Switched pre-order from 5d mk III to D800

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  1. poker_jake

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    Never purchased something this expensive for a hobby, this looks like one beast of a camera. What lenses would you recommend? I'm picking up the 24-120mm f4 and 80-400mm f4.5-5.6. I was thinking of a 50 prime and/or a wide angle.
     
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    What features of the d800 led you to change your mind? Those lenses will not be ideal for that camera, you will need the best lenses you can buy to get the resolution that camera provides.
     
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    +1 The D800 is going to be a whole new beast, and will require REALLY GOOD technique, and excellent glass! May not be the best camera to "Start" a hobby with. It may be frustrating to someone with no experience...

    I would highly recommend something like the D7000 as a starter, and get top end lenses!
     
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    I'm making the jump from a canon 60D, really want full frame for landscapes and the occasional airshow and airpanes that fly into work hence the 80-400mm.
     
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    Oddly, Nikon itself has issued a list of good-performing lenses,in the eight-page D800 primer available on-line, and the 24-120 is on that list. As to lenses...there are dozens and dozens of Nikkor lenses that will perform well on that sensor. What one intends to photograph determines the most-useful lenses. A 50mm lens would be nice; the new 50mm f/1.8 AF-S G has the most-sophisticated optical formula of all the Nikkor 50mm's, so that's the 50 I would suggest. The new 85mm f/1.8 AF-S G also has REALLY HIGH resolution abilities--truly exceptional on the D3x, as tested by Photozone. I was floored to see the resolution capabilities of the new 85mm 1.8 AF-S G...just astounded. Those two lenses would allow you to shoot a LOT of subjects, in all types of lighting, and not have to carry much weight. I find the 50 and 85mm primes two of the best for all-around usage on FF bodies. Next, I like a 24mm f/2.8 lens for general wide-angle work--it;'s not all "that" wide, but then again, it does not make images where everything beyond 10 feet looks like you need a microscope to see it...
     
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    80-400 is not a pro quality lens....not the caliber you will need to realize the potential of the d800.
     
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    Trever1t Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    ehh, I'm not scared ;) From my understanding the high resolution will not make glass look bad...that is, that cheaper glass will perform better on the D800 than any other camera, it's just that to take full advantage of every pixle you'll really want to put on some TOP glass ;) If you are spending $3K for a great body you should consider dropping another $6K on glass for starters.


    Note: read Derrel's post again, good info right there :)
     
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    Thanks Derrel and all, what telephoto zoom would you recommend for shooting airplanes? I like the idea on the d800 of the crop sensor modes, I can put it in dx mode and get 5 fps. So I'm torn between the 70-300 or 80-400.
     
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    200-400mm and a monopod - or a 300mm f2.8 for aircraft (and a monopod!)

    But seriously what budget are you thinking of for the glass - there are loads of options and when you're in the world of long reach and quality the prices get very very big very fast.
     
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    Budget is about 7500 for body and lenses.
     
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    If you're just starting, why not just get the D700. It is still an excellent body and will save you a grand or more. You can put the left over toward better glass and other accessories that you might require such as lighting, tripod, etc. Plus, you won't have to deal with the massive file sizes in post.
     
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    I'm not just starting photography, just switching to ff and nikon.
     

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