Nikon published an updated list of recommended lenses for the D800E camera


When the D800/E cameras were announced last year, Nikon released a technical guide which contained a list of recommended lenses for the D800E model (page 16). Several new lenses were announced since and recently Nikon published an updated new list of "lenses that offer excellent resolution" for the D800E:

  • AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED ($1,996.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED ($1,886.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II ($2,396.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR ($1,396.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR ($1,256.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR ($596.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR ($1,296.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II ($6,749.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED ($1,999.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G ($696.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G ($1,619.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G ($1,649.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G ($496.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II ($5,819.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II ($5,799.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR ($8,999.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR ($8,399.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR ($9,799.00)
  • AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED ($549.00)
  • AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED ($899.00)
  • PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED ($1,999.00)
  • PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED ($1,899.00)
  • PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D ($1,829.00)

The first thing you will notice is that there is not a single 50mm lens on that list. Even the newer 50mm f/1.8G version is not listed. It seems that the gold ring still has a meaning in Nikon's nomenclature. I personally was surprised that the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G lens that doesn't have a gold ring was also listed. Tomorrow DxOMark will release its test results for that lens and we will be able to compare it with other Nikkor lenses.

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  • outkasted

    Lens quality is the least on Nikons worries. It is simply the cost/price. When you go over $2000.00 asking price for say like the 70-200mm/2.8 and some of the other primes at $1600.00+ then you start having people to look elsewhere. I LOVE Nikon Lenses like no other, but when trying to save for the Nikon 35mm/1.4, its competitor Sigma launched its own Sigma 35mm/1.4 DG. Dudes let me tell you….at a price point of 899.00 for the prime seemed too good to be true. but after seeing the results on the Canon mark III i decided to pre-order. I took a chance. OMG! If this is what Sigma will be delivering on a consistent bases for its ‘A’ series line of lenses. I am sold lock, stock and barrel. Some say sigma not have nano coating…. I got me $105.00 skylight/uv low profile filter from Heliopan and put it in front of the lens. There are no words to express my sheer happiness knowing that you not only got what you want in quality but also price. I’m truly elated by what Sigma has been able to deliver thus far. Fast, sharp, consistent are the words that immediately come to mind.

  • hi guys, I have my nikon d800 latest two weeks ago and have taken a few pictures with my 70-200VRII and results after reading forum after forum about the amazing quality of this lens on the d800, are not expected to € 2,200 to spend on it. My 50 1.4 D is twice as sharp, generates less noise and still not on the list tedious “These Commercial”

    • Spy Black

      I guess we’re losing something in your English (and I’m not criticizing it), but I’ve never heard of lens noise.

    • neonspark

      your 50 1.4D generates less noise LOL, compared to what? a power drill?

  • were is the classic telephoto 135 f/2??

  • Bildami

    I own the Nikon D600, my favorit lens is a 50 mm. I like the natural view on the things, but not Nikon. There is no 50 mm in their line, without huge compromisses. It’s sad, Nikon, very sad.

  • Ishouldbeshooting

    Damn, I just bought the 800mm. Paperweight.

  • cpm5280

    I’ve been happily using old D lenses in addition more my modern fancy glass. Guess what? Pictures are more than great. Don’t put BAD glass on your nice D800, but worrying about Lens X not being on a list like this? Pshaw, go shoot.

    Nikon wants your money, and that’s fine – many of these newer lenses on this list are amazing, and I love my copies. But people fall into the trap of thinking that because Blogger Z says you can’t use anything but the best lenses on your NewFancyCameraModel___ that somehow that equates to bad pictures. Again, pshaw.

  • Neopulse

    I remember hearing good reviews about the optics of the 80-200mm ED (Two-Ring) on a D800/E. So… wtf? (Don’t have links for reference :S)

  • Jon C

    58mm 1.2 or 50mm 1.2 may finally be coming. Gold ringed standard lens.

  • terje herigstad

    if it dosent have the goaldring on you can painted on Your self and the lens is becomes better rightaway

  • Steve Wakeman

    The 50 1.8G totally rapes ALL of the zooms on that list. Although I’m not sure that list is price inspired though, there’s some less expensive lenses like the 28 1.8G and the 24-85 f/whatever it is there.
    I can never understand the marketing mind, I just wish they’d all go and do something useful instead.

  • jeff

    So disappointing when i bought my lens the dealer said I should buy the 28 /300 I noticed it was not mention

  • tedtedsen

    the 24-120mm f4 vr does not belong on a d800e it is an kittlens Nikon has this kittlens on the list ust to sell mor lenses

  • Henrik Stenberg

    So admin copied the text from Thom Hogan instead of linking to his article?

  • K.z. Purzycki

    I’ve been using my D800 non-stop.
    It’s great in everything I shoot.

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