Going FF(?)

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RightLight
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Re: Going FF(?)
In reply to Elti87, 4 months ago

Elti87 wrote:

RightLight wrote:

Elti87 wrote:

KSV wrote:

For travel you should think weight and size - believe me it is not fun to hang on your neck heavy camera coupled with heavy lens. You should think D610 or Df

I've been traveling for year now. I don't mind carrying and extra kg or so

If you use 24-70/2.8, camera weights (D610 vs 800) do not seem to make much difference to me (size does a little bit though in terms of carrying bag). I am not talking about number of pounds here, just the feel I get. 24-70 balances very well on 800 - feels like made for each other. I would suggest to go to a store and handle yourself before making judgement. It is trivial thing to say but don't underestimate it is what YOU feel matters most.

In terms of upgrades I were in situation similar to yours. I also upgraded from D7000, my second DSLR. First I sold my lovely 17-55/2.8, 35/1.8 and then the camera. In the mean time, I tested 600, Df and 800 (I rented the later two). I bought 800E and I am not going to look back to like 600/610 and Df. As has already been suggested in this thread, lugging around 800 with 24-70 (its worse with 70-200) whole day is not fun. But, so is 610 and 24-70. However, 610 and 24-85 or 24-120 is a different story, better for travel. But 24-70 is the lens of a different league in terms of crispiness of images.

I purchased 16-35/f4. Very sharp but prepare to handle a lot of distortions at wide side. Good thing is that you can use the same filter you use in 24-70, less bulk to carry around. Since you have have Lee filters, 14-24 is better for IQ, if price, weight and bulk are no concern. But note that, if you have not already, you will be surprised to know how wide 24 mm is in full frame compared to D7000. In my case (mostly, landscape), 24 mm mostly wide enough. I am hunting for a good old nikon 18mm/2.8 though. Now I am sure I do not need 14 mm.

Good luck.

Thanks for the heads up, for some reason I neglected the weight of the lenses, how stupid of me.
I will go to the Nikon showroom and test it out myself.
It kinda sucks that I have to choose - convenience vs. IQ :\
How do you handle the distortion then? PS?

You are most welcome. It is very easy to forget the lens weight factor before making decision in terms of weight. Going to Nikon showroom is the best idea. Handle and feel yourself, compare and then decide. Then you are not going to regret or get into the hassle of return.

Sorry, I forgot to mention that I returned 16-35. Its a good lens but I did not want to spend more time on correction. I also realized that a good little wider prime (than 24 mm) will be better for me for occasional use. That's why I am looking for the old 18mm/2.8.

You can handle distortion using almost any software (including NikonView!). I prefer Lightroom. But used that kind of correction only in those fews day when I had 16-35.

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