Any three lenses (but only three)

Started Jun 10, 2014 | Discussions thread
Rich Rosen Senior Member • Posts: 2,412
Re: Any three lenses (but only three)

Tuanglen wrote:

I'm curious about Nikon FX lenses used as a system, so I'd like to pose this thought experiment. If you could pick any three lenses for a Nikon FX camera, and they would be given to you for free, but those would be the ONLY three lenses you would be allowed to use for the next decade, which three lenses would you choose? It wouldn't matter which lenses you already owned, because they would all be confiscated, and you couldn't turn down the deal. All you could do was choose which three lenses you would use exclusively for the next decade. Money would be no object because, as I said, they would be given to you for free and replaced for free if ever damaged. (If you wanted a free Nikon FX camera, you could have whichever you wanted and upgrade whenever you wished, so the lens choice would presumably need to be made with some thought of the future in mind.)

I'm not asking for you to speculate about the theoretical needs of some imaginary person; just choose what YOU would want for your own needs if you could only have three lenses but they could be any three regardless of price.

Again, this is just for the purpose of learning what others have discovered in their own, varied experiences about what their priorities and strategies would be with a carefully chosen SET of lenses, restricted in number but not in price. Most of us can't afford to buy every lens that sounds interesting, but some of us might be able to eventually save up for almost any set of three or so.

Nikon sets that out for you. Its called the trinity and consists of three Zooms; an UWA to WA, a mid range Zoom, and a tele zoom. The professional zooms, Nikon makes; are the 14-24 2.8, the 24-70 2.8, and the 70-200 2.8 VRII. That type of trinity has been my staple for years (I have the 17-35, 28-70, and 70-200 VRI). But today my choices would be different. I am 2/3s of the way there with the 24-120 f4, and the 120-300 f2.8 Sports from Sigma. My third lens would be the 14-24. I do events and sports, and dabble in landscapes and city scapes, when I can. If only limited to three lenses, I would choose those three. But it wouldn't be enough and for ten years I wouldn't be happy, watching as new lenses come and I am restricted to these three. What a nightmare! LAD (lens acquisition disease) is dangerous

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