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Dream lenses for D700?

piowoc

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piowoc Registered since 06th Aug 2007
Wed 01-Oct-08 07:19 PM

Hi,

let's dream for a moment and create a list of the most desirable/best performing lenses for D700 available on the market today, regardless of their cost. What lenses would you like to use with your D700 is money wasn't an issue at all and your ultimate goal was to get the best image quality possible?

Actually, let's create another list, having in mind the economical aspect of our choices as well.

My proposals for the "performance list" would be:
Nikon 70-200mm VR
Nikon 24-70mm
Nikon 14-24mm

One proposal for the "economical list":
Tokina AT-X Pro D 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Regards,
Peter

husky fan

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#1. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

husky fan Registered since 16th Jan 2008
Fri 29-Aug-08 02:19 PM

hmm, i own a 70-200 and a 24-70, but i just reacquainted myself with the 50mm 1.4. That would be my dream lens for the D700. It is what is staying on my camera habitually, at least right now.

piowoc

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#2. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 1

piowoc Registered since 06th Aug 2007
Fri 29-Aug-08 02:49 PM

>hmm, i own a 70-200 and a 24-70, but i just reacquainted
>myself with the 50mm 1.4. That would be my dream lens for the
>D700. It is what is staying on my camera habitually, at least
>right now.
>

You are right. I forgot to put it on the list. I also admire 50mm f/1.4
So, the updated "dream list" looks like this:
Nikon 70-200mm VR
Nikon 24-70mm
Nikon 14-24mm
Nikon 50mm f/1.4

More proposals? Should we add 85mm f/1.4?

Regards,
Peter

heus

NL
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#3. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 2

heus Registered since 29th Aug 2008
Fri 29-Aug-08 08:56 PM | edited Fri 29-Aug-08 08:59 PM by heus

I was wondering the same thing. Is adding a 85 f/1.4 or f/1.8 worth it when you already have the 70-200 there. Is the bokeh that much better? Does the smaller size of the lens makes your model more at ease?

Well on my way of owning your dream list by the way...

I would also add the 200-400mm f/4.0 and an updated version of the 70-200mm f/2.8 optimized for FX.

cfeather

Kingsville, US
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#4. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 3

cfeather Registered since 23rd Dec 2005
Sat 30-Aug-08 12:13 AM

28 f/2 and 105 f/2.5, AIS, even if they are old lenses.

I hope the 35 f/2 shines on this body. Have not had a chance to try it yet.

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jgould2

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#5. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

jgould2 Gold Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 13th Oct 2007
Sat 30-Aug-08 12:35 AM

Hi Peter.

Of the lenses I own, I have been using the most on my D700 so far:

17-35 f/2.8 AFS
28-70 f/2.8 AFS
70-200 f/2.8 AFS
200-400 f/4 AFS
35 f/2 AFD
50 f/1.4 AFD
85 f/1.4 AFD

I tried a little birding with the 200-400 + tc-17e. Caught some bif and the length is about comparable to using the D2x with just the 200-400.

JIM

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#6. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 5

Quantum Man Registered since 14th Apr 2008
Sat 30-Aug-08 01:02 AM

28 f/1.4
50 f/1.4
85 f/1.4
200 f/2
14-24 f/2.8
24-70 f/2.8
70-200 f/2.8

Would be my list.


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jmaks2

NL
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#7. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 1

jmaks2 Registered since 30th Aug 2008
Sat 30-Aug-08 06:02 AM


35mm 1.4
85mm 1.4
180mm 2.8

but i'm missing something before the 35mm, any suggestions?

hades

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#8. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 6

hades Registered since 14th Oct 2007
Sat 30-Aug-08 12:06 PM

Almost perfect set, but I'd drop the 70-200 VR for the older 80-200 f/2.8D lens.

