First Post - D800 soon, Please Advise: Which first two lenses?

Started Apr 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mssimo Senior Member • Posts: 1,042
Re: First Post - D800 soon, Please Advise: Which first two lenses?

r0gue wrote:

Mssimo wrote:

Your first lens should be the 50mm f1.8 or f1.4 (...if you have the extra cash)

To get the most out of the D800, best thing you could do is get the three 1.8's

28mm f1.8

50mm f1.8  (or the 1.4G)

85mm f1.8

I don't like zooms but nikon makes a few great ones (large and lots of $$)

I would stay away from 5X + zooms like the 24-120mm. They used to be ok on older 12MP cameras but you will notice the flaws on something like the D800.

3x zooms like the 14-24 24-70 and 70-200 are great...almost as good as primes but slower (f2.8)

Please help me understand why the 1.4 for the 50 but not the others?  Is it just that at that point in the lineup, the increase in performance is worth the comparatively smaller increase in cost (compared to the 1.4 in the 85 for instance)?

Would an 85 in a 1.4G model perform well enough to eliminate the need for the 50?  My understanding of the 50 is for shots 3 to 5 feet from the subject.  Great clarity and narrow DoF.  My understanding of the 85 is for shots perhaps 10 or 15 feet from the subject.  Great clarity and still narrow DoF.

And please, what would the 28 be good for?  This is the fist that model has been recommended for me.

Thank you much!


Only reason was price. 50mm f1.4G is still very reasonable. Since you are getting started, cover the whole range then upgrade if needed. My shopping list would include the 28mm f1.8, 50mm 1.8G, and 85mm f1.8.

The 1.8s are as good as the 1.4's (but only a bit slower)

The 28mm is good for landscapes and indoors. You can get great group pictures with it. It also gives you a great perspective if you get in close. It will make a dog's nose look huge compared to its body.

50mm is the normal lens..its very natural since our eyes have about the same field of view. This is also knows as one of the most flexible prime lenses.

The 85mm will give you great portraits but some people like it for landscape panos. This lens might not do too well in tight places.

I would not buy the 85mm f1.4G or the 24mm f1.4G...but I would upgrade to them in the future when you see the need. What you will notice is how large these lenses are compared to the f1.8's.

Sorry I was all over the place in my reply...let us know if you have more questions.

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