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Rodolfo Paiz wrote:
Thanks, Michael! Thanks to everyone else for the comments as well.
Budget is thankfully not a concern; I can afford either one. My issue is that I'm always heavily biased towards best-in-class products, and that's clearly the 24/1.4. But I'm not much of a wide guy -- my most-used focal lengths are more like 200+ -- so I'm not sure of how much use it would get in the long term. Then there's the little voice inside my head that says "you don't shoot wide often enough, you're missing a tool, and there's more you can learn that'll make you...Show more →
Rodolfo Paiz wrote:
I use 700mm the most. 400 is next, then 700. Then whatever the 70-200 covers, with and without a TC. Everything else is a rounding error so far.
If money isn't an issue, get the 24. Frankly, after carrying the 70-200 and the superteles as much as you do, both lenses are going to feel like rounding errors on the end of the camera.
The 28 1.8 is very, very good, especially for the money. It is faster focusing than the 24. The 24 pauses to consider how the light tastes that particular morning before getting on with the business of actually focusing. The 24 also vignettes a fair bit more than the 28. The 28 also isn't Nikon's most expensive non supertele (which makes people more reluctant to try it than they should be, as more cash = more FL seems to skew decisions a bit)
But the 24 is also amazing in a way the 28 isn't. I could honestly shoot nothing but the 24 for the rest of my life and be happy (I'd get a housing and get into the water for wakeboarding, become a referee for rugby or something), and with the D800 you also have a great 36mm 1.4/2. Wide + separation - you definitely know who the subject in a 24mm shot is, but you also get context in a way other lenses don't quite manage (IMO anyway).
The FoV difference is about 10 degrees - 85 vs 75 or something thereabouts. It's a big deal I think because the 28 is on the comfortable side of the "breaching personal space" barrier if one is worried about that, and the 24 is on the other. It's also the FL where the perspective can really start messing with how people look if one doesn't pay attention.
As for shooting wide, whichever lens you get, strap the lens on, and get close!