D800 lens line-up

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I'm shortly to buy the D800 and have been doing some reading up on lens options, as much as possible I'd like to keep weight down and I'll purely be using the camera for landscapes, keeping my Pentax K5 for travel etc.


After much deliberation here's the lens line-up I think should work well with the D800 and suit my needs:

16-35mm F4

50mm F1.8G

85mm F1.8g


I think the new 18-35 is also a possible instead of the 16-35 but not much user info is available at present

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Nice D800 landscape duo: Rokinon 14mm f2.8 and the Sigma 'A' 35 f1.4 :biggrin:
 
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I didn't like the 16-35 wider than 24 so I sold it
Too much BD, by the time you fixed it you lost too much of the image

Personally I have no use for wide fast primes for LS, I prefer the 24-120/4
 
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I didn't like the 16-35 wider than 24 so I sold it
Too much BD, by the time you fixed it you lost too much of the image

Personally I have no use for wide fast primes for LS, I prefer the 24-120/4

I did exactly the same and got the 14-24 instead. Something I've never regretted. The 16-35 is good but the 14-24 ..................................
 
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I did exactly the same and got the 14-24 instead. Something I've never regretted. The 16-35 is good but the 14-24 ..................................

I re-purchased a 14-24 also but rarely use it
I found that 24 was wide enough for me almost all of the time and I only use the 24-70 when I need 2.8
The 24-120 gets alot of use though
 
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I'm currently in a transition phase. I have the lenses in my signature, but the tripod/ballhead and the 85mm 1.8G will go. I'm picking up a 70-200mm 2.8 VRII. I'm keeping the 50mm 1.8G and the 24-70mm 2.8. For the type of shooting I do, 99.9% of my bases are covered with these lenses.

With the D800, you're going to want first rate glass. A lot of the lenses mentioned in this thread fit that bill. You just can't go wrong with the 14-24mm 2.8G.
 
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Simon,

Wonderful images on your website. What focal lengths do you shoot at? Have you used a set of primes in the past, or do you favor zoom lenses? Would you consider manual focus and/or third party lenses, or are you looking to stay with Nikkors? Finally, what is your budget?

Personally, I like to have a lens in the 21-24mm range, the 35-40mm range, and the 90-100mm range, so I'm at least comfortable making some recommendations for primes. I'm just a hobbyist, but this covers my bases well for just about everything that doesn't move.
 
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Simon, as is rather evident, each shooter has his own preferences. Your choices, though they may not be mine, do cover the requisite ranges. As to the 16-35 vis-à-vis the 18-35, I would check out the thread referenced. Those who do have the latter (myself included) are definitely pleased with its performance for LS work.
 
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Thanks for the feedback everyone, checked out the 18-35 thread and I think this has gone on my list instead of the 16-35.

At present I use a 12-24 zoom on a 1.5x crop sensor so the 18-35 fits perfectly with this, a 17-70zoom (25-105 FF) which tends be used 70% of the time, around 17-35mm, and then a couple of primes and a telephoto 70-300 which hardly gets used.

I'm only interested in covering the wide/mid range with the D800 as I won't use it for anything other than landscapes...have given serious thought to the 24-70 f2.8 too but it looks to be pretty bulky, although the range is appealing, as is the 24-120 but I'm not sure that it's quite the same quality as the others on my list.

The 18-35 is definitely on my list so UWA is covered, just need to decide on the primes vs zoom issue for the other.
 
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After much deliberation here's the lens line-up I think should work well with the D800 and suit my needs:

16-35mm F4

50mm F1.8G

85mm F1.8g

Sounds like a nice kit. I have all three...all fantastic lenses but JMO - unless you have a real use for the 85 1.8G, I would replace it with the 70-200 f/4 or the 70-300VR, which is more versatile for landscapes.
 
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Sounds like a nice kit. I have all three...all fantastic lenses but JMO - unless you have a real use for the 85 1.8G, I would replace it with the 70-200 f/4 or the 70-300VR, which is more versatile for landscapes.

Thanks for the feedback, I've changed my mind on the 16-35 though and will go with the new 18-35 instead... I did think about the 70-200 but the bulk bothers me, as does the price for a lens I probably won't use too often

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Sounds like the wide end is sorted out now :smile:

For the 50mm and 85mm focal lengths, I'd look into the Zeiss 50/1.4 and 85/1.4 lenses if you can tolerate manual focus. Neither is very good for wide open close-up use, as they are soft in those instances with funky bokeh. They measure poorly on Imatest machines as well. But the lenses shine for mid distance (15-30 feet) rendering at around f/2.8 and f/4.0, where you can elicit a 3D (overused term, but this is where it came from) look to the subject. They are also excellent stopped down to f/8 at infinity.

On a D800, you can purchase either lens used in like new condition, and save some money by getting the ZF versions rather than the ZF.2 chipped versions. The 50/1.8G and 85/1.8G are very good lenses with a Nikon color/contrast typical for this vintage of lens. But those particular Zeiss lenses seem great for your application, and are not overly large at 330gm for the 50mm, and 570gm for the 85mm.

If you're willing to budge on focal lengths, I can also recommend the Voigtlander 90mm f/3.5, which is pretty much universally praised on a D800 in reviews. It is much smaller, clocking in at 322gm. The rendering has a bit less panache than the Zeiss lenses, but also more predictable, great at all distances, wide open and stopped down. Best of all CA is very well controlled, I suspect to a much greater degree than the Nikkor.

Good luck with the search.
 
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Had a trip to the local photo store today and had my hands on the D800, surprisingly not as bulky or heavy as I expected.

Compared the 16-35mm and the 18-35mm, the latter is much lighter and smaller so that's an advantage to me although it loses out on build quality. I did take a few shots but difficult to compare in the shop, I did have the impression that the 16-35mm was a little soft in the far corners even at F8, hopefully owners can clarify this for me.

Tried the 24-70f2.8 and it's way too heavy and bulky for my needs, especially when compared to the primes..50mm 1.8G & 85mm 1.8G, I'll definitely be going with these.

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I'm using my Nikkor 24-120/4 VR for most of my photos. However, I also like/use my 35/2, 50/1.8 and LOVE my 70-200/2.8 VR! Cheers, Bill P.
 
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I know they're too bulky for you, but I'd love to see what you could do with the 3 PC-E lenses
 
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So done a little more reading up and adjusted my line-up

D800
18-35 AFS-G
85mm F1.8g

The 18-35 looks ideal for landscapes, lightweight and compact and seems to have at least equal IQ to the 16-35 F4, maybe even better corner sharpness.

I was originally thinking about a 50mm F1.8G too but I think the gap between 35 and 50 is too small so probably won't bother with it.

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So done a little more reading up and adjusted my line-up

D800
18-35 AFS-G
85mm F1.8g

The 18-35 looks ideal for landscapes, lightweight and compact and seems to have at least equal IQ to the 16-35 F4, maybe even better corner sharpness.

I was originally thinking about a 50mm F1.8G too but I think the gap between 35 and 50 is too small so probably won't bother with it.

Simon

You pretty much have no standard range covered except a bit from 24-35, which in FF terms is wide angle. Not sure how you shoot, but I would find it difficult not to have something between the 35-85 range.

I think you could still benefit from a 50, even if it is close to 35, especially since that 35 on is on a wide angle zoom (it won't look identical to a 35 prime, or a 35 normal zoom).
 

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