Nikon D800 + Nikkor 35-70mm f2.8D
The Nikkor 35-70/f2.8D is a professional standard versitile lens with prime quality optical performance yet the ability to go closer (70mm) for a headshot or wide for a half body (35mm) without moving my feet.
The 35-70/2.8 was the original Nikon workhorse lens of a professional wedding photographer before Nikon released the 28-70/2.8D and then it’s replacement, the current model, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8.
In comparison the 35-70/2.8 is an absolute bargain and I rather have this lens and a seperate wide angle prime lens and spend less money. I find it is not often that I use a 24mm focal length. 28mm is a much more useful focal length especially for work such as documentary wedding photography in small spaces.
The Nikkor 35-70 has quickly become my one lens setup for my Nikon D800 for both studio portraits and wedding photography.
Here are a few more Nikon D800 + 35-70/2.8 D examples –
Although I love my Leica M9 rangefinder there is occasions where it is just so nice to pickup a do-everything super easy to use DSLR, especially on a plain backdrop as here. Even using the D800 in manual mode as I do and mostly with manual lenses a DSLR is just so easy. Using the Leica M9 has made me slow down my DSLR shooting and I think I take more time considering and composing each of my images as a result of using a Leica camera m0st of the time.
Keep an eye out for my latest addition to my camera bag also – the Lumix G3!
MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica Photographer