*Two D3 bodies
*D700 (coming July 25)
*SB 900 (coming July 25)
*AF-S Zoom Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens
*TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter
*Zoom Telephoto AF VR Zoom Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8D G-AFS ED-IF Autofocus Lens (Vibration Reduction)
*Nikon Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF-S Zoom Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens
*Zoom Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 200-400mm f/4 G-AFS ED-IF VR (Vibration Reduction) Autofocus Lens
*AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR Autofocus Lens
* MC-36 Multi-Function Remote Cord

I’m sticking with zooms because the one glaring omission in the D3 is lack of automatic sensor cleaning. I want to minimize the need to change lenses. Since I am new to Nikon, I am going to rely on you Nikon experts in the audience to help me out.

Am I missing anything?

I’ve sold most of my gear already but there is a short list of my gear that’s for sale at:

I’ll also be putting my Hasselblad Xpan and some other odds and ends up for sale next week as I clean out the closet of stuff I no longer need or have decided I no longer want to use.

UPDATE: Several working pros I know who shoot Nikon encouraged me to select the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 D over the 70-200 due to extreme vignetting on full-frame cameras with the 70-200.

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  1. Looks pretty good to me (he says after falling off his chair in shock and a jealous fit). If you only knew what I had to go through just to get my D80!

    This so has to be an unboxing party!

    Oh.. I’m sure you have already thought of this but the L Plates for the D3s.

  2. It looks to me like you’ve thought of everything…save the 50mm F1.2 AF-D prime lens for the D700. This could be your full frame point&shoot.

  3. What about the “Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10” for the D700? If you’re used to the bulk of a D3-sized camera then the D700 will feel tiny.

  4. 50mm 1.4

  5. Congrats on moving to Nikon. You have single-handedly brought the economy out of recession!!
    BTW, do you use Capture NX? I am trying NX2 and loving it.

  6. What would Leo say?

  7. Rub it in why dont ya:)

  8. What about a wideangle that takes filters for landscapes? Something like the 17-35mm AF-S f/2.8 would be good…

  9. Extra batteries for the bodies, SB-800 for a second flash, 50mm f/1.4, Battery pack for the D700.

    I have to ask, Why do you need 2 D3’s and a D700?

  10. @Graeme I might decide to try the 17-35 later. I am a bit concerned about no filter but probably will use an old 8×10 view camera filter that I can hold manually against the lens to see if that works. The reports of the 14-24’s sharpness have me excited.

  11. @Carl I will probably stick with one flash since I only plan to use it on the D700. Extra batteries for the bodies are a good idea and I will ad them to the list. As for three bodies? Well I don’t like to change lenses :)

  12. So envious…. Good for you Scott.
    Can’t wait to hear more about the integration.

  13. you could a whole show just on the switch :-) It occurs to me that to really understand it all you have to have some experience with the high end gear to understand the possibilities beyond the obvious.

  14. That’s some nice gear.
    So what’s the equivalent of “L” series lenses for Nikon?

  15. I’m a little surprised you went 2.8 all the way, considering you had f4 telephotos with your Canon kit. Why did you decide to go whole hog? Is f4 really not enough?

  16. Scott, where did you order your gear from?

  17. You could add a D40 as a point and shoot. Small body that is compatible with all of your lenses, flash, etc.

  18. Clearly you’re going to need a caddy to carry all of this gear.

    Does Nikon have those battery grips, seems like those might be useful. Chargers (especially portable or car versions).

  19. Scott,

    Though not a zoom, do give very strong consideration to Nikon’s 85mm 1.4. It is a beautiful lens and a joy to work with.

  20. Yeah Scott,

    If you get the grip for the D700, then you can use the same batteries in the D3 and the D700, no need for carrying two different twpes of batteries (well except the one that stays in the D700 while using the grip)

    As for getting stuff on the lens, you know that when ever you zoom in and out with those lenses that you can suck dust in that why right?

    Unless the 70-200 is a must (I’m thinking it is) maybe hold of until the update gets here, talk to Fred and he can tell you the problems he is having with his 70-200 with the D3

  21. Scott, way to go buddy! What is up with some of the members questioning what you want to buy and how much? What you do with you cash is your decision. “Leave Scott alone!”

    The gear selection you chose is perfect. I would also recommend the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AF-D lens. It would be great to see just how low a light source you can go with to capture the image.

    @Steve S. Basically, the Nikkor AF-S ED IF SWM with f/2.8 is the equivalent of “L” lenses. None of the DX lenses are. Anything up above $2,500 is pretty much the top lens in its class.

