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    What is your dream Nikon kit?

    This should be interesting!

    Mine:

    D6
    24-70 2.8
    70-200 2.8
    200-500
    200 2.0

    That's it!

    What is yours?
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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    At the moment I would say:

    D850
    Sigma Art 14-24
    Otus 28mm (Not going to happen)
    Sigma Art 50mm 1.4
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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    F6
    Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF-S
    Several rolls of HP5
    Time, lots of time

    I already have a few rolls of HP5

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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    Tough one. Right now, it'd be a D850 w/ ART 24-35, 50/1.4G, 20/1.8G, 105/2.8G Macro, and the 300PF.

    But, that could all change when I get my iPhone 11 Pro Max


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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    Tough one. Right now, it'd be a D850 w/ ART 24-35, 50/1.4G, 20/1.8G, 105/2.8G Macro, and the 300PF.

    But, that could all change when I get my iPhone 11 Pro Max



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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    My favourite (and only) Nikon:




    For the rest no dream NIKON kit, which has nothing to do with their performance and/or price. I've tried to like them but somehow the bodies always feel wrong in my hands. Very personal (and probably a minority) feeling, but again confirmed two weeks ago when holding a Z6, best EVF I've seen and nice files, but somehow the "feeling" wasn't there on the body shape.
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    Haha Dave your ideal lenses are pretty much mine too.

    The Z6 and 24-70 2.8s I recently acquired are working out wonderfully. Just need to add a 70-200 2.8 and a fast 50/85mm (come on 50/85 1.2s) and I'd probably be all set. While we're daydreaming, I'd also love to add a 200-500mm, a 200mm f2, and a 14mm f1.8 for use with the Z6 and D810A.

    My only issue with the Z6 is that my wife picked it up and realized she loved it too. Looks like we'll be selling her D800/50mm 1.4G at some point in the future and picking up another Z6.

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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by tcdeveau View Post
    Haha Dave your ideal lenses are pretty much mine too.

    The Z6 and 24-70 2.8s I recently acquired are working out wonderfully. Just need to add a 70-200 2.8 and a fast 50/85mm (come on 50/85 1.2s) and I'd probably be all set. While we're daydreaming, I'd also love to add a 200-500mm, a 200mm f2, and a 14mm f1.8 for use with the Z6 and D810A.

    My only issue with the Z6 is that my wife picked it up and realized she loved it too. Looks like we'll be selling her D800/50mm 1.4G at some point in the future and picking up another Z6.
    Stan has convinced me that the 200-500 is a great value and high-performing lens! The price is not bad at all.
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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    At the moment I'm really happy with my D500, 16-80mm kit lens (surprisingly good), Tamron 90mm macro, Nikkor 70-200mm f4.0 and 300mmPF.

    I allows me to travel reasonably light, and capture everything from city travel to wildlife - limitations accepted.

    Dream kit - probably the to be announced new Z8 with a set of fixed primes : 24mm, 35mm and 85mm or 105mm.

    One can but dream....
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    No dreams. Reality at the moment is the Z7 and 50 1.8S. Waiting for the native 70-200 f2.8S.
    FWIW, Iím shooting aspect ratio 5:4 to hold down file size a bit.
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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by pegelli View Post
    My favourite (and only) Nikon:




    For the rest no dream NIKON kit, which has nothing to do with their performance and/or price. I've tried to like them but somehow the bodies always feel wrong in my hands. Very personal (and probably a minority) feeling, but again confirmed two weeks ago when holding a Z6, best EVF I've seen and nice files, but somehow the "feeling" wasn't there on the body shape.
    Took awhile, but I found the two Nikons like yours that are languishing in a separate file drawer.

    I should start using one of them as they were really fun to use in the past!
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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    iPhone 11 wide angle is pretty impressive. Just sayin.




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    My Z7 cameras with a set of Z f/1.2 S primes at the same size and weight as my Z f/1.8 S primes.

    Well, you did say dream Nikon kit.


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    Original Nikon F with a 50 1.0

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    Original Nikon F with a 50mm 1.0 Name:  35F292FA-B488-4190-9E2D-D0F2736E63A9.jpeg
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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    Here's what I'm aiming for within this year:
    D780
    F80 with AA battery grip
    20mm f/1.8
    35mm f/1.8
    60mm f/2.8 Micro
    105mm f/2

    That's around 3,500 grams. Very suitable for travel, industrial and portraits.

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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    Z7
    14-30/4S
    24-70/2.8S (can't afford it - so therefore...and for travel 24-70/4S)
    70-200/2.8S, announced today, (cant afford it either, so I just stick to the FX 70-200/4G ED)
    thats it...
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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    But since we are talking dreams here...

    D780
    28mm f/1.4
    58mm f/1.4
    105mm f/1.4

    $7,700

    3 kg inklusive 2 batteries

    Maybe better after all to go for something perfect, something that is hard to get but not impossible. Back in 1974, I had an OM-1 with 28mm f/3.5, 50mm f/1.8 and 135mm f/3.5. I lived with that body and those lenses for a couple of decades. There's no reason why I shouldn't repeat that, only on a higher level.

