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Poll: What's Your Next AF-S Lens Choice? (30 member(s) have cast votes)

Of all the AF-S optics out there now - which one do YOU want?

  1. 12-24 AF-S Nikkor (6 votes [20.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

  2. 16-85 AF-S Nikkor (7 votes [23.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.33%

  3. 17-35 AF-S Nikkor (1 votes [3.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.33%

  4. 17-55 AF-S Nikkor (3 votes [10.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.00%

  5. 18-135 AF-S Nikkor (1 votes [3.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.33%

  6. 18-200 AF-S Nikkor (4 votes [13.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.33%

  7. 70-200 AF-S Nikkor (8 votes [26.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 26.67%

What is your dominate need for a new AF-S lens?

  1. Nature/Landscape (14 votes [46.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 46.67%

  2. Portrait/Studio (1 votes [3.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.33%

  3. Weddings/Events (10 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  4. Commercial/Corporate (1 votes [3.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.33%

  5. Street Scenes/Candids (2 votes [6.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.67%

  6. Creative (2 votes [6.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.67%

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#1 mule_patterson

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 08:04 PM

AF-s is taking over - good heavens, the D40 can't shoot anything else. It's a great advantage, so let's think abouut which one does you the most good. I've started off with my intentions - what are yours? Go ahead, tell us! (Hope your wife never finds out about either!)
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:08 AM

Hi Mule. good post to get me thinking about what lens is next. Will add my 2 pennies soon! :)

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 06:38 AM

Well, you missed all the AF-S lenses that are on my list. I'm more into nature than anything else and none of the lenses mentioned lend themselfs to "nature". Nature/landscape have totally different requirements for lenses the way I do it. My next lens will most likely be a 200-400mm AF-S VR for a walkabout nature lens (would probably retire the 80-400). 60mm and 105mm AF-S micro lenses are on my short list too. I really enjoy nature macro. What about the various fixed focal length AF-S lenses? I just got a 500mm AF-S, would love a 600mm but don't have $10k to spend on one right now. If this is a "wish list", add some "wish" glass to the list! There are more AF-S lenses than just the "portrait" zoom lenses you listed. Might also consider the AF-S teleconverters and extension tubes. Accessories only but still an important part of the AF-S tool kit.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 08:49 AM

I too am into the nature side. Probably will get a 400mm/2.8 when cash blooms in the back. I went to the 12-24, becuase of the 1.5x loss factor. I wish it was better than F4, but I can live with that. I also thinkin about the 17-55. Ah... if one had unlimited funds.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 08:54 AM

I'm going back and forth between the 24-70/2.8 and 28-70/2.8. Neither are on your list, so I didn't vote. I don't want any DX lenses (except the 12-24 I already own) because I want compatibility with my F6. Right now I have a 12-24/4 and a 35-70/2.8 In the middle I have a 28/2 AI. Do I really need to fill the gap with a zoom? I dislike G lenses because they are useless on my MF bodies; should I get the 24-70 anyway and just use primes on the MF bodies? A 24-70 costs twice a used 28-70; is it worth the difference? NAS is bad enough without someone like you adding fuel to the fire ;)
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 11:58 AM

@ Arlon - i missed the AF-S 200-400VR as choice as well (hope Mule will add it soon). After 2 years of constantly renting it i think itīs time to get my own copy.
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 04:13 PM

@ Arlon - i missed the AF-S 200-400VR as choice as well (hope Mule will add it soon). After 2 years of constantly renting it i think itīs time to get my own copy.



I've never used one but I've heard enough about them to have one on my short list. I was saving money for one when the 500mm landed in my lap for a price I couldn't refuse. That started my savings for a 200-400mm all over again. I'm actually thinking now along the lines of going to the 200-400 and a TC to cover the 500mm range and selling the 500. The 500mm just hasn't knocked my socks off yet.
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 04:23 PM

I am with the others on this one Mule, I already have the a 70-200 from your list... I would really like a 200-400 like Arlon and Virgil but they are very expensive here $10k +. I have a 14-24 and 24-70 to fill the under 200mm area so am not interested in the rest of the list.... Gary the 24-70 lenses are in short supply here because I suspect all the pro's are snapping them up (I got lucky) there is a 14-24 in each camera shop so they are not selling as quickly despite how nice they are, and there are one or two 28-70's second hand (ex pro) to support my suspicion. NAS........ :D ....Peter
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 03:01 AM

It will probaly be the 28-70 AF-S, In the long run I'm looking for a 400 2.8 AF-S or a 500 AF-S. Neither are on your list, 14-24 would be on my list if it wasn't so big, It just won't fit it my backpack :P I do wish Nikon would update some of the primes with AF-S, would love to have a 50mm f/1.2 AF-S. I keep switching between Primes and Zoom lenses theese days.

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 06:48 AM

Looking forward to holidays in California this Xmas season, I vote for the 18-200, which I guess will be a nice addition to the D40. Anyway I will wait a little though, to see wether there will be some alternatives - I really would love to see something like an AF-S 24-105 f4 VR like the C.. guys have.

