List of recommended lenses for the Nikon D850 camera


Thom Hogan updated his list of recommended lenses for the new Nikon D850 DSLR camera:

Here is the list of lenses used/listed in the Nikon D850 brochure:

Related posts:

Best lenses for the Nikon D810 camera

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

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  • Logan Russell

    Does this mean I cannot use my 70-200 2.8G ED VRII anymore?? Please someone tell me this is not true and I can still keep on using it and get quality pics

    • Thom Hogan

      Define “quallty.” ;~)

      • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

        Does this mean that the punter should consider updating to the latest E version straight away or to phase in over time ?. Especially as Nikon may take their time in updating their lenses, e.g., F/4 suite of lens (16-35 F4, 24-120 F4, 70-200 F4, 200-400 Afs) but to view that an add on of the D850 will result in various investments of glass, accessories and Computer setup which likely to be a mark up on the current releases, e.g., MK 2 70-200 to 70-200 Afs VR E

        • Thom Hogan

          That’s a different question, and just as tough to answer. I can’t answer for everyone.

          For me, I’m trying to stay in the realm where I capture optimal data while shooting. That’s because I need to be competitive with other pros. So for me, I don’t want to compromise one improvement with something else that isn’t state-of-the-art, too.

          If I were just shooting sports for PJ, I probably wouldn’t be concerned, as no one is really looking for 45.4mp, full frame, perfect optics images.

          • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

            Thanks Thom – excellent response as always.

  • mariusvr

    whats missing from the list is all the third party lenses. They also have some great offerings and will save a lot of $$$$$

    • Sean T

      Thom doesn’t seem to do much with those (he has enough to do with just Nikon first party). We all know Sigma art lenses (except for the new 24-70) will do great, assuming no AF problems.

      • Vince Vinnyp

        I got attacked before but my 24mm and 35mm Sigma Art lenses as well as all my third party, all non AF-S Nikon lenses and even a number of AF-S lenses are technically not compatible with the D5 AF system which may also be the case in the D850. All that means is that the outer points do not function as cross type sensors.
        Just to be clear this is a very minor issue as they still function as linear sensors, in the case of the Sigma’s being 1.4 they let a lot of light in so that is not an issue in 99.9% of circumstances. I still use them because the advantages outweigh this tiny disadvantage. However you could say it might exclude them from this list.

        • mariusvr

          as much as I hate dxo for cameras, they are very useful to figure out which lenses are best on a high MP camera.

          • Thom Hogan

            If you shoot flat objects at test distances, sure.

            • mariusvr

              Hi Thom. long term reader and fan. Not a big fan of taking photos of test charts. Rather be shooting on your tour in the Galapagos. DXO is a nice way to look at the resolution ability and sharpness, but of course does not say much about AF and real life use. 3rd party lenses do seem to have raised their game recently.

        • Sean T

          Thanks Vince, I forgot about that. I didn’t know there was a problem with the D5, but I remember (Thom, probably) pointing out that some of the neat new Sigmas don’t play nicely with the D500. That’s irritating but at least they have partial functionality.

      • Thom Hogan

        I’m going to try to correct that somewhat in the future, but for now I’m keeping this list Nikon on Nikon.

  • Soan Garcia

    If you want to stick to Nikon glass, 105/1.4E would be your best bet.

    • silmasan

      Great… Now I have my own comment copied by one of this pesky disqus bots… How annoying.

  • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

    Probably to judge the D850 as a camera that will be in the top draw for the mid – long term (4 years) couple with investing in updating / adding more quality glass to it and also computer processing and storage power / capacity.

  • Bart Ney

    Recommended lenses from the point of end user or Nikon sales dept.?

    • thundrrd

      From the point of an end user.

    • Coffee

      Why yes my good sir, please buy from this list of expensive and high markup lenses, most will be prime due to their superior IQ and more heavy than you would like. Zoom lenses are so “passer”. It is better to have multiple lenses than a light zoom with low light capture….

