D800 - What are some good 3rd party lenses that will automatically focus with it?

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JasonNunez
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D800 - What are some good 3rd party lenses that will automatically focus with it?
Apr 15, 2012

I know I will probably hear from some folks telling me things like "If you can't afford Nikon lenses for your Nikon D800 then maybe you shouldn't be getting a Nikon D800." This is not the kind of advice I am looking for. I have seen people on this forum who currently own the D800 and have used 3rd party lenses, but what I would like to know is, as stated in the subject, which 3rd party lenses work best on the D800 and focus automatically?

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Shaun Bell
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Re: D800 - What are some good 3rd party lenses that will automatically focus with it?
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You get what you pay for. With a D800, cheap glass is really going to bite. I've found that most 3rd party glass that's any good cost close to what Nikon wants. And I"m not saying Nikon is always better, not at all. You need to research lens tests for your given needs. For instance. a Nikon 14-24 is as good as any wa prime I've owned. What type of photography do you do?

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Sigma 85 1.4 is quite a bit cheaper than Nikon 85 1.4
In reply to Shaun Bell, Apr 15, 2012

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But it's not cheap glass...

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The sigma primes are nice, I use the Sigma 50mm 1.4, I'm debating on purchasing the Sigma 85 1.4 or placing an order for the 85mm 1.8G.

The 2 sigmas I listed above have no issues autofocusing on the D800.

What lenses do you have? What gaps are you wanting to fill?

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In reply to m_appeal, Apr 16, 2012

m_appeal wrote:

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But it's not cheap glass...

Add to that bulky, bulbous, cumbersome and does not take filters; I decided to go with the 16-35 when I had to choose and mine is very sharp at both ends.
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Re: D800 - What are some good 3rd party lenses that will automatically focus with it?
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If you have to go for third party lenses for your d800 i'd recommend... http://lenses.zeiss.com/photo/en_DE/home.html ; )

... but seriously, i know it's not what you want to hear but compromising on glass will not make the most of such a lovely sensor. If you are on a budget you'd be better selling the D800, buying a D700 and spending the rest on a couple of great lenses.

Investing in great glass is better than investing in a great body, the glass will last a lifetime whereas you'll probably want to trade your d800 in 2-3years. Ebay is a really good option if your willing to search regularly. I'd also recommend hiring some lenses and testing them for a day... you'll see the difference in image and build quality.

Best cheap lens i own:

Nikon 50m f1.4 - the older AFD lenses may be cheaper now. I use this on my d3 alot. Maybe consider the 50m f1.8 for an even cheaper deal.

Sorry i can't be more helpful.

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Re: Sigma 85 1.4 is quite a bit cheaper than Nikon 85 1.4
In reply to lanef, Apr 16, 2012

The Sigma 85 1.4 takes filers... or are you talking about the Nikon 14-24 2.8?

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Re: D800 - What are some good 3rd party lenses that will automatically focus with it?
In reply to Shaun Bell, Apr 16, 2012

Shaun Bell wrote:

You get what you pay for.

Sometimes, and sometimes this is not true. Bargains can often be found in computers, cell phones, automobile tires, and even camera lenses .

Some examples (none of which I have seen "tested" on a D800):

  • Tamron 28-75/2.8 -- it's 1/3 the cost of a Nikon 24-70/2.8, but decently close in quality

  • Nikon 50/1.4G and 85/1.8G -- inexpensive primes with excellent image quality

  • Sigma 8-16mm DX lens -- arguably the best DX crop UWA lens, reasonable cost

  • Tamron 90/2.8 macro lens -- a classic macro lens $450, after rebate

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Re: D800 - What are some good 3rd party lenses that will automatically focus with it?
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kennyL wrote:

The sigma primes are nice, I use the Sigma 50mm 1.4, I'm debating on purchasing the Sigma 85 1.4 or placing an order for the 85mm 1.8G.

The 2 sigmas I listed above have no issues autofocusing on the D800.

What lenses do you have? What gaps are you wanting to fill?
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Can I ask why you chose the Sigma 50mm 1.4 over the Nikon 50mm 1.4? Have you tried the Nikon? Do you consider the Sigma to be better all around. I actually had my mind set on getting a 3rd party 85mm 1.4 or something with a longer focal length. I currently own a Nikon 28mm f/2.8D, Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S, and a Nikon 70-300mm 4-5.6. I've been dying to get the Nikon 70-200 II, but it is way out of my price range at the moment. I'm currently looking to spend no more than $1,000 for a lens.

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In reply to hackney24, Apr 16, 2012

hackney24 wrote:

If you have to go for third party lenses for your d800 i'd recommend... http://lenses.zeiss.com/photo/en_DE/home.html ; )

... but seriously, i know it's not what you want to hear but compromising on glass will not make the most of such a lovely sensor. If you are on a budget you'd be better selling the D800, buying a D700 and spending the rest on a couple of great lenses.

Investing in great glass is better than investing in a great body, the glass will last a lifetime whereas you'll probably want to trade your d800 in 2-3years. Ebay is a really good option if your willing to search regularly. I'd also recommend hiring some lenses and testing them for a day... you'll see the difference in image and build quality.

Best cheap lens i own:

Nikon 50m f1.4 - the older AFD lenses may be cheaper now. I use this on my d3 alot. Maybe consider the 50m f1.8 for an even cheaper deal.

Sorry i can't be more helpful.

Thanks for the advice, actually owned a d700 for 2 years and I loved that lens every day that I owned it. I have always wanted to purchase a 70-200mm to use with that camera but it would just have taken me forever to save for it. The only reason I went with the D800 is because I was able to sell my D700 , plus one of my flashes, for $2500. This meant that I would of only had to put in an extra $500 for the D800 and still keep the lenses I currently own.

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