Hi all, I'm finally moving from my current D300 to a D800. I'm looking for a relatively fast lens that I could leave on the camera most of the time. I have a 24mm f/2.8 D, but am thinking of getting one of the following fixed lenses: 50mm 1.8G, 35mm f/1.4G, or 28mm f/1.8G. Or maybe a zoom like the 24-70 f/2.8. Any suggestions?
Your profile says you've got a 16-85mm zoom, do you find yourself using that more often than your primes? Depending on what you shoot, and if you plan on keeping one particular lens on your D800 for most of the time and need to be versatile, the 24-70 would be a good one to have.
While I don't have one, I do use the 17-55 (near FX equivalent which would be 25-82mm) on my D300s and they pretty much live together. I've heard nothing but great IQ from the 24-70mm f/2.8. (And I want one...as soon as my wallet recovers from the 70-200mm VR II)
They're all fine lenses. Which is best for your purposes is hard to say. Also the 24-120/f4. Sometimes primes work, sometimes folks need the flexibility of a zoom. I find that primes are getting more and more of my frames, but I'm sure there are plenty going in the other direction.
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I strongly recommend the 24-120/f4/VRII. It is the lens on my D800 most of the time. The image quality if virtually indistinguishable from the 24-70, it is lighter, less expensive and more versatile. For many, it has become the standard lens for this camera (if there is such a thing).
I like norm states above It all depends on what I'm going to shoot but I am quite happy with my 24/120vrF4 If at this point if I did not own the 28/70F2.8 And I was making a zoom purchase I'd only Get the 24/120 as I have some fast fixed glass So for walking around with my D800 usually the 24/120 In the bag 24f1.4 50f1.2
I'm going to go with someone who suggested the 24 - 70. I have lots of Nikkors, including primes, but if I were told I could keep only one lens it would be this one. It gives stunning photos with the D800 good enough for huge prints. There's no VR but the D800 has very low noise so you can use higher ISO's to get faster shutter speed. It's expensive but worth it. If you can afford a D800 you are probably loaded anyway