Luis

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piowoc

St. Louis, US
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#9. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 8

piowoc Registered since 06th Aug 2007
Sat 30-Aug-08 12:56 PM

Hi,

it's pretty interesting to see the importance of prime lenses in all the responses.
How would you estimate the percentage of time when you use primes and not zooms? Is it above 50%? Did it evolve over the time you spent shooting? If so, which way?

I bought 24-70mm zoom yesterday and after quick testing I realized that there is only a little more it can offer in comparison to my 50mm f/1.4,
so I decided to return it and invest this money in 85mm f/1.4 and/or 14-24mm, which as everybody agrees are incomparable to anything else.

Regards,
Peter

narc

UK
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#10. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 8

narc Registered since 07th Aug 2008
Sat 30-Aug-08 01:30 PM

>Almost perfect set, but I'd drop the 70-200 VR for the older
>80-200 f/2.8D lens.
>
>Luis

narc

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#11. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 10

narc Registered since 07th Aug 2008
Sat 30-Aug-08 01:31 PM | edited Sun 31-Aug-08 07:46 AM by narc

>>Almost perfect set, but I'd drop the 70-200 VR for the
>older
>>80-200 f/2.8D lens.
>>
>>Luis

Agreed. I'd probably add the 105mm f/2 DC to the list also.

I wish Nikon would make an AF 35mm f/1.4

flisom

Kingsland, US
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#12. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 6

flisom Registered since 19th Jul 2008
Sat 30-Aug-08 04:30 PM

I like your list, but I would probably drop the 200 f2. I'm not sure I would use it that much if I had the 70-200 f2.8.


Fred Isom

dgh3

Syracuse, US
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#13. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 12

dgh3 Registered since 29th Jan 2007
Sat 30-Aug-08 10:03 PM

Pretty soon we're going to be listing all the current production, and a few older, full frame Nikon lenses. But, for me, a full frame is especially important for the lenses where it makes the most difference.

So, I'd suggest the 135 f/2 DC. This lens is pretty tough to use for its intended purpose of portraiture on an smaller sensor. The 105 AIS and DC are not optimal on small sensors either, but the 135 is more disadvantaged. So, I'd really like to see it being more useful as I very much like the images it produces.

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armg

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#14. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

armg Registered since 31st Aug 2008
Sun 31-Aug-08 06:17 AM

I would add Micro-Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR or 60mm 2.8... is a must to have one of these...


FreddyNoel

Blakeney, UK
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#15. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 14

FreddyNoel Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Apr 2008
Sun 31-Aug-08 05:22 PM


I sold most of my previous gears to go for the D700 with the following lenses:
AF-S 24-70 F2.8G ED
AF-S 60mm F2.8
Sigma AF 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG AHP ASM (getting it tomorrow) No budget for the 12-24 Nikon.

I already owned the 80-200 f2.8
I sold the previous 60mm 2.8 D and I now wish I had kept it. Big mistake as I have not got the same results with the new one.

I was planning to sell the 80-200 to get the 70-200 VR. Glad I did not do it.

Wish List (in my dreams) Nikon 200 - 400 F4 VR lens... Please Santa, hear me!

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bcm75

Northbrook, US
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#16. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

bcm75 Basic Member
Mon 01-Sep-08 03:31 AM

85mm f/1.2 VR. I'd pay $2000 for it.

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Pugzilla

Boca Raton, US
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#17. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

Pugzilla Registered since 05th Aug 2008
Mon 01-Sep-08 02:29 PM

Primes? 28mm f/1.4*
50mm f/1.4*
85mm f/1.4
105mm f/2.8 micro* (? of the two existing)
300mm f/2.8

Zooms? 14-24 f/2.8
24-70 f/2.8*
70-200 f/2.8VR*

* = I own.


Walter

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cliveg

Sydney, AU
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#18. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 17

cliveg Registered since 19th Dec 2006
Tue 02-Sep-08 10:20 PM

I just invested in the 17-35 F2.8 and am a very happy camper. I used to love the 12-24 DX on my D200 but to my joy I find out that 17mm on FX is even wider!
At 35mm it's almost normal,
flick from FX to DX sensor size for snap shots and you get another working zoom range.
Along with a 50mm & 85mm 1.8's and a 70-200 F2.8 I feel complete!

KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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#19. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Thu 04-Sep-08 04:30 AM | edited Thu 04-Sep-08 04:32 AM by KnightPhoto

One or more of the 3 new super telephotos 400/500/600 VR.
Since this is for FX then you need the 600 correct? Especially if your list includes the 200-400, then 600 is the next logical jump.

And all kits need a fisheye, so you'll need the 16mm too! Come to think of it the Sigma 12-24 is unique in offering 12 and 13mm on FX.

Now you have from 12 to 600mm well covered!

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MarkF

Northern Virginia area, US
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#20. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 19

MarkF Registered since 20th Dec 2005
Thu 04-Sep-08 02:58 PM

I have the 24-70, and the 70-200.

I would like Nikon to fix the 24-120 as an f4 VR-II, and greatly improve the optical quality.

The 24-70 is razor sharp, but it does not have VR, and for vacations with only one lens I would prefer some more reach.

Sometimes I need to get wider than 24mm, but want a lens that can take filters. So how about an 18mm f4?

Moving from DX to FX, 200mm is not enough for wildlife, so since I cannot afford the excellent 200-400, I would wish for an updated 80-400 AFS. I do like some overlap, but the lens does not need to get way down to 80mm, so Nikon could make it a 100 or 120, then open it to F4 (we are dreaming here).

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sambo700

AU
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#21. "mah $0.02" | In response to Reply # 5

sambo700 Registered since 10th Aug 2008
Thu 04-Sep-08 11:38 PM

my $0.02..

i already have the following glass: all @ f2.8: 20-35, 80-200D (not the swm one), 35-70 and mah brand new 105 VR micro (this last one is an amazing piece of glass, at least as sharp as my beloved old 105 f2.5).

next purchase will be a 200 f2.0 and a 50 f1.4. i'd love a 400 2.8 or a 600 f4, but those will have to wait until my photo business can justify them.

Chris P

Reading, UK
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#22. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 20

Chris P Registered since 03rd Apr 2007
Fri 05-Sep-08 06:53 AM

Since we are talking dream lenses, the two I would like to see, but don't think we ever will, to go with my D700 would be these.

28-80 f4 (FX version of 17-55 DX) and 80-200 f4 VR, both built to the same standard as the 17-55 DX, having a common filter size and more compact bodies than the 24-70 and 70-200 f2.8's.

Chris P

youngman

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#23. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 9

youngman Registered since 09th Mar 2008
Mon 08-Sep-08 01:20 PM

Hi Peter

I have the 24-70mm on my list and had nearly bought it over the week-end. What is the little more it can do compared with the 50mm f/1.4 which I am the happy owner of.

ndillonlee1

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#24. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

ndillonlee1 Registered since 19th Aug 2008
Mon 08-Sep-08 04:20 PM

okay...so if we are dreaming....I would love for Nikon to come out with a 20-300 f/2.8-4 macro with VR and it would cost under $1000.....it would be the perfect walk around lens...

I love my primes and my 70-200....but sometimes I just want to carry a single lens....I doubt my dream lens will be a reality any time in the near future....but since we are dreaming.....

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flisom

Kingsland, US
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#25. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 14

flisom Registered since 19th Jul 2008
Tue 09-Sep-08 01:00 AM

I want to purchase a micro and have been trying to decide between the 105 and the 60mm. What is the main difference between the two lenses from a micro perspective?

Fred

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#26. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 24

fstop808 Registered since 30th Dec 2006
Mon 15-Sep-08 06:33 AM

Price and size no object?

8mm-1000mm f/0.9 VRII zoom, with 10:1 macro of course.

