Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Value for money lenses for Nikon FX format: D700, D3 etc.

35 F2 AF-D USD 250-350 Used
This lens dates from the film days  and provides a fast maximum aperture of F/2 and is a compact sized wide angle. Some photographers prefer to use this as their normal lens. At a very affordable price this may well be  a part of every FX shooters bag. For a review of this lens please visit

28-105 AF-D 3.5/4.5 USD 150-205 Used
This was a very fine normal lens in the film days and I used it extensively on my F3, N90 and FM cameras.  Nowadays available at a real bargain price  it is capable of giving excellent results on an FX body. Covering five important focal lengths, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 105 mm, it can be the ideal walk around lens! For a review please visit

70-300 F4.5/5.6 AFS VR USD 350-400 Used and USD 550 New
This is a telephoto zoom that works well both on FX and DX bodies. Though overshadowed by it's bigger brother the 70-200 f2.8 VR, the lens has fine optical quality and performance and is much smaller and lighter - a good travel lens. Though a number of reviewers have called the lens soft between 250 and 300 mm, my personal experience has been that the lens stopped down to around f 6.3-8 delivers crisp images at 300mm provided you can hold the camera steady! (read monopod or tripod). A sample of  a photo shot with this lens is here 70-300 VR photo.

85 f1.8 AFD USD 350-450 Used
This is a real value for money short telephoto lens very suitable for portraits or low light shooting. With a maximum aperture of f1.8 and the low noise of a D700 you can well imagine the possibilities! This was my favourite portrait lens in the film days and I still use on my digital bodies. This is a highly recommended lens and warrants a place in every FX shooters bag!  A shot taken on this lens is here 85 F1.8 photo . For a review please visit

20-35 f2.8 AFD USD 600-700 Used
This was the standard wide angle high speed zoom in the film days and it still holds its own on digital bodies. It covers four important focal lengths i.e. 20mm, 24mm, 28 mm and 35mm and with a fast 2.8 aperture can relly deliver stunning results in low light conditions. For a review please do visit and a sample of this lens shot at 20 mm on film and scanned is here 20 mm photo


  1. This is an informative post. Thanks. I have been using Nikon D60 with 70X300 telephoto zoom for bird pictures and plan to shift to Nikon D7000 or D300s.

  2. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)



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