Over the last 3-4 years I’ve spent a lot of time acquiring the right lenses for a full frame DSLR. Here’s my pick of the must-have lenses.
WIDE PRIME – This is where a full frame camera really comes into its own
2. Nikon 14-24mm f2.8. I don’t own it, but known as the world’s best wide angle for DSLRs. Big, heavy, expensive, flares a lot; but the best. About $1,500 used
WIDE ZOOM - Like wide primes, they're fabulous on full frame
1. Sigma 20mm f1.8. Not the sharpest out there, but the wide aperture and close focus make for dramatic images. About $400.
2. Nikon 24mm f1.4 AF-S – I haven’t used this lens, but I could see it being great for full frame. About $1,700 used. I use the Nikon 24mm f2 Ai-s manual focus which I like.
3. Nikon 35mm f1.4 AF-S – I haven’t used this lens, but would also be great for full frame. About $1,700 used. I use the Nikon 35mm f1.4 Ai-s manual focus, which is only OK. About $450 used
1. Fast – The only lens is the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8. Expensive, but the best. About $1500 used
2. Allround – Tamron 24-135mm f3.5-5.6. Excellent all round zoom, but no VR or AF-S. A bargain in today’s market. About $200 used
Nikkor 50mm f1.2 Manual Focus – The fastest 50mm Nikon has ever made. Fabulous with full frame, but lots of light fall off at f1.2. About $450 used.
Any of the 70/80-200mmf2.8 lenses work great. I think the Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 AF-D twin ring in particular is great value, with outstanding performance. About $800 used.
|Nikon D700 with Nikon 35mm f2 AF-D|