I have been shooting for the last several years with a D90 and a D7000. I have also been taking a lot of lessons. While I feel I have been pretty good with daylight and high EV conditions I find that I have some trouble in lower light. I am a serious hobbyist but I may want to sell some prints when I retire in a few years so I am always looking to improve myself and my equipment.
I am going to Italy in the summer and I am pretty sure I will not be allowed to use a tripod or flash in lower light.
I have been thinking about going to full frame and money is not basically an issue. My current lenses are as follows
FF Lenses - Nikon 50 f1.4, Tamron 90 MM f2.8 Macro, Sigma 150-500 for wildlife (used infrequently). I am on the waiting list for the tamron 70-200 f2.8 with VC when it comes out for the Nikon.
My questions are.
1. Would the D800 give me better Dynamic Range and better low light focusing.
2. If I use my Tamron 18-270 as a travel lens and shoot in DX crop mode it should give me the same resolution as on my D7000. Will I lose focusing or dynamic range by using this lens? I know I will lose resolution.
3. I really want to minimize the lenses I need to carry for Italy so I would like to take the 18-270 and the Nikon 50 F1.4. Would it be worth getting the 28-300 FX lens and selling my 18-270? My thought is that since I would be using DX mode on the d800 for the 18-270 I would be no worse off then using it on the D7000 but that I would still benefit from the higher dynamic range and low light focusing.
Some of my pictures are posted below to give you an ideal of my level of ability (or lack thereof).
When using DX mode on the D800, yes the image quality will be slightly better than on the D7000, as the sensor came out a bit later and has a few improvements. The dynamic range of the D800 is slightly better than the already very good D7000. But this is not something that will make a meaningful difference. The images will be largely the same. So the $3000 body won't give you anything for your money while you're still using your 18-270mm lens. And by the way, the DX portion of the D800 viewfinder is much smaller than the D7000 viewfinder, so it will be less pleasant to use.
If you want to go FX, I'd recommend to go all the way and don't plan on using your 18-270mm or other such lenses. I see you have a few FX lenses already upon which you can build.
So if I were to sell the tamron 18-270 what would you recommend as a viable travel lens for walking around Italy. I will take the 50 1.4 for indoor low light shots but I would like a decent zoom to shoot outdoors from a wide angle of San Marco to a tight shot of frescos to portraits of some of the locals?
I would recommend the 24-120 f4 as a good travel lens for walking around. If you plan to do some street shooting, I would get a 35 1.8 as well. The 50 1.4 and Tamron 90 2.8 are good all around lenses as well. Charlie
>I would recommend the 24-120 f4 as a good travel lens for >walking around. If you plan to do some street shooting, I >would get a 35 1.8 as well. The 50 1.4 and Tamron 90 2.8 are >good all around lenses as well. >Charlie
You probably mean the 28/1.8, as the 35/1.8 is a DX lens. For a zoom, I agree the 24-120/4 will work very well. The new version of the 24-85 would be a light weight alternative. Or if you need a longer lend, the 28-300 you mentioned would be fine, but not quite on the image quality level of the 24-120.
Another option would be to cover the wide angle with primes (your 50/1.4 and the aforementioned 28/1.8), and then add a zoom for telephoto, like the 70-300 VR which is very good and also quite inexpensive (compared to 24-120 or 28-300).
I got the long end covered with the Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC. I will use that when I go shooting locally but I do not really want to lug that around my neck while walking through Rome and Florence. Hence the 28-300 which I can use as a walking around lens and then use the 50 or 28 primes when I need to go wide or shoot indoors in low light.
HOw would the D800 stand up with a 1.4 or 2X converter. At 2x I would get a max aperture of 5.6 which I would imagine would not pose a problem for the D800
The D800 won't be the problem. It's AF system is rated for lenses with a maximum aperture of up to f/8.
Typically you will get the best IQ and performace when using the same brand of TC as the lens. While the Nikkor 70-200mm VR II works very well with all three Nikkor TC's, I have not read any reviews of TC's on the Tamron 70-200mm VC. The Tamron TC's are idetical to the Kenko 300 series and are generally well regarded. They are not as good as the Nikkor TC's optically.
Nikon TC's have a different flange configuration than the flange on a regular Nikon mount lens. The TC works with selected Nikon lenses that understand the TC configuration. I no longer have a Tammy 70-200. The Nikon TC 1.7 would not mount on my Tammy 90mm. The front element of the TC would crash into the rear element on the 90 so I couldn't verify for you if the flanges would even mate. You may want to look at the Kenko or Tamron TC's.
Wed 20-Mar-13 03:04 AM | edited Wed 20-Mar-13 03:06 AM by RRRoger
The AF-S Nikkor 28-300 are my two favorite lens. I use them for nearly everything on my D7100, D600, and D800 including Video. I only use the Holy Trinity when I need f/2.8 or to go very wide. I would be taking my 14-24 to Italy. I no longer use any DX lens.
>The 14-24 is close to 2000. I was reading Ken Rockwell >review of an older 17-35 F2.8 which was very good. Anyone >know anything about this lens? > Hi, Yes I use the 17-35 F2.8 with the D800. Mine is pretty old and has a squeak, however IQ is good. For instance I love my 35mm F1.4 which is new, but IQ wise the old 17-35 is nearly as good in most situations, it is a little heavy and bulky though. Rick