You can easily loose the advantage of the D800(E) by paring it with an ordinary lens. All Nikon zoom lenses are to be considered ordinary compared to their best primes. In my book there are two lenses that do the D800(E) justice. The first one is the AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1:1.4 G. The second one is the Sigma 35mm 1.4 DG A. I know, it seems funny that a Sigma lens would be in this category, but it's a fact. Use and trust the DxOMark lens ratings for selecting lenses to your D800(E) or you risk loosing the advantage of this magnificent camera.
<<I know, it seems funny that a Sigma lens would be in this category, but it's a fact.>>
Not funny at all, Sigma now, in my opinion, make truly splendid lenses. On my D800 and D7100 the Sigma 105mm f2.8 OS performs excellently. I would also say that non primes work superbly on the D800 and would suspect they would also on the E version. I have the 24-70mm f2.8/16-35mm f4 and Mk 1 70-200mm f2.8 and would expect all to work faultless on the D800E.
My reasoning is that on my D7100, which without it's AA filter and fitted with the above lenses is a revelation in IQ
>I would also say that non primes work >superbly on the D800 and would suspect they would also on the >E version. I have the 24-70mm f2.8/16-35mm f4 and Mk 1 >70-200mm f2.8 and would expect all to work faultless on the >D800.
Of course all Nikon FX mounted lenses "will work" on the D800(E). However, the claims "Superbly" and "Faultless" suggests that you have not yet explored your Nikon D800. The question is what lenses make the D800 shine. The performance ratings of the 24-70 and the 70-200 zooms are only 70% of that of Nikon's best primes. With a D800 you are better off shooting with the best primes available and if necessary post-crop the shoot. After cropping a 36.3 MP D800 prime lens image you are still way ahead of a shoot from a zoom lens as far as details and sharpness of the image. If you don't care about image quality you can use any lens, but it's a waste of the potential of the D800.
<<However, the claims "Superbly" and "Faultless" suggests that you have not yet explored your Nikon D800.>>
Thanks for the arrogant assumption!
<<If you don't care about image quality you can use any lens, but it's a waste of the potential of the D800.>>
I certainly do care about image quality and I was not getting into a discussion about what I think is good quality on various cameras! I am well aware that most zooms are inferior to primes and that's a given. I was purely making a point that quality doesn't have to end with primes and as I don't examine every image down to the last pixel I have no problems. I am willing to guess that the majority of D800/E owners on here are serious amateurs. I leave the arguments of the value of great primes on any dSLR to both you and others.
My answer about lenses is for Starius, who asked the question. I hate to see anybody who claims to know the D800(E) mislead a potential new user. The Nikon D800(E) is an extraordinary camera. Do not expect extraordinary results using anything other than extraordinary lenses.
While we all respect you opinion on this subject – we also respect other people’s opinions. Richard is not misleading anyone any more than you are by making such a blanket statement.
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Gosh, I didn't mean to start a wave of drama with my question. I didn't ask for the best lens nor am I shopping for a lens myself. I just simply like to know what lens folks are using with their cameras.
>I'm hoping to be a new owner as well, sometime in the near >future here. What lens are you pairing it up with, out of >curiosity? Hi Starius, Another lens that can resolve an image on par with the D800(E) is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G. It is a reasonably priced, excellent wide angle lens.
Congratulations on your new camera! I bought mine last weekend and still haven't got to play with it, because of work. This weekend it will get much action as I am getting the accessories I ordered for it today according to UPS and I have nothing I have to do this weekend.
Shoot nature with respect and don't trample it or startle its inhabitants. :)
Congratulations. I'm very lucky to have what I think are two of the best cameras Nikon have produced to date, the D7100 and D800 The D800 is extrodinary and may I recommend Darrell Young's excellent "Mastering the D800 book" and/or Thom Hogan's "Complete Guide to the Nikon D800 and D800E".