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Lens Allocation for Nikon D300s September 3, 2009

Posted by Lawrence Oei in Editor Notes.
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So, now that I have two bodies, with similar sensor capability, the next natural step is to decide on the usage pattern of these bodies with respect to the seven lens I currently own. Not all lens are workhorse lenses but more for fun shoot purposes. They include

  • Lensbaby Muse 50mm F/2.8-8
  • Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D
  • Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6G

The remaining four lenses bear certain trait characteristics that’s seriously worth keeping and continual usage. As for how they are used, I have heard many version of stories from photographers. Some got away with two lenses for their entire assignment while some other, three lenses. No one I know today will bring more than that into the field. It’s just simply unwise unless its more than a single-person assignment. Moreover, the encumbrance will wear you off real quickly too.

Now, in terms of picture quality, it is public domain knowledge that the Nikkor 60mm Micro bears a much stronger optical characteristics than the Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D but loses out completely in terms of weight and form factor. The Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D delivers reasonably sharp images in a very small form factor but loses out completely in close range photography.  Moreover, the optical reach between 50mm and 60mm is marginally different. Usefulness level – Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D Micro wins.

The 18-105mm lens is a kit lens that came with my Nikon D90 and will be the lens to be used on the Nikon D90 as its best walk-around glass. Though made with a plastic mount, delivers reasonably sharp results at 24mm.

Lens allocation will therefore consist of the following lens to be used preferably on my Nikon D300s in most situations

  • Nikkor 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G VR II
  • Nikkor 60mm F/2.8D Micro
  • Nikkor 35mm F/1.8G
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