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Ahpny Sep 6, 2012 11:35 AM

lens recommendations for D800
I'm considering replacing my D90 with a D800, but recognize that it makes little sense to do that and continue to use the set of DX lens I already have (18-200 VRII, 85mm f/3.5G VRII, and 50mm f/2.8), though I understand they will work, at least in a sense.

I'm no pro and don't have any particular need to shoot any specific type of stuff, but expect to shoot general stuff, people, outdoor scenes, some (but not much) sports. I understand the (non-video) frame rate for the D800 is not ideally suited for heavy sports action, but I think is just about (or exactly) the same as the D90 and that's enough for me.

I had a full frame 28-300 zoom on my last film camera as well as some other lens for that that I unfortunately got rid of when I first went to DLSRs years ago. I could use that type of lens again with the D800, but I thought that perhaps a 28-300 zoom lens might sacrifice too much when using a D800.

If I were to spend up to say $1500 on one or more lens to use with a D800, any particular recommendations people would have?

JohnG Sep 6, 2012 1:27 PM

I gotta ask - why do you want to spend the money on the d800? The sensor size seems utterly wasted for what you want to do. I get it's the latest and greatest toy. And, if that's the reason, that's OK. But, I think you're much better off buying a different model - D7000 or D300s maybe.

Ahpny Sep 6, 2012 2:22 PM

just considering options now, and I hadn't even realized, until today, that a D600 is about to be released, and that might be a better fit for me, but new lens issues would be pretty much the same.

TCav Sep 6, 2012 3:12 PM

One of the things that a lot of people are discovering is that, due to the high resolution of the sensor in the D800, many lenses that were perfectly suitable for other cameras aren't very good for the D800. So, aside from the D800 being a hefty investment all by itself, the lenses for it will also put a significant dent in your budget.


NHL Sep 7, 2012 9:50 PM


Originally Posted by JohnG (Post 1317453)
... But, I think you're much better off buying a different model - D7000 or D300s maybe.

John has a point because getting a D7000 with a lens come with a $450 rebate ! ;)

-> A D800 only comes with a $200 rebate for the lens... and a 2 months wait (I know this because I just went through it)

Franko170 Sep 8, 2012 10:05 PM

Ahpny -

I agree with John and NHL, or waiting for the D600; I also have a D90 and for most people the D800's 36 megapixels is overkill. The D7000 is a nice step-up from the D90 and what I will probably go for.

Otherwise, wait for the D600 and maybe buy the nikkor 24-120 f4 (I think that's about $1200) for an all-purpose full frame lens.

simple Sep 14, 2012 3:50 PM

the d600 price in the UK is 2000 the d800 2270 I am in the same situation and wanting to upgrade my d90 I have not made my mind up which route to go yet however I recently bought a nikon 24 70 2.8 and I love it and do not regret buying the lens over the upgrade body

Walter_S Sep 18, 2012 3:39 PM


Originally Posted by simple (Post 1318594)
... I have not made my mind up which route to go yet however I recently bought a nikon 24 70 2.8 and I love it and do not regret buying the lens over the upgrade body

Hi simple!

Remember HDR-Walter?

Well, I just popped in her to see whats going on, and I stumbled across this thread here.

I am about in the same situation as you are in. My D300s cries for a replacement (not really!), but the real reason is that I want to go full frame.

Now, like you I have considered the following options:

- D800 is far too expensive for me, and I have heard romours about incrediabel big file-sizes (up to 50+Mb per file?!), that would mean I'd have to invest in a new computer ++ several external hard disks as well.
- D600 - I was looking forward to this one, but - Alas (and that is where you come in as well!) the AEB (Auto ExposureBracket) on the D600 only gives 3 frames (ONLY THREE!!!) at 1/3EV, 1/2EV, 3/4EV and 1 EV steps (according to - and you know as well as myself that this is not sufficiant in extreme contrast situations.

My D300s gives me the choice of 0,3EV, 0,7EV and 1EV with 3, 5, 7 or 9 AEB's - Now, this I call useful.

So, my guess is that I will try to buy a used D700 or may be a used D3s - which have the same AEB as my D300s has.

How are you, by the way - Long time no see!

Best regards from Norway!

P.S.: I envy you the 24-70mm f/2.8 - this is a must for full frame - and THE BEST! A very wise decision, simple.

P.P.S.: Strange thing with the small price difference in the U.K. In Norway the price difference between th D800 and the D600 is almost 500,-


Halfloaf Sep 19, 2012 2:51 PM

If you're in the market for a prime then I'd suggest the Nikon 50mm 1.4G or the 50mm 1.8AF-D if you want a good cheap prime, about $125 for the 1.8AF-D and more expense at $440 for the 1.4G.

For a very good midrange zoom lens your looking at the 24-70 2.8 AFS zoom, but that is about $1800! Ouch!

A bit cheaper but not as solid is the 28-105mm AF-D. $599.

Do you want one 'do-it-all' lens or would you settle for three lenses in your bag?

Ahpny Oct 15, 2012 3:42 PM

Thx for all the input. After further consideration, I came to the conclusion that many here saw immediately: that the D800 was far more camera than I needed. I went for the D600 with a 24-70 2.8 AFS zoom lens. I'll wait on getting additional lens. This was a pretty hefty investment, even with the trade-in of my D90 and DX lens.

I'm very pleased with both the camera and the lens. I hadn't even realized until a sold back my DX-based lens that the 50mm f/1.8 I had was a full frame lens I had purchased way back with my N80 film camera. I kept that. It works just fine with the D600, though I need to set something manually to tell the camera about it because of the lens' age.

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