Which should I buy for my D7100? Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8? Tam­ron 24-70mm f/2.8? Or Sigma 24-105mm f/4?

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Chris says… It de­pends on whether you want a wider aper­ture or a longer range – and on what you want to shoot.

You say you would like to be­come a com­mer­cial pho­tog­ra­pher. This makes the de­ci­sion eas­ier. The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 is an in­no­va­tive zoom lens, but it is not com­pat­i­ble with FX SLRs, and as you may well want to get one of those if you go more pro, I would give this a miss. The Sigma 24-105mm is only a tad faster than a kit lens, so I’d opt for the Tam­ron 24-70mm f/2.8. It is great on both DX and FX bod­ies, and has a pro-spec max­i­mum aper­ture. Also, un­like Nikon’s more expensive al­ter­na­tive, it has built-in im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion. It came out top in our round up of lux­ury kit lenses in Is­sue 26.

If you’re look­ing for a top-qual­ity stan­dard zoom lens, we’ve al­ready

found it for you!

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