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Old Jun 22, 2009, 9:16 PM   #1
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Everyone, I'm about to buy a Nikon D700 and I was just wondering what lenses you recommend the most out of the Nikkor brand?

I'm already getting the following Nikkor lenses:

  1. 50mm 1.4/g
  2. 16mm fisheye
  3. 14-24mm

Also, this is probably a dumb question but the 14mm wideangle lens is the same as the 14mm (on the 14-24mm zoom lens) correct?

(14mm on the wideangle and the 14mm on the zoom . . . the same?)

What the real difference between the 14mm, 17mm, 24mm? Just the wider depth view?

I need some great lenses to bring with me on a trip . . .
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Old Jun 23, 2009, 6:23 AM   #2
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What sort of shooting do you want to do as this will really affect the lenses, also what conditions do you want to be able to shoot?

14mm is 14mm, however some lenses have more distortion. When you change the focal length from 14-17-24 etc then this changes the filed of view. It will also affect the depth of field that you get if you kept the shooting distance and aperture the same but we won't worry about that for now.

As for the lenses, I wouldn't spend all that money with a focal length duplication of the 16mm, yes it is fisheye which some people like but the 14-24 is a very strong contender and I would say you are probably wasting money with a 16 as well.

You are also not going to be covering any length, even 50mm is quite short on a full frame camera. This might suit your style of shooting but I wouldn't survive with what you are talking about.
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Do you have a camera similar? I definitely want the 16mm, plus the 50mm for portraits. I like the perspective wide-angles that the 14-24mm & the 24-70mm lenses gives off. I don't necessarily need any zoom lenses.
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Old Jun 23, 2009, 5:35 PM   #4
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I have a Canon 5D and about to get the 5D mkII but if I was using Nikon the the D700 would be on the list. I have the Sigma 12-24mm lens which I like although mine has gone soft recently so needs looking at.

Depending on the sort of portraits you want to do you will probably find the 50 a little short. Generally you are looking at about 90mm+ for a 'normal' portrait lens to get minimal distortion. Not saying you can't do portraits with a 50 but usually it is a good length on a APS-C camera not full frame.
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Actually, the Nikon D700 is the model I'm getting. I like the 50mm even though it's a short lens, it gives off great bokeh. So I've narrowed it down to these lenses:

50mm 1.4/g
14-24mm
24-70mm
and maybe a zoom lens for the best landscape shots (70-200?)
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I would probably go with the 14-24 or 24-70 for landscapes, the 70-200mm f2.8 makes a great portrait lens and also good for close sports or candid shooting.
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It's going to take a learning curve but I might get the SB-900 which I haven't used and I'm wondering if it shoots wirelessly by remote if I attach to the top of my D700. With my D700 on a tripod or being carried around.
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It's going to take a learning curve but I might get the SB-900 which I haven't used and I'm wondering if it shoots wirelessly by remote if I attach to the top of my D700. With my D700 on a tripod or being carried around.
You use the built-in flash to trigger the remote flash. Works just like the D200, D300 etc.

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I use the 14-24 a LOT. Having said that, the 24-70 gets almost as much use and is a better all around choice.

I'm using the 50/1.4 and just got an 85/1.4 The 85 has become my favorite portrait lens although I can't knock the 24-70 for that purpose, either...at the long end, of course.

The 70-200VR will have to wait until Christmas or next year! Actually, I discovered new life for my 80-400VR that I never quite relished with the D200. The incredible ISO performance of the D700 breathed life into that lens!
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