Nikon 17-35 F2.8, Bokeh @17mm F2.8

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    Nikon 17-35 F2.8, Bokeh @17mm F2.8

    Hello everybody,


    I own a Nikon D610 (FX) and I'm planning to buy a


    wide lens.


    I'm quite undecided between the Nikon 17-35 F2.8 and


    the 16-35 F4.
    I know that the 16-35 is a newer lens, optically


    slightly better and with a great stabilizer.
    My real concern is about the DOF. I really like the


    kind of wide angle photography with the main subject


    focused really close to the lens and the background


    as blurred as possible.
    I do know that the blurry effect isn't great on a


    wide angle, but I would like to know how much the


    difference would be between the two lenses (picture


    @17mm F4 and same picture @17 but with F2.8


    aperture). I couldn't find any comparable pictures


    online. I hope you can help me to decide.
    I just need to to know if this DOF difference is


    worth buying the 17-35 that costs more and doesn't


    have the optical stabilizer.


    Thank you so much for your help.


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    The difference is very little. FWIW, I use the 16-35 and have never found it lacking. It has slight barrel distortion at 16 and slight pin-cushion at 35, but from 18-33 it's excellent. For you DoF questions, use this calculator.
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    thank you tirediron for your link. However I still don't really know the difference in reality...
    The best would be to see two pictures focusing the same subject at 29 cm (minimum focusing distance) @17mm F2.8 and F4.
    If the difference is not that much, I'd probably go for the 16-35.

    I would be glad if anyone can help me.
    Thank you so much.

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    I'd go with the 16-35 F4 lens, it's stabilised and it has great build quality!


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