      Yeah I can hear the sales pitch already. I do question why the 50mm 1.8G was crossed out, it was probably the cheapest lens on the list.

    • You joke, but as someone who works in a similar industry to this, I must admit, it’s hard to find the time to publish content along the lines of “here’s a list of extremely old lenses that are still sharp enough to give you delightful results on the latest camera body. Many of these lenses are so old that you’ll actually have trouble finding some of them, and almost none of them are still even currently available for us to affiliate link to, but good luck shopping!”

      Sure, it might help generate a few affiliate sales for whatever new body is being discussed, but you get my point- it’s hard to plunge so headlong in the exact opposite direction of where the money is. The big bad “KBID” is going to generate many thousands of dollars a year for websites like this, much more than many other revenue stream opportunities.

  • a14k

    I would love to see the new Nikon 50mm 1.4.

  • thundrrd

    What the hell is Thom talking about and why are they posting his blog here on Nikon Rumors? Especially when you have these pretty little pictures … fantastic. What the heck does Thom know … shem.

  • Thom Hogan

    But you’re judging it on a 24mp sensor, right? I think it’s just fine on the D6xx/D750, and I say so in my books. On a D810/D850…

    • Adam Brown

      Yup… that very well could be the issue.
      If you get around to reviewing it, would love to see your impression of the Irix 11mm, and how well it holds up on the d810/850.

      • Thom Hogan

        It’s on a long list of things I’ll probably never get to ;~).

        • Adam Brown

          So I’ll wait with bated breath! Lol.

          Seriously though… a comparison of the third party ultra wide primes could be interesting. The Irix 11, Irix 15, Venus Laowa 12, Rokinon 14mm, and Sigma 14mm. There are suddenly lots of ultra wide options, most of which didn’t exist 2+ years ago.

          • Thom Hogan

            Very true. And something I’ll have to deal with at some point.

  • Thom Hogan

    I no longer have the D version, so can’t say.

  • chrisgull

    Darn. Anybody want a new 200-500?

  • BlueSkyLight

    If I use the 200-500 (or the old 24-70 or 70-200 f4) on the D850 and reduce the image to the D750 size or something smaller for apples to apples compare, will the image actually look worse than if I had used it on the D750? If, when reduced down, it looks about the same (or slightly better due to no AA), I’m fine with that (but will cringe too when looking at 100%). Now if the reduced image actually looks worse, it’s a problem.

    I get why 200-500 isn’t on the list. But I use it for landscape so I’m stopped down so I’m hoping it will be OK for my situation.

    Thanks for the list Tom – I’m glad you are aiming for “optimal”. It’s the safe zone. We’re just trying to figure out what to do with our lenses just below the fringe.

  • slayer929

    Thom doesn’t seem to do much with those (he has enough to do with just Nikon first party). We all know Sigma art lenses (except for the new 24-70) will do great, assuming no AF problems.

    • silmasan

      This one copied Sean T’s reply to mariusvr.

  • A J

    Does anyone but me use the 28-300 VR ? Seems strange that it is not on Nikon’s or Thom’s lists. And not mentioned in any comment. I think it is a great lens.

    • Gosh1

      Check out the Threads on NikonGear, This lens has a loyal following, provided one gets hold of a decent copy

    • Thom Hogan

      You are trading ultimate quality for convenience. Optically, that lens has a lot of issues that absolutely show up on 36mp+ sensors.

      • YS

        I think you’re being too kind to that lens.

      • A J

        Yes, exactly. The convenience is very important. Much of my work is inside surgical OR’s where I can’t control the layout and where I have to keep up with the surgeons. Some times I’m very close and other times I can’t get close. Not possible to change lenses or cameras. And I have found the quality of the lens to be very good.

  • Cole Mccann

    My copy just seems to be not up to the level I thought it was on the D810. I’m looking at other copies.

  • Dave Silo

    Not sure if I am blind but I don’t see anywhere in this post a link to thoms article. I have seen perter say in the comments that it has a link but I don’t see it.

