Sat 22-Jun-13 12:21 AM | edited Sat 22-Jun-13 01:17 AM by ajdooley
Haydn -- You precipitated an interesting discussion here. First, can I assume you are referring to the recent review in Digital SLR Photography? I recently subscribed over here in "the colonies" where we have no photo magazines that are close to comparable.
I had pretty much settled my lens buying with my pair of D700s. I will say, while the D700 came pretty close to being what I term "lens limited", I think the D800 has moved past that. Either body can provide better results than any 35mm film -- I believe, especially when you consider there were no films as fast as the ISO capability of either camera. That said, the best glass gives the best results. But the results that derive from just about any lens are superb. There is more than pixels -- elements such as ability to preserve data in both highlights and shadows, and very importantly, post processing is a critical element. Add holding the camera still and accurate focus. And notice that none of the factors that make the D800 a super camera mention lenses. Where am I going? As has been said, unless you are printing 24x36" or blowing images up to 100 percent for people to view, just about any lens is going to give you superb results -- and they don't have to all be Nikon lenses either.
You have your D800. Enjoy it, add a lens at a time as you feel the critical need. Fit the lens to your subjects. I like the idea of renting or borrowing a lens to see if it meets your needs. And don't ignore used copies. Some people who just have to have the latest part with superb glass prematurely -- to your great benefit. Example -- the 35-70mm Nikkor f2.8 is a superbly sharp and mechanically robust lens zoom lens. An aging 105 f2.8 AF-D is also a superb macro lens. In the end, you will be choosing your composition, learning your subjects and making photos to please yourself. All that is more important than the lens you use. So don't be trapped into thinking nothing other than one of the 16 will work. Many others will, and will do so very nicely indeed.