Going FX tomorrow but have decision on 3 Wide Angle D lens
Tomorrow I get the D800. Will keep my D300. I have 3 Dx wide angle lens. 17-55 2.8F Nikon, a nikon 12-24 4f lens, and a Tokina 11-16 2.8f lens. I can get about 1000$ for the 3 in a trade in for a Nikon 14-24 fx 2.8 lens, but still have to come up with about 1000$ more. I am just a hobbyist and probably less then 10% of my pics are WA. It would be nice to have the 14-24 nikon but think I am spending a lot for a little use. Would entertain thoughts . thanks
I mean, if you need 3 wide angle lenses now, what makes you think you'll be able to survive with any fewer when you move to FX?
About $700 new after rebate and it will give you 90% or better the performance of the 14-24 on the D800.
The downside is no filter threads (same as the 14-24), but the image quality is excellent.
Many people are also happy with the new 18-35mm from Nikon.
When I switched from DX to FX, I sold my 17-55 and 12-24 on eBay and picked up an 18-35. Unless you need the low-light performance, the 18-35 is a killer lens for the money.
Why all this trouble before you even have the camera? Keep using your DX Tokina on the FX until you feel you need to upgrade.
edit: saw your other thread about the Tokina... gosh, you made 2 threads about this?
i think I bought them after reading how great reviews were. One of those got to have it kind of thing and I rarely use them. Mostly mid range and zoom now with grandkids sports.
I tend to be a compusive buyer and trying to get some more realistic opinions. Most likely what I have now will do just great on the d800. heck, I really dont need the d800, the d300 does fine. when you get as old as I am, and still work part time, one needs either psychotherapy or more toys. Just far, I am going with the toys.
IMHO - Send the new camera back.
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You'll get more improvements than an increase in resolution moving from the D300 to D800, so it's a wise move. I own the 14-24mm and the new 18-35mm. If you are not a wide angle nut like me, you should do well with just the 18-35mm.
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jay coffsky wrote:
I tend to be a compusive buyer and trying to get some more realistic opinions. Most likely what I have now will do just great on the d800. heck, I really dont need the d800, the d300 does fine. when you get as old as I am, and still work part time, one needs either psychotherapy or more toys. Just far, I am going with the toys.-- hide signature --
I had the same condition a few weeks ago, badly needing a new toy. I decided to get the D7100 to be able to keep my two favourite DX lenses: 17-55/2.8 and Sigma 10-20/4-5.6 (love wide angles).
If only 10% of your shots are WA and if you have already got the D800 you may want to get the new 18-35 as suggested by some earlier. 18mm is pretty wide on FF.
I went from a D300 to a D800e and continued using my 17-55mm F2.8 and 10-24mm for awhile just to see what I needed and to save on the initial cash outlay. Both of these Nikon lenses were very good, but I did want to go FX and later did some research between the various Nikon zoom options. I ended up with the 16-35mm F4 and am very happy with the results.
I'm happy to hear that the 16-35 is doing well with D800E. I got the D700 with 16-35 and it's one of my favourite combinations. However, I figure that eventually I have to go with higher mpix FX. Maybe the next iteration of D600 as I like them a little smaller and lighter than D700/800.
jay coffsky wrote:
i think I bought them after reading how great reviews were. One of those got to have it kind of thing and I rarely use them. Mostly mid range and zoom now with grandkids sports.-- hide signature --
And now after the great reviews of FX, you are going to do the same thing. Spend a ton of money on gear that will not make your pictures any better than they are with your current equipment. It is an endless cycle.
Everything happens for a reason. #1 reason: poor planning
You can use the 12-24 on FX from about 17mm to 24mm. It is an excellent lens. Since the field of view for 12mm DX is about the same as 18mm on FX, you will have the same wide view you had with the D300. I used the 12-24 on a D2x. The only reason I sold it when I went to FX was because I also had a Nikon 17-35mm.
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Trade-ins are a rip off, financially speaking. You won't like carrying the 14-24 around for hobby use.
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