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

Started Apr 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
GregWCIL Senior Member • Posts: 1,054
Re: DONE - D800 & Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens

r0gue wrote:

I did it!  Yes, FINALLY!!! 

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens -overwhelmingly recommended in this thread- is currently out of stock, and I wanted a mid-range zoom anyway, so when I saw the info below, I thought that would be a perfect first lens.  Plus it's $100 off when purchased with the body.  Nikon recommended  sub-$500, nice range, good quality.

  • Today DxO Mark published their test results for the Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens ($596.95) which was also on the list of recommended lenses for the D800E camera. The lens has a performance identical to the 24-120mm f/4G lens ($1,296.95) and outperforms the 28-300mm ($1,046.95) in almost every measurement....

I gotta start somewhere.  The Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR  lens seems a reasonable point to try.  If Nikon recommends it, who am I to differ.  If one day I decide to select something else, the $100 saved at purchase will limit my losses.

and again..  extreme thanks for the patience and input from you all.

Congratulations on your choice, Rogue. I think your choice of a lens is excellent. First, that is a lens that lets you try lots of things --from fairly wide to a moderate zoom. Remember that the D800 lets you choose crop mode which will turn your 85 into a 130 for a little more reach.)

I can tell from your posts, that you are a very analytical person. I think you will find that over the next weeks and months that lens will let you try your skills at a fairly wide range of shots. Only your own experience with it will lead you to "want something more". That "more" may be a wider lens, a faster lens for low light or a longer lens for wildlife.

My own experience is similar. I bought a D800 last fall. I got the 16-35mm VR zoom, 70-200 zoom and a 50mm1.8.  I later added a 2x teleconverter because 200 just isn't enough reach for most wildlife.

But my biggest surprise is that I use the super wide zoom most of the time. I really enjoy landscape photography and find I use it at or near the widest settings most of the time. Only your own experience will tell you what you will buy next.

Have fun and post some pics.


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