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  1. #1
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    Looking for some advice on a new D850 purchase

    Iím just getting back into photography and getting ready to purchase a D850. My last Nikon camera, thatís still in mint condition was the D200 that I purchased brand new in 2005.

    Iím looking for some advice on what to do about lenses to go with the D850. I still have a Nikon AF NIKKOR 35-70mm 2.8D and a Nikon ED AF NIKKOR 80-200mm 2.8D that I was using with D200. Would these lenses work ok with the D850 or am I better off selling them and putting the money toward new lenses?


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    Re: Looking for some advice on a new D850 purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by djt View Post
    Iím just getting back into photography and getting ready to purchase a D850. My last Nikon camera, thatís still in mint condition was the D200 that I purchased brand new in 2005.

    Iím looking for some advice on what to do about lenses to go with the D850. I still have a Nikon AF NIKKOR 35-70mm 2.8D and a Nikon ED AF NIKKOR 80-200mm 2.8D that I was using with D200. Would these lenses work ok with the D850 or am I better off selling them and putting the money toward new lenses?
    Both should work fine on the D850. Since I haven't used either lens, I'm not sure of their optical quality compared with newer lenses. The thing is your D200 has a 10.2mp sensor while the D850 has a 45.7mp sensor. What that means is any flaws such as a lack of sharpness will be even more noticeable on the D850 due to its sensor.

    Hopefully others here will be able to give you additional information on those lenses while mounted on the D850.
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  3. #3
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    Re: Looking for some advice on a new D850 purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Both should work fine on the D850. Since I haven't used either lens, I'm not sure of their optical quality compared with newer lenses. The thing is your D200 has a 10.2mp sensor while the D850 has a 45.7mp sensor. What that means is any flaws such as a lack of sharpness will be even more noticeable on the D850 due to its sensor.

    Hopefully others here will be able to give you additional information on those lenses while mounted on the D850.
    Thank you for the response.

    Some quick research on-line turned up favorable comments about the quality of these two lenses (some calling them tanks as far as build quality goes). I guess this could also be seen as a problem due to the weight of lenses when mated to a newer camera body.

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    Re: Looking for some advice on a new D850 purchase

    Optically, I doubt that the 35-70 will be adequate with the D850. I had one with my D700 and as soon as I got the 24mp D600 it started to show weakness. Specially backlit shots would be unusable. If I was you, I would replace both with more modern lens designs. The 24-120 f4 and the 70-200 f4 would work much better than what you have.

    Don't forget that with the D850's definition, VR (vibration control) lenses are almost a must if you plan any hand held shots.

    There are great deals for the D750 and the cost difference would allow you to upgrade your lenses. 24mp is plenty for a semi-pro level of photography.

    Good luck with your decision.
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    Re: Looking for some advice on a new D850 purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel View Post
    Optically, I doubt that the 35-70 will be adequate with the D850. I had one with my D700 and as soon as I got the 24mp D600 it started to show weakness. Specially backlit shots would be unusable. If I was you, I would replace both with more modern lens designs. The 24-120 f4 and the 70-200 f4 would work much better than what you have.

    Don't forget that with the D850's definition, VR (vibration control) lenses are almost a must if you plan any hand held shots.

    There are great deals for the D750 and the cost difference would allow you to upgrade your lenses. 24mp is plenty for a semi-pro level of photography.

    Good luck with your decision.
    They just took another $200.00 off the price of the D850 today so maybe I can purchase a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens with the body. This could hold me over until I make another trip down to B&H and see what they would give me for the two lenses I have.


    Thank you very much for the info!

