£5000 budget for full frame kit ?

Started Apr 24, 2014 | Questions thread
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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.


In your shoes I would get the D610 (or possibly the D800E), 18-35 AF-S, 24-85 AF-s, 70-200 F4 VR and a set of the 1.8 primes - 28 1.8G (although I would prefer 24 1.8G, but there is none), 35 1.8G, 50 1.8G (because it cost so little relative to its performance), 85 1.8G.

That is a sensible setup in regards to weight, cost and performance. The pros typically chooses 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8, but those are heavy for causal shooting.

One alternative to the 24-70 2.8 zooms is the Tamron 28-75 2.8. Its smaller and lighter.

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