, and 20-28 for wider shots I need to take.

Is there a lens or different focal length I should be checking out? I will be pairing it with a Nikon D750

Thanks AT photo nerds

 


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