Alche

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#27. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

Alche Registered since 15th Sep 2008
Mon 15-Sep-08 09:50 PM

If it is dream lens it is a dream. So for my purposes I would like to see something ideal for my main area of activity: 28 - 105 mm / f2.0 zoom of the optical quality of 14-24 mm/f2.8. If it had VR system, even better. Fast and quiet focus is also assumed. And if it was not bigger and heavier than my 85 mm/f1.4 ... That would be my dream lens.

In real life not dreaming I do this:

At the moment I like to carry 16mm/f2.8, 20 mm/f2.8, 24-70mm/f2.8.
I probably would like to add 180 mm/f2.8 into the travel bag in future.

For special events however I think I would use D3 + 24-70mm/f2.8 + 85mm//f1.4 (for events in exterior or larger areas than ordinary room the last one would be replaced by 70-200mm/f2.8 AF-S VR).

Alche

freddyh

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#28. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 9

freddyh Registered since 11th Nov 2006
Tue 16-Sep-08 11:59 AM | edited Tue 16-Sep-08 12:05 PM by freddyh

>it's pretty interesting to see the importance of prime lenses
>in all the responses.
>How would you estimate the percentage of time when you use
>primes and not zooms? Is it above 50%?

I'd say its near 95% for me. The only zoom I use on my D3 is the 70-200, which I only use for certain shots/sessions.

The lenses that are mostly on my camera are:
- 10.5 f/2.8 DX fisheye
- 24 f/2.8
- 35 f/2
- 50 f/1.4
- 85 f/1.8

> Did it evolve over the
>time you spent shooting? If so, which way?

These lenses are nice and small, which makes people a lot more comfortable when shooting close to them. Next to that, they are fast (i.e. have a large aperture) which is quite nice in darker venues and they are beautifully sharp.

Did it evolve? Yes, when I shot mainly D200s I had to use primes as that was the only way to get enough light in your camera. I used all primes (plus the Siggy 30 f/1.4 I had then) wide open all the time. In those days I learned to appreciate the image quality and light weight of those lenses. And I learned that a zoom makes you shoot slower rather than faster (as you are very inclined to zoom to the correct focal length before shooting).

My next lens will be the 105 VR macro lens. That's a beautifully sharp portrait lens. And the prime updates Nikon brings at Photokina will follow shortly.

The reason I am not interested in the 14-24 and 24-70 is because they are too large. With those lenses I tend to shoot people within a yard/meter range. That often makes people uneasy.

All in all, my ideal list would be:
- 15/16mm f/2.8 fisheye
- 24 f/1.4
- 35 f/1.4
- 50 f/1.4
- 85 f/1.4
- 105 f/2.8 macro
- 70-200 f/2.8 VR
All these lenses should be AFS and 50mm+ lenses should have VR. All should be decently coated to the latest standards.

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freddyh

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#29. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 25

freddyh Registered since 11th Nov 2006
Tue 16-Sep-08 12:01 PM | edited Tue 16-Sep-08 12:03 PM by freddyh

>I want to purchase a micro and have been trying to decide
>between the 105 and the 60mm. What is the main difference
>between the two lenses from a micro perspective?

Working distance.

The 60mm will give you barely an inch working distance at 1:1, the 105mm will give you 3-4 inches. That's a huge difference.

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#30. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 27

tzakiel Registered since 03rd Nov 2006
Tue 16-Sep-08 03:30 PM

D700 Dream travel/walkaround lens:

24-250 f/4 with great optics and VRII




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#31. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 26

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Tue 16-Sep-08 07:41 PM

...and it would need to fold up small enough to fit in my wallet.

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flisom

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#32. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 29

flisom Registered since 19th Jul 2008
Fri 19-Sep-08 08:56 AM

>>I want to purchase a micro and have been trying to
>decide
>>between the 105 and the 60mm. What is the main
>difference
>>between the two lenses from a micro perspective?
>
>Working distance.
>
>The 60mm will give you barely an inch working distance at 1:1,
>the 105mm will give you 3-4 inches. That's a huge difference.

Thanks. I purchased the 105. I like the extra working distance.


