Nikon Lens Kit Challenge

Started Jun 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Nikon Lens Kit Challenge

I thought it might be fun while we wait for the new cameras to dream about lens options. I know I and others will learn a lot if the brightest and most talented here have the patience to play along.

Basically what I have been up to is looking at what a strong the Nikon D800/e/s 3-4 lens kit with basic coverage (20mm--400mm) assuming DXOmark sharpness and some ratings on various lenses on other sites, which yes, all may be subjective!

The lenses listed below seem interesting looking across a mixture of rating systems. I am not advocating them, just here to start the conversation and learn.

Pick your 4 lens kit from below or from what you would prefer. In this challenge of sorts, you can only have 4 lenses, but you can choose any straight Zoom or Prime or mixture.

You can post as many kits as you want, maybe some additional challenges can be a few kits ranging from money is no object, to the under $10K, $5K, or $3K kits. Prices taken from a major online retailer based on the time of the original post.

Assumptions I used for gathering lens options appear below. Please understand, these are just what I found and I do not necessarily advocate, again you are free to propose different lenses.

For reference I put a list of other top lenses where price didn’t factor in. You’ll see in the assumptions below I gave up a 1-3 DXOmark points if the cost difference was huge, hence the absence of Zeis in the kits.

Interestingly enough, I am an advocate of the image verses the sharpness and number of pixels, so I am not app to change what I have currently, although I did just add a Nikon 105 2.8 Macro VR for so it could double for portraits and real macro work.

The idea here being that the kit will stand up to the next 6 years of Nikon Cameras which may see us hit as high as 60Mpx.

Zooms [Kit cost = $9600]

Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon $1300

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD $1600

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II $6700

Or add your Prime or Tele of choice for Macro, Portrait or Long Lens

Cheaper Zooms [Kit cost = $5700 to $3600]

Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] $500

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD $1600

* Long = Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S $3600

* Long = Sigma 50-500 mm f4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM $1500

* Or Add your Prime or Tele of choice for Macro, Portrait or Long Lens

Primes [Kit cost = $12000]

Wide = Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF $600

Medium = Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G $1500

Macro = Nikkor AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED $900

Long = Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm F2.8G ED VR $9000

Cheaper Primes [Kit cost = $7150]

Wide = Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D $300

Medium = Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G $400

Macro = Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM $650

Long = Nikon AF S NIKKOR 300mm-F2.8 G-ED VR $5800

All Cart

1 Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 Nikon

2 Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZF.2 Nikon

3 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II

4 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm F2.8G ED VR

5 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

6 Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Nikon

7 Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF.2 Nikon

8 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G

9 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G

10 Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon

11 Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D ED-IF

12 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

13 Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Nikon

14 Tokina AT-X M100 AF PRO D AF 100mm f/2.8 Nikon

15 Carl Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon

16 Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D

17 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G

18 Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon

19 Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZF2 Nikon

20 Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon

21 Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15 ZF.2 Nikon

22 Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon

23 Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon

24 Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZF2 Nikon

25 Nikon AF DC-Nikkor 105mm f/2D

26 Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

27 Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D

28 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED

29 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G

30 Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherique IF Nikon

31 Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Nikon

32 Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Nikon

33 Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Nikon

34 Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF Nikon

35 Sigma 28mm F1.8 EX DG ASP Macro Nikon

36 Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D

37 Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

38 Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF

39 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

40 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G

41 Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

42 Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon

43 Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2.8 ZF2 Nikon

44 Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D

45 Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D

46 Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Nikon

47 Carl Zeiss Distagon T 21mm f/2.8 ZF2 Nikon

48 Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO Nikon

49 Carl Zeiss Distagon T 18mm f/3.5 ZF2 Nikon

50 Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZF2 Nikon

51 Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED

52 Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Nikon

53 Nikon AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED

54 Sigma 14mm F2.8 EX Aspherical HSM Nikon

Legend - use these in your kit description if applicable

* price performance gap - cheaper lesser lens options offered

# gave up more than 3 DXO points for huge price gap.

$ money was no object

Assumptions by which kits listed were built.

Assumptions used to govern choices selection of lenses presented. ( no need to flame, you just add your own lenses and tell us why it's better or ignore this all together)

Choices did not consider Bokeh, your kit can!

Ultimate -Won't give up more than 1 DXO point where significant savings are involved. $200 US or more

Cheaper - won't give up more than 3 DXO points for best price within 3 point DXO range.

We want a kit that covers Wide (20mm-24mm), Medium (50mm-85mm) Mid Tele (135mm-200mm)

Took image stabilized over non where we don't give up more than 1 point or $200 in cost over ultimate, or cheaper.

Wider Aperture rules if more than .8, even if it costs significantly more.

Can be wider than 24mm at bottom but not longer than 500mm at top

Other lenses that came up on radar while searching

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II $2400 or $1300 VR or $1400 F4 VR

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