Hypothetical - how would you spend up to $8,000 on Nikons.

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by raymondc, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Knowing some individuals from my camera club, some may have just a few items. If you had no photography equipment at all, what would you do with your $8,000 for all things including accessories - bags, filters, batteries, tripods etc. If you choose to you can opt to spend less and put it to any other areas you wish.
    Cheers ;-D
  2. Ok, I'll go first. Since I have a simply fantastic FM2n and excellent vintage glass to go with it, I would buy vast quantities of Velvia 50, 100, Tri-X, and processing machines and chemicals so I could do it right at home. And seek out the best Nikon scanner. I'd probably have to dip into savings at that point!
  3. Craig, don't forget to setup a colour darkroom. :)
    Hmmmmm, a F6 and a couple of AF lenses out to make $8k evaporate.
  4. Like, Craig, I am also dipping into my savings a little bit. If I go the FX way I mean. If I go the way of the DX, I will be under budget. first the FX lineup.
    nikon D800 $3000
    nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 $1900
    nikkor 50mm f/1.8g $200
    nikkor 24-120mm f/4 $1300
    nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 $2400
    now the DX lineup
    Nikon D7000 $1000
    Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 $900
    Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 $1400
    Nikkor 35mm $200
    Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G $900
    nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 $2400
  5. I would never spend that much on camera gear alone (adding up 20 years in the hobby I have, but that is water under the bridge). It would be fun to use a Nikkor 600/4 for the birds but I could not justify such an investment.
    To answer your question, I would get a decent camera, a couple of decent lenses and spend the rest of travelling.
    My dream item from Nikon is the long since discontinued Nikkor 6/2.8 fisheye, but USD 8,000 would not get me such a lens.
  6. Only 8K? And I have to start from scratch? That would be rough.
    I would probably go with 2 D300s plus MB-D10 a Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 and I am probably pretty close to hitting the budget cap. 70-200 f/2.8 if I can find one for what is left over
  7. If you had no photography equipment at all​
    Nothing at all at this point - until Nikon's cards regarding the D7000 and D300/D300S successors are on the table. And knowing me, I'd certainly like two bodies - which especially for FX but also in the case of a D400 might not be possible in order not to bust the budget with camera bodies alone.
    Two lenses I would get in any case would be the 16-35/4 VR (used for around $900) and the new 70-200/4 VR ($1500). Induro Carbon fiber tripod with Acratech ballhead - $1000. If DX I'd likely add the Tokina 11-16/2.8 ($800).
    Then very likely 85/1.8G ($500) and possibly Sigma 150/2.8 OS $1100, 28/1.8G ($700), and 50/1.8G ($250). I'd certainly try to stretch my money by looking to buy used/refurbished as much as possible.
    I'd very likely be looking for a used 300/2.8 with a set of TCs as well - which would certainly bust that $8000 budget. I might try the Sigma 120-300/2.8 instead though (another budget buster) and also include a used 200-400/4 VR in my considerations (which if purchased new would eat the entire budget already).
    I know three lenses I would not be considering: 14-24/2.8, 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8; that's $6500 for something I don't really have much use for.
  8. A Coolscan to finish scanning my slides and continue scanning my b&w negatives.
    Some Nikon One gear. Probably the V1 and 18.5mm and 10-30mm VR zoom, FT1 adapter. Flash for the V1.
    Might add the J1 or J2 and 10mm prime for a sorta-pocket camera.
    Can I save the rest for software, tutorials and non-Nikon accessories?
  9. Me?
    $400--Used Nikon D5100
    $100--used Nikon 18-55mm VR
    $150--used Nikon 55-200mm VR
    $500--used Gitzo tripod & head
    $250--Nikon SB-700
    $60--Marumi polarizer
    $125--Kirk "L" bracket
    ($ the rest)--Plane ticket to Iceland,
    Kent in SD
  10. Hmmm ... only 8K ...then simple stuff ... D600, 14-24, 24-70, 70-200
  11. Hmmm ... only 8K ...then simple stuff ... D600, 14-24, 24-70, 70-200. NUTS! Over budget (again) :( .
  12. -Nikon D600 or D800, depending on how much you value the resolution and controls. I'd personally go for the D600. $2,100
    - 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 VR. As the midrange lens, i.e. what you use 90% of the time, I don't want something huge and heavy. This is full frame, so the high ISO improvements and circle of confusion bonus mean that you still get equal or better performance than a DX camera with 17-55mm, but with a smaller lens! Shun tested it fine with today's high-demand sensors. $600
    - For those prime shooting days, a 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4, and either an 85mm f/1.4 or 105mm f/2. $400 + $850 + $1,200-$1,400
    - 70-200mm f/2.8 for $2,400
    - Two or three flashes. Let's say an SB-910 and 2 SB700's. $900
    - Tripod, let's say $250-$300 for ball head and leg
    - Bag, let's say $150
    - Cards, let's say $200
    That looks slightly over budget, so let's replace the Nikon 70-200mm with either the Sigma or Tamron comparable version, and voila! Full setup!
