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    If you already have the 70-200mm f2.8, I think the 85mm f1.4 is not too useful.

    Did you ever wanted thinner DOF? Or you are just going for the lighter weight? For me, the DOF at f2.8 is thin enough and the flexibility of the zoom is very useful.

    If I wanted to get a portrait lens, I would go for the 35mm f1.4.

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    I would think the 85mm 1.4 has its own uses even if one has already own a 70-200mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by winsurf View Post
    That would be the ultimate unfortunately am just doing this as a hobby. I would certainly rent it one day to enjoy myself with it but to part $$ for it would be an overkill. So the thought of 24-70 & 85 came about.
    another option, rather than spent the money on the 24-70,

    why dont get the nikkor 16-35 and pair it with the tamron 28-75.... think almost equivalent to the same price of the 24-70 for both that lenses .... plus the tamron 28-75 is not bad of a lens either, plus why dont u look at the nikon 85 1.8 or the sigma 85 1.4 if u really still want that 85 range...

    dont get too hook on by the nikkor branding, since u say its just a hobby, save where u can, unless ya got loads of spare cash, than diff story altogether....
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    Have you consider Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR ?

    I do have 16-35 VR, 24-70 2.8 and 85 1.4D but conbination I uses most with D700 is the 28-300 VR + 16-35 VR + 50 F1.4.

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    24-70 is good.... then add a 50 1.4 later and you have a good pro travel setup.....
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    Hi TS, based on the subjects you're interested to shoot, a practical approach to lens choice would be as follows:
    1) Go and get a 35mm or 50mm prime (f1.8 or f1.4). With the D700's high ISO performance, this would handle just about any lighting condition, and can be your walkabout lens. Light, compact, not expensive, and really sharp.
    2) Next is to get the 70-200mm/f2.8. This is really a very useful lens to get tighter portraits and to get close without intruding too much into the subject. Despite the weight, I always bring this along on my travels and I really use this lens alot.
    3) Lastly, you decide if you want a wide angle prime or zoom. I have both. I bring along my manual focus Zeiss ZF 25mm/f2.8 when I want a general purpose wide angle. I bring along the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm/f2.8G when I expect to zoom really wide super vista shots.
    4) Between the wide angle and the 70-200, 'zoom' by walking a few steps forwards or backwards.

    On my recent trip to Turkey, I had the 50mm/f1.4 on my D700 most of the time. I brought the 70-200 and also the 14-24 because I was expecting to take some really extreme wide angle shots during a flight in the hot-air balloon. You're welcome to view some photos in this link:
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    [QUOTE=bethpapa74;7215215]Probably ts will have to invest a lot on the game ticket to be close enough. But he can always install a tc20

    Never that i know 24-70 can couple with TC20.......
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    [QUOTE=mysimba;7224186]
    Quote Originally Posted by bethpapa74 View Post
    Probably ts will have to invest a lot on the game ticket to be close enough. But he can always install a tc20

    Never that i know 24-70 can couple with TC20.......
    Remember for TC20 get the ver III for best IQ.

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    Just a personal opinion... it really depends what you shoot and your intent of capturing the shot.

    For me, I have kids and I do get close. The wide end works better for me in such scenario. I use my 17-35 most of the time. Low light - 24 1.4 and/or 50 1.4 does the job. This is true for most of my family travels. The longer end, I do use them - more for candid and/or portrait. Sports (F1) - withIf I were to rank my usage - 60% wide end vs 20% mid vs 20% tele. My 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysimba View Post

    Remember for TC20 get the ver III for best IQ.
    Just found out that 24-70 f2.8 does not falls into those compatible Lenses with the AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
    http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens...0e_3/index.htm

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    Sorry for the very late reply as just got back London trip (work). Wow many many thank yous to all who gave me your views,interesting comments and options. Well for the wide end, its a toss up between the 17-35 2.8 and 16-35VR. It seems that many of you prefer the versatility of 24-70. I'm already impressed with it as have tested it twice. Am awaiting to test the 85 before I come to a conclusion. (being light compared to 24-70) but then again it's a totally different type of purpose altogether. This is indeed a difficult choice to choose from but will eventually come to it....thanks again for all your valuable feedback, happy shooting everyone...

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