Changing my lens line up, thoughts appreciated.

Started May 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Changing my lens line up, thoughts appreciated.
In reply to Jeff Morris, May 24, 2012

My suggestions are:
Zeiss 35/2
70-180 Micro
2xIII TC (the latest one).

This should cover you well. I think the fast primes will cover most of your daily shooting needs. The couple of tele's with the new 2xTC should help you out when you need it.

Jeff Morris wrote:

Hi all. I have a D800 that I use for most of my general photography. I feel it produces astounding images I am growing tired of the weight of my kit. However, I am unwilling to switch to a Oly OM-D, Sony Nex & or Fuji X-1 pro because the D800 output is so good. So I returned my MB-D12 and I am learning to live with the camera alone, it's not bad.

My current lens line up is all Nikon:
14-24 2.8g superb and heavy.
24-70 2.8g Superb, lightning focus, heavy.
70-300 VR Fun lens for what it is.
70-180 Micro Nikkor
400 f4d Sharp, heavy, no VR, OK focus.
50 f1.8g Sharp, slow focus, bulky but OK compared to 24-70
85 f1.8g Sharp, slow focus, bulky but somehow I like it better than the 50.
TC 1.7II Seems to work well with the 400.
28 f1.8g on order.

I am thinking of keeping the 50 and 85 f1.8's along with the 28 f1.8 when it comes in. I have no replacement for the 12-24 I do not use it often, but IMHO there is no substitute. Shooting interiors is important to me and the 14-24 is my go to lens. I read about the Zeiss lenses and everyone goes GaGa when Zeiss is mentioned. However they suffer vignetting and lack of auto focus, but on a UWA that is not to important to me.

I was thinking of keeping the 70-180 for macro and tele. I don't know what to do above 180mm. I really want to keep a lite kit I need to choose between the 70-300vr and the 300 f4. (I know at 300mm there is no comparison.)

Can I get by with great performance with the 1.8 trio, the macro and 300mm?

When I take off my 24-70 and put on the 50 or 85 1.8g I am very disapointed with AF speed, I understand their 1.4g counterparts are no speed demons either.

Your suggestions are appreciated. I really want to reduce the weight. I am tempted by an OM-D but I am just blown away by the D800 output and I don't want to give that up.

BTW, my wife has a V1 with 10, 10-30, 30-100 kit. I have access to that at anytime. It is a much better camera then it gets credit for but I hate the interface. If it was a traditional PASM camera it would be awesome.

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