I’ve read some of the comments stating pro glass is needed for the D800 but it’s still not clear to me what determines pro glass. Bottom line, I want to make sure my lenses compliment the D800E capabilities.
Currently shooting a D7000 with the glass shown below and I’ve been satisfied with the results. Like many, I’m purchasing the D800E because I want more (36mp detail) and have the intent to do some very large prints and want the shots to be as sharp and clear as possible. I welcome comments on each lens and whether or not these are a very good match with the D800E.
AF Nikkor 20mm 1:2.8 D AF Nikkor 35 - 70mm 1:2.8D AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 D AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8 AF Nikor 180mm 1:2.8 ED AF Nikkor 300mm 1:4 ED
I prefer to shoot prime lenses with the understanding these give a boost in clarity in many instances compared to a zoom. I primarily shoot landscape & macro and always use a tripod, hence I do not necessarily need to have the absolute fastest lens available. I’m considering purchasing one of the following lenses which cost approximately $2,000 and $1,700 respectively. Either of these would certainly be a premium cost compared to my current inventory.
Aside from the lens speed, would I realize a significant, noticeable upgrade in my photos compared to my current 20mm or 50mm? If these indeed offer a true advantage, I’m also curious how the 24mm and 35mm would match up against the PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED Manual Focus lens as a glass to glass comparison. I understand the PCE is completely different type of lens with it’s own unique advantages, but how would this lens match up in glass performance to the 24 and 35mm?