First Post - D800 soon, Please Advise: Which first two lenses?

Started Apr 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
GregWCIL
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Re: DONE - D800 & Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens
In reply to r0gue, May 1, 2013

r0gue wrote:

I did it!  Yes, FINALLY!!! 

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens -overwhelmingly recommended in this thread- is currently out of stock, and I wanted a mid-range zoom anyway, so when I saw the info below, I thought that would be a perfect first lens.  Plus it's $100 off when purchased with the body.  Nikon recommended  sub-$500, nice range, good quality.

  • Today DxO Mark published their test results for the Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens ($596.95) which was also on the list of recommended lenses for the D800E camera. The lens has a performance identical to the 24-120mm f/4G lens ($1,296.95) and outperforms the 28-300mm ($1,046.95) in almost every measurement....

I gotta start somewhere.  The Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR  lens seems a reasonable point to try.  If Nikon recommends it, who am I to differ.  If one day I decide to select something else, the $100 saved at purchase will limit my losses.

and again..  extreme thanks for the patience and input from you all.

Congratulations on your choice, Rogue. I think your choice of a lens is excellent. First, that is a lens that lets you try lots of things --from fairly wide to a moderate zoom. Remember that the D800 lets you choose crop mode which will turn your 85 into a 130 for a little more reach.)

I can tell from your posts, that you are a very analytical person. I think you will find that over the next weeks and months that lens will let you try your skills at a fairly wide range of shots. Only your own experience with it will lead you to "want something more". That "more" may be a wider lens, a faster lens for low light or a longer lens for wildlife.

My own experience is similar. I bought a D800 last fall. I got the 16-35mm VR zoom, 70-200 zoom and a 50mm1.8.  I later added a 2x teleconverter because 200 just isn't enough reach for most wildlife.

But my biggest surprise is that I use the super wide zoom most of the time. I really enjoy landscape photography and find I use it at or near the widest settings most of the time. Only your own experience will tell you what you will buy next.

Have fun and post some pics.

Greg

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