Are my lenses good enough for a D850?

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codepoet_tx Junior Member • Posts: 32
Are my lenses good enough for a D850?

For the past 5 years, I've been using a D800.

My wife and I go on nature walks several times each week.  I take pictures of whatever we find and she posts them on iNaturalist.  The subjects range from distant birds and birds in flight to dragonflies, damselflies, and small flowers.  I don't print large (usually 8x10, maybe 16x20, but many of the small subjects require considerable cropping).

I've been thinking strongly about adding a second body so that I might have say a telephoto and a macro lens on all the walks.  I don't feel comfortable changing lenses in the midst of dust, ragweed pollen, etc.  Even if I did, the moment that I would mount my macro lens, some bird would fly over.

As I understand it, the D850 would give me these advantages:

1) Faster autofocus for birds in flight

2) Smaller autofocus points to pick out an insect in blades of grass

3) Pivoting LCD screen to make LV more practical

However, am I wasting my money with my current set of lenses?  I don't have the 'holy trinity' of 2.8 lenses.  Rather:

AF-S 80-400 f4.5-5.6 G ED

AF-S 24-120 f4 G ED

AF-S 16-35 f4 G ED

AF-S Micro 105 f2.8 G ED

AF-S 50 f1.8 G

AF-S 85 1.8 G


 codepoet_tx's gear list:codepoet_tx's gear list
Nikon D800 Nikon D850 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR +3 more
Nikon D800 Nikon D850
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