I can only afford one lens for my D800E....

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snapper1967
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I can only afford one lens for my D800E....
May 4, 2012

And I have $500 to get it.

What should I do?

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Re: I can only afford one lens for my D800E....
In reply to snapper1967, May 4, 2012

I pray this is a joke. But if not, 50mm 1.4G.

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danidentity wrote:

I pray this is a joke. But if not, 50mm 1.4G.

Far from a joke. I'm now broke.

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Not my idea of a wise investment then, buying a brand new camera and not being able to get lenses for it. But each to its own... I would buy the 50 1.8G if I had to pick one lens on a budget. Enough left for perhaps a used manual focus wide angle or portrait, depending on your needs. 24mm 2.8 AIS is quite ok, as is the 85mm f2 AIS or 105mm f2.5 AIS (or the AI versions).

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Re: I can only afford one lens for my D800E....
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Depends on what you intend to shoot. The 50mm f/1.4 AF-S, 85mm f/1.8 AF-S are in your budget, the 60mm f/2.8 macro is just over at $550. You could also go under budget and get the 50mm f/1.8 AF-S.
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You would have far better off buying a cheaper body and spending the remainder on a good lens...If I have to choose ONE lens only (for all around shooting) it would be the 24-70 2.8, with maybe a TC.

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Re: I can only afford one lens for my D800E....
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What lenses (DX or FX) do you already have?

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In reply to snapper1967, May 4, 2012

A long time ago, I purchased a Fuji S2 along with some lenses.

If I had all of that stuff still, then I could sell the lenses for pretty close to what I purchased them for. But the Fuji S2 (an amazing camera body at the time), sells on Ebay for less than $100.

I think you're making a mistake. The D800 will always reduce in cost. The lenses will not.
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In reply to snapper1967, May 4, 2012

Start with the 50mm 1.8g and 85mm 1.8g, both for 700$. That's what I did.

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Start with 50mm f1.8G like we did it in the old days.

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I could live with two primes in the (24 or 35) range plus an 85.
Look for good deals on used 24/2.8 or 35/2 (D or ais) plus the 85/1.8D.

I think the 24 or 35 would be ok @f/5.6 even on the D800E and the 85 will be sharp in the center starting at f/2.8.
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1st of all, congratulations on your achievement of getting the D800E. Don't worry about the other elitist, pompous, and judgmental comments. They don't get it.

Actually, I wouldn't spend the entire $500 right now. Spend a fraction on a decent all around Zoom lens like the 28-105 3.5. Admittedly, it's not the finest, but you can pick one up for

Happy Shooting!!

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In reply to snapper1967, May 4, 2012

I bootstrapped my first FX body by buying vintage AI glass. As you get more money, you can acquire more lenses. No problem.

You could get very happy starting out with a 28/2 AI-s, a 105/2.5 AI-s, and a 50/1.8g.

With my next $1000, I'd get the 85m/1.8g, and the 180/2.8d. By then, Nikon should introduce more f/1.8 glass.

Don't let others tell you you did the wrong thing. I think you did the right thing.

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I must say, there has been some sound advice here.

The first lens I'd buy is without question the 50mm F/1.8G. Use it for a while, and see where you'd want to go from there. You'd probably be able to save a couple of hundred more at that time.

If you want to go wider, there's the 28mm F/1.8G.
If you want to go longer, there's the 85mm F/1.8G.
If you want to go even wider, there's the Samyang 14mm F/2.8.

All great lenses, and all great value.

snapper1967 wrote:

And I have $500 to get it.

What should I do?

I love primes.

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Al Giordano wrote:

1st of all, congratulations on your achievement of getting the D800E. Don't worry about the other elitist, pompous, and judgmental comments. They don't get it.

Actually, I wouldn't spend the entire $500 right now. Spend a fraction on a decent all around Zoom lens like the 28-105 3.5. Admittedly, it's not the finest, but you can pick one up for

Happy Shooting!!

Come on it was a stupid move. If you looked at his posting record he say's he has the Fujifilm X-PRO 1 $1700 + the 35mm & 60mm lenses $1300. I ask you, did he really need a D800E at the moment. Why come on here to make a jackass of himself, Al? Your old enough to remember this saying, my dad quoted it every time I bought something stupid, "A fool and his money are soon parted".

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In reply to Luke Kaven, May 4, 2012

The Ai version loses a little of the close focus range but it's optically the same. Mine has a focus shift between 2 and 2.8 that fools the green dot, so it's LV for me.

Use 5:4 crop mode. Or if you're doing panoramas, shoot at 3:2 and you'll be cropping later anyway.

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I bootstrapped my first FX body by buying vintage AI glass. As you get more money, you can acquire more lenses. No problem.

You could get very happy starting out with a 28/2 AI-s, a 105/2.5 AI-s, and a 50/1.8g.

And you could also get either the 105 or the 50 and still be pretty much on target.

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snapper1967 wrote:

And I have $500 to get it.

What should I do?

28mm F2.8, used + 50mm F1.8

I love primes.

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We'd happily shoot an entire wedding with any of the following lenses on one of our D700s:

35/2D
50/1.8D
50/1.8G
50/1.4D
50/1.4G

Take your pic. Out of all of those, I'd go with the 35/2D.
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TC= teleconverter and you want to put it on an the nikkor 24-70???

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You would have far better off buying a cheaper body and spending the remainder on a good lens...If I have to choose ONE lens only (for all around shooting) it would be the 24-70 2.8, with maybe a TC.

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Biological_Viewfinder wrote:

A long time ago, I purchased a Fuji S2 along with some lenses.

If I had all of that stuff still, then I could sell the lenses for pretty close to what I purchased them for. But the Fuji S2 (an amazing camera body at the time), sells on Ebay for less than $100.

Yes, but that's a Fuji. The 3 year old D700 still sells for over $2000.

I don't think I'll lose that much over a 2-3 year period with D800E.

I think you're making a mistake. The D800 will always reduce in cost. The lenses will not.
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