    This is using off-the-top-of-my-head prices as well, plus "good enough for government work" math. But it's ballpark (I hope!)
  13. Two D600's, a 70-200/4 VR and a 35/1.4G, then pocket the change.
  14. I have a friend that has a bunch of Canon gear. I would just buy some stuff from him. Maybe a 50D and a couple prime lenses on the cheap. I would just put the rest in my savings. I have Nikon gear currently but I have no brand loyalty or anything. Just any camera that works properly is fine.
  15. D800e
    35mm 1.4 G
    S/H 200mm f2 VR
    And a 60mm macro if there's anything left over.
  16. If I had to start from scratch that would be hard. I guess it would be
    nikon d600 ($2400)
    (nikon mount) tamron 24-70 2.8 vc ($1200)
    nikon 50 1.4 d ($300)
    nikon 35 2 d ($400)
    a decent manfroto tripod with pan/tilt head ($300)
    decent boggon/velbon monopod with ball head ($200-400)
    and an F100 used. ($250)
    black and white developing set up/dark room with AP tanks ($1000)
    flat bed scanner that does film up to 6x9(400)
    Printer and paper and inks (rest)
  17. Not easy to choose. I could also get several classic (manual) prime lenses to fill in like 300/4.5, 105/2.5 and 24/2.8.
    - D800
    - 17-35/2.8
    - 70-200/4 (new)
    - Macro Tammy 90mm or Sigma 150mm
    - Markins ballhead
    - Feisol 3-leg tripod (no mid column)
    - Pola, ND filters
    - Misc
  18. Two D300s refurbs @ $1250 = $2500
    Two Delkin 8 GB Combat CF cards @ $80 = $160 = $2650
    Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 - $650 = $3300
    Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC - $650 = $3950
    Tamron 60mm f/2 Macro - $525 =$4475
    Sigma 50-150-mm f/2.8 OS - $999 = $5474
    Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 OS - $899 = $6372
    Three Nikon SB600 Strobes @ $325 - $975 = $7347
    Convert carryon roller bag for gear - $45 = $7392
    Slik 1212 Tripod - $89 = $7481
    Manfroto Monopod - $79 = $7560
    Nikon 18-135mm f.3.5-5.6 - $325 = $7885
    Three light stands with umbrellas $140 = $8025
    Background stand and cloth 12' - $225 = $8250
    Right angle view finder - $35 = $8285
    Three Lumiquest diffusers @ $25 - $75 = $8325
    Obviously I went over, but it's everything I bought in the last 5 years.
  19. d800, 35mm 1.4g, 24-70 2.8, 50mm 1.4d, 105mm micro...probably over budget by now...
  20. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    With $8000, you can get one D3X and own the most expensive SLR Nikon has ever made.
  21. Shun wrote:
    With $8000, you can get one D3X and own the most expensive SLR Nikon has ever made.​
    And then post questions about bargain basement lenses for it because you blew your budget on one body... ;-P
  22. With $8000, you can get one D3X and own the most expensive SLR Nikon has ever made.​
    You might want to pick up a pin-hole body cap so you could snap a few pictures. LOL
  23. I'd spend it all on lenses.
  24. I think that would just about buy me a Nikkor 600mm lens...
  25. Shun, I think that KEH understands the pricing dilemma. They have the D3X selling in great condition for about $3,500, in which case you'd be wanting/needing the handling and build features of a D3-style body over the D600 or D800. It does have the distinction of being a 20MP+ body with 5fps capability and a good buffer, so those may be worth it to some.
    But for myself, for $1500 less, I can "put up with" the lower end features of a D600.
  26. Having no equipment at all: 1. I would get used d300, 1 good wide ange, 1 good normal probably a 50mm, and 1 tele or a zoom, and spend rest on a long exotic vaction to sharpen my skills.
  27. Give me the $8000 and I'll work out an answer somehow. :)
  28. no equipment at all? well, that's no fun. a couple of years ago, i was flush with cash and got the D3s, 70-200 II and 24-70. today i might swap out the D3s for the d600. with the leftover cash i would get the sigma 50/1.4, the nikon 28/1.8G, and the nikon 85/1.8G, and a sb-700. if i stayed with DX i could save a lot more, and would probably go d7000x2+17-50OS+70-200I+11-16+8-16+30/1.4, plus maybe a nikon 1 system. but i'm not so sure i wouldn't break from nikon altogether and get a complete fuji xpro1 or xe1 system or an olympus om-d with 7-14, 12/2, 25/1.4, 45/1.8, 75/1.8, 12-50, 45-200 and 100-300.
