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alessandro2009
Posts: 7,363
Florence, Toscana, Italy


Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II
Feb 25 13 11:37 am  Link  Quote 
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Sophistocles
Posts: 21,320
Seattle, Washington, US


alessandro2009 wrote:
Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II

Yeah, for the dance stuff, this is looking like the most likely solution, especially considering my 50mm on my D200 is "really" a 75mm wink

Feb 25 13 12:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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still-photography
Posts: 1,315
Bothell, Washington, US


Sophistocles wrote:
What do I want?

Good question.

Chris, is there really any chance in hell you are crowd-sourcing this decision?  Or are you just yanking the collective chain?

Feb 25 13 02:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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JMHSPhoto
Posts: 412
Windsor, Ontario, Canada


No one has mentioned the 14-24mm 2.8

This is a real worker and if used right, can really make some interesting images.

it is without a doubt the sharpest lens I have ever owned.. Full stop.

No vignetting at any focal length, edge to edge, tack sharp throughout the entire range. And just one of the best bangs for the buck.
Feb 26 13 03:06 am  Link  Quote 
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sultanphotography
Posts: 827
Chicago, Illinois, US


JMHSPhoto wrote:
No one has mentioned the 14-24mm 2.8

This is a real worker and if used right, can really make some interesting images.

it is without a doubt the sharpest lens I have ever owned.. Full stop.

No vignetting at any focal length, edge to edge, tack sharp throughout the entire range. And just one of the best bangs for the buck.

yeah i love that lens too. but its really a landscape/architecture type lens. I wouldn't use it for people.

Feb 26 13 05:17 am  Link  Quote 
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Sophistocles
Posts: 21,320
Seattle, Washington, US


still-photography wrote:
Good question.

Chris, is there really any chance in hell you are crowd-sourcing this decision?  Or are you just yanking the collective chain?

Absolutely crowd sourcing. From the responses here and in other areas, the new 70-200 seems my first purchase, followed by the 85mm.

This has absolutely clarified my thought process in making the decision.

UPS tells me my d4 will be here in less than 24 hours, and I'm going to rent the 70-200 for a dance show this weekend and give it a spin.

Feb 26 13 01:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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DougBPhoto
Posts: 37,969
Portland, Oregon, US


Sophistocles wrote:
Absolutely crowd sourcing. From the responses here and in other areas, the new 70-200 seems my first purchase, followed by the 85mm.

This has absolutely clarified my thought process in making the decision.

UPS tells me my d4 will be here in less than 24 hours, and I'm going to rent the 70-200 for a dance show this weekend and give it a spin.

Or you could have just listened to me  tongue


*practices UPS signature*

Feb 26 13 02:14 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sophistocles
Posts: 21,320
Seattle, Washington, US


DougBPhoto wrote:
*practices UPS signature*

My wife will be home. You'll have to convince the USP guy you're me while simultaneously distracting my wife (and while I know how you could do that effectively, I'm not about to tell you! :-))

Feb 26 13 02:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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Yen Studios
Posts: 777
Memphis, Tennessee, US


The 85 mm1.4 lens seems to be real popular, I have the G version and used a d800 to shoot these.  http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31688322
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31798028

And I think the 70-200 vr2 should be on your list too, this is a beautiful lens, here are a couple of samples hooked up to a d3x-  http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31384900
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30334592.

Have fun with that D4
Feb 26 13 03:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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Dazed Productions
Posts: 189
London, England, United Kingdom


I also recommend the 85mm f1.4 af-d, its my favourite lens.  the 135mm f2 is nice as well but not in the same league.  I didn't see anyone mention the 180mm f2.8 AF-D?  Its a great lens, very sharp and can be picked up for peanuts if your lucky.  Sure, I dream of upgrading to the 200mm f2 but in the real world I am happy with the 180!
Feb 27 13 12:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Connor Photography
Posts: 6,469
Elkton, Maryland, US


-fpc- wrote:
85/1.4

135/2 DC

100/2 Zeiss

200/2 VR--optimus prime

all beautiful for that shallow DOF that you love ( as do I)
just depends on that " present to yourself" budget

I have been waiting for the new 135/2 DC.  For my old Dx, 85 mm is real good, but for D800, I would think that 100 or 135 mm will be golden.

Feb 27 13 12:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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DougBPhoto
Posts: 37,969
Portland, Oregon, US


Sophistocles wrote:

My wife will be home. You'll have to convince the USP guy you're me while simultaneously distracting my wife (and while I know how you could do that effectively, I'm not about to tell you! :-))

I was going with sparkly pointe shoes and chocolate tongue

Feb 27 13 12:28 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Alien LiFe
Posts: 836
San Francisco, California, US


I'll go with 85mm 1.4 G and 200mm 2.0 G VR if you have the money ... wink
Feb 27 13 01:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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sultanphotography
Posts: 827
Chicago, Illinois, US


200mm or 300mm if he is getting the 70-200
Mar 01 13 05:55 am  Link  Quote 
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