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We also have to remember that he's shooting Nikon, which has AMAZING zooms, while Canon has amazing primes.
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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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I would pounce on the Sigma so fast but I'm a bit scared off by the QC issues people have reported.

My issue with primes is the fact that I am starting (I've shot two now) to shoot weddings for local clients and having the ability to zoom quickly is definitely an asset as I prefer candid photography. The problem was with my old glass I was constantly switching between my 50 and 35 and for a majority I could not use my 55-200 at all because of low light.
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Originally Posted by Shane1244;12719773 
We also have to remember that he's shooting Nikon, which has AMAZING zooms, while Canon has amazing primes.

both have amazing zooms and primes.


primes are lighter and come with larger apertures. zooms are heavier and slower but can come equipped with is. also, nikon and canon has been pouring most of their money in zooms the past two decades. zooms have the best developments as far as technology goes and you even have instances where zooms beat their prime counterparts (nikon 14-24 f/2.8, canon 70-200 f/2.8 mkii)

zoom vs prime is mostly a preference issue. to be honest, iq-wise it's going to be mostly the same. determine which focal lengths you need and pick accordingly.
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WAIT WAIT WAIT, ***. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO GET 600 DOLLARS WORTH OF GLASS 900? Jeez, its real bad in Canada... And you can get the Sigma for 650 too if you buy used.
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WAIT WAIT WAIT, ***. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO GET 600 DOLLARS WORTH OF GLASS 900? Jeez, its real bad in Canada... And you can get the Sigma for 650 too if you buy used.

+ taxes too. I'm considering B&H because they're much cheaper but with the shipping and duty it's probably cheaper to buy locally.
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Just a FYI, If you do buy from B&H, ONLY, ONLY, ONLY ship with Fedex, or if available USPS/Canada Post (for some reason it's only available on some of my orders?)
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How come Shane?
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UPS will absolutely DESTROY you with duties when they show up at your door. One time I payed almost $80 on $250...

With Fedex, you still pay duties, but they aren't as much, and you also pay them at checkout, so there aren't any surprises. With USPS/Canada Post, I didn't have to pay anything as they allow the import of duty free photography stuff (I believe that's the reason, I read it somewhere on POTN)

On my 60D + 50 1.4 It was like $1200 and I payed like $160 in taxes, duties and shipping combined. It was cheaper than me getting it at cost with my employee discount at Best Buy.
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Oh good to know! Thanks!

I want Nikon USA and not Imported right?
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Yes, I do believe so. For warranty reasons. I think the only ones that have their full warranty in NA are the USA made ones. I've never researched it, but I've been told that countless times, I've also been told that they have better quality control. Again, Could just be a rumor. I always shelled out the extra money for the USA lenses.
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