I am a happy D700 user and would love to have the 24-70 f/2,8 but can't quite afford yet. I am currently shooting with a Tamron 28 - 75 f2.8 and am fairly satisfied. ( I also have the 70-300VR, but seldom use. Here's my situation/question. I bought the 50 f/1.8 a while ago and NEVER really used it. This past weekend, I took a few low-light shots with the 50 1.8 on the D700 and was extremely impressed. I am now thinking about picking up several fast primes instead of lusting for the 24-70. I shoot everything - but particularly like street photography and landscapes/cityscapes. Any feedback from primarily-prime users is appreciated. Additionally, if I were to go the prime route, what are some of the best lenses based on our experience? If it is easier pointing me to former posts, please provide a link.
Thanks for any and all feedback. And, again - I truly enjoying the Nikonians community and all that I've learned being a part of it.
I bought the inexpensive Nikon 50 mm and love it. I also have the 60 mm macro lens and although I think it's a bit pricey considering the 50mm, enjoy using it. I also have a 105 mm Sigma that I use from time to time. It seems to work just fine too. the 50, 60 and 105 are the lenses I keep in my bag along with the 24-120 that I have on the D700. Like you, I use them a little less than the walkaround zoom, but when I use them, I like the results.
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I would suggest you ask this question in the AF or Manual Lens forums. If you are shooting with your 28-75 and are satisfied then you probably want to focus on getting primes outside that range. You already have the 50 f/1.8 in the middle, so the next question you need to ask yourself is AF or Manual? If I was in your shoes I would next purchase a 20 or 24 mm lens. I would also suggest looking for a used 16 mm fisheye f/2.8. On the other end probably a 200 or 300 mm prime would good.
Thu 19-Feb-09 05:16 AM | edited Thu 19-Feb-09 05:19 AM by robsb
It might change a bit depending what you bought on the lower end. when I shot film, my Primes were 24 mm f/2.8 MF, 35 mm f/2.8 MF, 50 MM f/1.4 MF. 55 mm Micro Nikkor f/2.8 MF and 300 mm f/4.5 MF. So I would still buy a 24 mm. You could probably forgo the 35mm as a few steps either way makes the 50 mm or 24 mm work fine. A 24 mm is a great street lens as you can set a hyperfocal distance and never have to focus, just shoot.Of course it is also great fro landscapes.
Let me totally disagree. The AIS 35 f1.4 is my favorite lens (okay, I have lots of those), but it's definitely more favored than the my 24 f2.8 (which I like a lot). Be clear that I'm talking MF lenses and consider AF optional for wide angles since that means landscape as far as I'm concerned. Besides, I on record as admitting that as a tog, I s**k. On the D700, 35 is wide. And like Bob said, if it isn't wide enough, back up a few steps and it's a 24. There is also the 28s. I recommend a trip to the MF forum if you plan to go MF for wides. There's a volume of knowledge there. Take advantage.
I see your point about the 35mm...It is one the most useful of primes. However, "perspective control" is a useful variable and there is really no other way to get it (for a given magnification) than by changing focal length. A 20mm gives a point-of-view (a perspective) unobtainable with a 35mm and there is enough difference to be useful and worth carrying them both around.
Just a suggestion. Find a copy of a 20-35 lens, variable f stop (any brand, I have Sigma but even NIKON had something in this range), the cheapest you can find, should be <$100. Stopped to F8 it will surprise you. Use it as a testing lens before buying a good prime. I found out I have to have 20-24 range on D700, 24-50 I do not need at all. I will rent 18-35 to check it out, together with 60mm afs macro it would be THE combo.Maybe.
I also shoot primarily street and I have to tell that the 24-70 2.8 is as good as you can get for this type of shooting. I know it's expensive (I paid for one) but as street goes, you can't always focus with your feet. You say you would like to pick up "several fast primes" - how much will that cost you? My 50 1.8 is very lonely...