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Switched from Canon to Nikon - what lenses to buy?


tywanda46 9 15 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2011 5:21PM
Hi I would be grateful for some help please. I have just switched from Canon to Nikon and know nothing about Nikon lenses. For my Canon system I used L series lenses (pro), 16-35mm, 24-105mm and 100-400 IS lenses.
Could someone suggest the Nikon lenses I need to buy that will be on par with the Canon lenses I had please.
The camera I have purchased is a Nikon D7000

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cameracat 11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
10 Mar 2011 5:48PM
For the wide stuff, The Nikon 16-35mm a gem at around 800.....!

Midrange in place of the 24-105 Canon, Your gonna have to look at the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 at around 1200....!!

Though the latest version of the Nikon 24-120mm " F4 " version, At around 800 quid, Is getting some good reviews....!!!

At the very long end, You had better have very deep pockets, Because long Nikon lens are horribly expensive.....Take a look at whats on offer...!!!!

To cover the 100-400mm range, I'd go for a Sigma 150-500mm OS, I use one on a D700 and its pretty darn good for the money, When I have compared images taken at the same time, Same day, Same place, With those taken by a Canon 5D MkII and 100-400mm IS, You really can't tell which camera or lens combo was in use.....!!!!!!!!!

Welcome to the expensive world of Nikon ......Wink

EDIT: Oh! Just in case your a " Lens Snob " To visually see if the Nikon shooter next to you has a better lens than you, Just look for the " Gold " Band around the front of the barrel, All the expensive stuff has one, Thought I might paint one on the Sigma, Just to confuse those who care.....Wink
Railcam 8 482 Scotland
10 Mar 2011 6:19PM
As the D7000 is a DX sensor, for wide angle there is also the AFS 12-24/f4 G ED, which is a DX lens. I have one and it is excellent with surprisingly little barrel distortion at the wide end. Cost just under 800.

Keith
tywanda46 9 15 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2011 6:26PM
Hi Cameracat,
Thank you very much for your information. It has been very helpful.
Could I just ask please whether it is worth splashing out on the expensive 70-200 f2.8 lens with the option to also buy a 1.7 extender if longer focal length is needed. It's just that I will be doing a lot of shooting in low light (another reason for switching to Nikon)
Thanks for the info about the banding...No it does not bother me! I'm just aware that it is better to spend more on a decent lens at the expense of the body (or the bank!)
tywanda46 9 15 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2011 6:29PM
Thanks also Railcam,
dlegros 12 217 England
10 Mar 2011 7:55PM

Quote:EDIT: Oh! Just in case your a " Lens Snob " To visually see if the Nikon shooter next to you has a better lens than you, Just look for the " Gold " Band around the front of the barrel, All the expensive stuff has one, Thought I might paint one on the Sigma, Just to confuse those who care.....Wink


As someone who now has almost exclusively Sigma lenses - Fantastic Idea Smile

How about painting a Red band to really confuse people, or maybe both red and gold Grin
BigRick 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2011 7:59PM

Quote:Hi Cameracat,
Thank you very much for your information. It has been very helpful.
Could I just ask please whether it is worth splashing out on the expensive 70-200 f2.8 lens with the option to also buy a 1.7 extender if longer focal length is needed. It's just that I will be doing a lot of shooting in low light (another reason for switching to Nikon)
Thanks for the info about the banding...No it does not bother me! I'm just aware that it is better to spend more on a decent lens at the expense of the body (or the bank!)



yes.... i am selling my sigma to get the nikon version, as the results are stunning, and it has won best pro lens this year i think.
10 Mar 2011 9:37PM

Quote:70-200 f2.8 lens with the option to also buy a 1.7 extender


If you can, yes..I love this lens - takes pictures by itself! and works very well with 1.7

For wide angle Sigma 10-20mm

General walkabout 16-85mm or much underated earlier 18-70mm

A bit of macro? 105mm

Not forgetting Nikon's ability to take older lenses still (albeit manual focussing etc.) you can have fun with some of the "old" telephoto's etc. for little money on fleabay...recently picked up a 300mm for peanuts - although Ken Rockwell doesn't like it (a reason to recommend it then...?) it's construction would lend it to knocking in nails.... it's damn good - maybe I got lucky..!
tywanda46 9 15 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2011 1:10AM
Thank you all for your info. It has been very useful
thewilliam 6 4.8k
11 Mar 2011 9:38AM
Does your camera work with Nikon manual-focus primes. Most of these are evry bit as good as the modern zooms and a fraction of the price.
tywanda46 9 15 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2011 10:14AM
Hi thewilliam, That is worth finding out and knowing. I will make enquiries, many thanks
dlegros 12 217 England
11 Mar 2011 10:21AM
Nikon Lens compatibility chart for D7000

In general, it would appear to be OK, except for some very old lenses

Dom
Nick_w e2
7 4.1k 99 England
11 Mar 2011 10:24AM
For the long end have a look too at the Sigma 100-300 F4.
11 Mar 2011 8:56PM
You have some tough decisions.
Nikon's 14-24 is the f2.8 wide option - but does not take filters. Nikon have just re-introduced the 17-35 f2.8 - at more than the 14-24 Sad A third wide angle option is the 16-35 f4 with VR.
If you are on a budget the mid range 24-120 with VR costs less than the 24-70.
Nikon does not yet have a 70-20o f4 - so the 70-200 f2.8 is a good pro grade lens choice.

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