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Discouraged about Nikon FX lenses reviews

newbird

Neuville, near Quebec City, CA
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newbird Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006
Fri 03-Feb-12 02:03 AM

Hi,

I want to go FX for landscape photo (D800?) but I read so many mixed and bad reviews of FX lenses that I am kind of discouraged about IQ on FX...

From the many readings I've done in well-respected testing sites and in many forums, I presently conclude the following:

a) 14-24 = fantastic, except for flare, weight and cost of larger filters. Seems the only serious solution for WA on FX and no DX WA are as good as this one. However, I use ND filters a lot for landscape and I would have to spend over $1000 to match the SinghRay NDs I have.
b) 16-35 = not very good, not better than the best DX offerings
c) 24-70 = idem
d) 24-120 = worse than b and c

There seems to be variation between samples of b and of c.

I already have the following FX which are excellent on DX and FX: Nikon 70-200 VRII, Sigma 50 f/1.4, Sigma 150 f/2.8 macro, Nikon 500 f/4 VRII. I also have the Nikon 10.5 fisheye which can be modified to offer almost circular fisheye on FX.

So, my frustration is: if I spend a lot of money to go FX, will I really have a better lens than Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 for mid-range? Will I really have better lens than Sigma 10-20 first generation without going with the solution requiring an extra set of pricey ND filters ?

N.B. I print up to 13x19 and plan to buy a larger printer within 2-3 years. I sell landscape photos and will retire in 2 years and increase my photo business.

Thanks for your comments and advices, I need to have honest feedback about my logical or illogical fear

Yvan
Quebec Fine-Art Landscape Photographer
http://yvanbedardphotonature.com

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