I have one on order but haven't received it yet. I was talking to a salesman recently to ask him when my lens would be in - he couldn't say, but he did say that he thought it was an excellent lens and had one himself. Said he shot an entire wedding with it alone! While I wouldn't dream of shooting a wedding with just one lens, he obviously felt it was an excellent bit of glass...
The 85 1.8 has been around for a long time and is one of the most popular lenses in their arsenal. It's particularly well suited to portraiture, although also works nicely as a lightweight short telephoto in available light situations. It performs better optically than the Nikon 85 F1.4, but does so at a fraction of the cost. It's also lighter and less of a chore to carry around. Although it's a tad slower than the 1.4, it's still a high speed wonder. It's especially great when focusing in low light.
When used in the middle aperture ranges, it's extremely sharp. I also appreciate the fact that it has a 62mm filter thread. It's the same as several of my other Nikon lenses. That makes the filters interchangeable, and is a big consideration when factoring cost. The body isn't as heavy duty as the 85 1.4, but it's certainly durable enough for moderate use.
The build quality lives up to it's modest price. The lens is rear focusing, so any directionally oriented filters can be used without a problem. The only negative, is that the rear element is close to the camera mount. You want to exercise some caution when mounting and removing it from the camera. Overall, I think that it's one of the best values on the market.
Will the large sensor on the new D700 mean lenses work like on film cameras in that 28mm will be wide, 50mm normal etc? If so, am I right to assume the long end of my 18-200VR would come back to much less telephoto?..
Yes, that's true for lenses designed for 35mm film or full-frame sensors (what Nikon calls FX). The 18-200mm VR is however a DX lens. The image circle it casts is designed for sub-frame (APS-C) DSLRs and does not cover the entire D700 sensor. The D700 will automatically switch to DX format, where it will only capture the inner 5.1-megapixels, giving you the same field of view as the other Nikon DX bodies (D40, D60, D80, D300, etc.). You can force the D700 to FX mode with a DX lens, but there will be heavy vignetting (shading in the corners) at certain focal lengths when using DX lenses...
Thanks Maxx. The cost of upgrading lenses as well will be a big factor in the decision to upgrade to D700 from D80...
I am planning to get Nikon D700 camera I want know witch is suitable lens I should get..
5.1 mp on the D700/D3 on dx mode isn't all that bad. You can likely do quite well up to 8x10/8x12 prints, maybe larger, ymmv. But it will be that a 28mm will be "wide," etc. I'm not sure if the frame sizes are exactly the same. I like outdoor and "nature," animals, etc., so I'd get hit some for the long uses and since I have a Tokina 12-24 and the 18-70 on the "wide" end, I'd need to repopulate as well. Shamgp, What do you want to take pictures of? How much do you want to spend, after buying the camera, on lenses?..
If money is no object:.
14-24 f/2.8 (does not accept filters).
24-70 f/2.8 (77mm filters, incredible sharpness, Nano coating).
70-200 f/2.8 (77mm filters, VR stabilization, accepts teleconveters) If your budget is tighter:.
17-35 f/2.8 (17mm is plenty wide for 99% of the time).
35-70 f/2.8 (discontinued, but still available used).
80-200 f/2.8 (get the ED glass version, used available) If you want to even more telephoto, it's hard to beat the 300 f/4 (new version) even with the 1.4x TC it's very sharp...
The 85 f/1.8 is a great lens. I've had one for years and have used it on my film and DX digital camera bodies with excellent results. I've not been able to shoot an ENTIRE wedding with this lens, however. It's great in low-light situations and ambient light portraits. You can probably find one used on keh.com or nikonians.com. I'd be hesitant to buy new right now, as rumor has it that Nikon is undertaking a major revamping of their primes lenses for the FX camera bodies. I don't know if they'll redesign the f/1.8, but if they do, you can count it being more expensive than the current model...