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Waiting on my D800E – do I need to upgrade lenses?

dkelly

CASTLE ROCK, US
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"Waiting on my D800E – do I need to upgrade lenses?"

dkelly Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Jul 2002
Tue 15-May-12 01:51 PM

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.

AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED Wide Angle Lens
AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Wide-Angle Lens

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?

Thanks!

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