What lens woud you pair with the D700?

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Getting rid of my current stuff isn't something I want to do.

why?... if you are moving to full frame there is no point have DX lenses....


edit: since your budget is only $5 grand... you may want to consider used nikor 28-70 2.8 and 80-200 2.8... these are still two well regarded professional quality lenses...
 

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I just had the same question. I just got a D700 and would highly recommend the 24-70. I have an old F2A and 105 and it works great with the new body...
Noob to this forum, but would highly agree with Sw1tch ... 24 - 70 F2.8 is a great lens and if you can pick up the 105, it is a great combo.
I also love the 14 - 24 for some unique images, but it isn't everyone's cup of tea.
Good luck.
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why?... if you are moving to full frame there is no point have DX lenses....


edit: since your budget is only $5 grand... you may want to consider used nikor 28-70 2.8 and 80-200 2.8... these are still two well regarded professional quality lenses...


because I want to keep them for the D40.. Which I will still keep for when I don't want to lug the D700 around with me. The only DX lenses I have are the kit and the 55-200.

But, even if I do use them on the D700.. It will treat it like a D300 then and crop the image down.
 

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Yeah you really don't want to buy the 17-55 2.8 it is not made for a full size sensor. Best bet on good glass would be 24-70 2.8 and a 70-200 2.8 VR or 80-200 2.8 if you can’t afford the VR. For wider angle shots the 17-35 2.8 would be best and your 50 1.8 is still great on a D700. Those are all best case scenario though for pro-sumer lenses you have a bunch more options. Plenty of non pro lenses are still good. Check www.kenrockwell.com for reviews.
 

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lol, So, you start losing weight.. and people ask you how you are doing it..

"well, I spent about 7grand on camera equipment and just carry it around all day.. seems to be a pretty good diet/workout plan so far..."

the diet part comes with the fact that you can't afford to buy food anymore ...
 

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because I want to keep them for the D40.. Which I will still keep for when I don't want to lug the D700 around with me. The only DX lenses I have are the kit and the 55-200.

But, even if I do use them on the D700.. It will treat it like a D300 then and crop the image down.

but the result is a 5meg picture... whereas with the D300 it would be a 12meg picture...

seems like putting a dx lens on a D700 is an awful waste....i dunno... if you really want a D700 you gotta step up the lenses...

i also doubt very much that you will have an appetite to use the D40 after you spend the money on a D700..... you'll get used to the weight pretty quickly.....
 

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Alright. So I plan to one day purchase a D700 and accessories... This may be afew months to a year from now, But it is what I have decided that I want. It's a little bit of an overkill but thats what I want.. So I'm not left wanting... Just learning.

I currently use a D40 with the basic lenses, 1.8 50mm, 18-55mm kit, 55-200mm vr, and the 60mm af-s macro lens. Soon I am going to buy the Tamron 17-55mm 2.8.

None of those lens are up to par with the D700 so I will also be purchasing some nice glass with the body... Which is where I need some suggestions on. I plan to be doing alot of senior portrait style pictures and such.. Just to give a better idea.

I'm open to anything really.. new.. used.. just whatever... but I would greatly appreciate suggestions. My budget when buying everything will probably be from $4,000-4,500... All really depending on what price I can find the body at that point in time.


Thanks in advance.

- Parker

I'm in a similar boat as you with my D40 and saving/planning for the D700.

The 60mm is the only lens in your current arsenal that you can use on the D700 without the crop; the rest are all DX. I would def hold off on the 17-55 f/2.8 due to that limitation with DX/FX.

I have used the 14-24mm f/2.8 on a number of occasions and am absolutely in LOVE with it. So that is a #1 recommendation, but not absolute necessity if you don't know how to use a wide-angle.

If you want a nice tide over lens, I just recently pre-ordered the new Nikon 50mm f/1.4 G AF-S prime; it works on the D40/60 series as a DX and is fully compatible with the FX bodies as well. Can't go wrong with a 50mm prime on a full-frame body!

I would then invest in a 70-200 f/2.8 lens; the Nikon version is hard to get, comes with VR, and is $1500+. The Tamron version is new, also f/2.8, but with no VR, comes to about $699. I am personally leaning towards the Tamron because I don't usually shoot that "zoomed." I hate using my 55-200mm VR on my D40!!

But that's my plan of attack based on what I shoot (wedding stuff, landscape, and hobby).

Budget wise, $4000-4500 will be tight. Right now, you can get what I just mentioned for about $5300.
 
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but the result is a 5meg picture... whereas with the D300 it would be a 12meg picture...

seems like putting a dx lens on a D700 is an awful waste....i dunno... if you really want a D700 you gotta step up the lenses...

i also doubt very much that you will have an appetite to use the D40 after you spend the money on a D700..... you'll get used to the weight pretty quickly.....


Selling the kit lens and the 55-200vr will only net me.. maybe $260... I just see no need to sell them if I don't plan to get rid of the D40.

Its always nice to have an extra camera.





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shivaswrath,

I have the nikkor 1.8 50mm, it also works on full frame. Its just the kit lens and the 55-200mm that aren't full frame.
 

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lens for portrait? how bout the Nikkor 105mm F/2.5. you can find one in excellent shape for about 250-350 on ebay and its one of the best lenses nikon makes. I just got one the other day and am eagerly awaiting its arrival.

Is this also a macro lens?
 

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well, as much as I keep drooling over one, I'd have to sell most of my MF lenses to pay for it, negating the reason for having one, but if I had one, I'd probably use my 35mm f2 Nikkor O-C, 55 1.2 S-C and either the 105 2.5 or 135 2.0. I love my 180 2.8 on film, but it's a little bit heavy to carry around all day.
 

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