    • Antonio

      Just click at the end where it says “DSLRbodies” ( Via DSLRbodies)

      • Dave Silo

        thanks, I really think it should be added in the sentence explaining the list. Maybe make list a hyperlink.

  • Dave Silo

    Just my opinion but no one should sell a lens due to a list. Wait and try the lens out on the new body. If it doesn’t live up to your expectations then upgrade. When I got the D800 the only lens I really felt I had to move on from was the 17-35mm. It really showed its weakness in the corners even at smaller apertures.
    Other lenses that showed weaknesses didn’t matter to me as much. For example the 35-70mm 2.8D. I use it mostly for street and walk around and I don’t care as much about its corners. It still was sharp in the center and had nice contrast and color.
    I also use a ton of AI and AIS lenses on my D810. I am very happy with them and some of them are amazingly sharp. YOu don’t need the latest and greatest and personal use needs to be considered.

    • Thom Hogan

      I agree with you, to be honest.

      Everyone buys their lenses based upon their preferences. Above I point out that one person is choosing convenience over quality, for instance. That’s fine as long as you know that’s what you’re doing.

      I’m probably about as critical on lens performance as anyone (my friend Lloyd Chambers is also at this level). I once wrote a monthly column for a photo publication called Optimal Data, and that’s truly my goal in my work. I also believe that if you’re really buying a 45.4mp camera because it’s 45.4mp, then you probably should be thinking “optimal” and not convenience.

      • Dave Silo

        I go both ways with these high MP cameras. FOr some things I am not as picky and with other work I want the best.
        I mostly shoot landscape and with that type of shooting I am more like you. That is why I have a Zeiss 15mm Milvus and the Nikon 20mm 1.8G. I am confident these 2 lenses will give me great performance on these sensors for UWA work.
        I also have the 58mm 1.4G. Wideopen it is controversial but stopped down it is very sharp for landscape work.
        When it comes to some other stuff like portraits I don’t mind not having the best. I use the 105mm 2.5 AIS and 180mm 2.8D. I know they won’t give me the best but I like the look of these lenses.

      • tom

        would appreciate your opinion… to paraphrase someone’ thoughts on the recommended lenses for d850. if d850 has same pixel pitch as d500, then what works well for d500 should work fine for d850. am I missing something?

        • Thom Hogan

          If you had said “should work fine for D850 at DX crop,” I’d be right with you. But at FX crop, not so much. The D500 would be using the central portion of the image circle, the D850 all of it. It varies from lens to lens–even generations of lenses which I’ll get to in a moment–as to what happens outside the central area.

          So, generations of lenses:

          70-200mm f/2.8 VR original: best of the lenses on DX. Really strong central area without some sort of correction across it.

          70-200mm f/2.8 VR II: not as good on DX bodies. Something about the way the lens renders from center to corner is different, and the corners are weaker on a DX crop/body.

          • tom

            make sense. thanks! I assume that applies to d810 in the regard too.

          • Tony Beach

            Interesting news to me. I have had sample variation with my two copies of the original Nikkor 70-200/2.8 VR and thought maybe I would get around that if I “upgrade” to the second version. Now this, ugh. That said, I’m using the lens on my D800 and usually in the 1.2x crop mode, although that doesn’t mean I’m cropping into the shot more as I find myself framing loosely to avoid having the fast moving target get out of frame. I would also add that in practice I can still live with the flaws I see when I have tested the lens because I’m getting sharp results where it counts (the center of the image circle, and more specifically what I’m focusing on).

            I’ve considered just getting an 80-200/2.8 for landscape photography because then I can be reasonably assured of good corner to corner optical performance at f/5.6 (something that has alluded me with both the copies of the 70-200/2.8 I’ve owned even just within the DX image circle at any aperture). After reading your post here I now think I will just save my money, keep the lens I have for what I use it for, and instead just get an older 80-200/2.8 when landscape photography is something I intend to use it for.

