Full Frame Nikon Problem

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  1. Ion Zone

    Ion Zone TPF Noob!

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    I'm having massive massive problems finding a decent lens for my new Nikon D700, I don't have a big budget but as I am attempting to go professional I really need a proper Full Frame lens. Unfortunately Nikon don't seem to label which these are. :playball: If anyone can help I would really like two lenses in (very roughly) the 12-60mm and 60-300mm (200mm is 0k) range without a noticeable gap.


    1. Around £400 - £600 each
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    2. Sigma or Nikon lenses are 0k
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    3. Must be full frame (DX only uses half the sensor :???:)
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    4. Must have auto-focus and not be of a fixed focal length
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    Does anyone have any ideas?

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  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Your best option is going to be the Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 and the 70-200mm F2.8 VR. They are expensive, but you won't need to upgrade later.

    You could go with a Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 and a Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 and save a considerable amount of money...but you may always have that nagging feeling of wanting to upgrade to the Nikon lenses.

    Add the 12-24mm for an ultra wide angle lens.
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    If a Nikon lens has the nomenclature "DX" in its name, it is not designed for a full-frame body, but it will mount and shoot, although there will be incomplete image circle coverage at wider angles. SO, unles it says DX, it's a FF lens.

    Your desire for a 12-60mm lens is one that cannot be realized in one lens. Same with the 60mm bottom end on a 60-300 or 60-200, but the 70-200 VR lens comes close.

    If you are coming from APS-C and thinking of what a 12mm is in FF, it would be something like 18mm, leaving the 17-35 f/2.8 as one good option, or the smaller and lighter 18-35.

    Nikkor Lens Assessment by Thom Hogan
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    A chart by Thom Hogan on Nikkor zoom lenses. It will tell you DX versus FX.

    Please do not cheap out on lenses with the D700. You will not get the best out of it.

    There is a plethora of primes that will work wonderfully and also save on the wallet.
     
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  5. MrLogic

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    Some say the 24-70mm and 70-200mm Sigmas are decent. But they didn't perform very well in a recent test. They'll get the job done... I guess.

    But yeah... it makes absolutely no sense to cheap out on lenses.
     
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    The Sigma 50mm f/1.4, 50mm f/2.8 Macro and 70mm f/2.8 Macro are all excellent and affordable, IMO. But the thread starter is not interested in primes, so...
     
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    The link, it does nothing.
     
  8. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Opps.....

    Link fixed.
     
  9. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    3. Actually, not all DX lenses only use half the sensor.

    4. As Kundalini mentioned, fixed focal length lenses (known as primes) usually produce the best images and many pros will turn off AF and do it manually for really critical shots.

    1. Pro lenses are typically in the $1800 USD or so price range.

    2. Be careful, I hear Sigma has been having some knarly quality issues of late.

    The basic all Nikon pro zoom lens kit for a FX camera body 14-200mm:

    AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED $1800 USD
    AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED $1800 USD
    AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF VR $1950 USD
     
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    Anything wrong with offering choices?
     
  11. SpeedTrap

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    I am not saying this to cause you greif, but if you don't know what lenses you will need for your camera, are you really ready to go pro?

    Small budgets and Pro gear are 2 things that just don't go together, and if you go cheap, you will find you just have to buy the right stuff later on anyway.

    Mike had it right with the 24-70 F2.8 and the 70-200 VR F2.8 lenses.
    These are the staple pro lenses for Nikon. You can't go wrong with them. They are fast and sharp.
     
  12. MrLogic

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    Haha... no. You are right, of course. His options are very limited... considering how much he is willing to spend on a zoom lens. 600 British pounds doesn't get you very far. At least not in the UK.
     

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