looking for cheap full-frame lenses

Started Feb 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
T O Shooter
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Re: looking for cheap full-frame lenses
In reply to ponderosabob, Feb 4, 2013

ponderosabob wrote:

CareEmber wrote:

I got a Nikon D800 for Christmas, but all my existing lenses are DX format. I'm looking to get at least one versatile, general purpose zoom that's full-frame, auto-focus compatible, and under $500. Any suggestions? I'd really wanted the Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro until I realized it wasn't full-frame. I can't seem to find something equivalent.

Depending on what range you want, these are all great lenses, and are all built to Nikon's highest standards, and will outlast most of Nikons latest crop of Pro Glass.

AF-Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8D

AF-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D

AF-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED

Call it yesterday's holy trinity.

might as well put some glass on there that is worthy of your camera.

I concur. The 20-35 and 35-70 2.8s are fantastic lenses.  Neither are covering a large range though, but that's part of the reason the quality is there. Long ranges are amateurish at best, and if you only have $500 to spend to outfit yourself, you probably shouldn't have the D800.  I loved the 35-70 but sold it after buying the 24-70 2.8. Reason - front of lens rotates so it's a pain with a polarizer.

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