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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    Interesting question.

    If cash were no object:

    Z6 + FTZ adapter
    2x 128gb XQD cards
    2x batteries
    14-30
    24-70 (f4 for weight considerations)
    24/1.8
    35/1.8
    FTZ adapter for:
    105 macro
    pf500
    As time goes on I'd also add a Z7+2x128XQD+2xBatteries

    I only wish the FTZ adapter had a screw focus capability because my dream Nikkor lens is the 200mm macro. Always wanted one, never had a Nikon camera at the same time as the desire to own one!

    I am very heavily invested in the Fuji system right now and I need to keep with it for work reasons. However, later in the year/early next year that might all change and I can decide then what I really want to shoot with.

    BTW, I would not be surprised if Canon overtake Nikon in the mirrorless market.

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    Z7 (or Z8 if it has faster processor and hence faster Eye AF etc and dual CFExpress slots)
    4/24-70 for weight reasons
    14-30
    1.8/85
    1.8/24
    80-400 (as soon as available in 2021)

    I think this system could become my only system I will keep for future. The main reason why I am not switching right now is that CFExpress is not fully supported yet (not all cards) and Ido not want to play beta tester, as well as I really would prefer the next generation body (as I mentioned better processor) to be more future proof and faster now
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    Nikon Dream Kit







    Nikon F3T + 50mm f/1.2 + Tri-X + Pyrocat HD


    I have had a very long relationship with Nikon cameras. Acquired as a teen, my first SLR was a Canon AE-1, but soon after Nikon was my choice for 135. When I came into digital, it was a D200, then a D700, and the last digital Nikon I shot with was a beautiful D750 the school I worked at let me purchase for instructor use. It was a very nice camera. But as my digital needs evolved, I found a definite need for medium format digital (MFD), but preferred the lighter size APS-C Fuji mirrorless cameras when MFD was not necessary (Nikon was not yet in the mirrorless market). After I realized my D700 was not being used for over a year, it was sadly time to let it go. However, what has remained with me since the early 1980s is the Nikon F3. I used F3s professionally and had many during those years in different configurations. My personal favorite F3 has always been the F3-T in champagne color. Shown above is the third F3-T in champagne I have owned and the prettiest of the bunch. Most are scraped up pretty bad and the viewfinders seem to get whacked a bit from the auction photos I have scanned over the years, so I bought an extra viewfinder from a collector in Japan when it became available. No more commercial work with a F3 for me today, but it is perfect for the proverbial cat in the window shot.

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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    Hey, that looks like my old F3T!!! Beautiful kit, Darr.
    Loved that camera!

    Jorgen got me looking at the cost of my dream kit above... then I picked up my old Fm2n and my Nikkormat FTn and walked outside just to use them.

    It was then, I realized I didn't need to dream of my old F6 or other cameras. I already had two of my original dream film cameras from long ago!

    Time to get reacquainted...
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    Quote Originally Posted by darr View Post






    Nikon F3T + 50mm f/1.2 + Tri-X + Pyrocat HD

    Love that F3T - and lovely selection of lenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    Hey, that looks like my old F3T!!! Beautiful kit, Darr.
    Loved that camera!

    Jorgen got me looking at the cost of my dream kit above... then I picked up my old Fm2n and my Nikkormat FTn and walked outside just to use them.

    It was then, I realized I didn't need to dream of my old F6 or other cameras. I already had two of my original dream film cameras from long ago!

    Time to get reacquainted...
    Maybe it is your old F3T. I bought this one from KEH a couple of years ago.
    Gotta love our old Nikons, they are always waiting to be cuddled!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    Interesting

    BTW, I would not be surprised if Canon overtake Nikon in the mirrorless market.

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    Nor I. Nikon really needs to be on their toes the next couple of years.

    I suppose I ought to add my dream kit to keep this on target.

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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    Body: Given the type of images I want to make at this stage of my life, a mirrorless body offers flexibility in mounting almost any lens, so that's why I start with the Z7 body.

    Lenses - main: Weight is a consideration for travel cam, and the 24-70/4S is a no-brainer. The 14-30 may be as well, but it's a 2nd tier choice. The 70-300 AF-P is an obvious choice too for a travel tele; add a good 2-element diopter for casual macro work, and you get a 2-fer travel option. For my do-it-all prime, I am really interested in adapting the Canon pancake 40mm USM to the Nikon -- cheaper (even with a $300 smart AF adapter), lighter and just enough longer than the Z 35/1.8S to make the cut over it.

