D800 - best budget lenses?

Started Feb 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP mfbernstein Veteran Member • Posts: 6,518
More thoughts

Thanks everybody,

lots of interesting suggestions! Too many to respond to individually, but I've tried to collect my thoughts and respond collectively:


  1. Samyang 14/2.8 - very wide, but apparently quite good (MF)

  2. Nikon 20/2.8D - not so sure - photozone review on the D3X was so-so

  3. Samyang 24/1.4 - new - no reviews - but others in the line are quite good (MF)

  4. Rokinon 35/1.4 - also very good reviews (MF)

  5. Nikon 35/1.8G - heard good things, but a DX lens ? Not sure about corners


  1. Nikon 50/1.2 AIS - haven't found any reviews. Is it really better than the slower 50s? (MF)

  2. Nikon 50/1.4 AIS - same questions as the 1.2 (MF)

  3. Nikon 50/1.4G - nice, but doesn't look especially better than the 1.8G

  4. Nikon 50/1.8G - everybody seems to agree on this one. Looks excellent!


  1. Nikon 60/2.8G - looks very sharp, but perhaps a bit short for macros.

  2. Sigma 70/2.8 - similar comments to the Nikon, but a lot cheaper

  3. Nikon 85/1.8G - doesn't seem to be available yet. Wondering how it compares to the older D model, which has good reviews.

  4. Sigma 150/2.8 - DX review was excellent, can't find FX review. A little big. Discontinued though, may be hard to find.

  5. Nikon 180/2.8 - faster AF than the Sigma macro, but optical performance appears less good.

  6. Nikon 200/4 AI-S micro - positive comments, but the Sigma's extra speed is appealing (MF)

  7. Nikon 300/4 - not really 'budget' in my book, couldn't find 24MP FX reviews


  1. Tamron 24-70/2.8 - not out yet, but awfully large and heavy for the range

  2. Nikon 24-120/4 - have this lens. Barely suffices on the D700, so not expecting it'll be interesting on the D800

  3. Nikon 28-70/2.8 - big, heavy. Possibly better than the Tamron 28-75, but I can't find a review

  4. Tamron 28-75/2.8 - reviews on the 21MP 5D2 seem mixed. Not sure it'd be sufficient on the 36MP FX sensor.

  5. Nikon 28-300/3.5-5.6 - not interested. Performance on D700 is disappointing to begin with.

  6. Nikon 70-300/3.5-5.6VR - long end is fairly weak. Perhaps the Tamron 70-300VC might be okay

On the whole looks like more good possibilities than I was expecting. If only Samyang or Rokinon could add AF to their lenses, I'd definitely be set. An updated Tamron 28-75/2.8 would fill out the range.

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