  22. If you want to have the SB-900 off the top of the camera then the SC-29 would be a good cord. I am guessing this is going to work with the SB-900.

    Nice job on the switch. Wish I could drop that much on gear. :)

  23. I have to say I think its refreshing to see that true pro’s will make a switch like this …. A switch based on using the camera like the tools they need to be…. Proper tool for the proper situation…

    I must say that making the switch these days is easier based on most cameras offering basically the same functions – but still it takes time to reset the finger memory of years of shooting one type of camera…

    Ok – but we need the truth Scott – was it all the shutter clicking from Fred?

    PS: I wish you were switching from Nikon to Canon – then I could have bought all your great long glass……..

  24. I think these posts got the most feedback of any post ever. I’ve gotta say that D700 is quite enticing

  25. Scott, are you goin’ to have to trade in your whole iphone vest for this? Or just the back part that you don’t use anyway?

  26. I bet you’re quite excited, it’s quite a landmark moment for you. Is there any chance you would do an unboxing video, I’d quite like to see the contents of the box and share some of that ‘new gear feeling’.

  27. I agree that the one glaring ommision here is the lack of a fast 50mm prime. However, as you said that you dislike changing lenses, why not keep a Canon body with a 50mm 1.2L for that? You could use it almost exclusively for studio (when you do studio) work, and use the Nikon kit for wildlife.

  28. Between you posting off your Canon gear and your Nikons arriving, will you have a few hours without any cameras in your entire house?

    Can you get counseling for this? ;-)

  29. I like the idea of an unboxing video. All that stuff, yeah it needs to be on video.

  30. Very impressive list. I agree about the lack of one of Nikon’s 50 mm primes. Put that on the D700 and you have a great take anywhere camera. Also the D700’s build in flash can drive the SB900 wirelessly and you should a lot of fun with that.

  31. I agree with Dennis.

    Nice set-up. What was the deciding factor in switching over? I know the image quality at high ISO’s is a really nice feature, but I thought you were more impressed with the image detail you were getting out of the 21 mp’s you were getting with the Canon v the image quality of the higher ISO’s of the Nikon. I personally think you just got tired of saying “EOS 1Ds Mark III” in response to people’s queris about the gear you were using. D3 is so much easier to say and remember. :-)

  32. You may want to consider the 105mm f2.8 VR micro / macro lens. I have played around with it and it is simply wonderful. It is one of the reason I keep looking at Nikon while contemplating my switch from Olympus. (Nice set-up otherwise)

  33. What whoa? Am I behind on a podcast? Scott… Nikon? Now I don’t know what to think about my Canon anymore…

  34. I’d say you got it pretty much covered, the only weakness in your setup is the 70-200mm f/2.8 doesnt perform super great on a full frame camera – hopefully there’s a version II in the making to address that.

    I’d possibly add the 85mm f/1.4 if you shoot any potraits, 50mm f/1.4 for low light work.

    Grab the MB-D10 for the D700 and a few extra batteries.

  35. The only lens you are missing is Sigma’s big boy the 400 – 1000mm, but I am sure it is on your wishlist for later.

    I am also a recent canon convert and the thing that drives me crazy is the fact that the Nikon lenses screw on the opposite direction as Canon’s. Even a year later I am still having to stop and think about which way to mount the lens.

    But I am very happy having made the switch to Nikon and the D700 is already on pre-order for me from Adorama…..

  36. Sounds like Scott ordered all this stuff off the internet. Isn’t there a good camera store where you live that you could buy all that stuff for a good price? I know here in Las Vegas there’s not, but I try to buy my camera stuff from a local source. If not I try to wait until I go to Salt Lake and visit a good camera store there.

    I hope you really enjoy your new equipment.

  37. I suppose I need to goto the camera shop and look at some Nikon’s. I have to find out what all the buzz is about.

  38. Like others have said, 50mm 1.4D and maybe the 50mm 1.8D to used stopped down (one of the sharpest lenses) and the 85mm 1.4D

  39. Rough Calculations = over $32,000

    I wish that I made that with shooting and I wish I could even afford one of those D3s. I am happy to hear of your purchases. I am anxious to see some results.

    Man! I am excited for you.

  40. This is the first I’ve become aware that you have switched from Canon to Nikon. Being a D300 user with multiple lenses, I’m reassured I made the right choice! Shocked! Welcome to the “light” side. Now if we could get you to switch to Lightroom ….