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    Re: Looking for some advice on a new D850 purchase

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    I own and use the Nikon ED AF NIKKOR 80-200mm 2.8D which was a holdover from my film days. It is one great lens and should work great with a D850. The only real shortcoming is the lack of VR. But we worked around this issue without any problems during the old film days.
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    Re: Looking for some advice on a new D850 purchase

    The D850 still retains the screw coupling so it should work just fine with the D series lenses. It also works superlatively with all AI and AIS lenses, which are all I actually have. You may initially be disappointed with the resolution of your images with the D850. This is not the fault of the camera, it is revealing potential shortcomings (which we all have) in technique. Any unsharpness due to camera shake or any mis-focus by the lens will be painfully obvious.
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    Nikon FTn, F2A/MD-2, Nikkormat FT2, F4E, D850, D700, D7100

    8-15mm f/3.5-4.5 AFS, 15mm f/3.5 AIS,16mm f/2.8 Fisheye AIS, 18mm f/3.5 AIS, 24mm f/2.8 AIS, 28mm f/2.8 AI, 28-50mm f/3.5 AIS, 35mm f/2 AIS, 35-70mm /3.5 AIS, 50mm f/1.8 AIS, 50mm f/1.4 AIS, 55mm f/2.8 AIS Micro w/ PK-13, 85mm f/1.4 AIS,50-135mm f/3.5 AIS, 80-200 f/4 AIS, 105mm f/1.8 AIS, 105mm 2.8 AIS Micro, 180mm f/2.8 ED AIS, 300mm f/2.8 ED-IF AIS, 600mm f/4 ED-IF AIS, TC14B and TC300.

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    Re: Looking for some advice on a new D850 purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel View Post
    Optically, I doubt that the 35-70 will be adequate with the D850. I had one with my D700 and as soon as I got the 24mp D600 it started to show weakness. Specially backlit shots would be unusable. If I was you, I would replace both with more modern lens designs. The 24-120 f4 and the 70-200 f4 would work much better than what you have.

    Don't forget that with the D850's definition, VR (vibration control) lenses are almost a must if you plan any hand held shots.

    There are great deals for the D750 and the cost difference would allow you to upgrade your lenses. 24mp is plenty for a semi-pro level of photography.

    Good luck with your decision.
    24MP is sufficient for any level, including professional level, photography. The D5 is only 24 MP. If your enlargements will not exceed 11x14 or at most 16x20, 12MP is sufficient. I have 16x20 prints taken with my D700 and they are still very sharp.
    Best Answers Marcel voted best answer for this post
     
    Nikon FTn, F2A/MD-2, Nikkormat FT2, F4E, D850, D700, D7100

    8-15mm f/3.5-4.5 AFS, 15mm f/3.5 AIS,16mm f/2.8 Fisheye AIS, 18mm f/3.5 AIS, 24mm f/2.8 AIS, 28mm f/2.8 AI, 28-50mm f/3.5 AIS, 35mm f/2 AIS, 35-70mm /3.5 AIS, 50mm f/1.8 AIS, 50mm f/1.4 AIS, 55mm f/2.8 AIS Micro w/ PK-13, 85mm f/1.4 AIS,50-135mm f/3.5 AIS, 80-200 f/4 AIS, 105mm f/1.8 AIS, 105mm 2.8 AIS Micro, 180mm f/2.8 ED AIS, 300mm f/2.8 ED-IF AIS, 600mm f/4 ED-IF AIS, TC14B and TC300.

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    Re: Looking for some advice on a new D850 purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    I own and use the Nikon ED AF NIKKOR 80-200mm 2.8D which was a holdover from my film days. It is one great lens and should work great with a D850. The only real shortcoming is the lack of VR. But we worked around this issue without any problems during the old film days.
    Both the Nikon AF NIKKOR 35-70mm 2.8D and the Nikon ED AF NIKKOR 80-200mm 2.8D were originally purchased back when I was still using a F100.

    For the most part this camera will be used for landscape photography, can I get away without VR by using high shutter speeds?


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    Re: Looking for some advice on a new D850 purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by djt View Post
    For the most part this camera will be used for landscape photography, can I get away without VR by using high shutter speeds?
    Part of that will depend on your technique. Because of the high mp of the sensor, any slight shake or movement will be much more obvious with this camera than one with a 10mp or 12mp sensor.

    Since you aren't sure whether or not to keep your existing lenses, unless there is a lens sale that has a great price now, just hold onto your existing lenses and try them on a D850. If you aren't happy with the results, then plan to upgrade.

    Or...wait until later in November to get a D850. Usually Nikon has combo body/lens sales - at least here in the USA.
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