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D700 Lens Choices and Carry Weight

Jim Mohundro

Seattle, US
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Jim Mohundro Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Jul 2008
Sun 20-Dec-09 12:55 AM

I’m on the edge of moving up from my D200 to a D700. Much has been made about the weight of the D700, compared to the D300 and D200 (the latter two are not very different in weight from each other). I note on this forum and others that many, if not most, posters seem to be “prosumers” or pros and predominately mount lenses like the 31 ounce 24-70 f/2.8 on their D700. I suspect that some of us enthusiastic amateurs use lenses for travel, portraiture and street photography, and, like me, use lenses like the 35mm f/2, the 50mm and 85mm f/1.4, (and, as I anticipate, may replace the DX 16-85 VR with, for example, the FX 24-85mm f/2.8-4 zoom if we use a zoom at all. All these lenses weigh in at something less (sometimes as much as 10 or 11 ounces) than the 24-70. I’m guessing that the 5 or 6 ounce difference in weight between the D200 and the D700 is not nearly as dramatic a difference as the difference between the heavy, fairly expensive “pro-zooms” and the primes I’ve mentioned. Given my choice of, say, the 35mm and 50mm primes, will the D700 really be pretty heavy for walk-around street shooting?

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