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lopezzito

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#33. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 30

lopezzito Registered since 24th Aug 2007
Mon 22-Sep-08 03:16 PM

50mm f/1.4 no longer a dream, but a reality.

c_fraser_hopewell

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#34. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 33

c_fraser_hopewell Registered since 18th Jan 2003
Thu 25-Sep-08 07:59 AM | edited Thu 25-Sep-08 08:13 AM by c_fraser_hopewell

I wish Nikon would update the 50mm f1.4 with AFS and a proper damned lens hood!

Bring back the 28 f1.4 too, while you're at it.

Can you tell I have a friend who is a Canon shooter, whose primes I'm jealous of?!

Edited to add:

Must read Nikon press releases (and Nikkor forum) before opening mouth!

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#36. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

Jalopy Bob Registered since 27th Sep 2008
Sat 27-Sep-08 01:54 PM

The 14-24 looks great, but the lens that I would like the most is to have my old Nikkor 7.5/5.6 Fisheye back and be able to use it.

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#37. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 36

sduford Basic Member
Sat 27-Sep-08 02:03 PM

I already have the 14-24mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 and those are both dream lenses, absolutely wonderful.

My 70-300mm VR however is rather disappointing on the D700. And I don't find the 70-200mm f/2.8 long enough or the 80-400mm good enough and fast enough. So my dream lens right now would be a 100-400mm f/4 AF-S VR-II with image quality in the same league as the 24-70mm.

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#38. "Me Too" | In response to Reply # 24

JeffR Registered since 06th Feb 2008
Mon 29-Sep-08 11:22 AM

I would buy an f/2.8-4 20-300 walk around, vacation lens in an instant, even at more than $1,000. Jeff

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#39. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 37

timberline12k Registered since 10th Sep 2008
Mon 29-Sep-08 02:38 PM | edited Mon 29-Sep-08 02:39 PM by timberline12k

I should receive my D700 today in the mail and have selected 3 lenses.

AFS 17-35mm f/2.8 (purchased with D700)
AFS 50mm f/1.4 (on order)
AFS 105mm micro f/2.8 (just received)

It will be interesting which lens will get the most use over the next year.

Any guesses?

cen2k

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#40. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 39

cen2k Registered since 30th Sep 2008
Tue 30-Sep-08 09:12 AM

>I should receive my D700 today in the mail and have selected
>3 lenses.
>
>AFS 17-35mm f/2.8 (purchased with D700)
>AFS 50mm f/1.4 (on order)
>AFS 105mm micro f/2.8 (just received)
>
>It will be interesting which lens will get the most use over
>the next year.
>
>Any guesses?
>
>
Hi I'm new here, so far I'm using the 50mm so much in low light... its so much fun so my guess will be the 50mm

1995m

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#41. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 40

1995m Registered since 16th Sep 2006
Tue 30-Sep-08 04:24 PM

An update to the 70-200mm and if possible, Nikon engineers, please pare it's weight and size.

timberline12k

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#42. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 41

timberline12k Registered since 10th Sep 2008
Tue 30-Sep-08 05:30 PM

What if you just had the 3 lenses above? My budget limited me to 3 lenses and I like to photograph landscapes, nature, sunsets/sunrises, people, faces, my kids sports, and architecture most of the time. I selected these 3 based on the following:

17-35mm: Wide angle zoom, heavy but broad wide angle range.
50mm: Lightweight, unassuming (won't draw as much attention), low light, standard perspective
105mm micro: Macro and portrait

I avoided the 14-24 because of the unprotected front element. The 24-70mm seemed heavy, and I thought I could get similar shots with the 50mm by taking a few steps forward or backward. Most the other zooms with f/2.8 seemed large and special purpose.

Iceman15613

Apollo, US
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#43. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 2

Iceman15613 Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Oct 2005
Wed 01-Oct-08 04:15 PM

I have a 50 1.4 and an 85 1.4, in the end I have not really been able to a reason to bother with the 50 if you have the 85.

