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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Prime trio for Landscape work? The plan... (I took the Nikon plunge) |
So I've taken the plunge and ordered a d800e. Unless it drives me bonkers I plan on keeping it. Really seems to be the camera for me. (shot with canon crop sensors for the last 3 years)
I've already decided that I'll end up with the 14-24. I shoot a lot of wide angle on my crop sensor now and know this will only continue with my d800. (I do a lot of sky shooting -- night time and day time... the 14-24 makes my move to Nikon easier)
That's an expensive lens.
This fact combined with a few other factors: namely compromised quality in zoom corners, need of a macro, and need of a decent portrait lens... leads me to the task of selecting a decent trio of mid-range lenses to round out my initial lineup. Of course these lenses should all work as good landscape lenses as well.
Right now I'm leaning towards this trio: (based upon pouring over data the last month or so)
1) Samyang 35mm 1.4
Manual is fine. Love the speed... supposedly really sharp from all indications. (all reviews are stellar) Distortion is low for the length. Good video lens. Compares very well to Nikon/Canon offerings. Realize Sigma is probably better, but... not making that move now. (maybe if I fall in love with the focal length I'll make the move) Questions: Anybody have any experience with this lens at/near infinity for landscapes? Any reports on quality control issues?
2) 60mm 2.8 G macro.
Supposed to be sharp as a tack. Reportedly does well at (near) infinity distances. Gives me my macro ability. No distortion, so a good pano stitching lens.
Questions: 60 seems like an odd distance... would I be smarter to go with the 50mm 1.8G initially? Good walk around? (just have it stuck in my head that I'll be annoyed with the focal length on FF)
3) 85mm 1.8 G
Really sharp. Good portrait length. Affordable... rivals 85 1.4. Sort of a no brainer.
Questions: Is sample to sample variability an issue with this lens?
Really like the performance/versatility/value this trio may offer me. Spaced out 25mm apart.
I was used to shooting with a canon 11-16 and 15-85.(crop) Two lenses to four is a difference. The 15-85 had image stabilization as well. A good run around lens. (of course it didn't have the IQ, low light or macro capabilities I want) I realize the 24-70 is a very solid quality lens...but it probably comes out as more expensive than the lineup I'm looking at and loses out on the portrait/low light capabilities. I figure my primes will at least match it quality wise.
How annoyed am I going to be switching out lenses every couple minutes to cover the last bits of a beautiful sunset? I guess I'll find out. (because only I can answer this, I guess... which begs the question...why ask the world... ha)
I really like the idea of using primes, and would like for my experiment to work... guess we'll see.
Any opinions, warnings, or words of wisdom are welcomed.