Going FF(?)

Started Aug 23, 2014 | Discussions thread
romfordbluenose Veteran Member • Posts: 3,321
Re: Going FF(?)

Elti87 wrote:

M35G35 wrote:

Certainly cost is going to be a factor. It has taken me a few years to get to this point. I have a D800E and just acquired a Df, magnificent images from that camera. I have three lenses for landscape photography, 16-35G/f4, 24-120G/f4 and the 80-400G/VRIII. Now through my PC in the backpack it is near 24lbs that I am carrying through the airport. There are several other items in the bag, i.e. SB800 flash, filters, batteries and chargers and some minor parts. I would forgo 24-70/f2.8 or any f2.8 lenses for landscapes. Adds weight and cost. The 18-35G is lightweight and cost less than the 16-35G/f4 and probably a tad better images. My D800E has a battery grip that adds additional weight. I don't know why I carry it around for landscapes? Hope this gives some thoughts. Good luck on your decision.

besides cost and weight, is there any other reason you would forgo f2.8 lenses?
Up until now, i really feel dependent on my 35 f1.8 lens for night images. I dont have any fast lenses except for that and i'd really love to have one that could allow me to take hand held shots at night as well

For night shots f2.8 lens help you focus and see as the aperture is wider but when it comes to taking the shot unless you want a narrow DoF you still have to close the lens down. Of course it delpends on the type of shot you want but for example, a night shot including car lights streaming you'll need a widish DoF so f2.8 won't help you achieve that except for the initial amount of light it lets in.

High ISO, VR and good handholding techniques is probably what you need for hand held shots not necessarily f2.8.

Good handholding techniques will give you an extra 2-3 stops in my experience. So you should be able to handhold your 35mm at around at 1/8 without too much problem although it won't be pin sharp.

The 24-120 f4, or even the 24-85 f3.5 (at the wide end) is only 2 stops slower than the 35mm f1.8 and offers 4 stops of VR.

I use my 24-85 extensively for indoor architectural shots such as churches which are normally quite dark and the results are excellent.

The other answer to your question is size. You can only get a few f2.8 zoom lens in your bag and the bag still has to be big. This becomes a problem if you want to use carry on on airlines.

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