Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:11PM
Thinking about jumping over to the Nikon camp. If a guy were to head on over, what would be a good all round lens for a D600 or D800? Something comparable to the 24-105L. I know the square root of squat when it comes to Nikor/Nikkorr/Nikorr (however the hell you spell it) lenses and looking for some direction. For starters, what's their equivalent "L Series" of lenses?
And for others who've done the same thing (swap Canon to Nikon), any regrets or advice?
(Edited on 2012-09-20 00:53:37 by HeliRy)
Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:35PM
All Nikon lenses are L's. Joking aside, Nikon's L equivalent is the "Gold ring" on the end of the lens barrel.
The only lens that compares to the 24-105 L is the Nikkor 24-120 f/4. You get a bit more range, it's a tiny bit softer and the real downfall is what happens to hollywood bokeh around the edges of the frame (they look like US footballs on the edges and discs in the center) don't know if this is also the case on the 24-105 L. It also costs a lot more but it still has a lot of value for what you're getting.
Another one is the new 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 I haven't used it but for $600 It's a great starting point. I think the only complaint on this lens is distortion at the tele end.
Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:22AM
The Nikkor AF-S VR 24-120 F4 ED is a good lens, the first version was a dog! Make sure if you buy you get the right one I guess the old one is discontinued just becareful buying a used one.
I have used one but don't own one if you follow...I have the Nikkor AF-S 24-70 F2.8 which is phenomenal!
Not sure about the 24-85 F3.5 4.5 doesn't really cut it as a pro lens you need good glass to utilize all those pixels.
Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:56AM
I can highly recommend the 24-70 f2.8, it's my standard lens and gives fantastic results.
Combined with the 70-200 f2.8 II and the 14-24 f2.8 you'll have all the top quality glass you'll need!
The II version of the 70-200 f2.8 is light years better than the I version so don't be tempted by a second hand bargain.
Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:59AM
Over the years, Nikon lenses have been more expensive than Canon. It's an aspect worth looking into.
Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:39AM
I use a combination of the 28-70 2.8 and the 70-200 vrII 2.8. Both great lenes. Either of those would be a great starting point and would mean you wont need to buy another lens in that range. I am still waiting for Nikon to bring out a 35-120 2.8
Another great thing about Nikon is you can use all their back catalogue of lenses. I don't shoot macro often and wanted to try it out so I got a 55 3.5 from the 1960s for about £50. It is sharp and has paid for itself. There are a lot of hidden gems available out there.
Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:43AM
I own the 800E and it reveals the imperfections of subpar glass. The 24-70 & 70-200 are amazing. Consider buying a used 28-70mm F2.8 (discontinued predecessor to the 24-70mm). It's built like a tank, fast, brilliantly sharp, and you can buy them for about $1000-$1200.
Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:05PM
I jumped from a 5D Mark II to the D800. It was a real pain in the butt. Mainly because I'm a studio guy and I like shooting tethered with live view. Nikon has not designed the D800 with someone like me in mind. While after a few months I've gotten used to using the D800, I still much prefer the Canon setup. I recommend you stay put with Canon. Had I known the D800 would have been such a pain in the butt to use in the studio, I would not have bought it. The next time Canon releases a camera with compariable megapixels, I would likely switch back.
Posted Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:53AM
I don't think there is enough difference between the two systems to justify leaving behind a whole set of decent lenses. Almost any considered judgement usually concludes that they are on a par.
As discovered by the contributor above, learning anew how a camera achieves its objectives can only be a frustration. There has to be a real vote-winner for you in the Nikon set-up to make this an easy decision.
Posted Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:38PM
I've been flip-flopping for weeks now, but I think I'll stay with Canon. Thanks for everyone's input