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Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by dmps, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. dmps

    dmps Guest

    What are the FX lens options available for D700 in primes, zoom and tele ramge?

    I bought and want to buy a godd lens
  2. pforsell


    Jan 15, 2008
    welcome to the Café.

    There are 52 FX lenses in the Nikon lineup. I will give some personal recommendations and I am sure others will add more opinions.

    Wide angle (only zooms):
    • AFS 14-24/2.8
    • AFS 17-35/2.8
    • Nikon wide angle primes are very old design
    • maybe AF 16/2.8D Fisheye

    • AFS 24-70/2.8
    • AFS 60/2.8G Micro
    • AIS 50/1.2
    • AF 50/1.4D

    • AF 85/1.4D
    • AF 180/2.8D
    • AFS 200/2G VR
    • AFS 200-400/4 VR
    • AFS 300/4D
    • AFS 300/2.8 VR
    • AFS 400/2.8 VR

    Not recommended:
    • AFS 70-200/2.8G VR
    • AFS 105/2.8G VR

    Some discontinued (used) lenses worth considering:
    • AF 105/2.8D Micro
    • AIS 105/2.8 Micro
    • AIS 135/2
    • AFS 80-200/2.8D
    • AFS 28-70/2.8D
  3. Jonathan


    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine

    Another super lens is the 105 f2.

    Peter, I'm curious as to why you don't reecommend the 105VR?

    I sold mine in favor of the 105 f2, but mine was super sharp, sometimes too sharp for portraits.
  4. I have no idea why you would not recommend either of those two lenses. They are both modern classics. The 70-200 may not be perfect, but it's as close as it gets for a tele-zoom excluding the 200-400f4. The 80-200 is a great lens also, but VR will save far more shots than vignetting will ruin.

    • LOL. Ridiculous.:rolleyes: 
  5. I think people need to make their own conclusions regarding the 70-200. I couldn't be happier with mine on the D3. I shoot wide open and don't have problems with vignetting. And I know that there are plenty of tools in post processing that would help me if I did.....
  6. Seems like most of you failed to take in this sentence....:confused: 

    I wouldnt buy a 70-200/2,8 for my D3, its a personal opinion, nothing less nothing more.

    I fail to see how Peter sharing his opinion would deny anyone to form their own conclusion...:rolleyes: 
  7. kgill


    Jul 25, 2007
    I kinda agree with Paul, but as the least experienced person on here, all I can say is...

    I loooooooooooove my 24-70mm f/2.8 and I use it on DX, so I can only imagine that on D700 it is even more superb, and its companion, 14-24mm must rock, too.

    I could not advise against any lenses because I don't own full frame, and I love all my lenses.

    [tamron 90mm, nikon 50mm f/1.8, nikon 17-35mm f/2.8, nikon 24-70mm f/2.8...and on the way 35mm f/1.4 AIS]
  8. CurtisBilly


    Mar 22, 2008
    Peter is clearly holding out for the replacement of the 70-200. Look at his signature referring to AFS 70-210/2.8 VR II.

    That said, he doesn't advise waiting for the other mythical fauns: 28/1.4G, 50/1.4G, 85/1.4G or 200VR Micro.
  9. Dawgneck


    Apr 25, 2007
    So Cal
    No, Kgill, I'm the least experienced person here.

    Proof: I was shooting with an Olympus Camedia C-5050 nine months ago, and a polaroid 5 months prior to that... :smile:

    I contemplated selling my 70-200 based on the replacement rumor and what is being said about it's lower FX performance, but I've decided to wait until I purchase and mount it to either the D700 or D3 (I'm holding out for the D3x release in hopes of lower D700/3 prices) before making the sell.

    Who knows, I might disagree with the negative reports and find the lens works great for me....

    Wouldn't that be original?
  10. Dawgneck


    Apr 25, 2007
    So Cal

    I'm just afraid the new "70-210" might cost $2,900 :D 
  11. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    My 105 VR is being used a lot more than ever on my D3. I used to use the 86 1.4 all the time, but this past summer I have about 3-4000 shots with the 105VR on the D3 without any problems. It worked well for me.


  12. Same experience here. Note to Peter: what problem(s) did you find with your 105VR?
  13. the 70-200 is as superb on the D3 as it is on the D300
  14. prowicz

    prowicz Guest

    No it is not! Its an excellent lens on a D300 and a very good lens on a D3.
  15. PWPhoto


    Jul 21, 2006
    San Diego
    i loved it when i shot with it and if i showed images you would too :) 

    Guaranteed: www.ishootsd.com
  16. I like the 105mm VR on the D700, and I've never been a massive fan of this lens previously.

    Its a hefty lenses (perhaps my biggest bug bear), but it balances well with the D700.

    No optical concerns that I can see.
  17. prowicz

    prowicz Guest

    I would have thought that this recent addition by Nikon would have faired ok on a FX...

  18. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    depends how much you've had to drink (burp) ,,lol
  19. I like both the 70-200 and 105 VR on my D3, but what the heck do I know?

    Perhaps if the OP told us what they like to shoot we might be in better position to comment. There are tons of lenses (well, they'd cost tons of cash at least) which will "work" on the FX D700. Primes or zooms?

    If you're brand new to glass, perhaps the following will get you started:

    70-200/2.8 VR or
    50 f/1.4
    85 f/1.4
    Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro
    200 f/2 VR
    300 f/2.8 VR or
    200-400 f/4 VR and/or
    400 f/2.8 VR or
    500 f/4 VR
    1 x SB-900
    2 x SB-800
    1 x SU-800

    That oughta keep you busy :D 
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