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Patrick Cox
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


Hi,
Earlier this year I purchased a Nikon D600 and I am planning to finally get out and shoot some landscapes this fall. When I shot Canon, I was very happy with the 24-70 & 70-200 F4 as two lens kit. I also had a 17-40 F4 when I needed UWA but the borders were not the best on that lens. Along with the D600 I have a 28 1.8, 50 1.8 & 85 1.8 prime kit. My daughter is into dance and theatre so these lenses have been useful for that application. I will likely head out into the field this fall with these 3 lenses but I would also like an UWA lens. I know the 14-24 is supposed to be a great lens but I don't think I am ready to jump into that one at this point. So it looks like from there it is 16-35 F4G, 18-35 3.4-4.5G & 17-35 2.8D. I will be shooting small apertures from a tripod. So, any recommendations for which I should choose? I would also consider a manual focus prime like a Nikon D prime or another brand.

Finally, if I decide to pick up a normal zoom, is the 24-70 the hands down best for this application? I shot the Canon 24-105 for a period of time and while it had a nice range and good center sharpness, it didn't really compare to the Canon 24-70 (I only had V1.) Is the Nikon 24-70 vs the 24-120/24-85 the same story?

Sorry for the rambling. Thanks for recommendations from any landscape shooters. I will be printing up to 16"x24" prints.

Pat



Aug 12, 2013 at 02:02 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


I'm old school...LOVE my 17-35///Just sayin'
ken



Aug 12, 2013 at 02:16 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


For stopped down on a tripod I'd go with the 18-35, unless you really wabt the extra mm or two. I had the 14-24, and it is a fantastic lens, but stopped down on a tripod I just couldn't justify the cost vs. the Tamron 17-35 that I'm using now.

As for a mid-range zoom, I very happy with my old (non-VR) 24-85 AF-S. No doubt the 24-70 deserves its reputation, but it isn't as good at 50mm as my 50 f/1.8 and if I want the convenience of a zoom then I don't want the weight and cost of the pro lens.



Aug 12, 2013 at 02:42 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


Get the 16-35mm f/4
It's nanocoated, has vr, takes filters, is a pretty nice lens for the money.

If you don't like it you can sell it for a small loss. It's a "in demand" lens. It's not a lifetime decision if you want to go wider.



Aug 12, 2013 at 03:33 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


I would go as far to say the kit lens 24-85 is as sharp as the 24-105L. I was so sure of mine that I used it instead of renting a 24-70 2.8 for Yosemite, and I am pretty picky. And yes I have used the 24-105L.. used to shoot Canon for a long time.


Aug 12, 2013 at 04:24 AM
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I also shot Canon for a long time (17-40 & 70-200)and moved to the D600 this past winter. I am in a similar kit building situation to you, and I have the 50 and 85 as well. I have been researching a wide lens for months and I had settled on the Tokina 16-28 until the new 18-35G was released. Based on all the reviews I've seen, the 18-35 makes a great landscape lens and stopped down on a tripod it preforms as good or better than similar options. No, its not as good as he 14-24 but its a better match for the D600, I think. As far as mid-ranged zooms, I never liked using them. Since you already have 28-50-85 with excellent optical quality, I'd just get the kit lens for snapshots. I don't see the point of having the 24-70 and primes in the same range, seems like overkill. My kit will be 18-35, 50, and 85 until I eventually get the 70-200 f/4 VR. If I was you, I'd get the 18-35 and instead of the mid range zoom, just get the 70-200 f/4.
Paul



Aug 12, 2013 at 07:39 AM
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PeaktoPeek wrote:
I also shot Canon for a long time (17-40 & 70-200)and moved to the D600 this past winter. I am in a similar kit building situation to you, and I have the 50 and 85 as well. I have been researching a wide lens for months and I had settled on the Tokina 16-28 until the new 18-35G was released. Based on all the reviews I've seen, the 18-35 makes a great landscape lens and stopped down on a tripod it preforms as good or better than similar options. No, its not as good as he 14-24 but its a
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Thanks for your suggestion. I looked on DxOMark website and the 18-35 is very highly rated. I like the idea that it is somewhat compact and since I don't need VR, that lens probably makes the most sense considering all factors. I think it is also a good suggestion to pair that lens with my 50/85 or even the 50 / 70-200.