      • I agree as well to a certain extent. I will use lists compiled of good lenses to research for possible buying, however I also look for lists compiled from real reviews on the same camera or the model above or similar that I shoot and who shoot the same subject matters I do. It makes no sense for me to look at a list that is done primarily for portraiture when I rarely ever do portraiture. I mainly do nature, landscape and night time sky, so those are the types of reviews I look for when researching new lenses. Those are completely different shooting from portraits, weddings and sports so they require different aspects of the lenses to work for them.

        Now that’s not to say I wouldn’t look at a lens strictly because it was reviewed as a great lens for something else. It depends on the lens and what it is capable of doing for my style of photographer. I look for cross reviews, in other words, reviews on a lens done in different styles of photography to see where it is better suited and go from there.

  • AKEEM

    It’s only 2X the linear resolution of the D700 (4K vs 8K). This is complete horse shit. All of your lenses will look better, not worse. Even the old Ai-S and D-series Nikkors can do the job. Nobody looks at your photos at 1:1 pixel ratio except the photographer. And for Christ sake you don’t need corner to corner sharpness

    • Dave Silo

      I agree for the most part but I don’t think these lists are a bad idea. They can help people looking for a new lens and who want the most out of the sensor.
      I just don’t think people should be dumping lenses based off lists. Test the lenses and judge off personal experience.
      I also think people spend way too much time worrying about corner sharpness, but sometimes a lens can show too much softness. I said previously that I upgraded from the 17-35mm when I got the D800. It wasn’t just the far corners but it was a decent amount of corner and edges showing softness even at F8. I used the lens for landscape so I made the decision that it wasn’t up to my standards.

      • @davesilo:disqus that’s why I think we should be seeing more effort put into lists that are more useful to specific types of photographers, instead of listing just one ambiguous metric of “acceptable sharpness” that really only serves to aide in pixel-peepers, as @disqus_awYtKvFXEz:disqus is so passionately pointing out LOL.

        Even if they’re totally useless to many folks, and only useful to a few, I’d like to see lists that specifically disclose what their main metric is. Say, extreme corner sharpness, or coma & astigmatism, or fringing / blooming / CA, or distortion, (with/without profile corrections) etc. etc.

        In other words, let’s discourage brick wall pictures whenever we can, and encourage people to just pick a lens, and get deeper into their favorite genre of photography, without worrying about whether or not their lens is “cut out” to do something else that may be irrelevant to them.

  • Thom Hogan

    I’m not sure about what you’re trying to say here.

    Cameralabs basically has two tests. One is charts at relatively close distance, the other is near infinity across the diagonal. I’ll ignore the former for reasons I’ve already given, but point out in the latter the older G version is no where near the E version in the corners, particularly wide open.

    But neither of these things (flat chart up close or horizon at infinity) is what most of us shoot with the lens. As I’ve pointed out, Nikon recently has taken to NOT try to ace flat field test charts. They’ve got a new design philosophy that attempts to balance how the lens performs between focus plane and how gracefully it goes out of focus in front and behind that plane. The E does that in spades, the G does not.

    • Vince Vinnyp

      Thom I was just trying to say that from my personal experience that Gerdy’s assertion that the G lens was better than the E didn’t hold up. Equally I was just saying at least one test also did not agree.
      So in short I think the E version is noticeably “better” and sharper than the G.

      • Thom Hogan

        Okay, good. I wasn’t totally clear on that when I responded, but glad to see we’re in basic agreement.

  • I use my D750 with a 70-200mm f2.8G a lot for event photography. With that combination, I haven’t felt the need to upgrade to the 2.8E version–the focus breathing correction and improved IQ haven’t been worth the extra costs of trading in. I have preordered the D850 (keeping my D750 as a second body for event shoots). So, my question is, with this new sensor in the D850, will it make that lens upgrade more enticing? I am sure that the higher megapixel count will expose certain flaws in my technique, but will it make my current pro-glass seem lackluster compared to how they currently perform (which is spectacularly)? With the upgrade in body (as my primary, at least), I should see an improvement with my current glass anyways, right?

