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D700 and Lenses.
« on: December 04, 2010, 01:54:45 PM »
hi all,
I am about to jump from my NIKON D80 up to full frame in the shape of a NIKON D700 and the 24-70  F2.8 AF-S G ED as this seems to be a good walk about lens.

1. Is 24mm wide enough for landscapes on a full frame camera?

2. If you were going to use this set up for weddings (not jumping into weddings by the way but want range of quality optics that could deliver in many situations) what second lens would you favour 85mm 1.4 AFD for portraits or another zoom variant up to 200mm or 300mm (back up camera would be another D700)

3. I have an old NIKON 70-300 4-6.6 G lens how will this perform on the D700? (zoom is broken on this have to pull and push it when zooming but gives fairly good pictures on the D80.)

budget for second lens is £900.

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Craig



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Re: D700 and Lenses.
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2010, 02:59:26 PM »
The 24-70mm is fine for landscapes on the D700. I use mine on the D3 if I don't bring my 14-24mm. Suggest you look at the Nikon 70-300mm VR, as it works a treat with the D700. Warehouse Express have it for £405 and you could combine it with the 85mm F1.8 for £303.  ;D

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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2010, 03:12:47 PM »
 As Oldboy says really.
                              The D700 (Which your going to love by the way) will really show up any weakneses with a less than top notch lens.
                              In the old days of film, 24mm on a 35mm camera, which is what a full frame DSLR basicly is, would be about as wide as you could go without first selling a kidney. Allso any wider and anthing slightly in the distance becomes very much in the distance.
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Re: D700 and Lenses.
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2010, 04:26:53 PM »
You`ll love the D700. I`m still dreaming of going up to the Nikon 24-70 but getting good results with my 28-75. I got the Nikon 70-300 VR as a travel lens and it is good and sharp but I would not use it so much at weddings.  If you can live with the weight I`d go for the 70-200 2.8 but as the Nikon version is outside your price range how about the Sigma version. It is without doubt my sharpest lens on the D700 except for my 50mm 1.8. I have an 85 1.8 I bought 2nd hand which I rarely use in preference to my Siggy as it is not quite so sharp.Great lens too though but if attending weddings will you want a zoom or prime?

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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2010, 05:18:27 PM »
the 24-70 is an excellent all round lens, slightly better than the 24-105/120 which only goes to f4.
the 70-200 f2.8 VR would be the best next option, but as said, out of your budget unless you consider used. I think Eileen's was used but you wouldn't know it to look at it!

I may be a Canon man, but i spend enough time with people who use that combination.

As for full frame, well that i can talk about - simple rule of thumb - what ever the lens size says, that's what it means. "True 35mm" equivalent.
For weddings, i'd be more inclined to use the zoom as opposed to telephoto/ prime route. 24-70 on one body, 70-200 on the second body!

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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2010, 08:46:00 PM »
Just point out that the older Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR still costs over a £1,000 secondhand, and can cause darkish corners on a full frame at F2.8, at F4 or greater no problem.. The newer version doesn't have this problem, but you won't find secondhand.  ;D

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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2010, 10:32:08 AM »
Thank you for your replies. Having done some research i think the SIGMA will do the job and will sit on my D80 when not in use. Just got to strike a deal to get the best prices for the whole package before the V.A.T goes up. MIFSUDS seem to have the best price for the D700 body and the 24-70 lens but prices on the net change daily.
Has anyone had dealings with LONDON CAMERA EXCHANGE as i have 2 lenses and my D70 body to trade in?

regards

Craig

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Re: D700 and Lenses.
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2010, 05:04:04 PM »
  No probs with LCE here.
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                                  I bought my 14-24/2.8 and 24-70/2.8 from them in Derby on the strength of them taking my old versions in exchange.
                                  I also bought my D3s from them because they had it in the window and it was £200 less than I could find on t'internet (UK).
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Re: D700 and Lenses.
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2010, 07:27:34 PM »
Thank you for your replies. Having done some research i think the SIGMA will do the job and will sit on my D80 when not in use. Just got to strike a deal to get the best prices for the whole package before the V.A.T goes up. MIFSUDS seem to have the best price for the D700 body and the 24-70 lens but prices on the net change daily.
Has anyone had dealings with LONDON CAMERA EXCHANGE as i have 2 lenses and my D70 body to trade in?

regards

Craig

Mifsuds also do secondhand gear so, just ask them for a quote.  ;D

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Re: D700 and Lenses.
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2010, 08:07:39 PM »
OK.....

"Is 24mm wide enough for landscapes?" - I'd say yes, but then landscapes bore me and I know people shoot them on a 300mm.

"What second lens for weddings?" 70-200 VR II.  Or if funds are tight 80-200.  I have the VR I and the vignetting doesn't bother me but the VR II is actually much nicer.  As it happens I know where there's a 2nd hand VR II for sale for £1425.  If I could trade my VR I for a VR II for the £300 difference in prices then I probably would - but mine looks like it's been dropped down a flight of steps because....it's been dropped downa  flight of steps :D

"Will my old consumer level broken lens work OK on one of the best DSLRs ever made?"  Maybe.  But not as well as a decent pro lens that isn't broken.

"the 24-70 is an excellent all round lens, slightly better than the 24-105/120 which only goes to f4."

That's a little like saying Beckham is slightly better than me at football...

I traded my D2s and some stuff for my D3S at Mifsuds.  Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2010, 09:14:21 AM »
OK.....
"the 24-70 is an excellent all round lens, slightly better than the 24-105/120 which only goes to f4."

That's a little like saying Beckham is slightly better than me at football...

Not quite - for a walk around lens the 24-120 (Nikon) has a better focal range, but the f4 can be some what restricting and the optics seem to be a bit better on the 24-70 

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Re: D700 and Lenses.
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2011, 09:04:16 AM »
Just ordered 24-70 from warehouse express as they are doing a £50 off voucher code for selected Nikon lenses. (WEX50NIKON)
Has anyone had dealings with SRS microsystems as they have the best price for the D700 £1676 inc delivery.
Have been tracking prices since Christmas and i cannot see it coming down much more even if the rumour mill has a D800 on its way and i dont want more than 12 million pixels as my pc will start coughing.

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Re: D700 and Lenses.
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2011, 10:02:30 AM »
Has anyone had dealings with SRS microsystems as they have the best price for the D700 £1676 inc delivery.

No, but I've seen their advert in DCM for a few years.  ;D

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Re: D700 and Lenses.
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2011, 06:29:36 PM »
how do i know if i have a VR I or VR II?
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Re: D700 and Lenses.
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2011, 11:48:14 AM »
is this a daft question?
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