I am going back and forth, here's my situation. I have started to get some paid work doing parties, fund raisers and have my first wedding shoot in March, as a second shooter. I am having trouble deciding to purchase a D300 AND the 24-70 ( which fills the midrange 2.8 void for me) or just the D 700, leaving me to shoot with the 50 1.8, 18-70 (D 70 kit lens) and the 18-200VR. Yes I know it is a DX lens which is part of the dilemma.
Going with the D700 means using the 1.4X with the 70-200. What will I be loosing by going with the D700 and not having the 24-70 for a while and using the other glass? Am I giving up that much by going with the 300 in the low light and using the 24-70? will I loose anything using the 18-200 on the d700?
I heard using the d700 with the 50 1.8 is fabulous. I have read in Ken Rockwell that the cheappie 28-80 is a good second to the 24-70 if you cant get the 24-70?
The D700 is a better camera for the photography that you described, but the D300 would do the job quite well. Do you think that 200mm with out a crop factor will not be enough reach for a wedding? I would think not having the crop factor would be an advantage for parties.
Camera bodies come down in value pretty fast, but lens more or lens hold their own. If I were in your shoes I would rather have the better lens, and then trade up to the FX body later. I have the 24-70 f2.8 and it is a very nice lens that will work well on any newer Nikon body. If you already had the pro glass I would say buy the D700.
In asking about the 18-200, its not just about the aperture (which is important), is about other things like: Bokeh, IQ and sharpness All of which will be better on a 70-200 or 24-70mm f2.8. Those items are probably more important to wedding photographer that the highest ISO possible. I have not shot with a 28-80, so I can't say how it compares to the 24-70mm f2.8.
You will be better off getting the 24-70mm first, and the D300 if you feel you need it for low light shooting over your D200. Shooting the D700 with entry level DX glass would be a mistake. You will be loosing a lot of pixels shooting in DX crop mode, and when you use entry level glass, you give up IQ plus image size and density. The D700 will give you about one to one and a half stops over the D300 noise wise. You can more than make up for that using your SB-800! If your budget does not allow you to get both, Start with the Glass, it will provide the best bang for the buck! Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I have the D300 with the 24-70mm 2.8 and an 85mm 1.8 both sit quite happily on my camera and are future proofed to the FX when I get one. The quality of the lens for me is paramount to the camera, however the D300 is a fine tool and can easily do all that I need it for. not sure if that helps you or not.
Love your signature line! Thanks. I am sure there are tons of things the 300 an 24-70 can produce. Its just having to make a decision in the next day or two. The lens is going up $225 come Feb 1. I don't know if that means the current in store inventory gets marked up. The 700 was online at B&H for the lowest price I have ever seen.
For the first time I am considering the 700 with a non Nikor in the 28-70 2,8 range.
D700 and Tamron 28-75mm may well work (especially the previous screwdriver model for faster focus speed). Also the Sigma 24-60 has a very good reputation too.
I haven't used either but have been doing my own research of web-reviews and forum opinions for a long time now. It sure would be handy if dpreview did a comprehensive mid-range head to head review like they have done with the various 70-200 reviews.
I concur that you may not need the TC14E on the 70-200 for wedding work. Let us know what you decided!
Best regards, SteveK My Nikonians gallery 'A camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.' -- Dorothea Lange
I use a D200, my prime lens is the Nikon 24-70f2.8, this lens is FLAWLESS in terms of quality and speed, I expect to be using this lens for a lonnnnng time so the $$$$ was well spent, actually I am leasing it. The crop factor gives me 36-105 which I prefer. This is the lens that I use for all weddings and portraits that I do. For soccer and hockey team photos I use it and the Nikon 70-200f2.8 VR lens, it too is FANTASTIC. I don't do wide often so I have a Tokina 12-24f4 for that occasional requirement. Presently I see no need for the D700, I am waiting for what the D400 will do...
I also have a D70s with 18-70 and 18-200VR. My wife has pretty much claimed those for her own use. This is my setup and it works great for me... Good luck...