    Lenses - artistic: Here is where the waters muddy. Probably the Lensbaby 35mm Burnside -- I like shooting evening/nighttime street with a 35, and like the artistic options this lens provides and I am a sucker for the Petzval look! And probably some older 85 design, possibly the Canon f1.8 USM as it's small, light and cheap -- and would AF! The newer 85's all render too "sterile" for my tastes. (I would love another Leica R 80 Lux for it's look, but they've gotten too damn expensive for the little I'd actually use it. There is a 7-artisans 75mm that is intriguing, bu still 3x the cost of a Canon USM and no AF.) I might eventually add a 50-58, maybe one of the f1.2 Nikkors, or Voightlander, possibly even the Lensbaby Velvet if I take to the Burnside. We shall see

    Oh yes, almost forgot -- assuming I like using the above kit, I'd eventually add a 2nd body. Possibly a bargain buy on a used Z6, or possibly an upgrade to the Z8 as my main if they fix some of the 6/7 warts.
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    one may want to add this to the kit in case you shoot a lot of boudoir and don't want to get in the models face.Name:  nikon800mm.jpg
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    I think that would alter it from boudoir photography to voyeur photography
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    My dream camera is physically impossible, since it like the Tardis would require a bigger inside than outside. So, every kit is a compromise, and like every compromise it's never ideal, never a dream. The best compromise is contextual, which of course is why have such agglomerations of kit. But the dream would have to be one camera and one lens to do it all, and maybe serve me coffee in the morning.

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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    But since you asked, it's not a Nikon but I'd love me an M10 Monochrom with a few different 35 cron's. Unfortunately, my purse disagrees with the idea.

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    I've been using my 'dream kit' for a few years now...the D500 | 300mm PF | 45mm PC-E.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    Body: Given the type of images I want to make at this stage of my life, a mirrorless body offers flexibility in mounting almost any lens, so that's why I start with the Z7 body.

    Lenses - main: Weight is a consideration for travel cam, and the 24-70/4S is a no-brainer. The 14-30 may be as well, but it's a 2nd tier choice. The 70-300 AF-P is an obvious choice too for a travel tele; add a good 2-element diopter for casual macro work, and you get a 2-fer travel option. For my do-it-all prime, I am really interested in adapting the Canon pancake 40mm USM to the Nikon -- cheaper (even with a $300 smart AF adapter), lighter and just enough longer than the Z 35/1.8S to make the cut over it.

    Lenses - artistic: Here is where the waters muddy. Probably the Lensbaby 35mm Burnside -- I like shooting evening/nighttime street with a 35, and like the artistic options this lens provides and I am a sucker for the Petzval look! And probably some older 85 design, possibly the Canon f1.8 USM as it's small, light and cheap -- and would AF! The newer 85's all render too "sterile" for my tastes. (I would love another Leica R 80 Lux for it's look, but they've gotten too damn expensive for the little I'd actually use it. There is a 7-artisans 75mm that is intriguing, bu still 3x the cost of a Canon USM and no AF.) I might eventually add a 50-58, maybe one of the f1.2 Nikkors, or Voightlander, possibly even the Lensbaby Velvet if I take to the Burnside. We shall see

    Oh yes, almost forgot -- assuming I like using the above kit, I'd eventually add a 2nd body. Possibly a bargain buy on a used Z6, or possibly an upgrade to the Z8 as my main if they fix some of the 6/7 warts.
    Jack,

    I fully agree with your opinion - and also about what is needed in my current stage of life :-)

    I am currently still in the waiting phase for a perfect FF mirrorless body for my needs and the Z7 with the 4/24-70 clicks lot of boxes. I also am looking for adopting some of my M lenses to this body (as I own a whole bunch) and especially the 1.4/75 and the 1.0/50 Noctilux should work just fine although "only" MF. But hey, how did I shoot 20 years ago with a analog Leica M and this worked nicely for me, so now with all the focusing aids etc. on the Z7 it should be a no issue to shoot these lenses.

    On the other side I am intrigued to add one or another 1.8 Z prime to this as they are reasonably cheap, offer excellent IQ and AF and would complement my Leica M glass and the 4/24-70 pretty nicely. For longer reach (telephoto) I still own and keep my Olympus m43 gear that is second to none IQ wise and AF wise.

    And as you say, as soon as the Z8 arrives get this as a second body and/or maybe sell the Z7 then.
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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    The more I cogitate this, the more I come to:

    Z7 now (and later add a Z8), 24-70/4S, 14-30/4S, 50/1.8S, FTZ, 70-300 AF-P, 2-element close up diopter and 35mm Lensbaby Burnside. About $5500 total worth of gear at current refurb and used pricing --- and that will all fit in a medium-sized shoulder bag that I can carry comfortably!
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    Re: What is your dream Nikon kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    The more I cogitate this, the more I come to:

    Z7 now (and later add a Z8), 24-70/4S, 14-30/4S, 50/1.8S, FTZ, 70-300 AF-P, 2-element close up diopter and 35mm Lensbaby Burnside. About $5500 total worth of gear at current refurb and used pricing --- and that will all fit in a medium-sized shoulder bag that I can carry comfortably!

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