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Bought a D700 Body only, need lenses.

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by FOTW, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. FOTW

    FOTW Member

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    Hi I just purchased a D700 Body only I wasn't planning on purchasing it however at the price it was going for, I gave into temptation.

    I was previously using a Nikon D40 18-55mm and 55-200mm kit, as far as I know both those lenses are DX and wont work with a FX body, or the sensor only sees the DX crop factor.

    If I was to use these lenses on the D700 will it damage the camera in any way, similiar to how EF-S lenses damage Full frame canon cameras?

    Any way enought of that, as I said I wasn't planning on purchasing this camera so i dont have any real proper glass for it, or any money to purchase hefty priced lenses.

    My main interests in photography are landscape and macro photos, however I may have the oppurtunity to do some wedding and studio family portrait work, now that I have a camera of this quality.

    So at the moment I have about $500 to spend on a lens and would like to get something that will give me a good all rounder for now till I save up for more specific lenses. I'm not really brand specific however I tend to go for either Sigma or Nikkor glass.

    As a side note:

    Also I love 50mm photography and will be tossing up between:

    https://photo-shop.zeiss.com/epages/cz.sf/en_GB/?ViewObjectID=5719390&Locale=en_GB

    or

    http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all_details.asp?id=3354&navigator=17

    both are quite pricey and the sigma does offer the autofocus however the Zeiss by all accounts, is one of the sharpest 50mm lenses you can get, just not sure how well it would do at a gig with having to manual focus all the time. Any one used either of these lenses?

    Any way any help would be much appreciated.

    Regards,
     
  2. Da1nONLY

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    You can use the DX lenses on the D700...
    however it'll reduce the MP from 12 to 5.

    Check out the manual! ;)
     
  3. baar01

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    What about the Nikkor 50mm 1.4? Or perhaps the Sigma 24-70 2.8 is you want a zoom?
     
  4. Da1nONLY

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    50mm 1.8 - $150
    Tamron 28-75 f2.8 - around $450ish...

    ;)
     
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    Cheers, Ive been reading the manual however its bloody big manual, still good to know they wont damage the camera just have to set the format to DX.

    I was considering it however from sample shots it seems to have very jittery Bokeh for the background I found it very distracting, even so sharpness overall seemed quite good.

    The 28-75 f2.8 seems like quite a decent lens I may need to investigate a bit further, which 50mm 1.8 are you talking about?
     
  6. TerminalVeloCD

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    The Tamron 28-75mm is too soft and vignettes heavily on FX. The only standard zooms I would recommend for FX are:

    AF Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8-4D IF Macro
    AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G IF-ED
    AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G IF-ED
    AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm f2.8D IF-ED
    AF Nikkor 28-105mm f3.5-4.5D IF Macro
    AF Nikkor 28-200mm f3.5-5.6G IF-ED
     
  7. ^catalyst

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    The Zeiss 50 is really nice mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Manual focus, but the D700 is an easy camera to MF on.

    And yes, the D700 has an epic manual. Sigma 24-70 IF is good, though I haven't tried it on a D700 but it was quite good on the 5dmk2 so it should be fine.

    The Sigma 50 is supposed to be good but its bloody huge!!! The Zeiss ooooooozes quality and I want one :)
     
  8. SilverRayne

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    From what I recall, the 50 Planar's OOF rendering isn't all that great. I think MJ said the formula was the same as the old C/Y planar. One of the sharpest 50s though yes.

    I'm just not convinced that it's worth 2-3x the equivalent Nikkor. At the moment, I'd probably take the 58/1.4 CV Nokton over the Planar, but instead I got the 40/2 Ultron for my d700.
     
  9. Da1nONLY

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    I don't get any vignetting on my D700.
    Stop it down to F4 and its tack sharp!

    Here are some experiences with this combo from other ppl.

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/tamron2875mm/discuss/72157612754640502/
     
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  10. Da1nONLY

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    nikkor f1.8 D
     
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    Not sure i have been looking at prices and found that the nikonhere in Ireland best price I could get it for was just under 400 euro while the Zeiss from thier website had a list price of 649 euro and I'm pretty sure if I hunt around I could get it slightly cheaper, even with the sigma f1.4 buying direct from Hahnel (ireland) it would be 385 euro.


    well been doing a bit of reading and from some of the sample shots linked the tamron looks like a decent buy, as I mentioned dont have that much in the pocket right so just need something to get me started.

    Will look to upgrade in the future with better glass, but for now I just want to get out there and take some photos, so a standard zoom lens will do the trick for me. No use having the body and only using the DX lenses I have.

    Any way once I get it ( if I can find a Tamron dealer in Ireland), I'll be posting up some pictures here for sure. Thanks for all you're sugestions made for some interesting web reading.

    Regards,
     
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  12. Demonic2005

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    Isn't the $150 50mm 1.8 only a DX lense you'd need the 50mm f1.4G or maybe an older 50mm but would be completely manual focus


    Thats an incredible jump you've taken too a D700, I was looking at the D300S/D700 but just can't find myself using those features apart from once in a blue moon. Apart from the better auto bracketting that would be damm handy
     
  13. DaLeroy

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    Nope, both 50's are FX compatible.
     
  14. myoheddie

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    50 1.8 is FX.

    agreed, a jump which may not be appreciated for a while.

    what ever happend to buying good glass over bodies btw? this forum seems to be going a little crazy since new year...
     
  15. Demonic2005

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    Hmmm so whats the difference between the 50mm f/1.4 AF-D and the 50mm f/1.4 AF-G
     
  16. myoheddie

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    50mm f/1.4 AF-D is the old screw driven AF with an aperture ring

    50mm f/1.4 AF-S G is new AF-s, no aperture ring.
     
  17. Demonic2005

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    Yeah I agree completely exactly why i stayed with DX I love my current lenses very sharp and put alot of effort into getting some good glass

    If i went a D700 I'd have too buy all my lenses again apart from a few and also have to pay the price increase for FX Glass

    Also I'm not sure about the D700 but the D300S doesn't even try to be a simple camera and sometimes i don't mind the simplicity the D300S was incredibly confusing next too a D90 lol even the staff member had trouble although he was a Canon fanboi
     
  18. Demonic2005

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    Cheers for enlightening me there I've always had in my mind it was FX and I have no idea where i got that idea from.
     
  19. andydev

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    Grats!, how much did you paid for the body?
     
  20. FB008

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    More controls should make it easier to access features that you would require on demand. Layout takes a bit of getting used to but I find it far superior to the D90.
     

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