    • Antonio

      This is an important passage of original post by the author os the list: “This isn’t to say you’d never put a lens that isn’t on that list onto a D850 body, only that in doing so you need to be aware that you might be underachieving what the sensor is capable of.”.

      So it is not a matter about your lens becoming worse but not being able to achieve the sensor’s best, therefore your lens will return everything you ares used to and I think that unless expanding the image to sizes larger that the usual you will probably don’t notice the real life effects of these limitations.

    • It depends on what purpose you wish your 70-200 to serve.

      Personally, as a full-time wedding photographer, I’ve never cared to have more than ~12 megapixels worth of resolving power from the types of shots I’m capturing with a 70-200, that is, candids and general event documentation. Even on a D800e, I used the OLDEST Nikon 70-200 VR, and even in DX crop mode at ~16 megapixels, it was fine. Same thing on the D750; the 10-11 megapixel images are fine for what I use them for.

      When I’m shooting an important portrait, and I know the print might be huge, …I reach for my 85. (If my favorite focal length was 105mm or 135mm instead, I’d reach for a different prime.)

      So, just ask yourself, what purposes do the tools in your camera bag serve for you you?

      Chances are, you’ll probably be just fine with the “old” mk2 70-200 2.8.

      Contrary to what Thom said in another reply about wanting this camera specifically for its 45 megapixels, event photographers in my opinion are a different breed. They buy new cameras almost entirely NOT because of the added resolution, but for all the other features offered. As a wedding photographer, I wouldn’t have cared if the D7xx and D8xx series had stopped at 20 MP and 30 MP, respectively. I’d keep buying new cameras just as long as they kept offering OTHER improvements worth investing in.

      So, just ask yourself that question- what do you use your 70-200 for?

      • Thanks for the reply. Good advice. I have an assortment of good “G” lenses, including the 85mm 1.4G (my current favorite). I figure most will look better. I have been wanting to upgrade my body from D750 to D810 (keeping D750), but timing worked out to just wait and get the newest. I am excited about user experience upgrades, but actually, going from a 24 MP camera to a 46 MP will be a big jump for me. I shoot mostly concerts and opera, which requires me to shoot from the back of house. The ability to really crop an image down and keep enough resolution for web, print ads, and canvas will be great (fingers crossed). I prefer nothing much bigger than 200 mm because the action requires going from close ups to full stage shots often. But, with my D750 as a good second body, maybe one camera with a telephoto zoom and the other with super-tele lens could be a nice setup. Some are lamenting that the D850 isn’t enough of an upgrade from the D800/810, but for me coming from a D750, it should be a significant upgrade.

        • If you like the “look” of the 85 1.4G on your D750, and aren’t already clamoring for the insane sharpness of lenses like the Sigma 85 Art, then you’ll probably be fine with the D850 on all your lenses. Especially for concert / theater work, where you probably only ever need to deliver 10-20 megapixels to clients.

          I shot children’s theater for a long while, it was some of the most fun I ever had! I always shot with two cameras, both 2.8 zooms, but I shot during final rehearsal so I had free roam of the front and center aisles, plus I could put a decently bright flash at the very center of the theater to add general illumination to the whole stage. But yeah, back then 6-12 megapixels was all I could possibly need, even for the big prints of the whole cast.

          The D850 will be great for theater, if you can fit the whole stage in at 70mm from the back, at 200mm in 1.5x crop mode you’ll also have 300mm at your disposal, and that’ll be pretty awesome. Alternately, throw a 300mm on the D750, and use that to hit 300mm / 450mm when necessary?

          • I have been pretty happy with the Nikkor 85 1.4G on the D750. I am still too busy buying lenses that I don’t have a suitable substitute for to start buying all out replacements for something that works well enough. I’ll probably wait for the next generation of lenses before making those kind of leaps.

            The 2.8 zooms have been a nice sweet spot for my shooting of opera. I can just get the whole theatre stage in frame at stage level from the back of house at 70mm. I just bought the 200-500 5.6 for some wildlife shooting fun, but I haven’t had a chance to try it in the theatre yet (production season starts in late September for us). 20 MP is plenty enough resolution for my needs, but the added crop factor will be nice.

