What would be a good basic lens collection?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP GreenMountainGirl Contributing Member • Posts: 685
Re: What would be a good basic lens collection?

Rich Rosen wrote:

  1. You may also want to consider a Nikon 12-24 DX Afs f4. Its not as wide as the 10-24, but with a constant top aperture, it produces very good images. its corners are better than the 10-24, and its distortion at 12mm is not as radical as the 10-24 at 10. It is expensive.

Someone I was speaking with today mentioned the distortion issue with the 10-24, which made me wonder about it.  The 12-24 has had some excellent reviews, so it might be a better choice.

  1. Since you have a D7000, the AFS DX 85 3.5 macro is an alternative. Photozone has a comprehensive review of this lens on your camera: http: //www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/636-nikkorafsdx85vr  .  I would agree that the Nikon 105 vr is preferred, but is twice the cost. 

Will probably stick with the 105mm, for the added working distance for bugs.  I will look at the review for interest sake.  About the 105 as a multi-purpose lens, I have heard arguments both ways.

  1. The 300 f4 is a lovely lens. I wish I hadn't sold it. There is a good chance that a new model with VR will be coming out. Since you are not buying  right away, either wait until the new one comes out, or when it does come out, buy the current model used or on discount. The current model does have a slight flaw. Its tripod mount is flimsy. Kirk has a remedy at about $170. 

Thanks for the suggestion.  It is always a good idea to buy when the price is reduced!  How bad is the tripod mount?  Is the problem with stability?  Or is it prone to break?  I guess what I am asking is whether I would need Kirk's remedy right away.

  1. I have no problem with you wanting a 35 1.8 DX

My only question is do you intend to go full frame (FX) at some point in the future? If you do, only buy DX lenses that you absolutely need. Buy the rest of lenses that will handle FX cameras. I am now out of DX and still have two lenses which I will be selling.

There isn't much chance I would go FX.  I prefer to continue learning to use the camera I have effectively, and to build a decent collection of lenses for it.  I am very happy with it - it fits my hands well, and more size/weight is not what I want to carry around.  (Unless of course someone wanted to give away one of those humongous long primes that cost as much as a small car!)

Thanks for your very useful comments!


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