Ultimate Lens Toolbox for Nikon DSLR?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by DS, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. DS

    DS Guest


    What would the ultimate lens toolkit be for an aspiring photographer to be
    able to shoot a full gamut of styles and needs as a sideline business with
    Nikon D Series?.

    I would hope that it could be done with 3-4 lenses? Would throwing in a
    good teleconverter be a good solution for using fewer lenses? I know there
    are deferent opinions, but I was hoping there would be consistent averages,
    at least on the basics.

    My interests are:

    Architecture (indoor and out).
    Commercial (from pocket knives to aerial photos).

    Thanks for your help,

    DS, Jul 14, 2006
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  2. It really depends on how much you want to spend and can justify spending?
    My walk-around pack contains the following lenses:

    17-35mm f/2.8D AF
    28-70mm f/2.8D AF
    (Both of these can be replaced by the 17-55mm f/2.8G DX if you never want
    full frame or film)

    70-200mm f/2.8 VR and TC 20E II Teleconverter.
    50mm f/1.4D
    85mm f/1.4D AF
    105mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor (I have the new VR model but like the older 105

    This combo covers everything I need to do.
    Or, depending on the needs of you final product you can probably get by with
    an 18-200mm VR lens for about $650.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Jul 14, 2006
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    Sheldon Guest

    I have the kit lens that comes with the D70. A little small on the
    aperture, but a very good lens (18~70)

    The 80~200 f2.8. Great for limiting depth of field and a good all around

    A 500 mirror. Incredible when something is really out there. Very sharp.
    Very light and compact, but fixed f8.

    Just got a 60mm f2.8 Macro. Should also double as a portrait lens. Both
    the 60 and 105 are excellent Macro lenses. The 105 will give you a bit more
    space from your subject, but it's bigger, heavier and more expensive than
    the 60. Still, a great lens.

    All the above lenses are autofocus and match the D70 no problem.

    I also still have an old 28mm

    55 Macro AI

    80-200 AI

    85mm 1.8 AI

    I might sell all the non AF lenses except the 85 1.8. It's still a great
    portrait lens, and a nice piece of glass.

    My biggest problem was using my old lenses and having to take a bunch of
    test shots to get the exposure right. The frustration finally got to me.
    Sheldon, Jul 15, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    You could actually use a D50 and the 18-200mm VR. Most of the guys who
    buy the D2xs and so on are amateurs. The real pros go cheap and

    But, hey. My bag has a 12-24mm "landscape" lens, the 18-200mm VR for
    travel photography and light macro work, the 17-55mm f/2.8 DX, and the
    70-200mm VR. If you want to go long, substitute the 80-400mm VR, which
    I also have; it is unwieldy, but it gets a surprising amount of work.

    Of course, I am an amateur -- I shoot photos for the fun of it. If
    photography became a job, I probably would hate it.
    cjcampbell, Jul 15, 2006
  5. This does not match what I've seen at NFL football matches, the
    Olympics, and other venues that I believe bring out the "real pros" in
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jul 15, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    Yeah, where did he come up with that one?

    Every year I attend the grand prix races and the only "pros" I see using
    the consumer models are in the stands. The real pros have press passes
    to get them closer to the action and none of them were using consumer
    cameras and lenses. I saw a lot of D2x and 1Ds cameras, and enough money
    in glass to pay all of my bills for the next two years.

    By the way, anyone with a camera can get a "photo pass" for about $250
    which gives you access to many of the restricted areas after you attend
    a safety class. But even with that you don't get commercial rights - the
    photos are for your personal use only. I think one of these guys was
    using a D200 with the 70-200 VR lense, but that's about as low end as it
    Bill, Jul 16, 2006
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    Sheldon Guest

    You could actually use a D50 and the 18-200mm VR. Most of the guys who
    I used to work for AP. The real pros get the best, most rugged equipment
    they can get their hand on and use it to death. They may argue over Canon
    and Nikon, but you won't find any "cheap, disposable" bodies or lenses in
    their bags.

    This is not to say you can't take a great photo with a D50 and a Tamron
    lens. It's just that pros have come to rely on the fact that pro equipment
    and lenses made by the same manufacturer as your camera will outperform and
    outlast lesser models. Where an armature will take great pains to coddle
    their equipment, most pros equipment tends to get knocked around quite a
    bit. This is part of the reason professional equipment tends to cost more.
    It's just more rugged.
    Sheldon, Jul 16, 2006
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    Don Wiss Guest

    This is what another press organization has to say:

    A comment from an editor at The Times:

    Equipment for Photographers

    Q. I am an amateur photographer, and I am interested in some of the
    technical aspects. I imagine that all of your photographers now use digital
    cameras. If so, do they use 35mm format digital cameras, or a larger
    format? What format do you receive these photos in -- RAW or JPEG?
    -- Patrick Reardon, Fort Worth, Texas

    A. Yes, all of our photographers are equipped digitally. We currently use
    35mm-format Canon Mark II's and 5D's with a variety of lenses from 10mm to
    600mm. We have Hasselblad and large format equipment that shoots film. Our
    photographers are also equipped with lighting equipment -- 2 strobe heads,
    battery packs and filters. We receive the photos in JPEG format. Good luck
    Don Wiss, Jul 16, 2006
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    k-man Guest

    12-24 f/4 (that will cover your indoor architecture and various outdoor
    70-200 f/2.8 VR (sweet lens, dare I say heavenly)
    105 f/2.8D macro (older model but it's excellent). Good for both
    macros and portraits.

    I shoot with a D70s and got the "kit" 18-70 f/3.5-4.5 with it. It's a
    nice lens and takes great shots. But I wish that Nikon would make an
    18-70 f/2.8. Just my sidenote. :)

    k-man, Jul 19, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    Why stop there?

    How about an 18-200 f/2.8 AFS VR that's sharp wide open?
    Bill, Jul 19, 2006
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    k-man Guest

    And if it also had miminal distortion, that would kick butt!

    k-man, Jul 19, 2006
  12. DS

    Bill Guest

    Well that goes without saying.

    The newest rumour is the next Nikon D90(?) will come with this new kit
    lense for only $99 extra.
    Bill, Jul 19, 2006
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    k-man Guest

    k-man, Jul 20, 2006
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