  • Photoman

    Not sure why the 58 F1.4G is on there. That lens sucks.

  • ethan

    Is there a reason you need a long-ish focal length for what you’re shooting? Seems to me an 80-100mm range would work. I think image stacking is something you need as well in which case any lens will be tack sharp. The D850 allows for shooting a focus sequence, although it may only work with Nikon lenses. I think an 85mm f1.8 Nikkor would or the 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor would serve you well.

  • Michiel953

    Ok, here’s my take.

    It’s not a question of lens outresolving sensor or the other way around. It’s more like adding up the characteristics of both lens and sensor.

    A higher resolving sensor will however – obviously – show deficiencies of any lens sooner than a lower resolving lens, older coatings included.

    A few weeks ago I tried, once again, my 35/1.4 AiS on my D810. Not satisfactory, leagues away from what my 35/1.4G does.

  • Lists like these are some of the most uselessly academic lists in existence, the equivalent of the clickbait websites “top ten such-and-such” lists.

    Simply put, modern lenses are sharp.

    Even then, however, it’s really just the extreme corners (and/or stopped down) that we need worry about most *ANY* Nikon lens, period. Almost every Nikkor ever made aside from the truly cheap junk kit stuff is incredibly sharp from dead-center to around or just past the rule-of-thirds box, when stopped down 1-2 stops. I have an old series E Nikon 50mm f/1.8 that easily out-resolved even my D800e when I had it, by f/4 or so, from dead-center right up until the very last few pixels in the extreme corners.

    I wish industry pundits would focus more on researching and publishing information aimed directly at more specialized genres of photography, instead of these increasingly ambiguous lists and measurements like DXO puts forth. How about, instead of glomming all the numbers into one big near-useless metric, which serves no purpose other than to crown one or two lenses “champion” every now and then and give their owners an ego stroke, …we create things like “a list of lenses which focus fast and reliably, for portrait photography shot wide open at f/2 or faster” …OR…”a list of lenses which have the least coma & astigmatism, for astro-landscape photography” …OR… “a list of lenses which are a fantastic balance of sharpness, affordability, and lightweight portability, for travel photographers who don’t need exotic fast apertures, but do want sharpness when stopped down for traditional landscape / travel photography” …or, you get the idea.

    I know that many people DO already create lists like these, I’m just saying I wish we’d see more of that, and less of this.

  • Thom Hogan

    If you want to shoot the D850 at DX crop, sure, you’ll get the same results as on a D500. But I would hope that if you were buying a 45.4mp camera, you’d actually want to use 45.4mp.

    As for that other fella throwing shade on me. One of his diatribes about this shows that he can’t even focus his camera (focus on the shelf behind him), so I’m not sure why you’d believe what he has to say.

    • tom

      appreciate the feedback! not that I believed anyone else, but I didn’t have an answer for that point and I was sure you would have an answer.

    • docnorth

      IF it’s only about sharpness then including the 16-35 but excluding the newer 18-35 and the cheap 50mm primes is a little odd. The primes show some astigmatism and may be just usable wide open, but stopped down to 1:2,8 or smaller apertures are very to extremely sharp across the frame. Compared to the 18-35 the 16-35 zoom goes 2mm wider, has VR, propably better built and less flares, but the 18-35 shows in general better sharpness across the frame except from the center and that’s very important for a wide or ultra-wide zoom.

      I suspect (I might be wrong) your list is not only about sharpness.

      • Thom Hogan

        Yes, sharpness is the easiest for people to understand, so I and others often emphasize our comments there.

        But consider the 16-35mm and its strong linear distortion. When you move pixels around to correct distortion what are the actual results? Same with vignetting, which would bring up noise in the corners. There’s a lot going on, obviously, and while I type fast I’d still be typing if I had to describe absolutely everything…

  • Simply put, it all depends on what you shoot, and therefore what other factors are important to you. In other words, lists like these are useless, the more specific you get with your photography.

