D800E on order, now what lenses to get? Nikkor and/or Zeiss?

Started Feb 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
calson
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Re: D800E on order, now what lenses to get? Nikkor and/or Zeiss?
In reply to Pierre from Sweden, Feb 22, 2012

The Zeiss are going to be sharper than the 24-70mm f2.8 lens but I doubt that even a 20x30 print made with the Zeiss primes and with the 24-70mm f2.8 at comparable apertures could be told apart at a normal viewing distance. And if you cannot see the difference in your prints then why handicap yourself with primes and miss shots while you are changing lenses.

With a 36MP sensor it can be argued that the difference will be readily apparent but while that may be true on a monitor it is still not going to be apparent after the image file is converted to a format for the printer to use and generate a print.

And then there is cost. Compare a 14-24mm f2.8, (or 17-35mm f2.8), 24-70mm f2.8, and a third tele zoom and the cost is less than the cost of the three wide to normal Zeiss lenses you mentioned while providing three times the range of perspectives.

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