What lenses would you use for an Nikon FX camera?

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  1. timbearden

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    This might be already in a forum, but I don't want to sift through right now. I am considering going to FX and trying to decide which lenses I would need. I need something similar to my 18-200 mm DX lens. I would like to hear input to what lenses you use and also for any wedding photographers what would you also use?

    Also just to make sure, I need something that is not DX, and not going to be cropped while using something like the D3 or D700.
     
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    You're going to need to spread this over three lenses. My suggestions would be:

    17-35/f2.8

    24-70/f2.8

    80-200/f2.8

    Altogether about $5000 worth of glass if bought new, but there's no point in putting second rate or consumer-grade glass on a high-end body.
     
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    14-24 f/2.8

    27-70 f/2.8

    70-200 f/2.8VR

    85mm f/1.8

    if you need a cheap midrange, then the 24-120VR. I have an unusually good sample that's awesome on film, and I bet it's ok on the 12MP FX sensor, it's just sloooooow.
     
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    28 is wide enough for me personally.
    28-70 f/2.8
    80-200 f/2.8
    400 f/4 to include with other speciality primes (105mm MicroNikkor f/2.8, 85mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.2 etc)

    Very similar to earlier posts with the key that both are much older lenses and are easily found on the second hand market, the only thing you are missing is the VR :)
     
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    All you really need is the 70-200 VR 2.8
    and perhaps no make that sure 17-55 nikon 2.8
    :alien:
     
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    Isn't that a DX lens?
     
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    Quiet possible would that be an issue?
    :alien:
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It most certainly is a DX lens.

    Apparently it is for him.
     
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    18-35 f/3.5-4.5 ($300ish used)
    28-105 f/3.5-4.5 ($150ish used)
    70-300VR ($400 used, $500 new)
    50mm f/1.4 ($225 used, $300 new)
    35-70 f/2.8 ($400 used, f/2.8 on a budget, Nikon's old f/2.8 pro mid-zoom)

    For an 18-200VR equivalent, sadly Nikon doesn't have one. They discontinued all of their cheap good film camera lenses by the end of 2006, probably to force people into needlessly buying professional f/2.8 zooms which are about all they have left. The old 28-200G might be worth trying to find, and it works pretty well. Or Tamron has a 28-300mm VC (VR) lens which from the looks of things appears to be half-decent. I just picked up a 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 for my F100 and it works great. Very sharp even wide open, the 1:2 macro feature is quite handy, and I like the range both on film and on DX too. I've heard from a lot of different sources that the 24-120VR is one of Nikon's softer lenses, but might be worth a shot for normal use. Just try it out first and make sure you can return it if you're not happy. This is one of the few film mid-zooms that Nikon actually still makes. It's sad this is all they've got to kit with the D700.

    For weddings, obviously go for the nicer f/2.8 stuff that's already been mentioned.
     
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    Yes. The image circle would not cover the full frame sensor...
     
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    That's what I would choose too. But probably not the 85mm, maybe a bigger telephoto.
     
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    My personal setup for my F100 at the moment:

    Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX, at 15-16mm. It covers FX/film there, and it's an f/2.8!
    Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 1:2 Macro. Great little lens (equiv to 18-70DX)
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D, which is now "normal" on FX/film. I love using this on both film as a normal, and on DX as a short tele.
    Nikkor 70-300VR. Haven't shot with this yet on the F100, but I plan to.

    I'm pondering trading my 17-55DX for a 24-70 f/2.8 so that I can make dual use of it. 24mm is generally wide enough for me indoors, and a bit of extra reach (on DX) would be nice. The 17-55 only works from 24mm onwards which is the same, but only 55mm at the long end isn't all that useful on FX/film. Might as well just use the 50mm f/1.4 and move forward and back as needed.
     

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