    If you value fast, snappy, reliable autofocus, then certain lenses (mostly newer ones) will work better than older ones.

    If you value dead-center and rule-of-thirds area sharpness more than extreme corner sharpness, then certain lenses go towards the top of the list, while others fall further down it.

    If you value things like bokeh, color, and the general “character” of a lens, …then this list can’t help you at all.

    …and so on and so forth.

    So, ask yourself, why are you considering both the D500 and the D850? Which of the major differences could give you an advantage, or put you at a disadvantage? The D500 offers amazing focus point spread and blazing speed with a very deep buffer, which is IMO more useful for certain (telephoto or not) types of sports compared to trying to frame your shots inside a FX viewfinder inside a DX crop box.

    If image quality and pixel density were your only two deciding factors, and money was no object, then the D850 is a winner. But as soon as you’re considering things like major buffer-stuffing, full-viewfinder focus point coverage, let alone price, …the D500 starts to become an intriguing option.

  • Gosh1

    The official answer form Nikon US product managers
    to the question : “Which Nikon lenses work best with the D850 Sensor?”

    Answer: “Gold Ring Lenses…”

    https://www.dpreview.com/news/6772782345/exclusive-nikon-answers-20-popular-questions-about-the-nikon-d850

  • Chris Phillips

    Can you think of the reason why his name is not allowed? If not please let me know , I can give you dozens.
    To the point now ,
    Nikon never suggested that older lenses are no good for the D850. Its a new camera and as such the engineers have been developing and fine tuning it on the company’s latest glass. Pretty logical I think. Now if we allow haters like the idiot you are mentioning above , to distort everything written, spoken or made public by Nikon, and exaggerate things simply to generate feelings and add on some subscribers and likes to their YT channel, and keep their affiliated companies (Fuji and Tamron for the given individual ), then better jump ship and go where you think you’ll be happier, I think you’ll find that they have bigger issues Nikon does.
    Of course older glass can be used on the D850, some of the greatest masterpieces of the recent past have indeed been created by this glass and will too be made in the future. Is photography simply the camera and the lens? I can assure you that they are very low on an expert photographer’s line of thoughts during the time he is creating his magic. You say you’d prefer Tamron and I have a pretty good guess as to why. I say I will never ever use any other lens but Nikon. You know what ? It doesn’t really matter at all. Here’s why: He “whose name shall never be mentioned”, was shooting with a medium format (GFX) and everyone could see his images where atrocious and amateurish. Did his super res medium format godsend camera help him get any dissent images? Hell NO. Is it the camera’s fault ? Don’t think so. Just using this as an example please don’t get me wrong , thing is let’s not add to the hate and look everything from the bad side. Lets give Nikon a fighting chance in what could be their best camera produced in a hundred years.

    • Because I have filters for certain names, websites and YouTube channels I do not want to see here in my blog for various reasons. I have blocked trolls and spammers who do not bring anything to the conversation. I also do not want to send any traffic to clickbait sites and YouTube channels and I think we all should do the same.

      • Chris Phillips

        Peter I totally understand and respect your position I will delete my thread in proving the same. Thanks for letting me know….getting carried away sometimes with all the hating and staff .

        • actually your comment was absolutely fine 🙂 you can put it back online – it did not trigger any of the filters, that’s why it was still online – as long you don’t mention a name or a link, you are fine

      • Chris Phillips

        Gone!

  • I highly doubt you’ll see a difference in sharpness unless you print it out in a large format, the difference between the D810 36MP and the D850’s 45MP.

  • Alan Rosenberg

    what happened to the Nikon 200-500mm F5.6. Did they forget that one

    • Allen_Wentz

      Go to Thom Hogan’s actual recommendations for the detail. Thom generally recommends the 200-500 but notes that it is less than optimum on the D850 except when used in crop mode. [At least that is my take; read it yourself.]

  • docfink

    I guess he’s not a fan of the old G 24-70 f/2.8

    and last 70-200 f/2.8?

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