New D700 came with a dangerous virus. It took several months of struggling with my manual lenses and poor eyesight but I broke down and bought an autofocus lens. Thats when the virus got me. NAS.
The lens is only a 24-120 and its the older VR model but wow talk about killer autofocus. I have to check to see if it actually focused its that fast. Now I want more and more.
Still have to stick to less expensive because I havent the income grade for the top of the line but my success with this used lens from KEH has me pouring over websites constanly in a search for other goodies.
One thing I cant figure out is I've never really used wide angle and certainly not wider than 24 but for some reason the siren song of the 17-35 just wont leave me alone. I'm not sure how I'd use it except to take goofy pictures of my long horns and the llamas big eyes, but its all I can think about. I cant even think about the after market brands, that NIkon lens pokes at me constantly.
Interesting comment. Though I have the best Nikon AF zoom lenses, I increasingly use MF lenses which work great on the D700 with LiveView. By the way - I have been free of the NAS virus for over four years, but I now suffer from ZAS, which is even more expensive to cure.
>Interesting comment. Though I have the best Nikon AF zoom >lenses, I increasingly use MF lenses which work great on the >D700 with LiveView. By the way - I have been free of the NAS >virus for over four years, but I now suffer from ZAS, which is >even more expensive to cure. Okay I'll bite ZAS?
Unfortunately my lifestyle doesnt include much time for tripods and live view Im always shooting on the spur of the moment. I have three big wants then maybe it will leave me alone. Doc says theres no shot for this virus LOL.
I know I am not being helpful but I really love my 17-35. If I didn't have one and was buying new I think I would opt for the new 16-35 f/4 since it has VR. I have been seeing used 17-35s for around $1000 for about seven years.
I think you have to feed a virus and starve a cold.
Karen my D700 was my 2nd Nikon DSLR, and I had a D200 before that (still do). I had moved from a Nikon F3HP and had never owned an AF lens. ALL of my lenses were old MF, and the MF lenses worked great with the D200 but it was hard to focus. the D700 without any changes was much better. I mostly use AF lenses now the 70-200 VR being my first purchase to replace an excellent 70-200 f/4 MF. I then bought a used 35-70 and for a long time IT was my most used lens. But I travel a lot so I bought a 16 mm f/2.8 and the 17-35 f/2.8 and then I bought an 85 mm f/1.4 and a 300 f/4 AFS to replace my old MF 300 mm f/4.5. I also bought a 200 mm f/4 Micro Nikkor to complement my 55 mm f/2.8 MF Micro Nikkor. I have stopped buying lenses. My NAS is dormant! The lenses I would love to own now are just too much money to spend on a hobby. I love the way my remaining MF and all my AF lenses work with my D700 which is now over 4 years old. It is as comfortable as an old shoe, and my travel kit now consists of the 17-35 and my 85mm with a 1.4 TC and once in awhile I take either the a 16mm or maybe my 70-200 instead depending on the trip and weight limits.
Actually Jim you are being helpful. Im glad to know you love the lens. $1200+ is the best price Ive seen used. I struggled with the tradeoff of VR or 2.8. The 2.8 won, that and the flare resistance Ive read about. I dont know I just find '7's lucky. Thanks for the input.
You warned of this before Anthony but I thought I could resist, be austere and all that with my manual lenses, but the only one I had any luck with was the 55micro.
I spent so much time trying to get focus I couldnt concentrate on composition or exposure. My eyes arent what they used to be and dear as the D700 is I do wish it had that focus screen in my old FM.
I broke down and picked up a 24-120 3.5 VR for $250 and instead of helping it broke my resistance to the bug. So far Ive had great results with the lens and as I said the auto focus is so fast I have to keep checking to see if it actually worked.
The D700 is probably the best DSLR I've ever used. My eyes also aren't what they used to be; consider a Katz-Eye focusing screen for it...just like the old FM screens. Here's the link: http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/
They're very nice people. I'm waiting for the screen for my D7100 to come out.
Welcome to the club! If you think AF lenses are addicting, wait until you get used to shooting with "Fast Glass". NAS will kick into overdrive. The 17-35mm is an outstanding lens. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
NAS kicked into overdrive for me last year. I bought my D700 early in the year and then the obsession to own the Holy Trinity kicked in. Was checking eBay and other websites almost on a daily basis to get the best price or to find the "As New" second hand lens. But the craving doesn't end, accessories abound for the D700 and there's always that extra gadget or necessary item I must have to complement my kit-hence my latest purchase the Closeup Flash Kit the Nikon R1!
Good luck with your decision on the the 17-35mm. I'm sure you won't regret it and it will help you achieve great results. Just to give you the heads up, it won't end with that lens There's no cure for NAS!