Yeah, Im with you there Anthony. I promised myself I wouldnt buy any new automatic lenses until I had completely mastered the D700 with my manual lenses. I dont want to fall back into relying on automatic controls and letting them take over my photography.
However its getting ever harder to resist the new 24-120. And if my old macro lens cant be repaired I might need one of those too.
Good thing I still have that vet bill to finish paying.
I use my 28PC rarely but am glad to have it when I need it. I'm ecstatic that the D700 can stop down meter with that lens, currently it's my only MF lens on the D700 but I really want to see what I can do with a 105mm AI-S f/2.5...always loved the bokeh created with that lens.
I hope the economy picks up also. It's hard to buy into the "world view" when all the news feels like bad news. Do enjoy that D700! It is an amazing camera. When I got my D700 I realized that it was a DSLR that could do everything I needed in a camera and then it was time to give serious thought on whether the lenses were fitting into the roles where I had them slotted. The D700 accepts many of the older lenses very gracefully so if you bargain pick, you can redesign a kit for considerably less than these new AFS prices.
Roger It's still, ISO, aperture and shutter-speed, right?
it was time to give serious thought on whether the lenses were fitting into the roles where I had them slotted.
Roger, that's pretty much where I am now. While I was happy with the 70-300 D ED for the few times I needed/wanted a telephoto with film, I'm finding that what I was willing to accept then, I'm finding harder to accept now (slow AF, CA, softness at 300...) I'd like the new 70-300 VR but I don't like the 67mm filter size. Currently I use 62mm as my standard size so I'd have to rebuild the filters (at least a CPL in 67mm).
Hi Anthony, I just picked up my almost new (1780 clicks) D700 a week ago yesterday. I'm thinking of buying one of the 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 as I can't afford the newer alternatives. I have an older 24-120 af-d, but I think the 28-105 will probably be sharper. How do you like yours with the D700? Everything I've read about it point to its being a great lens, especially for the prices they are going for. After that and a little more saving I was thinking of an older MF 20mm for the wider end Thanks, Kim Western burbs of Chicago
Kim, I like the 28-105 with my D700. Still very sharp with great contrast. I used it as my walk around lens on vacation and in that respect it was great. AF performance is pretty good for a non-AFS lens.
What I'd like to have is something a bit faster and quieter.
A question I have asked in the past when persons have asked about what to upgrade is this: What does your current equipment NOT do for you or NOT as well as you would like?
(Well, my answer, is that my flash isn't I-TTL and that's one thing I want to fix. I really need to take my own advice!)
Hearing all the grumbling in the D800 Forum, I'm especially glad I got a D700 when I did, and I don't have buyers remorse!
Thanks for the reply Anthony. Actually, I think I have already decided to pick up the 28-105 when I find the right one for the right price. The focal range duplicates the excellent 17-55 DX lens. (OOPS, sorry, it actually duplicates the 18-70 I had when I had my D70) Kim Western burbs of Chicago
Manual focus lenses work very well with the D700. About the only AF zoom lens I use regularly is the Nikon 14-24/2.8 which is the main reason I switched to the FX format. Since your main interest is architecture, you might definitely want to look at this lens.
I've been wanting (lusting) that 14-24...great range and an even greater price tag. Hard to justify that lens as this is one of several hobbies (though the most expensive by far when one takes the cost of everything).
Anthony, I still have and use my 28-105 on my D700. I have the 24-120 f4 VR as well, but the 28-105 still amazes me with its well-controlled distortion. If they offered a VR version of the 28-105, I'd seriously consider it. I'm also with you on the 80-400. I'm shocked that lens has never been updated.
Dan, I agree, too: I love the distortion control on the 28-105; the earlier versions of the 24-120 variable aperture (not the current f/4 VR version) seemed to have pretty bad distortion at the extremes. I hear good (if not great) things about the 24-120 but am not really sold the distortion control. Yes I know one can sort of correct for it in post processing, but I'd rather have a lens better corrected.
(I'm using my camera as if I'm shooting slide; get it right or as close to right as possible in camera and minimize my post-processing since my skills aren't that great.)
I was able to buy a mint 10'000 clicks D700 from a friend last week. I've got a D800 with AF problems since 3 months now. It's been repaired without success and I'm still waiting for a solution. I love the D700 and I'm glad to be able to use my new FX lenses which I bought to build my FX kit: 28mm f/1.8; 50mm f/1.4: Micro 60mm f/2.8; 85mm f/1.4. I'll probably go for the 24-120mm f/4.0 VR as multipurpose zoom.
Daniel, sorry to hear the D800 is still waiting a solution. I am really impressed with the D700's performance (especially with low light). I do wish it had more pixels on subject ... solution: a camera with a denser sensor or bigger glass, neither helps my NAS problem.