I'm buying a D700, I think, and need lens advice

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  1. Naturegirl

    Naturegirl TPF Noob!

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    I've searched this & a zillion other places and my eyes feel like they're going to pop out of my head and I'm tired of searching & reading reviews. I want one nice clean pretty thread to come & read opinions, so please humor me :)

    I have a D80, have had it for 2 years or so now. It's served it's purpose and I'm way past ready to upgrade. I'm pretty set on the D700. I need advice on lenses. From what I've read, it seems to me that Tamron & Sigma make some really good quality lenses, but the issue with those seems to be the quality of the specific lens you get.....rather, sometimes one can get a crappy copy, or two, or three. But all in all, if you have a good copy it can be just as good as it's Nikon model.

    So, I don't feel it necessary to stick soley with Nikon lenses, and it would be better if I didn't have to as I'd rather have more lens for the $$. If I get Nikon it will probably just be one right now, but with a Sig/Tam I could possibly get two.

    So my questions. If I buy one lens to go with this, which one should it be? I am doing mostly portraits, but also weddings....and not very large weddings either. In my research, I've found the Nikon 24-70 to be popular but super pricey. So, could I get the Sigma/Tamron version of this? Could I possibly get the 28-75 (I think it was the Tamron that I read good reviews of) and use that for the weddings?

    What about the 70-200? I've read very mixed things about this one. And it seems the Sigma version gets better feedback than the Tamron version. And I've also read that some people don't like the 70-200 on the D700.

    Also, if I were to get two lenses, what would be a good combo?

    And, can I use my 50mm f1.8 on the D700? I'm sure I read that I can.

    It's all very confusing and I'm sure the responses here will probably make me just want to write all the lenses down on a piece of paper and close my eyes & point....or pick out of a hat or something.

    Help :)
     
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    Buy good glass before buying good bodies. The D700 is a nice body but in several years it'll be worth less than half of what it's worth now. It's definitely an upgrade from a D80 but not about $2,000 (about what you'd pay for a D700 minus money received from selling your D80) IMO. The D80 can give a pretty nice image given the right lens, exposure, and skill of the photographer looking through the viewfinder.

    If you have the money for both a D700 and a pro-zoom (i.e. $1800 for a 70-200), instead think about getting 2 pro-zooms. The 24-70 fetches about the same price as the 70-200 - so if I were you, I'd buy the 24-70 now, and put in a pre-order for the new 70-200 that will start to ship in November. Why the new one instead of the older, $500 cheaper one? Because eventually you will upgrade to full-frame, and the new 70-200 will suit you better with better sharpness in the corners.

    Standard progression in photography - first buy a mid-level amateur body (i.e. D80, D90, D200), then buy a fast prime to hold you over once you realize the limitations of the kit lens (50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8), then save up and buy the Holy Trinity of Nikon Glass over time (14-24, 24-70, 70-200), then buy specialized glass (i.e. fisheyes). Progress may be hampered by decisions to purchase glass like the Cream Machine (85mm f/1.4), a macro lens (105mm f/2.8 VR), or defocus control glass (105mm/135mm DC), depending on what you find out you like to shoot.
     
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    ^^^ +1.
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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  5. Naturegirl

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    That totally makes sense, however, I also know that when one feels limited by the capabilities of their camera, it's time to upgrade. I could always do the D300 but I'm being drawn in by the ISO capabilities of the D700. Being that I'd like to do more weddings wouldn't it be a strong investment?

    I wouldn't be getting rid of the D80 as I'd want it for back up and to use at home for snapshots, vacations, etc.
     
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    I would absolutely hold off on the D700. I would really suggest you get some nice fast glass to go with your D80. I would take the D700 money and go with 2 new fast zooms. 24-70, and 70-200. They don't necessarily have to be Nikon's.

    Having a new body and same lenses you will not notice that much of a difference in the end result. In your sig you list just 2 lenses. The wide kit and 50mm. I really think you need more lens coverage before a new body. And with fast glass it's like your getting the better ISO speeds of the D700 becasue the new lenses will give you 2 stops more light over your current zoom lens.

    Buy some new glass and use them while you wait for the D800 to come out. :thumbup:
     
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    She wants a new camera and needs suggestions on glass.

    Get the D700 if you want, it's a sweet body and your money!

    :D

    Side note:
    I don't have a D700 so I can't comment on what lenses to recommend... but I have had a D80 and can feel your pain with the high ISO performance of it. I now shoot with a D90 and couldn't be happier, a D300 or D700 just wasn't in the cards for me since I don't make any money at it.
     
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  8. Derrel

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    As an experienced 'people shooter', I understand the allure of a D700. Full-frame lens coverage, awesome autofocusing, excellent viewfinder image,built-in flash for emergency fill and triggering of off-camera flash units,and the greater lens selection that FF brings.
    I would strongly disagree with those suggesting a crop-body camera for social photography/wedding work,and if you shop around you can find a D700 for $2,400 or therabouts. If you get a D700, you'll be able to use an 85mm lens from only 20 feet away to photograph a six foot tall person; with a 1.5x camera, you must be roughly 32 feet away to get the same field of view (8.47 feet high). For serious wedding/social photography, FF capture is much easier to do,and with a lot less ugly background in focus when stopped down to flash apertures of f/4.5 to f/8.

