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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Buying a D600. Keep the kit lens or start with primes? |
I'm basically a hobbyist shooter, so I like to shoot just about anything, but it's mostly landscapes. I only recently moved out of shooting 6x7 film. Believe it or not, spending 3-4k on the Nikon gear will SAVE me money over shooting film+drum scanning each slide (read: $50+/shot). I also plan to make this a life-time purchase, meaning I will use this thing until either I die or it dies. My plucky old Canon 350D is still ticking despite it's beat-up condition. It's images just never satisfied, despite the 17-40L lens I bought for it. I think the color gamut of slide film combined with the level of detail, amazing bokeh and giant viewscreen of the 6x7+prime lenses just turned me off from digital until recently. So, out comes the D600 which seems to satisfy every aspect of what I enjoy about the 6x7 film. The viewfinder isn't even close to as good as the one on my RB67, but it's still big and very nice to look through. Anyone who has used a 6x7 knows what I'm talking about!
I would like to keep the total initial price of the new kit (body, lens(es), memory cards and ND filter) below $3500. I will upgrade my ridiculous 7-pound tripod later.
Here's my dilemma: I can buy the D600 body and start with a couple of good primes OR stick with the kit lens and collect primes later OR do a cheaper ultrawide zoom + normal prime. I'm a huge fan of prime lenses. I want the optical quality and I love the way they look through the viewfinder.
1st: If I go with primes, I think I'd be very happy to start with an 85mm and a 24mm since that's about equivalent what I used on my RB67. Eventually, I'd like to end up with a 20, 50 and 35 to fill in the gaps. Only problem being that the good 20,24mm primes (Zeiss/Nikon Ns) are way expensive. I'd likely go with a 24mm D lens for starters which kind feels like a big compromise. The 85 would be the 1.8G.
2nd: Stick with the kit lens for now and just wait. I favor this option a bit less, only because I want to get the most I can out of the whole package. It would probably be cheaper though. The kit lens doesn't really stack up to the quality of the primes. The wide-normal zoom lenses with prime-level quality (i.e. 24-70 f/2.8) are way too expensive, which would leave me sticking with the kit lens instead.
3rd: The other option is more hybrid: Buy a good, less-expensive ultrawide like the Tokina 18-28 and probably one prime to go with it, like the 85mm f/1.8G (used). Then fill in the gaps later. I'd probably also get the 50mm f1/8 as a filler lens until I could upgrade it.
I'm probably thinking WAY too much about this since I won't be buying it until November. Nonetheless, I simply won't spend more than $3500, but it doesn't mean I want to stretch the first-buy all the way to that limit either.
Thanks for your opinions!