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02/12/2012 11:53:57 PM · #1
Having bought a Nikon D800E, I find myself wondering now what I'm going to do to fill out my lenses again.

I do have the Nikon 24-70 F2.8, the 28-300 VR, and the 70-200 F2.8 VRII. I guess the 50mm 1.8 might be a FX lens to.

What I will desperately need is to fill in wide angle again.

But I'm happy to also hear about ANY lens you love on the FX format. The 24-70 and 70-200 are a bit heavy and expensive and I probably won't be carrying those around much, just will use them for Theatre and studio shooting.

So share you favorites!

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02/12/2012 11:58:07 PM · #2
Neil you will be surprised how wide 24MM is on FX. I'm also surprised at the number of people who complain about the weight of the 24-70 and 70-200. I'm not superman by any stretch of the imagination. But these are light lenses. I even sold my 14-24 because I felt it was too wide. Although I'm not a landscape photographer like you.

Matt

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02/13/2012 12:03:35 AM · #3
I plan to upgrade from the D5100 (DX) to the D700 (FX) soon, so I will be looking at lenses for FX as well (I just realised the only non-kit lens I have is DX, so I will sell it with the D5100). I was recommended the Tokina 11-16 f2.8, which I think will be one of my first purchases. Reviews I have read seem to rate it better than slightly higher priced Nikon wide zoom lenses
02/13/2012 01:44:39 AM · #4
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02/13/2012 02:04:52 AM · #5
for cases when I need to go wide, I keep a 20mm f/2.8 Nikkor prime in my bag. Great lens, light and small, and does not break the bank.
02/13/2012 08:38:20 AM · #6
I have the D700, and when I need to go wide I also have the 20mm, Nikkor in my bag. Great lens, super light and not too expensive.
02/13/2012 10:52:10 AM · #7
Wide angle is the same place I saw a gap when I switched to FX. I (relatively) recently picked up the Sigma 20mm f/1.8 and have liked the image quality the few times I've played with it. And the price was great (got it used from Adorama). Need to take it out for a serious workout one of these days.
02/13/2012 11:16:21 AM · #8
Nikon 17-35 2.8, expensive, but nothing will beat it.

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02/13/2012 12:17:54 PM · #9
Originally posted by senor_kasper:

Nikon 17-35 2.8, expensive, but nothing will beat it.


After a lot of research and consideration, that also became my choice. The wider lens by Nikon (14-24?) doesn't allow for filters due to the protruding front element. Otherwise, I would have gone with that one. But the 17-35 on FF is plenty wide and I love it.

I am also on the same page with Matt as far as the 24-70 and the 70-200. I don't care about the weight and it doesn't bother me. I would carry lenses that weight twice as much as them if that was what it took to get the quality images that those lenses are capable of.

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02/13/2012 12:37:28 PM · #10
Originally posted by yakatme:

Originally posted by senor_kasper:

Nikon 17-35 2.8, expensive, but nothing will beat it.


After a lot of research and consideration, that also became my choice. The wider lens by Nikon (14-24?) doesn't allow for filters due to the protruding front element. Otherwise, I would have gone with that one. But the 17-35 on FF is plenty wide and I love it.

I am also on the same page with Matt as far as the 24-70 and the 70-200. I don't care about the weight and it doesn't bother me. I would carry lenses that weight twice as much as them if that was what it took to get the quality images that those lenses are capable of.


Well, I also have this lens, but have not given it a run for its money. Guess I am going to have to change that after reading these post!
02/13/2012 01:08:19 PM · #11
Originally posted by senor_kasper:

Nikon 17-35 2.8, expensive, but nothing will beat it.


Yup, my lens of choice for ultrawide. Awesome clarity, but it does distort significantly at the widest setting.
02/13/2012 04:13:40 PM · #12
You guys are expensive friends. :)
02/13/2012 09:02:46 PM · #13
If you're just worried about weight, I agree- one of the primes is a good idea. I got the 24. 2.8 just for that reason. Be aware that it isn't so nice when you really stop down, as diffraction becomes pretty significant past f16 I'd say. The 14-24 is gorgeous but is just as heavy and (as noted) doesn't allow front filters. I think it's pretty typical to expect a good deal of weight if you've got a constant 2.8 zoom (the lightest I've ever seen is the 28-75 from Tamron).
Another option- consider a grip. It balances things MUCH better for me, both with the 28-70 and 80-200.
02/13/2012 09:34:21 PM · #14
Originally posted by hmbutler:

I plan to upgrade from the D5100 (DX) to the D700 (FX) soon, so I will be looking at lenses for FX as well (I just realised the only non-kit lens I have is DX, so I will sell it with the D5100). I was recommended the Tokina 11-16 f2.8, which I think will be one of my first purchases. Reviews I have read seem to rate it better than slightly higher priced Nikon wide zoom lenses


Ignore my stupidity, that's a DX lens lol my mistake (thankfully I didn't purchase it yet!)
02/20/2012 02:28:31 PM · #15
I have the Nikkor 17-35 f/2.8 and it is a top shelf lens.
Just ordered the Nikkor 85 f/1.4 D. Should arrive today or tomorrow. Exceptional reviews.
Haven't decided on my FX body yet. The D400 is a possibility, but I'm really sold on the 24mp of the D3x.
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