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First landscape lens for D700?

stray_note

UK
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stray_note Registered since 29th Jun 2012
Fri 13-Jul-12 10:57 AM

Hi everyone,

I plan to upgrade from an old and rusty D50 (DX) to a used D700 (FX) in near future, and would really appreciate your advice/input. Worth noting that I don’t have any lenses to ‘carry over’ so will start from scratch, have had no prior experience with primes, and mainly shoot/looking to shoot landscapes, architecture (inc. interiors), landscape close-ups and abstracts; occasional portrait/street scene but absolutely no sports, weddings, glamour, and next to no wildlife. I would prefer to get fewer real quality lenses to a lot of cheap ones that I’m not likely to use, but at the same time I’m not looking for a ‘do-it-all’ lens because they never do.

My question is, which lens to get first? Obviously, I can’t afford to buy several good ones at once, so plan to build up gradually. Long-term plan would be definitely a 16-35mm or similar (use filters a lot), a 70-200mm and something in between (not sure what yet). Original idea was to save up for the fantastic 24-70mm, but now I’m not so sure it’s the right choice for me considering what I shoot, and just how expensive and heavy the lens is.

I’m thinking I should probably get 16-35mm, and something like 50mm OR 85mm prime instead of the 24-70mm. However, opinions seem to be pretty polarised about how useful these primes are for landscapes. Before I get the 70-200mm, I don’t want to limit myself to having the extreme w/a 16-35mm and nothing else, which is why I’m thinking primes. Do any of you consistently use them for not-so-wide landscape/closeup? If not, do you swear by 24-70mm for landscape? Do you use a completely different set-up to cover the same shooting scene range (bearing FX in mind)?

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