My D800 finally arrived, the third round of shipments to Henrys. Because eye surgery has intervened, I have had only a few photos taken with it thus far. The results have been spectacular (in my mind and sight at least), despite the fact that I have only used thus far only my Nikkor 28-105 and 28-200G handheld! And no, there appears to be no problems with it. This is my first FX camera, having waited for the last 1-2 years for the nonetheless excellent D700 to be replaced. I am now uncertain whether to get the 24-120 F4 to replace the two above lenses, although the VR would be helpful since I do a lot of handheld shooting. Any advice would be much appreciated.
John, My D800 gives very good results with the 28-300 AF-S VR II lens. I do not yet have the 24-120 F4, though it gets really good reviews. For a two lens set, you could add the 16-35 F4 AF-S VR II. These two give coverage from 16 mm to 300mm, with a comfortable overlap. There is a neat "lens changing" bag from Lowepro that makes it possible to change lenses without having to put either one down or grow a third hand. For a travel or walkabout setup, this is a hard combo to beat. Good luck and I hope the eye surgery goes okay. I have my own share of eye problems now, so I can empathize with you.
Ron, Thanks for the response. I have been looking at the 16-35 which looks very capable. I currently have a 20 f2.8D and the 24 F2.8 D, so I'm going to use the 20mm for a while for wide angle stuff, but I can see the 16-35 in my future. As for the 28-300, I'm not sure. After checking my photos over the past 15 or so years, I've found that most of my shots fell between 30-100 mm (about 85-90%), so I will probably just have the 70-300 for the remainder. However I did like the 18-200 dx nikkor, so I might change my mind. Cheers.
Ye, I agree. When I bought my F100 I also purchased the 28-200 as a back-up for the 28-105. I was very impressed with it--it struck me as capable of being sharper than the 20-105 (with which I was already well-pleased), although it had a higher level of distortion (which could be fixed in Photoshop anyway). So I am going to follow you advice and keep it, and check whether the 24-120 is significantly better than the 28-105. If it is then the 28-105 will go on sale.
Yes, Chris has it right. My bag says it is the "Lens Exchange Case 200AW". It looks like a single lens bag from the outside. But it has two collapsible pockets inside. You can take a lens with you, plus one on the camera. Comes time to switch, open the bag, expand the collapsed pocket that has no lens in it, put the lens that's on the camera into it, and then attach the lens that was in the bag to the camera. It also has a couple of stretch pockets on the side, so the lens cap can be stored there while swapping the lenses. It can be attached to one's belt but also comes with a shoulder strap. Neat. Wish someone had thought of that a long time ago.