Share your "Unholy Trinity" lens sets

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Nick Jones 08
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Re: That's not macro
In reply to Leonard Migliore, Oct 11, 2013

When I view my slides, I simply look at the subject portion when it is not a landscape shot, which means if I shoot a flower, I ignore all the background around it when viewing the developed slide.

This is the reason why I've been searching for very high-powered loupes as of late. However, your suggestion of acquiring a true macro lens has been noted. Thank you.

EDIT: Considering my type of shooting, a Medical-Nikkor lens will suit me perfectly. However, to the best of my knowledge, Medical-Nikkor lenses are non-AI and thus cannot be mounted to my unmodified F5.

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In reply to DenWil, Oct 12, 2013

DenWil wrote:

Saw your post title in the sidebar - I had a response- wasn't till I was a bit into it and saw the "cheap" designation that I realized I was seriously in the wrong place. Have fun.

Well ... it's your loss.  I didn't say "cheap" was a requirement, it was only a preference, and in fact many people have listed Zeiss lenses, the 200/2 VR, etc.  Everybody is welcome.  The point of the thread was to think outside of the box a little bit and share non-traditional trinities.

I really wish DPR would include the forum the threads are from

I can agree with you there.

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My poor man's holy trinity plus
In reply to gear1box, Oct 12, 2013

I use the Nikon 28-50-85 f/1.8G, and 70-200 f/4 VR.  They are perform great, the 28 f/1.8G and the 70-200 f/4 VR have both become two of my favorite lenses ever.

All of them are terrific with the D800.  I'll likely add an ultra wide-angle zoom to replace my recently departed Tokina 16-28 and a macro lens to replace my recently departed Sigma 105 f/2.8 macro.  And my plan is to put aside some dough for the soon to be announced 300 f/4 VR.

Lastly, I'm been thinking about getting the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 but like my small and lightweight primes.

Cheers and happy shooting, Markus

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Re: Share your "Unholy Trinity" lens sets
In reply to windsprite, Oct 12, 2013

I like my 16-35, 24-120, and 80-400 trio, although I also have the 70-200 f/2.8 VR II which makes the 80-400's slow apertue less of an issue.

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Re: Share your "Unholy Trinity" lens sets
In reply to windsprite, Oct 12, 2013

For DX:

Sigma 10-20 f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 18-70 f/3.5-4.5
Nikon 80-200 f/2.8D

It's the bombdiggity

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Re: Share your "Unholy Trinity" lens sets
In reply to windsprite, Oct 12, 2013

I have a third party trinity flush. Tokina 12-24 dxII for wide. That came last. First was the Tamron 70-300 vc. Unlike Leonard, I am very satisfied with it. After the telephoto zoom, I got my midrange, a Sigma 17-70 os. I get a lot of use out of it but it is more fragile than the other two and has had its os unit replaced. Sometimes I use the Tokina and my old Tamron 28-300 xr di if to create a duo that covers the range pretty well.
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In reply to windsprite, Oct 12, 2013

My thoughts with a balanced perspective for each lens. They have all been shot with a D90 and D7100. Resolving well with the D7100's sensor. All of the shots are from my D90.

Tokina 11-16 f2.8 - seems like a popular choice and it has worked really well for me when I have needed it. Does flare against bright light but not overly so even when I have shot into the sun.

Rome, Colosseum - Tokina 11-16.

Nikon 16-85 f3.5-5.6 - again popular choice and its a great walk around, its sharp with a great range. Its sturdy, mine has 500,000 air miles on it, one way to measure I suppose. You can get some decent bokeh only at high magnification, meaning zoomed in and being close, of course at f5.6. Thats the only part of the lens that needs improvement.

Marsella, Marsella Winery Cellar - Nikon 16-85, hand held, good VR.

Niokon 80-200 f2.8D - super sharp and love the lens. Think its good from f2.8 forward and excellent between f4-f11. Great boken for portraits, if needed. Issues - Heavy and its not an APO lens.

Orlando, Disney World - Lion King Show. No flash, hand held and cropped.

Also love my 85 f1.8G - its outstanding, sharp and a great portrait lens (or for whatever is needed).

It's threads like this on dpreview and great posts from people  that have helped me make good selections with respect to my lenses.

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Re: Share your "Unholy Trinity" lens sets
In reply to windsprite, Oct 12, 2013

mine would be:

Tamron 17-50 2.8 Non VC

Nikon 50 1.4 G

Nikon 80-200 AF-D 2.8

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In reply to windsprite, Oct 12, 2013

Fun thread. Thanks for starting it Julie. My 2 favorite lenses right now are the nikon 300mm f4 and the sigma 35mm f1.4 ART lens on the D800or D700. Competing for the third slot are the nikon 28mm f1.8, the nikon 85mm f1.8 D and the 105 f2.8 vr nikon. I do have the holy trinity, and when I am very serious about getting a shot I carry them in a kata backpack. But for fun, I go with the first mentioned glass.

It is hard to choose when so many great options abound.

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Re: Share your "Unholy Trinity" lens sets
In reply to windsprite, Oct 12, 2013

For laughs, considering the other responses 'til now...

On my D7000: Sigma 10-20, Sigma 18-250 "macro", Nikon 300 F4 AF

And for more snickers...

My wife's D7000: Nikon 18-300 (the most unholy, un-trinity)

We are heathens

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Re: My poor man's holy trinity plus
In reply to marike6, Oct 12, 2013

marike6 wrote:

I use the Nikon 28-50-85 f/1.8G, and 70-200 f/4 VR. They are perform great, the 28 f/1.8G and the 70-200 f/4 VR have both become two of my favorite lenses ever.

