Hi folks, I'm new here and thought I'd like to say a few things that may help the OP.
I have a D800E and have had it for a couple of months and it's been hell trying to find decent lenses that do justice to the sensor. I've been through a few lenses that had big reputations but were 'found out' by this camera. My nightmare continues as I have been through 4 copies of a Sigma 150 OS macro due to two falling apart inside and the rest severely back focusing at distances greater than a few feet. The maximum adjustment of -20 isn't quite enough to solve it and it kinda needs a different adjustment up close anyway. If it weren't one of the sharpest lenses I've seen I wouldn't be bothering with it. I still may return though it as I really don't want to send the camera and lens away interstate for calibration at this time.
I ended up choosing a Zeiss 21/2.8 Distagon, Sigma 50/1.4 (the Nikon 50 /1.4 was just horrible, Sigma 85/1.4 (amazing lens, Sigma 150 OS Macro (?) and a 70-200 VR2.
My recommendations based on my research would be:
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 + Zeiss 21/2.8 + Samyang 35/1.4 (or Nikon 35/1.4) I'm still unconvinced about the new 28/1.8G
Tamron 24-70 (depending on copy)
Tamron 28-75 (better optically than the Nikkor 24-70 after F4)
Tamron 70-300 VC
Nikon 70-200 VR2 (stay away from TC's - DON'T believe that the new 2x is OK with this lens. I tried it and it was horrid)
Nikon 50/1.8G, Sigma 50/1.4 or 60mm Macro ( I had the Nikon 50/1.4G and it was useless wide open)
Sigma 85/1.4 or Nikkor 85/1.8G
Sigma 105/2.8 OS Macro, Sigma 150/2.8 OS Macro or Tamron 90 Macro
Sigma 150 OS Macro or Nikon 180/2.8 (if you only want a telephoto)
Nikon 300/4 (old or new will do).
I agree with previous posters who say that this is not a walk around camera though. I wish I'd stuck to me previous plan of just using it as a studio camera as it really gets to your upper back after holding the zoom config' up to your face for a few hours.
I have been shooting 2 Pentax K-5's up until recently and the 'equivalent' lens is the DA*50-135/2.8. The K-5, that zoom and a grip is probably just as sharp as the VR2 (albeit not the detail of the 36MP sensor) and weighs a fraction. I sold my two K-5 bodies in anticipation of a 24MP replacement and will probably try to buy at least one body if that comes along as I have too much invested in lenses to just ignore it. (Sorry I know this is a Nikon forum but just trying to give an idea of where I'm coming from).
I hope my lens recommendations were helpful