Why does D800 need sharp primes but D7000 works great with kit lens?

Started Jan 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP Joe Porto Senior Member • Posts: 1,064
Re: Why does D800 need sharp primes but D7000 works great with kit lens?

andrvas wrote:

That's because you only use the center of the glass, where the lens is sharpest. For ultimate sharpness across the frame, primes are the best choice on the D800.

Which may be a requirement for landscape or architecture, but certainly not portraiture.

I guess I just feel bad for some of these folks who have already spent way more money than they need to on the D800 and ask for lens advice, and are told that they need to spend 3 times as much on a 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII over a 70-300mm VR, or told they need a 28, 50, 85mm 1.8 prime over a 24-85mm VR.

I've had everything from Nikon 14-24mm to Sigma 15-30mm to a Nikon 28-105mm to a 70-200mm 2.8 VRII to 400mm f/2.8 VR on my D800, and have taken beautiful shots. Sure, some lenses are better than others, but I'm not zooming in at 100% just to check lens performance. I am looking at the whole picture, and any of those lenses can give me results that I would be proud to print at 24x36" or more.

 Joe Porto's gear list:Joe Porto's gear list
Canon PowerShot G15 Nikon D7000 Nikon D750 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3-5-4.5G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II +5 more
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