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 03:42 PM

I messed up by not specifying zooms in particular, but the idea was to cover the most popular choice out there. Didn't mean to omit the primes, macro and other zooms - wasn't thinking, I guess. I can repost another listing and start over... lemme see about that. Mule
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 04:03 PM

I would really like a 200-400 like Arlon and Virgil but they are very expensive here $10k +.....Peter


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10k USD? Even the very serious US-online dealers ask not more then 5grand - so iīd really consider buying from them if itīs so expensive in NZ.
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 05:09 PM

I wanna 600/4 VR but can't mortgage it :angry: Neil

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 06:43 PM

Sorry Virgil I meant $NZ 10k+...but I will take your suggestion and browse off shore. Ras check out this AFS 400 2.8 http://www.trademe.c...n-160373904.htm this guy is having trouble getting a buyer here, his last reserve price was $NZ5,680 and then he offerred it to 'watchers' for 5,500.... the shipping might be the problem for you though... it comes complete with carry case. Peter
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Posted 08 October 2008 - 11:30 AM

Just pulled the trigger on a factory demo 200-400MM f/4 NIKKOR F4G ED-IF AF-S with full warranty :D


I am with the others on this one Mule, I already have the a 70-200 from your list... I would really like a 200-400 like Arlon and Virgil but they are very expensive here $10k +. I have a 14-24 and 24-70 to fill the under 200mm area so am not interested in the rest of the list.... Gary the 24-70 lenses are in short supply here because I suspect all the pro's are snapping them up (I got lucky) there is a 14-24 in each camera shop so they are not selling as quickly despite how nice they are, and there are one or two 28-70's second hand (ex pro) to support my suspicion. NAS........ :D ....Peter


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Posted 08 October 2008 - 01:46 PM

Well I am now waiting for the 50 AF-S 1.4G! Jim

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 04:55 PM

My next purchase will be a super wide Tokina 11-16. I also want a 200-400 or if I get my golden parachute, a 600mm and a D700 to go with it. They both would look good on the passenger's seat in Mercedes SL 500. Hey! it's my dream, I can have it all.
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I don't know...I just like the AF-S VR 70-200 f/2.8 as a general purpose bright tele-zoom. And my wife has NAS as well so it's no problem if she reads this thread. :D :lol:

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 11:46 AM

I just took delivery yesterday of a 500/4 AFS (Mark I) :D

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:27 PM

My next lens will most likely be a 200-400mm AF-S VR for a walkabout nature lens

Walkabout!! I can barely lift my mates camera when he has this on - very nice bit of glass though.

I'm after the 16-85mm to replace my elderly, bashed but very much loved 18-70mm. Just got the AF-S 35mm 1.8 and I've taken to going out with just that on (like I did years ago when I only had a 50mm on my FE) and I love the challenge of getting a shot without a bag full of lenses.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:54 PM

I would really like the Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 but my wallet just laughs hysterically! It will probably be the Sigma or Tamron if at all.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 03:38 PM

I just took delivery yesterday of a 500/4 AFS (Mark I) :D



Cool, that's the lens I've been using a lot lately. Finally got it down to where I can carry it around pretty easily. It's replaced my 80-400mm as my primary park lens. Still looking for that 200-400mm though.. (-:}

For a "walkabout" lens the 500mm isn't too bad once you get the hang of it. I keep a shoulder bag that it slips into perfectly when I want to swap lenses. I keep a smaller lens in a fanny pack and I can swap and shoot pretty fast, basically without loosing stride. Shoulder bag for holding the big lens works quite well ($3 at the resale shop).

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 02:38 AM

16-85 for the Jazzy Man. My Sigma 17-70mm is okay but not fast enough for the events that I photog.

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 09:00 PM

My next lens will most likely be a 200-400mm AF-S VR for a walkabout nature lens

Walkabout!! I can barely lift my mates camera when he has this on - very nice bit of glass though.

I'm after the 16-85mm to replace my elderly, bashed but very much loved 18-70mm. Just got the AF-S 35mm 1.8 and I've taken to going out with just that on (like I did years ago when I only had a 50mm on my FE) and I love the challenge of getting a shot without a bag full of lenses.


You will be impressed with this prosumer normal zoom, BP - it's a big jump up from the 18-70 but still needs more speed. Still, it performs very well optically and sets a new standard most others in its range can't equal.

Now for those who haven't bought a 70-200 VR, they have finally done it right. All that ED glass and Nano-crystal coating should make it a proper pro lens now without the glaring deficiencies so widely reported on. I wonder what it will cost?

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I just took delivery yesterday of a 500/4 AFS (Mark I) :D


And I'm sure you're enjoying every minute of shooting with it. :lol:

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 11:02 PM

Not listed but I'm working on getting the 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF II AF-S VR for this year.
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:08 AM

I want a 600/4 as well, but there's not a snowball's chance in, uh, a blast furnace, that I'll get one unless I hit the lotto.
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 09:33 AM

I want a 600/4 as well, but there's not a snowball's chance in, uh, a blast furnace, that I'll get one unless I hit the lotto.


Don, I periodically will shoot parachuters and some air shows. You can always rent the big "bad boys" when you need them. "But" the cost doesn't ends at the lens. You will also have to rent the proper tripod, wimberley tripod head, and lens plate to handle the camera setup.
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 09:52 AM

I wish to have a wide one's, 14mm
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Posted 08 February 2010 - 07:02 PM

I want a 600/4 as well, but there's not a snowball's chance in, uh, a blast furnace, that I'll get one unless I hit the lotto.


Our surplus income increases in 2011 so at $400.00 a month, it'll take me 4.9 years to make enough money to buy the 600mm/4 and 400/2.8. Ah...those lenses will be so nice. And then I can buy myself a nice little 1 zone buspass so that I can get around to Serpentine Fen; then I can sit around for 4 hrs a day in a duckblind. :) And my wife doesn't mind in the least. She says "As long as you're happy..." Hmmmm...should warning bells be going off? :blink: :lol:




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