Sat 15-Sep-12 04:20 AM | edited Sat 15-Sep-12 04:23 AM by meohman1
I recently went on vacation (cruise) to Mexico. I took my D700 with the 14-24, the 24-70, and the 70-300 VR. Prior to this D700, I had (still have) a D300, and I loved my 18-200 VR on that camera for walk around on vacation. Turns out, on my recent Mexican cruise vacation, we did an excursion on the Spirit of America racing sailboat in Cozumel, and I shot it with the 14-24 because it was the only lens that worked in the tight quarters of the 12 metre boat.
I am looking for opinions of those that use the 28-300 VR on the D700. I realize that I would still carry the 14-24 to fill the gap on the wide end, but how do you like the D700/28-300mm VR combo for walk around?
If I can go with the 14-24 and the 28-300, and still get good results, I would be a happy camper.
Why wouldn't you be able to use both of them in conjunction? The 28-300 at smaller apertures appears to be as sharp as any lens when stopped down. Just don't use it wide open because it's a dog in the corners. The VR works really well so shooting at f/8 is fine if the shutter speeds allow. The 28-300 is heavy so having that along with the 14-24 will be one heavy kit.
I do have a dedicated 28-300 set on my flickr link if you're interested.
I bought my 28-300 as soon as it came out and used it with my previously owned D700 and it became my walk around lens ever since. I gave my D700 to my daughter when the D800 came out and this lens is my walk around combo with my D800. I recently returned from a river cruise in Europe where I took this combo plus a 16-35mm lens. Almost 100% percent of the pictures taken on this trip are with the 28-300mm. Visit my website listed below. Go to the travel tab so that you can evaluate the IQ of this lens. I noticed that you mention the 14-24mm lens which is a super lens but quite heavey. I do not own this lens but as I mention above, I have the 16-35 which by the way, it has impressed me. Many of us feel that there is an absolute need to carry a wide angle for narrow spaces. Although I do agree with the concept. I just reached the big 70 and I have decided to use the KISS method. Just keep it simple and don't overload myself with extra gear that I later on realize that did not use due to the extra weight, changing lenses and missing shots as a result, people bumping into me, and most important, the always present dusty environment found in many instances forcing me to retouch the skies in Photoshop as a result of a dirty sensor.
I have the 28-300 on my D700 as my walkabout lens. Although, my most used walkabout kit is now a Lumix m43 camera because it is so light and small. Anyway, the 28-300 is a fine lens (not great as in Nikon's 24-70) but a good IQ performer. My main issue with it on my D700 is that the slower aperture at the long end (f/5.6) makes for quite a dim view in the viewfinder, especially on a dull day such as we often have here in Scotland. I went and tested this yesterday to see if I was imagining it. I put the 24-70 on the D700 and set the aperture to f/5.6 and used the depth of field preview button to close down from f/2.8. The loss of light is really quite noticeable, so much so that I can see the 'grain' of the focussing screen in the viewfinder. I don't know if that is just me and my example of this lens. Perhaps others will comment, but certainly going from the 24-70 to the 28-300 reduces the overall brightness in the viewfinder quite a lot. In Mexico, this may not be so much of an issue where you will have more sun than here !
Sat 22-Sep-12 01:09 PM | edited Sat 22-Sep-12 01:10 PM by richardd300
Living in North Wales we have a similar problem, dull days where exposures are difficult especially on my 28-300mm. I've just sold my D700, but I rarely used to used the DOF button I'm afraid. I've just tried your test on my D800 on both my 24-70 and 28-300mm setting the aperture to f2.8 closing down to f5.6. I then repeated the test at f3.6 and closing down to F5.6. The view on both lenses was identical and although darker not massively darker. I can't remember my D700 giving about the same results or not I'm afraid, but would have thought they would be similar in this respect on both cameras.
<<The loss of light is really quite noticeable, so much so that I can see the 'grain' of the focussing screen in the viewfinder>>
That was not my experience with the D700 or now with the D800. Is this something new to your D700 or something that's always been there?