The D700 is calling to me, but....
I'm a professional interior architectural photographer. years ago, I chose the Coolpix 8800 because at the time it was the only one with the flip out LCD screen which I used on almost every shot when I had to press up against corners of the rooms to get the widest field of view (using the WM-E80 lens)
Now if and when I purchase the D700 can anyone here offer advice on a wide angle lens that will give me a wide enough field of view? The point being that without a flipout LCD screen on the D700 I wont be able to back into corners anymore. So is there an incredible wide angle lens for the D700 that will eliminate the need to back into corners?
Thank you in advance for any help,
#1. "RE: The D700 is calling to me, but...." | In response to Reply # 0Pugzilla Registered since 05th Aug 2008Tue 02-Sep-08 12:53 AM
It ain't cheap, it ain't small and it ain't light, but the 14-24mm f/2.8G ED is an excellent lens. Covers 114 degrees at 14mm. Caveat: distortion (although correctible in PhotoShop and other plug-ins) is definitely present. The 12 - 24mm FX model only is an 18mm equivalent and is not useable on the D700's full-frame sensor, especially at the wide end.
The 14-24mm will compliment my 24-70mm f/2.8 when the budget allows and the screams die down .
f/8 and be there?...but I'm moving as fast as I can...I'm up to f/4 already!
#3. "RE: The D700 is calling to me, but...." | In response to Reply # 0EpicDan Charter MemberTue 02-Sep-08 06:27 PM
I'll put in a good word for the Nikon 12-24 f/2.8. Sharp as heck, wide angle, and low flare for the width.
It "doesn't take filters" but I still use ND Grads hand held and tilted to eliminate glare. They seem to work well enough that way. It doesn't sound like you need or want filters. If you do then the 17-35 is your best choice.
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#4. "RE: The D700 is calling to me, but...." | In response to Reply # 0rnvanya Registered since 07th Jan 2008Tue 02-Sep-08 07:19 PM
If "3rd party" lenses are an option, you might consider the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG ASP HSM, which is considerably less expensive than the Nikor 14-24, and a little "wider." Like the Nikor 14-24mm, the Sigma is "full frame," which means the field of view is a true 12mm on the wide end (which is very, very wide). You can check out photo samples in Pbase, and you can check out some very positive reviews at Fred Miranda's website.
#5. "RE: The D700 is calling to me, but...." | In response to Reply # 0Drbee Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004Tue 02-Sep-08 08:47 PM
You are already hearing about the 14-24mm f/2.8 AFS. It's the latest generation full frame (the D700 is full frame/FX) ultra wide angle lens from Nikon. Before the 14-24mm there was the 17-35mm f/2.8 AFS lens that is also considered a "legend". It will be up to you to determine your focal length range needs, but the 17-35 can sometimes be found on the used market and it's an excellent optic. The 3mm between 14 and 17 are significant in the field/angle of view, so this is something that takes investigation on your part. The 17-35mm is a bit more compact than the newer 14-24.
Note the equipment you are currently using, Coolpix 8800 with the 0.8x WME80 converter should give you the equivalent of a 28mm lens for the widest view (if my calcuations are correct). If that's the case, I'd recommend the 17-35mm as a preferred choice on cost and function. I don't think you need the extra expense of the 14-24mm.
I've never used one of these converters, so I'm taking the 0.8x specification on a bit of faith.
Note, even the standard and very useful 24-70mm f/2.8 AFS lens for the D700 should satisfy your requirements and be a much more generally useful lens.
It is still ISO, aperture and shutter speed, right?