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Hi, I have been using a D90 with a Sigma DC 18-200mm as my main lens for group photos and studio work etc, i have just invested in a D800 but obviously the Sigma is a dx format lens not an fx, I'm looking some advice on a good quality lens that doesn't completely break the bank, as I stretched my budget pretty far to get the D800 (especially with a ten week old baby and maternity pay looming!!!!)
My other lenses are
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm
Tamron SP 10-24mm
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My walkabout lens is a Nikkor 24-120 which is excellent. Although I must say the Sigma 24-70 that it replaced was a great lens too on FX, that now is gathering dust
Hi, Lou, obviously the nikon 24-70mm or as Nick suggested, the 24-120. However if you want to save some money and still aquire a cracking lens, may i suggest the Tokina 17-35mm, cost about £500, a cracking lens for the money.
Can I ask why you replaced it? I'm trying to get a balance between quality and affordability, but I know there is no point in having such a good camera and pairing it with a slow crap lens, so I'm going to try and get as good a lenses I can, I'm just wondering if it worth selling any of the other lenses, as I generally favoured the sigma and the wee 50mm for nice shallow dof shots.
Also what's the feeling on buying second hand lenses? Too risky or a good way to build a good kit?
Yes the reason I replaced it was the 24-120 has VR and has more reach. It is a cracking lens (there are a number of images in my PF with it that got awards.. as if that makes a difference). I did check it on the D800 ind its great.
You have purchased one of the best DSLR on the market, if not the best and that means buying the best lenses, otherwise you are defeating the object. Get some overtime in!
I have the D800 and like Nick I have the f4 24-120 which is a goodish lens, certainly it is far better than any of the non Nikon lens. Have you considered some of the Nikon prime lens for your type of work? All these zooms are really walk about lens rather than for studio work.
I'm working as much as I can at the mo, breast feeding a ten week old baby while shooting can be awkward lol!! However yes I do understand that there is no point in putting lower quality glass on such a fab camera, I do out and about work too, so it's not all studio work, I do some social engagements, pet photography and automotive, but the car stuff is all static, not sports.
I work full time but maternity pay is crap so all money brought in from any photo work will be helping me have longer off with the wee woman, I took the plunge in getting the d800 as I had been saving for it but the rest of my camera fund magically had to turn into new windows for our house lol!! I figured if I didn't get it now before another bill came up then goodness knows when I would have managed it!!
Anyone have any experience of the Sigma 85mm f1.4? I have to say I can't fault the wee sigma lens I have for the D90, I can muster the funds for the 24-70 when I return to full pay later in the year
I have a D800 and the lens I tend to use most is the Nikon 28-300. Gives some very good results for a walk about lens.
You mention studio, group portraits and a 10 week old baby.
On a budget a 35mm f2.8 AFD for under £200, a 50mm f1.8 D for under £75 and an 85mm f1.8 D for under £250 seem good options for the photography you mention. You can get these items next day delivery using a credit card and with a six month warranty from specialist secondhand retailers such as Ffordes.
10 years ago they were extremely good optics and are still very good teamed with a D800.
You get quite fast autofocus though viewfinder brightness and the depth of field impression does not go wider than about f2.5 through the viewfinder on a D800.
Save up and get the best lens you can, it will be worth it in the long run. No point cutting corners.
I'll echo the advice about getting good quality glassware.
Remember that good lenses will hold their value whereas your D800 will probably fetch about GBP500 in 5 years time. A decade from now, you'll almost be giving it away.
Any lens with BF-VR on it is what you need. (breast feeding vibration reduction)
On a serious note if it's for studio use take Lenshepherd's advice and later on when you can afford it move up the ladder.
Follow Lenshepherd's advice, buy older Nikkor primes secondhand and get quality that matches the D800. A cheap non Nikon zoom is just a waste of space on the front of a D800.
Buy 3 lNikkor primes now for say £700 on ebay, sell them next year on ebay for what you paid. If you really want a zoom look at Nikon f2.8 35-70mm zoom for about £200-400, very very sharp and with macro at the 35mm end. (I've have one) Ken Rockwell gives his view on Nikon lens going back 25 years plus.
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