  29. JDM: Did you get that answer from the Greek Parliment? :)
  30. JDM: Did you get that idea from the Greek Parliment?:)
  31. but i'm not so sure i wouldn't break from nikon altogether​
    That thought had also crossed my mind - but after some more mulling over this I realized that I don't actually see a valid alternative...
  32. OK! I just ordered $8000 worth of Nikon gear. Is my check coming in the mail or will it be a wire transfer?
  33. OK! I just ordered $8000 worth of Nikon gear. Is my check coming in the mail or will it be a wire transfer?
  34. Nikon F2 w/50/F2 Nikkor, and a brick of film. Put the other $7800 in the bank.
  35. D800, 24 1.4, 85 1.4, 2 x SB-900. With the rest I should be able to buy a pair of memory cards, an extra battery for the D800, and some AAs for the SB-900s.
    I may switch out the 85 1.4 for the 1.8, though, which would let me get a bag, tripod, ballhead, remote release, a few light shapers and some other minor goodies.
  36. D600 $2100
    Used F100 $225
    SB-700 $327
    28mm 1.8G $700
    50mm 1.8G $220
    Used 24-70mm $1600
    Used 105mm 2.5 AIS $235
    70-200mm AFS VR f4 $1400
    Feisol 3401 tripod $280
    Arca-Swiss p0 Ballhead $300
    Two Arca-Swiss plates $90
    Bag, SD cards, film, clear lens filters, misc acc. $500
  37. Just bought:
    D800 - $3300
    24-70 - $1700
    70-200 - $2300
    50 1.4 - $500
    SD Cards - $200
    Total: $8000 (Ouch!)
    In hindsight, I'd probably go for the 85 1.4 over the 70-200, which I've put on my camera twice.
  38. including accessories - bags, filters, batteries, tripods etc​
    Ray, you came to the wrong forum to ask your gear question. No one here uses tripods, bags, or filters... apparently. I use an old Tiltall tripod I picked up on e-prey for less than $80.00. It is aluminum with brass fittings. Actually it is a Tiltall "knock off" called a Star-D. But it seems to be a Star-D that is basically indistinguishable from the Tiltalls of that era. It has all the key features that made the Tiltalls a cult favorite. Some people modify them to accept ball heads. You can swap out the center column. I just use mine as is.
    My main bag is a backpack I got on the internet through some ridiculous pricing mistake. I like the solid hiking backpacks. They are well padded and you can hike with them for hours without shifting them from shoulder to shoulder.
    I use a multicoated Heliopan polarizer. I am a Canon guy and bought a 77mm polarizer and just use step down rings for all my lenses that need them. I use multicoated Hoya filters for my black and white work with my 35mm Canon film camera and sometimes my medium format gear. No name brand IR filters from e-prey work fine in my experience. IR is such a niche thing for me I don't see myself spending hundreds of dollars on a lens I may only use twice a year. One word of caution. If you go with step down rings be very careful with the cheap ones. They are aluminum and will seize up on your filters often. I have learned to only gently screw my filters onto the step down ring. They are actually on the ring barely tightened at all. Because it takes hardly anything for them to seize up.
  39. D800e, a 35mm f/2, 85mm f/1.8, 180mm f/2.8, a good tripod and head, some 32GB media and the rest on travel.
  40. FM2n + 50 f/1.4 + 24 f/2.8 + 35 f/2 + 135 f/2.8 + 200 f/2.8, all manual focus. That would cost around 2K. Use the rest for darkroom set. If there's spare, then MD-12.
  41. If it were me: Nikon D3s (used) + 24mm f/1.4G + 85mm f/1.4G.

    But, since I already did that, with $8,000 more dollars, I would now buy a second Nikon D3s body, and probably the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8, then get two Einstein E640 monolights with the loose change.
  42. Dx...(approximate prices)
    UV & Pola screens..........125
    light tripod/head............420
    three extra Nikon
    four 32gb cards..............300
    Domke J-803 bag............160
    Lumix LX7 for back-up w/extra
    Around $4,500. Use other $3,500 for travel.
    28/1.8 g...............700
    CPL Hoya for
    Benro(?) tripod ....400
    3 extra batts........200
    4 32 gb cards.......400
    LX-7 w/ extra battery
    Domke J-803.........160
    About 6,800, leaving enough for a short trip.

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