Lenses for Landscape/Travel Photography
I purchased my first serious camera about a year ago. I got a Nikon N80 with a Nikkon 28-105 AF-D lens. I wasn't sure how passionate about photography I would be, so I kept initial costs down. After shooting in the field, my first major investment was a good tripod setup. Now, I am ready to add some lenses to my collection. I've read tons of reviews and these message boards have been very helpful. For the most part, I have been happy with the 28-105, but there are certain cases when I need other focal lengths (both wider and longer) and when the image quality has been less than I would like (especially on the wide end of the lense). My two main interests are landscape and travel photography.
From my research, it seems that the ideal configuration is the 17-35 and 80-200 AF-S lenses (flexible with great image quality). However, these two lenses add up to more than I want to spend. I'd prefer to keep the total investment to no more than $2000. I'd love to get people's thoughts on what lenses would be a suitable compromise. I want to err on the side of image quality (in other words, I'd rather have lenses that deliver better quality lenses than cover every focal length or autofocus in a fraction of a second).
My current think is to get a 20mm f2.8 AF-D, 24mm f2.8 AF-D, and 80-200 f2.8 AF-D IF-ED (non-AF-S) zoom which would total about $1500 after rebates. Would this give me comparable image quality to the two pro zooms I mentioned or would I be better to wait until I could afford both AF-S zooms.
#1. "RE: Lenses for Landscape/Travel Photography" | In response to Reply # 0Blackjack Basic MemberThu 14-Feb-02 10:35 PM
You might also consider the spectacular 20-35 f2.8; available used for around $800, it features a hand polished glass aspheric element; It was replaced by the 17-35, I would think that the non AFS 80-200 is a good buy. The 20mm f2.8 is a good lens, so the choice is yours.
#2. "RE: Lenses for Landscape/Travel Photography" | In response to Reply # 0skipcashwell Basic MemberFri 15-Feb-02 12:38 AM
Frankly, I would opt for a new, more rugged body, such as the F3HP. There are some new ones still out there, but many, many very fine used. Then go with used manualk focus lens, e.g. the 28mm (wide) and a 200mm telephoto. Finally, a Nikon (Nikkor) tele-converter provides fantastic results. Good Luck!
#3. "RE: Lenses for Landscape/Travel Photography" | In response to Reply # 2