£5000 budget for full frame kit ?

Started Apr 24, 2014 | Questions thread
Clueless Wanderer
Clueless Wanderer Senior Member • Posts: 1,243
Re: £5000 budget for full frame kit ?

chilliwinter wrote:


New to digital, Have a £5000 budget, researched and I have come up with this, taking into account tripod, grip, bags, filters, Sd cards etc etc. Have a suitable desktop and screen in place for post processing.

Nikon D610; Nikon 50mm f1.8G; Nikon 16-35 f4G; Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC; Nikon 70-200 f4 VR; SB-910 (In all about £4500 in UK).

Small bio if it helps : Last kit was 35mm film (EOS, nice body, some nice lenses - all since sold). Enthusiast, in the past a bit of paid work (exhibition photography, odd shoot through friends). Been a long while, life got in the way ! This will be amateur, just for me, just for pleasure. I'd like to be covered for a wide range of subjects though birding and sports are not really my scene. More landscape, street, people, "arty-farty" ! I ended up buying wider and wider years ago, dont really know why. I like quality glass, oh I do, but I also like practicality and actually getting the image over "mines bigger/better than yours", hope this makes sense.

Where would you steer me ? Is my kit near the mark or way off ?

Hope this is in the right place to post and thanks for anybody taking the time to help me out.


I have 2x f2 lenses, 3x f2.8 lenses and one f4 lens. If I jump from 70-200mm f2.8 to 300mm f4, I really pine for that 2.8. However, changing lens from f2.8 to f2, doesn't seem to be much of a difference for my shooting style. With this, I would say ditch the 16-35 and 50mm f1.8G and put the money to a Nikon 24-70 f2.8, she is my work horse, has been dropped, battered and bruised and still keeps on trucking ..albeit with some grunting and grinding noises these days, but the images from it are as good as the day it was bought.

I do a lot of landscape and find the majority of the time to be at 28mm, anything wider and I seem to pick up too much foreground clutter.

Just my style.. my taste.. my opinion..

Also to note about buying it all at once. When you buy one CD you play it to death. If you buy a bunch of them at the same time, you don't tend to get so much play time out of each individual one, maybe buying all at once, will have you spoiled for choice, becoming jack of all focal lengths, master of none. ...just a thought.

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