Harley Davidson (D3 lenses CONCLUSION)
I just wanted to post my conclusion from a very participated discussion about what lenses to buy to match the D3. Thank you all for the 80 posts in 48 hours!
What lenses to match the D3 IQ, but still provide flexibility and reach, avoiding weight and bulk when the occasions would require lighter equipment (i.e. the equivalent to the D200 + 18-200VR on FX format).
The comments received (summary):
1/ Don't use the D3 as a travel camera... Keep the D200 + 18-200VR or upgrade to the D300, the new rolls-royce of travel cameras.
2/ If I'm ready to sacrifice lens quality why bother with the D3?
Thank you, got the point, but still going for the IQ of the D3 sensor...
3/ The recommended gear after finding the maximum common denominator of all inputs:
Nikkor 50 F1.4
Nikkor 24-70 2.8 (new)
Nikkor 70-200 2.8 + Nikkor TC1.4 for reach
Tamron 28-300 VC (Vibration reduction from Tamron - http://www.tamron.com/lenses/prod/28300_vc.asp )
An additional option would be the Nikkor 85 F1.4, but there are rumours that Nikkon could introduce an upgraded version with AF-S and optimized for Digital FX (like the new 24-70 2.8). So this later option will wait.
A possible Nikkor 70-300VR (which got great references from participants including brilliant samples in therms of IQ, bouquet and sharpness) lost out to the flexibility of the newer Tamron 28-300VC and to the TC1.4 on the 70-200VR for reach.
Thank you all for your valuable inputs!
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