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20mm F/2.8 AIS 35mm F/2 AIS 50mm F/1.8 AIS 85mm F/2 AIS The AIS lenses were a gift and are regretfully seldom used since I switched to digital from the FE2 I used to shoot. Perhaps the FX sensor will enable me to get more use out of these old beauties.
Wanted: something similar to the new Zeiss 15mm with a sub $1000 price tag.
Sun 03-Jun-12 04:48 PM | edited Mon 04-Jun-12 07:00 AM by km6xz
I am pretty well set but would be interested in exploring macro. Current lenses shared between a D7000 and D800 70-200vr1 24-70 2.8 85 1.4D 50 1.4 Sigma 35 1.8 24 1.4 17-55 2.8 (which never got much use so will likely be turned into cash) 10-24 10-20 3.5 Sigma 18-105vr
Would like to experiment with a 135 DC on the D800 I have tested all these lenses on the D800 and all gave better results than on the D90 or D7000. Stan St Petersburg Russia
I just recently pared down the number of lenses I own to a minimum that I actually use most frequently. Whether or not I get any others in the future will depend, of course, on finances; but also on if the above prove to be unsuitable. I would like to get a 24mm f/1.4 and a 50mm f/1.4 at some point, but I have no immediate plans to do so.
I also like primes. My D800E came in two days ago. WOW !!! I have two thirds of the new "prime trinity" but lack the 35mm/ 1.4G. The 85mm and 24mm/1.4G are spectacular with D800E. Better than I anticipated. I consider the 35mm/1.4G to be excellent for street photography or portrait glass. That will be my next lens.
What I also like is that G glass works seamlessly with the D800E, so I am not going with the outstanding Zeiss. I appreciate the lens integration built into the Command Dial (to change the Aperture) of camera with Nikon G glass. To me that is a plus.
>You do know that the most current ZF.2 lenses have the >ability of controlling the aperture in the command dial. The >only feature you sacrifice using the Zeiss lenses is >autofocus.
Thank you. I did not know that about the most current Zeiss lenses. Nevertheless, I am going to stick with Nikon G glass. For me, I appreciate the integration of one system although I am certain Zeiss glass is exceptional.
Truth be told, I am spoiled. Having used Leica ranger finders for years with film cameras (Leica M6 TTL), I am once again spoiled by Nikon technology and appreciate the auto-focusing capability of the NIkons. In Leicaland that statement would have been blasphemy, punishable by taking pictures for 1 year with an iPhone.
If I ever decide that I want to carry weight around, then I may ultimately succumb to the 70-200mm. But for me, my next lens is the 35mm/1.4g. All the best.
Hence my choice of the NEW version Sigma 12-24 which is much better than the old version. No other lens gets you to 12mm (122 deg. FOV) in a rectilinear format. Made a choice of the 24-120 instead of the 24-70 because of 1)VR 2)More versatile with extra reach. As the primary lens on the camera my own personal choice was that having the right focal length and VR was more important more of the time than absolute pixel peeper image quality and greater isolation offered by the the 24-70. I would use an f/1.4 prime for better isolation anyway. With the 24-120, I leave the 1.7x on the 70-200 to match the range giving me a 119-340 f/4.8 lens. FYI, the Tokina fisheye zoom while designed for DX does fill the FX frame zoomed in just a little bit from maximum - wider than the Nikon 16mm fisheye by a bit (photo attached). And finally, with the D800's AF capability to f/8 the 200-400 does indeed work quite well with the 2x (AF and IQ) - IF you have the version III TC.
FX Lenses: Sigma 12-24mm DG HSM II f/4.5-5.6 Nikon 24-120mm AF-S FX f/4G ED VR-II 77mm Nikon 50mm f/1.4D 52mm Nikon 70-200mm AF-S f/2.8G ED VRII 77mm Nikon 70-300mm AF-S f/4.5-5.6G ED VR 67mm Nikon 200-400mm AF f/4 ED VR
Wed 06-Jun-12 02:01 AM | edited Wed 06-Jun-12 02:09 AM by gcg
I rarely use my Zoom Lenses on the D800 (AF-S 17-35mm/f2.8 and AF-S 80-200mm/f2.8). For wide-angle shots I only use the Zeiss ZF.2 lenses, because of their optical performance. On a longer focal length I prefer to use an AF.
ASAP will be a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 then a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye. Yeh I know...."a fisheye" but I'm into 360 Spherical Panoramas. In time Nikon 28-300mm
I'm ok with my present Nikon AFS 24-70mm f/2.8, Nikon AFS 7-200mm f/2.8, Micro Nikkor AFS 105mm f/2.8.
I will also try out of my many manual focus lenses: Nikon 8mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye, Nikon PC 28mm f/3.5, Nikon AI 50mm f/1.4, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8, Nikon AI 400mm f/3.5, Nikon Reflex 500mm f/8 and Nikon Reflex 1000mm f/11
Currently, the lenses that I have and plan on keeping are: 50mm f1.4 85mm f1.8 80-200mm f2.8 (the one-touch zoom) Lenses I plan on replacing: 20-40 Tamron 35-105 f2.8 Tamron 28-105 f3.5-4.5 Nikkor 24-120 f3.5-5.6 Nikkor (1st version) with: 24-120 f4 16-35 f4 a fisheye (don't ask me which one because I'm not there yet)
I'm a Canon convert and I had to sell everything Canon to come up with the cash needed to fund the D800. I managed to scrap enough extra to buy a 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Zoom. That will be it for awhile a long while. BTW ordered my D800 on 05/29/12 received on 06/05/12
I have a D800E on order and plan on using the 24 f/1.4G, 50 f/1.4G, 85 PC-E f/2.8D, and Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100. I have only seen a few images of the new product from Zeiss, the Distagon T* 2.8/15 but will most likely be interested in purchasing it if images with the D800E are as good as noted.
Fri 08-Jun-12 06:36 AM | edited Fri 08-Jun-12 06:44 AM by gcg
>I have only seen a few images of the new product from Zeiss, the >Distagon T* 2.8/15 but will most likely be interested in >purchasing it if images with the D800E are as good as noted. >
You can't go wrong with the 15mm Zeiss lens There's nothing else that comes close to the optical and mechanical quality of this lens. The same thing with the 21mm lens. Unfortunately the first 15mm lenses are already sold out. So it might take a couple of month until they will be available again.
Thanks for the direction to Strand and his comments and image re the 15 mm Zeiss. I am afraid my wallet is going to take a hit on this one as it looks like the 15 mm Zeiss is exactly what I have been looking for in a wide angle lens.