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Kell
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 28-300 VR for only D700 lens?


could use some opinions please...seriously considering downsizing my lens fleet because I just don't use them all enough since I bought a Sony RX100. But I do want to keep my dslr and use it more. I 'm a hobbyist/enthusiast who shoots a wide variety of things; outdoor sports, landscape, close ups, portraits, etc.

I would sell my 70-200 2.8 VRII, 16-35 F4VR and 105 2.8.

I would keep my 50 1.8D for obvious reasons, cost next to nothing and can always find a use for it, along with my SB600 and tripod.

I know this choice would be a compromise especially after having top notch lenses, and there's really no such thing as one size fits all. But for simplicity, weight and $$$ savings I think I might be happier and use it more.

Is the IQ and overall experience with the 28-300 a positive one? Would it accomplish more than satisfactory results for my stated shooting interests?

I'm sure plenty of others have gone through this thought process and get tired of schlepping around too much gear, switching lenses and just end up letting stuff sit cuz' it's either too heavy, and blah blah blah, you know the drill. Just an important decision I don't want to regret because I'll never likely be able/willing to go back.

Been considering this for awhile and what prompted this post is that I just came back from a vacation where I took everything and used it out of guilt and was hell bent on trying to feel like I need to be getting some value out of my gear.

Thanks!



Jun 14, 2013 at 06:44 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 28-300 VR for only D700 lens?


A D700 and 28-300 will still take excellent pictures... if size/weight/money tied up in your glass has you itching for something lighter, and you don't need the super-shallow depth of focus your 70-200/2.8 affords you, and you don't use the macro capabilities of your 105/2.8, and you have no need for ultra-wide angle shots from your 16-35, go for it.

If on the other hand, you need the capabilities that the pro lenses in you bag afford you over the 28-300, then a kit sell-off would be a mistake. It really depends on what you shoot, under what conditions, and if you could see yourself being satisfied with a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none 28-300.

For me, if I were looking to save on size/weight and go with a do-it-all zoom lens, I'd go back to Micro 4/3, get a Panasonic 14-140mm and a decent Micro 4/3 body like a GH2 or OM-D and call it a day. I just sold that kit and re-bought a D700 to do pro-level work again though... so would I go for a 28-300? Nope. I'd shoot with the pro kit, and be selective of the lenses I bring with me on a trip. Good luck in your decision.



Jun 14, 2013 at 07:08 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 28-300 VR for only D700 lens?


I have a D700 and a RX100. Two thoughts:

1. Vacation photography - I spent three weeks in Asia with D700+16-35, 28-75, and 70-300. Two words: Never again. My current travel kit is D700 + 24-120/VR, and I am much happier.

2. Only you can decide if the end results would be satisfactory. I like switching lenses so no, it wouldn't work for me.

Happy Shooting,
Edmund



Jun 14, 2013 at 09:21 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 28-300 VR for only D700 lens?


The day WILL come (65) I can't haul all the pro gear I do now...but as the saying goes (if you care about
the very best IQ) crap on = crap out. I'd lose a leg before lettin' go of the 70-200 f2.8 just sayin'
I'm NOT a hobbyist, so take my comments with a beer or two photos are my life blood.



Jun 14, 2013 at 09:25 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 28-300 VR for only D700 lens?


great, thanks a bunch...think I'll stay put..I believe I'll regret not having the best after using the best and knowing what it produces...guess it's just mental and laziness...like you said TM, the day will come but I have no excuse now not to enjoy it while I can...now, I need to go do push ups and eat Wheaties because the Washougal National Motocross is coming in July and it's usually close to triple digit temps and I have to carry my 70-200 2.8 all day up and down hills..but hey, it's the right tool for the job


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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 28-300 VR for only D700 lens?


The 28-300VR is definitely not the perfect lens for all applications, but it is still my favorite even for assignments just to get nice quick shots. I am using it all the time. On the other hand I always work with several bodies and carry the classic quadrilogy 14-24 24-70 70-200 200-400 and i wouldn't drop any of them either... When I am travelling, the 28-300VR is very often my one lens does it all choice.

Guy



Jun 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 28-300 VR for only D700 lens?


makes me not feel so bad hearing how much equipment others use..must say the RX100 is nice to own, allot of my trips are on my Harley and it's nice to have something of quality to throw in the saddle bag


Jun 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 28-300 VR for only D700 lens?


Kell wrote:
great, thanks a bunch...think I'll stay put..I believe I'll regret not having the best after using the best and knowing what it produces...guess it's just mental and laziness...like you said TM, the day will come but I have no excuse now not to enjoy it while I can...now, I need to go do push ups and eat Wheaties because the Washougal National Motocross is coming in July and it's usually close to triple digit temps and I have to carry my 70-200 2.8 all day up and down hills..but hey, it's the right tool for the job

Yessir, and here's the thing....
every time I've 'settled' on a lens choice (albeit for convenience/weight) I've regretted it. For example, knowing I was
gonna be around 200mm +/- I'd opt for the 70-300 over the 70-200 f2.8 or even worse the 70-200 over the
200 f2 Regrets, always with the regrets...you get a great op and it's a keeper, but in the back of your mind
you KNOW it could have been better. Hate when that happens.



Jun 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 28-300 VR for only D700 lens?


What results do you want. It will do great 13*19 prints anywhere and 16*20s most of the time that are very nice, but not as nice a a great prime. If you are posting on line and making smaller prints you will be very happy with the lens, but very sad if you need the lenses you are talking of selling for something later. Tough gear call. Your needs for finished stuff should help determine your needs.


Jun 16, 2013 at 02:39 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 28-300 VR for only D700 lens?


If I had a D700 (I had a D3) and could only have one lens
it would be the 28-300.
I have two and one or both are on the D600 or D800 all the time.

Lucky for me, I also have a 14-24, 28-70, 70-200, AF-S 80-200, and 80-400



Jun 17, 2013 at 02:14 PM





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