All of them are terrific with the D800. I'll likely add an ultra wide-angle zoom to replace my recently departed Tokina 16-28 and a macro lens to replace my recently departed Sigma 105 f/2.8 macro. And my plan is to put aside some dough for the soon to be announced 300 f/4 VR.

Markus --

Thank you for confirming for me that -- although i do not anticipate a 36meg sensor in my life soon -- my f1.8Gs will remain useful no matter what FX sensor i get.  Allow me to make a few further comments:

1)  When i wish to go to focal length extremes, i GO extreme.  Zooming ain't required.  So i'm leaning toward the the 300VR f4 vice the 70-200.  A real frustration with my current tele is that, the few times i actually need it, i want it out at 300mm and my sample (at least) of the 70-300mmVR gets all gauzy past 150mm or so.  The 70-200 doesn't fix that problem due to its 200mm limit.

2)  You might want to consider giving the 14mm Samyang UWA a try.  There are negatives:  it is MF (at that focal length, so?); the distance scale is a joke; oil-barrel distortion; no filters; off brand; and the only lens i've ever used with a center-of-gravity seemingly ahead of the lens barrel. For all of that, what do you get?  Corner to corner sharpness in a lens that most of us use only occaisionally and at modest cost.  If you wish to try it, spend the extra $30 for the one with the Nikon chip.  I am actually quite happy with mine.

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Re: Share your "Unholy Trinity" lens sets
In reply to windsprite, Oct 13, 2013

I'm chuffed to bits with my new unholy trinity: Nikon 16-35G VR, 24-70G and 70-400 f/4G. I like to think of it as the more practical version of the real trinity. At the wide and tele ends you have superb lenses (particularly the 70-200 f4) that are smaller and lighter and for many practical purposes every bit as good as the real trinity.

For low light I don't have a trinity, as I like to use flash (off camera or bounced) where possible. For true low light there is only one lens I love: the 50mm 1.2 AiS. Just magic.

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In reply to windsprite, Oct 13, 2013

I shot at DX format only. My main lenses are three also:

  1. Nikkor 12-24 f/4
  2. Nikkor 24-120 f/4
  3. Nikkor 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 VR

Most of my pictures are made with one of them despite I have eight primes to be used on dedicated cases.

When I started with DSLR on 2002 and a Nikon D100, I defined the set above. Well, almost, as my WA zoom was Sigma 15-30 replaced by the Nikkor when it was released and my medium range zoom was the Nikkor 24-120 AFD, replaced successively by the VR version and afterwards by the f/4 version. The venerable 80-400 is the single one used since 2002...

I am very glad with my "Trinity"...

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In reply to windsprite, Oct 13, 2013

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DX Camera.

Nikkor 17-55 2.8.

Nikkor 70-300 VR.

Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6.

Been using them for years.

Don't plan to change any time soon.

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In reply to windsprite, Oct 14, 2013

My Nikon D600 unholy trinity set is also the lightest in the class:
Nikon 18-35G
Nikon 24-85mm VR
Nikon 70-200 f4 VR

I always carry all three in a backpack if I take my gear out.

When I do not take zooms I take Sigma 35mm f1.4 and Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro (new)

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In reply to windsprite, Oct 14, 2013

For my D800E, lately I've been using the f/4 trio, esp for day trips where there's good sunlight:

16-35 f/4 VR

24-120 f/4 VR

70-200 f/4 VR, with the TC-14E II mounted by default (becomes a 100-280mm f/5.6)

While admittedly 16-35/24-120 are both not as good as their f/2.8 counterparts, the lighter weight and bigger zoom range more than compensated for that.

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In reply to Leonard Migliore, Oct 14, 2013

On DX:

Tokina 12-24 f4

Nikon 35 1.8

Nikon 80-200 AF-D or Nikon 70-300 VR

or

Tokina 12-24 f4

Nikon 50 1.4 G

Nikon 105 AFS VR

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In reply to windsprite, Oct 14, 2013

Normal, walkaround:

Sigma 17-70 f/4 OS

A very mixed lens, extremely sharp at some FWs, a little disappointing at 70mm. It became way better when I discovered focus adjustment :-), but still, in retrospect I think I should rather have had the 17-50 f/2.8. The new "C" version is supposedly better.

Superwide:

Sigma 8-16 f/4.5-5.6

A real funny lens! The lens to use when I want to make an impression of really beeing inside the situation. Some slight goasting problems when shooting into the sun, but many other UWAs are worse.

Tele:

Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR or Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 ii (non-OS)

The Nikon is another "mixed blessing" lens, very good at lower FWs a little disappointing near 300mm. I'we found myself using the Sigma more also outside (bought it for indoor sports, where it is really exellent. I find the wide end of a 70-xxx a little too narrow for indoor use), in the shared FW it is just as sharp as the Nikon, at a step or two wider aperture.

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In reply to BackroadsTraveler, Oct 14, 2013

BackroadsTraveler wrote:

For DX-

Nikon 10-24

Nikon 16-85

Nikon 70-300 VR (this can be an FX lens)

All are considered by many to rise above 'kit lens' IQ, and still do not break the bank. Plus, this trinity gives you a bit of overlap, which I find useful. I never understood why Ken Rockwell was so opposed to overlap with zooms.

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I'm very close to this, but I've swapped out (via a diversion into the 70-200/2.8 VR1 that's now sold), the 70-300 for a 70-200/4. It's a very versatile setup, isn't it!

Occasionally I'll take the 10.5 fisheye instead of the 10-24, since the 16-85 is fairly wide in and of itself, but otherwise those three are my 'trinity'.

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In reply to The Big One, Oct 14, 2013

Tamron 17-50 non vc: great lens used most often
Nikon 55-300: sharp n light for its zoom span
Nikon 35 f1.8: great lens but less flexible

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