Lenses for D600 and Southwest Trip

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Lenses for D600 and Southwest Trip
Apr 19, 2013

I have finally decided to step up to a full frame camera from an APS_C sensor.  I've decided to take the plunge and get a Nikon D600.

I have a budget of about $4800 and this will be the last money I will be able to spend on any Photography equipment for quite a while.

I will be touring the Southwest this summer and will be visiting the Painted Desert\Petrified Forest, the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Scenic Byway Rt 12, Canyonlands, Arches, Dead Horse Point, and Mesa Verde.  I also have an interest in Astrophotography and would like to get into that more and would like the opportunity to photgraph some of the darker skies in the Southwest.

I originally was going to purchase the following lenses:

50mm 1.8G

24-70mm 2.8

70-300mm 4.5-5.6G VR

24-85mm 3.5-4.5G VR - as a lighter walk around

I have been rethinking the lenses and have been leaning towards these:

50mm 1.8G

24mm 2.8D

18-35mm 3.5-4.5G

24-85mm 3.5-4.5G VR

70-300mm 4.5-5.6G VR

For astrophotography I think I would need the 24mm 2.8D and I have read that this 24mm is sharper than the 24-70mm at 24mm.  Although I would like to get the 24-70mm it is very expensive and heavy and would probably not be an ideal walk around lens in the Southwest in the heat of summer.  One of my questions is how much quality am I giving up by not buying that lens if I will probably stop down the other lenses to F8 or F11 in the bright Southwestern light.  In addition I thought the above mix of lenses covered a more versatile range than my original group.  I might even have enough money left for a Vixen Polarie tracker for astrophotography.

Would like to hear from people who have experience with these lenses I have chosen and the D600.  Thanks for your input and feedback.

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