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The Waiting Game

Further to my Decisions blog entry, I’ve pretty much decided on the Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8. The lens will be used for people shots in tight spaces, often available light only, as well as the occasional landscape shot. It will be replacing my Tokina 12-24 and Nikkor 18-70.

Nikon’s announcement of two new (non-DX) zooms yesterday, a 14-24 f/2.8 and a 24-70 f/2.8, leaves me with a decision to make. Should I buy the 17-55 brand-new now or wait for cheap(er) second-hand copies from owners “upgrading” to either of the two new lenses?

Three factors to consider:
– the two new lenses won’t be available until November. With Nikon’s previous track record, they may not be easily obtainable until next year. Will second-hand copies pop-up before then? Will the price of a brand-new 17-55 drop as a result?

- I have an overseas holiday in October. 17-55 f/2.8 means I can leave the 12-24, 18-70, and possibly the 50 f/1.8 behind. This is more about bulk and convenience than anything, as the 17-55 will weight not much less than the three lenses combined. It means two lenses in my bag instead of four, and it means less fumbling around with lens changes “on the go”.- I will be the second shooter at a wedding in November (unpaid favor for a friend). A wide f/2.8 zoom will be handy for tight available light situations where the 70-200VR is simply not practical.

Hmmm… I think I may have answered my own question. Lens lust is such an evil thing.


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