I need some advice on which lens to get for my D700 body. I currently own the 50mm 1.8, and am looking to expand. I am an amateur enthusiast, who mainly shoots portrait, but I also enjoy shooting landscapes.
I am torn between these two options:
1) get two lenses, one for portrait, one for landscapes:
- Nikkor AF-S 85 mm 1.8 G
- Nikkor AF D 20mm 2.8
2) get the new 28-300 VR, for approximately the same money. I know this one is more convenient, but image quality is very important to me.
So should I sacrifice convenience and get the prime lenses, or should I opt for the convenient all-round lens at the risk of loosing quality?
Or are there other lenses in this price range I should consider?
I would really appreciate some buying advice and input here, to help me guide my choices.
Fotografica Gregor wrote: actually I was loaned a 28-300 to play with and was fairly impressed
--- for what it is - a prosumer super zoom - it's actually reasonably impressive
I've taken some astounding wildlife shots with it at the long end. Fully equal to the 300 f4 AFS (but not approaching the 300 f2.8)
I have the 300 f4 and its very sharp even wide open. I'd love to see what you consider sharp at 300mm on the 28-300. I know the 70-300 can't touch the 300 f4 anywhere close to 300, and I have my doubts that a super zoom can either!
Not or ever have been a fan of the super zooms so personally I wouldn't consider one so have nothing to say of them. Again, personally I've never shot an 85 f1.8 I liked a lot of others do though. I can say that the 20mm f2.8 D is one of my favorites. It's good handy and a lot of fun. I usually just set mine on f11 and set manual focus at 1.5 feet and shoot away.
Mister Denial wrote: Thanks everyone for their input and help!
I'm definitely leaning towards solution 1, which was my initial choice too; I just got sidetracked by the many great reviews I read on the 28-300, including great bokeh.
For the 85mm, I have hesitating between the 1.8 D and the 1.8 G - I read the 1.8 D is sturdier (metal) compared to the plastic feel of the 1.8 G, but the 1.8 has apparently awesome image quality.
What are your thoughts on this lens? D or G ?
I am sorry to disappoint many but the metal exterior lenses are not necessarily more durable when comparing professional lines. The "plasticky" lenses can often handle more shock without causing internal damage.
There are many "plasticky" materials today that are tougher than metal in application.
The optics and coatings on the G versus D are so far superior especially in the 35mm f1.8 that the "G" has to be the choice. The 35 f1.8D was a good lens in its day but no real competitor for the 1.4D while the 1.8G is very close in performance to the 1.8G - which is stellar.
28-300 is very good on 12MP cameras, such as D700; but, it shows its limitations on 36MP bodies. Legendary shooter Jay Meisel used to shoot with only 70-300VR on his D3s, and now he only shoots with 28-300.