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The main advantage of the more expensive lenses is their faster maximum aperture - both for shooting in lower light and for achieving restricted depth of field. (plus, of course, for dealing with the "extremes of performance" that I mentioned in my last post).
If you want to see some photographs, then go to https://www.youtube.com/user/ruskylabrador. Obviously you won't really be able to make quality comparisons from slide shows made with ProShowGold and rendered by YouTube but the America and Venice ones are of photographs shot with the 28-300mm lens and the Iceland one was shot with the 24-70mm lens.
I took the heavier lens to Iceland because I wanted the f/2.8 capacity for photographing the Aurora Boralis and didn't anticipate needing any focal length higher than 70mm.
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Nikon's "professional" kit is designed for the rough and tumble of a press photographer's life.
Image quality of even the cheapest lenses tends to be excellent and the 18-55mm kit lens is a good example. Superb when new but it isn't built for anything approaching a hard life. What do we expect for about 10% of the price of a "professional" lens.
Thank you, both, very much.
For your info & expertise. And, not least, for your patience.
I have purchased a D3 this morning.
Not new. but it looks to be in excellent condition, with 25K actuations. And a 12 months warranty included.
Also a new 28-300 f3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR lens, with a 2 year warranty.
Specialist lenses I'll leave until Focus on Imaging in March. And see if there any appreciable deals available then.
Have fun with your new camera and lens.
I am sure you will.
An interesting and positive discussion, which has allowed you to make an informed decision. Good luck with the new kit. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Thanks LF & Keith
Keith Leonard, LF and the william
I now have my D3 and my 28-300 ED VR lens to go on it.
Phenomenal. I now begin to understand what you meant.
Once more. thank you each
Onwards & upwards from now on and you can't blame the kit
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