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p.1 #1 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


Having been a Pentax user for the past few years I reached the stage where I needed/wanted a FF camera and in the end the D800 just edged out the 5DIII for my first.

I've retained my 2 x K5s (I'll sell one) and my best lenses (the tiny Pentax Ltds, a couple of Zeiss' and a couple of exotics) but sold off 11 lenses today (with a few more to go) to buy the D800 and also put a deposit down on an immaculate used Sigma 500/4.5, which I'll pick up next week.

I'm following Tyl3nols thread closely to see what you guys recommend to him in the way of lenses to buy because I think it's going to be tough to choose other lenses for the D800, though there might be a WA Zeiss in there. I prefer primes but Nikon have a couple of zooms which challenge them IQ-wise and I do shoot the odd event - so zooms are generally preferred there. I should mention that I now only buy quality over consumer lenses.

I'll also need a TC or two .... is it worth buying the x1.7 or should I just stick to the x1.4 for the best IQ (and do these work well on the Sigma) ? I'm assuming there are compromises with the x2.

I shoot everything from birds & wildlife (ca. 40%), events - both sports and gatherings (10%), street (10%), family & friends (10%), landscapes (10%), interiors (for work - 10%) and macro (10%). I do love fast lenses with low DoF and most of my remaining Pentax lenses are in the f1.2 & f1.4 - f1.9 range. With an FX camera I guess f1.4 is fast enough !

For now I'll just have go back to the manual and continue to play with the settings. I'm not sure if this is more or less frustrating than the last month where I've been undecided on just which camera to buy !

Cheers
Kevin



Aug 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM
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p.1 #2 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


I've had lenses with no body a time or two but never just the body
If you can get your hands on a 28 f1.8G while waitin' for your 500, I think you'd be real happy.



Aug 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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p.1 #3 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


Wow you do shoot a little bit of everything don't you??

Well if zooms are an advantage for you, the trio of 14-24, 24-70, and 70-200VR2 are the premiere ones that will do a little of everything for you. All three are phenominal on FX bodies, including the D800.

If primes are your thing and you want to have some lightweight affordable ones with good IQ, I'm hearing great things about the 3 new f1.8 primes (28, 50 and 85) for the money. I haven't used the 28 and 85 yet, but I've ordered them this week (stinkin' backorder on the 28...)

For macro, you'll regularly read great things about the Sigmas (105/150/180... and especially the 150), while Nikon's 105 is also a great option. Lots of people say the 90 Tamron is good, and IQ wise it sure is (I just can't live with the AF performance and build in comparison to the Sigma or Nikon).

If you prefer the "quality" items, want a zoom for event work, and want the top IQ... spring for the 24-70. It's really everything you would want for that description. From there, find out what FL's you want to find primes at and you'll get lots of good suggestions from the folks around here... ENJOY!!



Aug 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
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p.1 #4 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


If you get paid for your interior work I would go for the best; in this case the 14-24 or perhaps the 24TS

The new 1.8 series of Nikon are great value for money; 28, 50 and 85

For sports the 70-200VRII is a great candidate and it works very well with TC's. I don't think there are alternatives, perhaps the VRI.

For events the 24-70 is the one to go with (fast, heavy, price but very good). The Tamron 28-75 is a good alternative (especially for its price).

The big Nikon zooms comes at a price though.

For macro I'm not sure if the Nikon 105 is a good choice (I've read a couple of times it's not good enough for the D800). The 60/2.8 is very good, but you have to use it at close distance. The Sigma 150 has great reviews.

I'm not sure if the Nikon TC's work with the Sigma, it's possible they don't fit.



Aug 21, 2012 at 02:26 PM
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Hi! and Welcome to Nikon!

Also welcome to the D800/E club!

I second the 24 PC-E and/or 14-24 for interior work, as well as 70-200 being a great all-rounder for sports!... oh, and 24-70 being a great workhorse.

If you're into fast primes, the 85/1.4 form Sigma is great, and costs a lot less than the Nikon counterpart. You're not suffering much if any at all in the IQ department - they do render images slightly differently, but I wouldn't say one is necessarily "better" than the other - but Nikon does have weather sealing, while the Sigma doesn't (which to me, isn't necessary).

The Nikon 24/1.4G is a joy to use, and gives beautiful images.

I shoot some of everything too... so it's hard to have just a few lenses do everything!! But you gotta start somewhere




Aug 21, 2012 at 03:05 PM
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I just got the 28mm f/1.8 and it is an awesome lens! If you like fast primes - these lenses (28, 50, and 85) are super sharp and good value for cost.

I also have the trifecta ... 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 - and they are solid performers. For macro the 105VR brings it home.... its an awesome macro lens.

And currently I have the 200-400 VRI, but I have been thinking about selling it, and picking up a 300mm f/2.8 instead.



Aug 21, 2012 at 03:08 PM
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TM, DJD, Chris, Chestnut and LXD - many thanks for the warm welcome and for the suggestions !

General comments.

Macro - I have the Tamron 90 now, super sharp and a great macro lens on APS-C. I think 90-105 wouldn't really give me the working distance on FF so the Sigma 150/180 would be great lenses for me and I've heard great things.

For sport etc. is the 70-200 + TC the best option ? This is virtually the FF equivalent of the Sigma 50-150/2.8 on the K5, which is one of the lenses I use now, so maybe it is the best option out there ?