    Lens-wise, you might want to look at the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8; it's got very good optics,and it's light weight,and affordable. It offers 90% of the performance of the 24-70,and is the *only* 3rd party lens I could suggest for wedding use with a FF body. This lens is well-proven, but DO conduct some testing when you buy a new lens. Decentered elements are fairly common, leading to off-kilter resolution often on one side of the frame. At the pice of this, you could buy what? Five of them for the cost of the 24-70??

    A second suggestion would be a used 28-70 f/2.8 AF-S. There are loads of these on the used market. Like the 24-70, this is a large,heavy, massive lens,built for image quality more than compactness and light weight design.

    I'm not sure if you're aware that the 70-200VR, the original, is not "all that" on full-frame, but the replacement design announced this week will cost $2,499. I could not live without a 70-200 f/2.8 lens, but I think Nikon has as many as five new lens announcements for this year,according to what I read elsewhere, and I would HOPE Nikon will imitate Canon and produce something closer to an all-in-one lens like a 24-105mm f/4 or f/3.5 lens, to compete with Canon's 24-105 f/4 L, so you could hold off on the 70-200,and maybe make due with a used 85mm f/1.8 AF or AF-D Nikkor,which on FF,is a very,very useful low-light lens for a very reasonable amount of money.

    Again, a FF body will open a lot of lens doors up; like the way that on FF only the 28-70 AF-S or the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 both are wide-normal-short telephoto lenses. On APS-C, both of those fine lenses are crippled on the wide end,and not what they were *designed* to be. By going to FF, with the D700, you'll also get pro AF and killer High ISO. I would suggest you move to the D700 and not worry too much about lenses beyond your bread-and-butter everyday zoom lens.
     
  9. Naturegirl

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    Thank you all, for taking the time to respond.

    First, I do know how important lens is, rather than the camera. I know my camera isn't all that bad. And with my 50mm I get some really amazing shots. I actually shot an entire wedding with it and it turned out nice. However, I did struggle somewhat in the church and see where the limitations in lens & ISO come into play. Which is why I really want to upgrade to the D700. And I thought about the D300, but it still doesn't seem to deliver the quality in ISO that the D700 does. And at some point, of course I know I would upgrade to full frame, so why not do it now and get myself set up where I'm comfortable walking into any situation? I shoot in mostly natural light (using my SB-600 on occasion) so the ISO will certainly be beneficial.

    And sure, in a few years the D700 will be worth way less than it is now, but isn't that how it always is? A camera comes out, it's pricey and then a year or two something else takes it's place and the cost comes down, and then the same thing happens to that one in another year or two.

    So, yeah, I'm just as confused as I was to begin with :lol:

    I'm also glad to get some feedback on the Tamron. I think that would be sufficient for the wedding I'm shooting. It's not a large one. I know it's not going to be as perfect as the Nikon, but it's certainly better than what I have....especially if I pair it with the D700.

    And yes, I've read about the 70-200mm. I'm not sure what else I'll end up going with but I think I'll hold off on this one for now. I've read a bit on the 80-200mm but it doesn't seem that as many people are using that one.

    Please keep the feedback coming...........
     
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    depends on what kind of shooting you do. i do primarily zoo and wildlife. therefore buying a D700 would be a step back from my D90. now that the D300s is out it is really the only viable upgrade for me. ISO performance is no better in the D700 than the D300s. unless somehow the D300s took a step backward from the D300.
     
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    I have a D40, so I feel your pain on the ISO. I'm not sure how much of a hurry you're in, but how about this. You are pretty much set on the D700, which means other than the 50 1.8, you are going to need a new lens(es). If I were you, I would decide on the lens you want for the D700 and buy that first. Give it a while on you're D80 and see if that can buy you some time and perhaps let the D700x/800/whatever come out and the price go down on the D700 (keeping in mind that once you see what those cameras can do, you'll want one of them.) To be honest, from my research I doubt the price on a new 700 will go down very much, but there will be more used D700's on the market. This plan would allow a couple more paychecks to come in before dropping the 2 G's on the D700. I am suggesting this because I am currently on this plan. I had the kit lens, then ended up getting a Sigma 18-50 2.8 which has put off a camera upgrade. The only flaw in my purchase is the one I got isn't compatible with FF, but I wasn't thinking that far ahead at the time. Live and learn.

    Just one of the many opinions you'll hear.
     
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    also... the 70-200mm was the best photographic purchase i've made to date. the only time it leaves my D90 is when i'm throwing the teleconverter on it

    i've also used it with the D700 and D3 and the vignetting is no where near as bad as some people like to make it out to be. easily corrected in PS with 1 or 2 notches to the left :)
     

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