  41. I’ve been very happy with the functionality and feel my Nikon. I will be very interested in your commentary as you start using your new equipment. For my 2 cents, stay with Aperture. I think it is an amazing program, because it make rating and organizing your photos throughly enjoyable.

  42. Nice job. I thought I was excited getting just my D300 yesterday. You have to post an unboxing!

    So jealous. +1 for the 50mm f1.4

  43. @Brian I have NO idea what would make you think I’m switching from Aperture – I’m an Aperture man until I die, no matter what camera I use.

  44. Of course! Why wouldn’t you stick with Aperture? (I was just referring to Claude Biron’s post…)

  45. I’m far from an expert, I’m interested in your rationale for the TC-17 instead of the TC-14. Won’t you want to use it mostly with the 500 f/4? Doesn’t AF performance fade rapidly past f/5.6?

    Someone earlier commented on the 105 f/2.8 macro. I love mine, my favorite lens on D300. But then I shoot a lot of tiny stuff.

  46. Scott, great start. Question why the 500 rather than the 600? And when you start looking at primes the 200 f2 is just wonderful…I am swoommmming. Also, for panos or landscapes which I know arent a priority for you I would look at the 24PC-E Have fun!!!

  47. Let me tell you, using the Nikon Creative Lighting System with two or three flash units is an amazing thing to behold.

  48. Turncoat! Canon rules. ; )

  49. Are these being shipped from the store where William gets his ink and quills?

    Looking forward to the bombshell podcast …

  50. Ouch Scott, I hurt my back picking my jaw up off the floor. Can’t believe you’ve gone to the dark side (I know, it’s really the light side)…Now who’s gonna be the big Canon guy for the show? Sad about the news, but excited to hear about the new gear….

  51. Wow. I hadn’t been here in a couple of days, and was shocked to see this…but hey Scott…we’ll try to contain our envy. With far more amateur level gear, I switched from Canon to Nikon myself, and find I really love my Nikon gear…in a very non-religious way, as Canon gear is great, and I just prefer Nikon UI.

    Also, there’s the fantastic Nikon writing of Thom Hogan. Thom’s analysis of the D700 is astonishing. http://www.bythom.com/d700announce.htm … he manages to be a major asset to the brand itself, without being an unrelenting fanboy. This article really impresses me.

    Anyway…enjoy the gear! Nice selection…and you can pick up the 105VR micro in a couple of weeks …


  52. Scott,

    I am truly jealous. I cam curious to know what made you finally decide to switch. Seems like a good topic for part of this up coming TWIP.

  53. Scott, really nice setup there. Just curious where did you pick up the 70-200? It seems like that lens is sold out everywhere these days.

  54. @Harold I had one available at my regular supplier Hunts Photo in Boston but many people have urged me to select the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 D instead due to extreme vignetting on full frame cameras with the 70-200. I understand that early next year Nikon will update the 70-200 so I will pick that one up then.

  55. @JohnWorthington yes thanks ordering today from Kirk Photo

    @Nicole I am going to try to keep the D700 stand alone since it will double as the camera I use with my ringlight. Needs to be as small and light as possible.

    @Martin haven’t used Capture NX and probably won’t – too invested in Aperture.

    @Paul in Kirkland decided on the lenses that had the best reviews. Turned out they were all 2.8.

    @Stephen Cupp and @Brodie Hunts Photo & Video in Boston

    @David the push/pull zooms are the only ones that let in dust

    @Fred Hill waiting to see if the SC-29 works with the SB-900. If you or anyone hears for certain let me know.

    @Steven Horn I wrote out most of my reasons for the switch on this blog

    @Carl Sanford I might buy the 105 for studio use if it’s as nice as everyone says it is.

    @Ron just don’t want to carry the 600 when the 500 with 1.7 is pretty good by comparison – I may add the 600 later. As for the 200 f/2 I have heard a lot about it but for the kind of shooting I usually do, I am not sure it’s a fit.

  56. Can’t wait to see what happens when Canon launches it’s D3 killer ;)

  57. Scott

    Nice choices I would try the 70-200 yet be ready to send it back for the 80-200.
    I tried three 70-200 with no success, yet a friend received an excellent one on his second
    try. We both shoot the D3 and his second lense performs beautiful on both bodies.

  58. @Ben thanks but I did try Fred’s 70-200 and the vignetting is terrible. I’ve talked with several working pros who are long-time Nikon guys and they all suggested the 80-200 with the SW motor for now.

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