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Help plz! my lens selection timeframe has accelerated....

Z06_Pilot

Columbus, US
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Z06_Pilot Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Dec 2008
Fri 19-Dec-08 10:26 PM | edited Fri 19-Dec-08 10:26 PM by Z06_Pilot

hi folks,

business was good this year and i was selected to go to Maui on a company sponsored trip in early February.

Just got my D3 and my plan was to take the winter to work the camera with the 24-120 lens I got with it, and figure it out. then in the spring decide what glass i would get.

well that has definitely accelerated. i am looking for some advice on a landscape lens. what I have selected so far:

Gitzo 3541XLS
RRS BH-40 or Kirk ballhead

3 Nikkor lenses I have been looking at. I can really only afford 2 right now:

70-200/2.8
24-70/2.8
17-35/2.8

I am thinking i should go for the two wide zooms for this trip and get the 70-200 next year, but then I think. What if we are out on a hike and want to get close to wildlife.....

maybe the 24-70 and the 70-200 instead to cover all my bases, and give myself a decent wide view on the 24-70?

My only concern with getting the 70-200 now is that my primary subjects as an amateur are landscapes and wildlife. i am hoping Nikon comes out with an update to the 80-400. Prior to selling all my Canon stuff, I had a 100-400 that was fantastic for getting close to wildlife with minimal cropping/enlarging. I'd rather not use the 70-200 with a TC to get me closer. I have read both very bad and very good things about the 1.4/1.7/2.0 TC's and this lens...i prefer native focal length.

any help from experienced landscape shooters would be very much apprectiated.

d810, d750

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