Lens Selection for D800 Landscape Photography

Started Jan 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Lens Selection for D800 Landscape Photography

shawn in ak wrote:

Looking to move to a refurb D800 from my 5Dm2. I'm mostly shooting landscapes but also some general walkaround street stuff up here in Alaska. Right now I use the 17-40L, 50 1.4 and 24-105L. I'm not necessarily attached to those focal lengths, though I do appreciate the 24-105 for walkaround stuff or where inclement weather isn't so good for switching lenses. Inclement weather is always happening up here, thus my attachment to zooms. However, the 24-120 doesn't seem like as good of a lens though for the money so I'm less inclined to go there. I've also been meaning to pick up a 70-200, though I was waiting for the switch to do it.

I'm also don't have craploads of cash, which are scaring me away from lenses like the 24-70 and 14-24, as well as MF zeiss, etc. though it is probably worth it.

A few ideas:

-Nikkor 16-35 (I want the ability to use my LEE filters)

-50 1.8G

-70-200 f/4 VR


-Tokina 16-28 f/2.8 (f/2.8 would be nice for northern lights photography)

-24-70 (nikkor or tamron) Use this for most of my LEE filter work, 24mm is plenty wide for a lot of situations.

-Nikkor 70-200 f/4

Picking up a fast 50 at some point.

OR something I'm not considering!

Thanks for any advice.

I recently added a Nikon system alongside Canon and Sony. I went with the 24-70, 70-200/F4, 85/f1.8 and a Samyang 14mm. (800e body). Very happy with these lenses but your first option above was also under consideration and I think I would be equally happy with that combo. I went the way I did as I wanted a dedicated 85mm for portrait and the 85/F1.8 is fantastic.

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