Events. The 24-70 looks to be the lens then, but Chris mentioned the Tamron 28-75 which has a great reputation in the APS-C and Pentax worlds. Is it a viable option IQ wise to the 24-70 ?

Primes : my favourite on APS-C at the moment are 15, 28 (Zeiss for landscapes only), 30, 43, 50/1.2 and 77 but I'm missing one around 20mm. It seems the new 28 / 50 / 85 are good options. I'm not a fan of massive primes so are their better options to those that won't break my wrist ? I'd like a low distortion WA - is there something like that (doesn't have to be fast) around 12-16mm ? Or is the 14-24 the right lens and the IQ equivalent of an excellent prime ?

Around 300mm. The 300/2.8s are too heavy and cumbersome for me unless you are going to add a TC and use it for long range birding lens on a mono/tripod. With the excellent high ISO handling of the K5 (and the D800 will improve on this) I love the 300/4 I have on it now and you can literally take this combo into the shower with you if you had a reason ! The 200-400 sounds like a great range - but I take it it isn't a great lens ? Would the 70-200 + TC be a better alternative and kill two birds with one stone ?

Weather Resistance. Are the lenses above WR on a D800 ?

Thanks !



Aug 21, 2012 at 03:44 PM
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p.1 #8 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


Frogfish wrote:
General comments.

Primes : It seems the new 28 / 50 / 85 are good options. I'm not a fan of massive primes so are their better options to those that won't break my wrist ?

Thanks !


These are the "lighter weight, smaller size, much less $$$" alternatives to the following:

Nikkor 24/1.4G (big, heavy, expensive)
Nikkor 50/1.4G (approx same size & weight to the 1.8G, bu twice the price)
Nikkor 85/1.4G (big, heavy, expensive)

The 1.8G's are the one's to get!



Aug 21, 2012 at 04:14 PM
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p.1 #9 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


Thanks Mack. What was the lens you used in the BBQ thread ?


Aug 21, 2012 at 04:23 PM
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Frogfish wrote:
Thanks Mack. What was the lens you used in the BBQ thread ?



Most welcome.

Nikkor 70-200/2.8G VRII on a D700.

Full set here: http://public.fotki.com/mackdaddy/events/jay-barr-40bd-party/



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p.1 #11 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


MackDaddy1962 wrote:
Most welcome.

Nikkor 70-200/2.8G VRII on a D700.

Full set here: http://public.fotki.com/mackdaddy/events/jay-barr-40bd-party/


Oh yes. I just found it - I had hoped there were shots from the 28/1.8g there



Aug 21, 2012 at 04:26 PM
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p.1 #12 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


Sorry, I had it with me, but failed to pull it out and use it!


Aug 21, 2012 at 04:31 PM
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Here's my useless, random nothing-ness "D700 Sandbox" test shots with the Nikkor 28/1.8G

http://public.fotki.com/mackdaddy/nikon-d700-sandbox/nikkor-28mm-f18g/



Aug 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
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p.1 #14 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


Frogfish wrote:
Having been a Pentax user for the past few years I reached the stage where I needed/wanted a FF camera and in the end the D800 just edged out the 5DIII for my first.

I've retained my 2 x K5s (I'll sell one) and my best lenses (the tiny Pentax Ltds, a couple of Zeiss' and a couple of exotics) but sold off 11 lenses today (with a few more to go) to buy the D800 and also put a deposit down on an immaculate used Sigma 500/4.5, which I'll pick up next week.

I'm following Tyl3nols thread closely to see
...Show more

Hey Kevin, congrats on your D800 purchase! Check this out:
http://www.pixtus.com/forum/buy-sell/181115-nikon-14-24mm-f-2-8-afs-g.html
Its a great lens for wide views and landscapes. Hopefully you will be shooting with it soon, it's a great camera! I have the 800E. I hope to see some photos soon.

Todd



Aug 21, 2012 at 06:13 PM
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p.1 #15 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


I bought D800and 50mmf/1.8 and still deciding which lens to buy i was thinking to go for 28.mm and 85mm and save for 70-200mm i borrowed 24-70 from friend of mine and used it for couple of days its v good lens but not for me to take out every day its heavy, i rather have prime. then zoom for for general life.


Aug 21, 2012 at 09:23 PM
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p.1 #16 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


Thanks Guys.

Todd - easy to send gear out fo China but there is a high tariff on lenses so I'm afraid importing one doesn't interest me. Thanks anyway.



Aug 22, 2012 at 05:05 AM
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p.1 #17 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


For 'general', i.e. AF requirement, I agree with the posters who suggested the new 28mm. I am mainly doing landscapes, so there are manual focus Samyangs (35mm and 85mm) on my D800E, and I have a Nikkor 28mm 2.0 AIS for a bit wider.

I posted this 85mm shot earlier in another thread (D800E/85mm/ 1/1000sec @ 5.0, ISO 100):




Aug 22, 2012 at 01:46 PM
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p.1 #18 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


Thanks Mark - yes I think that 28/1.8g is now on my short-list.


Aug 23, 2012 at 05:06 AM
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p.1 #19 · Bought the D800 today .. don't have any lenses for it yet though !


I would stick to primes, like the 24, 35, 50, 85, 105, 200 would serve you great.


Aug 31, 2012 at 12:02 AM





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