churin wrote:Voldenuit wrote:churin wrote:Presently, I am considering 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S.
No. Dear God, just... no.
Please don't spend a lot of money (even though the D610 is fairly inexpensive for a FF body) on a camera body just to put a **** lens in front of it.
That bad? It is 5 star rated by 96 reviwers at Nikon website.
You're looking at a bad case of confirmation bias going on - ppl are more likely to positively rate something they've spent money on.
For portraits: Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8 G
What is wrong with AF-S 50mm f/1.4G I own for portrait?
Classical focal lengths for portraits are 65mm to 135mm (35mm film equivalent). Longer focal lengths tend to compress features and produce what some may consider a more 'flattering' image. However, there have been some famous photographers like Henri Cartier-Besson who've taken some striking (though not always flattering) portraits on 50mm. Note that on the D7000, the 1.5x crop factor turns the 50mm lens into an effective 75mm lens, so if you stick with the D7000, there would be no concerns with distorting head and shoulder portraits using the 50mm lens on the D7000.
Here are a few useful examples:
AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED or
AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
These would also be good for portraits, depending on the look you're after and the working distance you have available. If you already have the 50/1.4, you may consider getting the 105/2.8 and skipping the 85/1.8 as the 105 can double nicely as a portrait lens.
Nikkor AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED or
Tokina AF 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX
Note that you'll have to stop down to get acceptable corner sharpness on both these lenses. See below.
General walk-around lens:
Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Bear in mind that the corners will be slightly soft wide open with this lens. This is one of the tradeoffs of moving to full frame.
I think what you are saying is that the zoom lens having a large range should be avoided and a proper lens should be picked for each shooting situation - portrait, closeup, landscape, etc.
I want to start with 50/1.4 plus one more lens which I have to decide on. My budget for that lens is not much more than $1000. What lens could be the best compromise?
On APS-C, a classic high end walkaround lens is a 17-50/2.8. The equivalent on FF is the 24-70/2.8, but those tend to be much more expensive. I third End User's suggestion to rent a full frame camera and lenses before buying one. In the meanime, I think you'll find that the D7000 still has a very deep well of functionality for you to learn with. Who knows, maybe after you've mastered shooting with APS-C, you might decide to skip full frame altogether and move 'up' to medium format!