One of the advantages of the Nikon Df is that it’s the smallest full frame camera with a proper mirror.
Therefore, everyone seems to think that the Nikon Df is only made for primes. I like primes too, but some occasions work better with a zoom. Plus, I don’t own any wide angle primes because – and at f8, what lens isn’t sharp?
I’m not a grizzled Nikon veteran like some early adopters of the Df, so I’m not blessed with an extensive collection of vintage glass. So I looked through my collection and came across the Nikkor 24-85 f3.5-4.5G. Even though it’s just a kit lens with some recent bodies, I like even better than the 24-120 f4G.
It’s a very nice size on the Df, not too heavy, not too big – very nicely balanced. Frankly, I enjoyed it on the Df even more than on my D800.
It’s sharp, focuses reasonably close, doesn’t “creep” or extend when hanging front-element-down in the sling.
My my most used lenses on the Dƒ:
- Kit 50mm f1.8 SE
- Nikon 85 mm f1.8G
- Nikon 24-85 f3.4-4.5G
- Sigma 35mm f1.4 “Art”
Here are some shots that I took while hiking this weekend.
Note: The EXIF reads D4 because I used Exifchanger (Mac app store) so that Lightroom would recognise them. As always, you can click through to pixel peep if you’re so inclined.
So if you don’t have any compact and light classic zooms, and you’re looking for something modern that won’t cost the world and is nice to use on the Df, try it out!
I’m always on the search for the best standard zoom for all of my cameras, so if you have any recommendations, put them in the comments!