Thanks again!



Aug 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


I just received (two days ago) my d800e along with the 24-70 2.8. I highly recommend this lens. Yes, it is a little big, but no more so than the Canon 24-104. Image quality is excellent. This is my first "fast" standard zoom and I really like the viewfinder image and the more limited DOF at 2.8. When I stopped it down to f8, it got much better with excellent sharpness. This will be my "go to" landscape zoom, for sure.

I plan to add the 70-200 VR to complete my landscape kit. Will save up for a 14-24 eventually, but if I wanted a good ultra-wide for reasonable cost, I would pick up a Nikon 20mm 2.8.



Aug 12, 2013 at 01:15 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


go with the 16-35 VR and the 70-200 VR and your ready to shoot.


Aug 12, 2013 at 02:10 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


If you prefer zooms the 70-200mm f4 VR is incredible. It's sharp from corner to corner and much easier to tote around than an f2.8 version.

The 24-70 plays fairly well on high res bodies.

The 16-35 is great if you don't shoot long exposures. if you do you run the chance of getting a copy that produces a pink/magenta color cast on the right and lower portions of your image during those long exposures. Before you all flame me mine is in for service now with the issue. The loaner i received from NPS produces the exact same color cast over part of the image. I wished i had sprung for the 14-24mm instead.

I also hear the new 18-35mm is winner too.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


dale keith wrote:
go with the 16-35 VR and the 70-200 VR and your ready to shoot.


Hi,

Why do you recommend the 16-35 over the 18-35 for me?

Thanks,
Pat



Aug 12, 2013 at 05:46 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


I did a LOT of research when I went looking for a super-wide for my D800. For my shooting that often needs a Polarizing filter...the 16-35 won out. I will eventually get the 14-24 as well....but I couldn't be happier with the 16-35.

A few examples:


















And one from the 24-70 (my other favorite landscape lens).






Roman




Aug 12, 2013 at 07:42 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


Hot Dawg, Roman, those are some fine shots! I really like that first one. It almost makes me want to buy a print from you.

Thanks for posting these samples and your opinion of the 16-35. Good stuff.

Kerry



Aug 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


For my D600 I have moved from the 17-35AFS to the18-35G and it plays nice, also as you are probably going to be stopped down for a lot of landscapes, at F8 any beyond a lot of these lenses will be on par.


Aug 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


Kerry Pierce wrote:
Hot Dawg, Roman, those are some fine shots! I really like that first one. It almost makes me want to buy a print from you.

Thanks for posting these samples and your opinion of the 16-35. Good stuff.

Kerry


Well you know where I live if you ever do want to purchase a print.

Thanks!!!
Roman



Aug 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


14-24 2.8
24-120 VR
70-200 flavor of your choice



Aug 19, 2013 at 03:34 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


I did my research, could have afforded any one of them I wanted, went with the 16-35 and glad I did


Aug 21, 2013 at 02:16 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


What will an f2.8 lens do for you, shooting landscapes? It will be heavier, bulkier to carry and you will most likely shoot it at f8 anyway. It's also more cash tied up that could be put towards travel to interesting locations.


Kent in SD



Aug 21, 2013 at 03:10 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


go with the 16-35 VR and the 70-200 VR and your ready to shoot.

+1



Aug 21, 2013 at 03:26 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Nikon Landscape Kit - Former Canon Shooter


I have a 16-35 F4, 24-70 2.8, and a 70-200 F4. This will cover almost any landscape work you'll run into. I wish Nikon would come out with a 24-70 F4. This would save alot of weight and money. I never use 2.8 when I shoot scenics, so why pay the extra money for an extra stop I'll never use. But the 24-70 is an AWESOME lens !!!!! One of my favorites. Happy shooting !!!


Aug 21, 2013 at 03:39 AM
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