RoFus

Luxembourg, LU
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#44. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 7

RoFus Silver Member Nikonian since 14th Nov 2004
Wed 01-Oct-08 05:11 PM

28mm 1.4

sabesh

Mississauga, CA
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#45. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 37

sabesh Registered since 27th Jan 2007
Wed 01-Oct-08 08:52 PM

>I already have the 14-24mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 and those
>are both dream lenses, absolutely wonderful.
>
>My 70-300mm VR however is rather disappointing on the D700.
>And I don't find the 70-200mm f/2.8 long enough or the
>80-400mm good enough and fast enough. So my dream lens right
>now would be a 100-400mm f/4 AF-S VR-II with image quality in
>the same league as the 24-70mm.

Wow, almost my thoughts too. I have the Canon 70-200/2.8-IS and prefer it over the Nikon version. But I'm really enjoying the 14-24mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses. A 100-400mm f/4 AF-S VR-II with image quality in the same league as the 24-70mm would be the ultimate tele zoom!

Drbee

Naperville, US
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#46. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

Drbee Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004
Thu 02-Oct-08 12:09 AM

Hi all,

Q: 35-70mm f/2.8 AF maybe not your dream? Just my reality.

I'm joining a bit late, but I'm trying to make up my mind on a new camera and I just read Thom's D700 review. I have low-light interests that make the D700 a best choice, but the price difference is still a real barrier for me. btw: I've read his review and this forum again and again looking for info.

I don't see mentioned the venerable 35-70mm f/2.8 AF lens on the D700. I still have my F6 and favorite lenses (24mm f/2.8 AFD, 35mm f/2 AFD, 50mm f/1.4 AFD, 20mm f/3.5 AIS, 105mm f/2.5 AIS plus 70-200mm f/2.8 AFS VR and my DX lenses for D200).

While I'd like to add the 24-70mm f/2.8 AFS as soon as possible if I go FX/D700 the body plus lens is a big financial step for me right now.

If users have good luck with the 35-70mm f/2.8 AF on the D700 body, it might help me stem the tide a bit and actually allow me to consider this body over the D300.

Best Regards,

Roger
It is still ISO, aperture and shutter speed, right?

gwelland

Vancouver, US
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#47. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

gwelland Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Apr 2003
Thu 02-Oct-08 03:11 AM

I've found that the D700 makes for a great travel outfit. I typically travel with the following:

D700 + SB900
Zeiss ZF 18/3.5
Zeiss ZF 25/2.8
Zeiss ZF 35/2
Zeiss ZF 50/2 Macro
Nikon 70-300 VR

I'm a big fan of manual focus primes (obviously!). If I go AF then outfit is either:

D700 + SB900
14-24/2.8
24-70/2.8
70-300 VR

or:

D700 + SB900
Nikon 35/2
Nikon 50/1.4
Nikon 70-300 VR

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Graham

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Nikmonster

UK
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#48. "RE: Dream lenses for D700?" | In response to Reply # 26

Nikmonster Registered since 26th Sep 2008
Thu 02-Oct-08 05:15 PM

And less than 500 grams
with helium implanted in the optics cavity to make it virtually weightless ...........

sambo700

AU
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#49. "RE: mah $0.02" | In response to Reply # 21

sambo700 Registered since 10th Aug 2008
Fri 03-Oct-08 12:11 AM

>my $0.02..
>
>i already have the following glass: all @ f2.8: 20-35, 80-200D
>(not the swm one), 35-70 and mah brand new 105 VR micro (this
>last one is an amazing piece of glass, at least as sharp as my
>beloved old 105 f2.5).
>
>next purchase will be a 200 f2.0 and a 50 f1.4. i'd love a 400
>2.8 or a 600 f4, but those will have to wait until my photo
>business can justify them.

muwahahaha!

just got a 400 f2.8 AFS-II second hand in BEWDIFULLLLL condition for fairly cheap.

<3

G