I'd stick with the "D" series lenses:
28-85 D (what I use most of the time on my N90s)
In just bought a F4s, the main reason was that matrix metering works with my ai lenses. As far as AF lens go, I have the 24-50mm which I find is a very good landscape lens and the 35-135mm that came on the camera. It's a good walk-around lens, but a little heavy (but then again, so is theF4s). My 70-300 AFS VR (which I got for my D80) also works fine with the F4s, autofocuses but the VR is not supposed to work.
The great thing about the F4 is it's ability to work with the manual focus lenses in matrix metering mode. Many say the F4 is the best manual focus camera Nikon made. My MF lens are 24mm Nikkor, 35mm f2 Nikkor, 50mm f1.4 ais Nikkor (in the mail to me), 50mm f1.8 Series E (to stay on the FM/FE more than the F4), 85mm f1.8 ai'ed Nikkor, Tamron SP 90mm f2.5 macro, 38-86 mm ais Nikkor (also in the mail attached to a FE), and a 75-150mm Series E.
For landscapes, AF isn't important, usually turn it off. With the F4, all my MF lenses come into play.
If you want an all around zoom (yet only medium range telephoto) get the solid 28-105mm AF-D 3.5-4.5 IF, they should be quite cheap nowadays. If you prefer to have an all prime set up, well, just get the 20 or 24mm 2.8 AF-D, the 50mm 1.8 AF-D, the 85mm 1.8 AF-D and the 180mm AF-D 2.8 IF ED and you're done with optics.
Macro fan? Get the 105mm AF-D 2.8 Micro!
Last edited by André E.C.; 02-18-2010 at 01:51 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Here is what I recommend:
Originally Posted by zk-cessnaguy
$350 U.S. for used Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-f/5.6 auto focus zoom in excellent condition (for shooting in bright light)
$340 U.S. for new Nikon 50mm f/1.4 D auto focus (for shooting in dim light)
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cheap = $500+ per lens USED
Originally Posted by RMP-NikonPro
except for the 50/1.8 = that goes for +-$100 used
if you want cheap, go with primes and zoom with your feet
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Another vote for the 24mm f2.8 and the 50 f1.8. I have them in AIS, but I assume the AF versions are the same optically. The new version of the Sigma 24-70 f2.8 may be worth a look if you are after a 'one lens does all' at a reasonable price.
Lots of good ideas here. At this stage I think I will just get the 50/1.8 as I already have a 17mm (51B) , 24 (1B) and a 28-80 (27A) Tamron Adaptall lenses which will do for the time being. If (and that's a mighty big if) I decide to go 100% Nikon, then I will look at the faster, more expensive options.
Mamiya 645 Super | Nikon F4/F100/FM2n | Minolta Maxxum 9/Dynax 7/X-700/X-500/XD7/SRT-101 | Pentax Spotmatic | Canonet QL 19 (GII) | and a whole bunch of glass
I 2nd getting a AF 50mm/1.8. I prefer a non-D one that was made in Japan, however, the D made in China version is still a great lens.