D800E lens strategy - will this work?

Started Feb 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Emil Varadi OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,289
Forget lenses first mantra for best results?

Robin Casady wrote:

3. Buy the D800E and try it with the lenses you have. The 12-24mm f/4 is a quality lens. It has good IQ. It just can't cover the full FX sensor at focal lengths wider than about 17mm.

Once you have had some experience with the D800E, buy one of the high quality primes. Try that and see how you like it. Then decide whether you want to go with primes or zooms.

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Robin Casady
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
— Bertrand Russell

Probably the best suggestion so far.

I was also thinking about buying the camera first, which of course goes against the traditional mantra that you should buy glass first. However, the D800/E makes such a quantum leap in IQ that no quality lens can counterbalance the leap in IQ you can achieve with this camera.certainly a food for thought.

Others have also mentioned the 12-24, which, while not as good as the 14-24, is still a very good lens. It is also good on FF from 12-17 or 18 as Thom Hogan had pointed out a few years ago on his website.

Love that Bertrand Russel quote.

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Ricoh GR Nikon D800E Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR +2 more
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