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mshi
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p.2 #1 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


I have either owned or used the following glasses extensively

Nikon 28mm f1.8G
Nikon 35mm f1.4G
Zeiss 35mm f2.0
Sigma 35mm f1.4

and my personal favorite prime is Nikon 28mm f1.8G on my D800E. For Ultrawide zoom, my default choice is Nikon 14-24.





Jan 30, 2013 at 04:42 PM
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p.2 #2 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


I like AF-S Zooms
I would get the Holy Trinity 14-24, 24-70, and 70-200 if I were in your shoes.

I am surprised that you are not considering wider than 28mm.
Of your list, I would choose the 28mm f/1.8 Nikkor.



Jan 31, 2013 at 04:44 PM
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p.2 #3 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


I have just discovered the joy of using the video function of my D800e. I've been playing with it the last few days. I struggled when I used this function with MF lens. Because of the video function, I am now leaning more towards the 24-70 lens since it also allows me more flexibility. I guess prime will have to take a back seat for now.


Jan 31, 2013 at 08:26 PM
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p.2 #4 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


I use my 28-300 for video on the D800 in all but the lowest light,
then I use my 28-70 f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.8.

I have used the 24-70. I think you will be happy with it for Video and stills.



Jan 31, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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p.2 #5 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


Too bad the 28-70 does not have VR built in


Jan 31, 2013 at 09:13 PM
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p.2 #6 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


If it did it would probably be over $2,300. Would you buy it? Notice how Canon came out with their IS version but it's an f/4. That isn't just because you gain a few stops in speed with IS but it would have been big and very expensive at 2.8.


Jan 31, 2013 at 09:34 PM
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p.2 #7 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


The 24-70 has no VR either,
but I do not know why it would have to be that much bigger or expensive?
The 28-300 is neither and it has VR.



Feb 01, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Gregg Heckler
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p.2 #8 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


Actually I was talking about a 24-70. I just noticed he said 28-70. However, if the made a 24-702.8VR, the lens would have to have room for the VR components, that would add cost, size and weight, and they could charge more for it anyway so they would. The average consumer would not be their target market. You can't really compare consumer variable aperture lenses to a professional fixed aperture one. There are many features that add cost to pro lenses like higher quality and larger glass elements, 9 aperture blades, all metal, weather sealing, Nano-Crystal coatings, more ED glass elements, 5 year warranties, etc. Totally different animal.


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p.2 #9 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


I don't think the 24-70 f/2.8 needs VR. Then again, some people have pretty shaky hands so they'd probably find it useful.




Feb 01, 2013 at 06:10 AM
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p.2 #10 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


I have been really enjoying the 28/2 AIS for the last year since "discovering" it. I find that I don't miss the 35mm focal length at all. Distortion is pretty low, peoples heads don't egg out in comparison to 24's, but at the same time the 28 FOV is a good bit less restrictive than that of a 35mm. It lives on the front of my D600, while my much larger zooms stay at home. I pop a small 50 or 85 in a pocket somewhere when feel the need for more versatility.

Having just bragged on the 28/2 AIS, today I would probably buy the 28/1.8 AFS. Adding AF is obviously a plus sometimes, the corners are probably a little better than the 28/2, and distortion correction profiles are automatically available if necessary.



Feb 01, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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p.2 #11 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


zesto wrote:
I don't think the 24-70 f/2.8 needs VR. Then again, some people have pretty shaky hands so they'd probably find it useful.


I think they would be better off with a good TriPod or working on their hand held technique than VR.
Only time I found VR useful was shooting in Active mode from a helicopter with my 200-400 lens.
I normally shoot at high shutter speeds (500-800) for action and find the VR slows down the focus time.



Feb 01, 2013 at 06:22 PM
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p.2 #12 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


Lots of good advise here already. As far as wide angle MF lenses go I have an Ai 28/2 & 35/2, an AiS 35/2 and also the superb AiS 24/2.8. On film with FE, FM and F3HP I had an AiS 28/2.8 which was also superb.
Bjørn Rørslett rates all these lenses 5 of 5 except the 28/2 which he rates 4.5 because of some softness in the corners. http://www.naturfotograf.com/lens_wide.html

If I was going to do panoramic I would stitch with the AiS 35/2 or the equally flat and sharp AiS 50/1.8 LN.

For general use though I'd definitely consider a good AF zoom lens. I'm lusting for the 17-35/2.8D, but can only vouch for the 35-70D and my only G lens the 24-120/4. For me the 24-120G does everything well, even indoors with low light. My only criticism so far is the bokeh is a little nervous with bright, outdoor backgrounds. The 35-70D is great at everything too and is relatively small and cheap.

cheers



Feb 01, 2013 at 07:11 PM
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p.2 #13 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


RRRoger wrote:
I think they would be better off with a good TriPod or working on their hand held technique than VR..........


Totally agree.





Feb 02, 2013 at 07:31 PM
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p.2 #14 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


I bought a Nikon 28mm f/1.8 last week and I really like the focal lenght, sharpness and weight of it, unfortunately the focus was very inconsistent.
Reading some reviews I found the lens suffer of a "focus shift " that makes focus unreliable at different apertures creating soft or out of focus images.
I am thinking to buy the Sigma 35mm but I really like the 28mm focal length.



Feb 03, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Gregg B.
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p.2 #15 · Which is a better wide for my D800e


Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 is probably the best you can get. I've been using this lens for a while now (plus 4 other Zeiss lenses) and this lens is just amazing. The resolution is unbelievable. The only other lens that matches resolution of it is Zeiss 100mm f/2.0. But don't get me wrong they are all awesome lenses, if you don't mind manual focusing.
I just got Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 macro for portrait and panorama shots etc.



Feb 03, 2013 at 06:26 PM
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