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D600 - should I trade my DX lenses and my D300?

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"RE: D600 - should I trade my DX lenses and my D300?"

nrothschild Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Registered since 25th Jul 2004
Thu 08-Nov-12 12:52 PM

I don't want to see it. You already cost me a lens. My D700 is just fine.

My D700 is just fine. My D700 is just fine. My D700 is just fine...

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Speaking of that lens, and not to change the subject... it is occurring to me that the 16-35 and 70-200 make a very nice two lens kit, much better than 14-24 and 70-200 for example. I had a tough time picking between those 2 ultra-wides.

Just the way I see focal lengths... there is a huge gap between 24 and 70mm. It isn't just "a few steps back or forward"... 24mm is so wide on FX that I can't make 24mm do something else longer. But 35mm is so close to normal that, just sitting here and pondering things, I'm not sure what would compel me to always carry a 24-70, as I am so accustomed to doing now - it is just instinctive. I think 35mm is more like a few steps back to cover the 35-70 range (not 100% but close enough for "a light walk around kit", as light as things can go with a 70-200 in the mix.

And one of the reasons I held off so long on an ultra-wide is that then I am carrying 3 rather large and heavy zooms. Particularly if I went with the 14-24, which was the main option until recently. There would be a temptation to leave the ultra-wide home unless I had some pre-planned idea before leaving the house. But the 16-35 and 70-200 as a pair is very close to what i have now, even slightly easier to carry.

Another option would be to carry a fast 50 or some other small prime, not so much to cover the gap, but for the wide aperture capability. And a 50/1.8 for example, would fit in any pocket. Lots of variations on that theme - I suspect you'd be thinking 85/1.4 (and me too).

I mention this because you are wide/normal-less at the moment in a zoom. If I were you, and I were looking (down the road after fiscal recovery) to fill in the zoom set - to replace the 17-55 - I would consider things in this light. It may make sense to fill in the ends before the middle.

I'll have to see how I feel about giving up f2/8 - these things are never easy and there are always compromises, but I think I am going to try this and see how I feel about things in the real shooting world.

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Neil


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