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I sold my last piece of DX only glass (55-200 VR) today leaving me with only my 50mm f/1.8D on my D90. I'm looking at either expanding my primes collection with the 35mm f/2D and the 85 f/1.8D which both add up to about $900 here.

Alternatively I was considering a Sigma 24-70 HSM f/2.8 for $1000 but reviews don't seam to be so good when it's reviewed on a FX sensor. That being said it fills those gaps between the primes and offers a wider end which I like, I'm not bothered by the loss on the zoom.

I am aware that the D90 is a DX body but if I'm going to invest large amounts of money into glass I want to have some decent lenses if/when I upgrade to say a FX body.

So my question is which would you go for?
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personally im all about primes. but zooms have their benefits. if i had the money i would only have primes
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Primes.
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If you have time to frame up on the stuff you shoot, Primes.
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Thank you gentlemen.
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post #6 of 39
You see my sig. I vote for primes

They're a bit harder to use because of the lack of zoom, but they still work fine for me if you're willing to foot zoom a bit and crop in PPing.
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post #8 of 39
As everyone has said, primes almost always have the better quality compared to zooms. However, having one fast, high quality standard zoom is definitely nice. Zoom lenses are more difficult to manufacture and still have great IQ, so it's worth getting the best you can. The Sigma 24-70 HSM (not the non-HSM) it good in many respects, but it doesn't compare to the Nikon version and there's always to QC issue to consider.
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post #9 of 39
I agree primes are the prefered option, having said that I just bought the Nikkor 24-70 and let me say, the IQ is simply beautiful.

I have in my kit three zooms (including the 24-70) and two primes. I think its a great mix.

Go for the zoom if you need a tad more versatility but its very hard to go wrong with a prime. Just depends what you want to shoot.
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post #10 of 39
I'm going to go against everyone else and say fast zooms

I often find myself in positions where I am simply unable to 'zoom with my feet'. So, the zoom comes in handy. Also having previously owned the Nikon 24-70 and currently owning a Nikon 70-200, I can tell you they're quite nice lenses.

But in an ideal world, fast primes
    
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