What lens to get for D800?

6 days 1 hour ago #702659 by Blue2020
Hi, I'm thinking of purchasing a secondhand Nikon D800 & would really appreciate some advice on what lens/lenses to get for it.I will be using it mostly to take portrait (full figure) photos of people  - these will be reference photos to paint from so I require absolutely no distortion. I will mostly be shooting indoors.Secondly I also need to photograph some active shots (of dancers/performers) - again these are for reference photos to paint from so I really need no distortion. Capturing high res detail is really important.Does anyone have a suggestion about what lens I will need - or I'm guessing I will need 2 lenses for such different subject matter??One other thing... the D800 that I'm considering buying has a high shutter count of 174,000 - so it's quite a low price of $700 AUD. So you think it has a bit of life left in it or is that a bad buy?Thanks in advance! 


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5 days 23 hours ago #702663 by Nikon Shooter
The higher pixel count and the consequent DR should be treated
with no less than pro lenses… what ever used or new, IF & ED are
a must.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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5 days 17 hours ago #702674 by db3348
Hey Blue,

You might even pick-up a D810 for not much more than that these days.

Suggest  you get a prime ,  not zoom ,  lens  if " high res detail is really important " ,  something in the vicinity of 50 to 85 mm range for portraits .  This  will possibly also  be suitable for dancers / performers  if they are not far away (how far away do you expect them to be ?). 


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4 days 8 hours ago #702811 by Blue2020
Thank you - I'll look into the D8d10 too. The performers are usually around 6/7metres away


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4 days 1 hour ago #702821 by Nikon Shooter
Yes, the D810 would be a better choice as it does not have an
AAF — anti alias filter and other cool improvements.

I, personally, make successful use of pro grade zooms with
greatest satisfaction… the condition being the AF Fine Tune.

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