Wed 24-Nov-10 04:17 AM | edited Wed 24-Nov-10 04:24 AM by mactive7777
Long time D70 user, first time poster.
Finally stepped up my photography game last month and snagged a great deal on a used D700 on . Best decision EVER!
I already had the 50mm f1.8D, which was a steal for the price. I'm not particularly comfortable shooting at 50mm, so I've mostly enjoyed playing with the shallow DOF.
Then I snagged a 28mm f2.8D. Started off not too keen on the lens, then it grew on me once I was able to experiment. I've found it to be a blast to shoot with in some situations, and love playing with it.
Last week I spotted an 85mm f1.4D on eBay in like new condition for a steal, and snagged it with a Buy It Now. Yesterday, it arrived. Now THIS is a lens! The sharpness feels like a 100% improvement over my 50mm, which I previously thought was exceptionally sharp.
Together, with the D700, this lens/camera team have made my photographic endeavors almost euphoric. I haven't shot more than 500 pictures with the lens yet, but its been more fun that I can remember having behind a viewfinder!
I suppose the only point to this post are both to share my feelings with some like-minded people, and ask:
What lenses have given you that same "wow" moment?
(Here's a picture that's lightly color adjusted. That's Jasmine, my main subject)
If your wallet is looking for some less expensive "wow" moments, and you don't mind manual focus lenses, you can get some really good Nikon primes very reasonably priced. My 105 f/2.5 quickly became one of my favorites and it cost less than $125. I enjoy using manual focus lenses and this one is super sharp on my D300. Next week it will be one of the first lenses I try on the D700 that is being shipped as I type.
Nice photo, too. We have two boxers and getting good shots of them is a joy.
stuff: D300, AF-S 17-35 f/2.8, AF 35-70 f/2.8, AF-S 80-200 f/2.8, Ai 28 f/2, Ai-S 50 f/1.8, AF 85 f/1.8 D, Nikkor-K 105 f/2.5 Ai'd
and: D70, AF-S DX 18-70 f/3.5-4.5, AF 70-300 ED f/4-5.6
Congrats, and very nice shot! I also have the D700 and the 85mm f/1.4D and couldn't be happier with that combination. If you're into portraiture, I also like the 135mm f/2.0 "D" DC (Defocus Control). I find it pretty sharp, and once you get the hang of the lens you can beautifully blur the background (or foreground). The lens is every bit as solidly constructed as your 85 1.4, a very nice piece of iron!
@TomCurious: I laughed out loud when you mentioned the 200mm F2. That thing is a BEAST, but I'd say my budget is about done at this point. Not sure I have another $4k just laying around for a lens like that. The 70-200mm f2.8 VRII is definitely on my radar. While I don't need it yet, I will need it (or the VR1) for some of the things I'd like to shoot eventually.
I've also been very curious about the 105mm macro, but I opted for the 85mm over that. While VR/macro is nice, so is 1.4!
@Pouncer: I honestly haven't even acknowledged the 105 f/2.5 until you mentioned it. I'm definitely a fan of the old school lenses, and manual focus has its place. Thanks for the tip!
As you can tell I have been on here since 2002 and you would think I would know better than to cruise the forums around this time of year. I have been in a photography shooting lull for the past year or so, but the NAS has begun to show its symptoms again. I currently have the D300, but after the first of the year after the Christmas rush I will get the D700. However, I did give in to the NAS and purchased the the 85mm/1.4. I have a grandson that I have been wanting to photograph. Now that he is walking and getting that personality I thought it would be a great time for a fast low light lens for candid shots. Now, it is being patient until 2011 for the D700. NAS does not have a cure, it just goes into remission
Sat 04-Dec-10 02:48 PM | edited Sun 05-Dec-10 12:49 PM by gtm
>^ If you are asking me, I ordered the 85mm/1.4D IF AF lens. >$1199.95 from B&H.
Correction as of this morning 12/4/10 I found a 85mm/1.4G at Bergen County Cameras in NJ and bought it. The 1.4D will be sent back to B&H when it arrives. Sure, it cost a little more, but I am so used to the AF-S now that it made since to make the move, though I am sure the 1.4D would have been just fine. > >GARY >The Arkansas Nikonian >