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The perfect D800 lenses

RRRoger

Monterey Bay, US
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"RE: The perfect D800 lenses"

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Sat 20-Apr-13 02:41 AM | edited Sat 20-Apr-13 02:42 PM by RRRoger

>This IS the "best" glass. It's just not the most
>expensive glass. The whole f/4 set is pro stuff with the usual
>gold rings. Check the reviews by reputable reviewers. In
>70-200 the f/2.8 edges out the f/4 in sharpness by a hair so
>small you'll never see the difference in any picture printed,
>projected, or displayed on an LCD monitor. The 16-35 actually
>is sharper than the 14-24 but has more (correctable)
>distortion at the short end. I've loved my 24-70 for years but
>I have to admit there's not much to choose between it and the
>new 24-120 f/4, and the 24-120 has VR. If you check you'll
>find Nasim Mansurov agrees with that assessment.
>
>The real question is whether or not you MUST have f/2.8 for
>very narrow DOF. If you must, you'll pay more of course, but
>you'll also wear yourself down if you try to carry it around.
>Nowadays, considering the ISO performance of current cameras,
>f/2.8 essentially is studio glass unless you're Joe McNally
>going out with trucks full of lights, gear, and assistants.
>
>If you want to brag about how much money you've got in lenses,
>go f/2.8. If you just want trustworthy gear and really fine
>photographs, don't be fooled by price differences; go f/4.
>
>Oh, and I had to come back, Roger, and point out that your
>lenses haven't gone up in "value." They've gone up
>in funny-money, dollar-denominated price. You have to take
>inflation into account.<Quote<<<


Perhaps it is the "best glass" for you.
I would prefer an f/2.8 version of an f/4.0 lens every time.
And that includes the 200-400 f/4, a truely Pro piece of glass.

My favorite lens is the 28-300, many would not consider it "Pro" glass.

And you do have a point about inflation, especially in relation to the price of a new comparable lens.
But except for a rare colectable or during a shortage,
used cameras have all gone down in price.

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