Which FX lens for serious, high IQ multi-row panoramas to print large?

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Which FX lens for serious, high IQ multi-row panoramas to print large?

I have a D750 (and may rent a D850) with the Nikkor 24-120 f/4 and  Tamron 15-30 f/2.8.  We are planning a long trip through the Swiss and French alps this summer (Wengen, Zermatt, Chamonix - big mountain panoramic views) and I have ideas about making some serious panos that I could print quite large.  The Tamron is a super sharp lens, but probably too wide for stitching panos as it "pushes" the background too far away.  I'm sure I will use it for lots of single shots.

My Nikkor 24-120 f/4 isn't bad, but there are certainly better optics out there.

So, I'm thinking that I will probably do some two row panos, perhaps 2x5 or 2x6 and I'd like to use some middle focal length so the far away details are a bit larger.  I don't know exactly what focal length I'd really end up at?  Anyone have any ideas?  Does 50mm sound about right?  When I last did something like a multi-row pano in Zion, I used 55mm DX which would be roughly equivalent to 82mm on FX which would point to perhaps an 85mm prime?  But, obviously it's a bit scene dependent exactly what focal length you want.  Any general advice here?

So, I'm wondering if I should rent or buy the 24-70 f/2.8?   Or rent or buy a prime because it's sharper?  Any thoughts on what would most likely be the right focal length range for this? If you were going to have one or two primes for this, what two would you take?

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John

Nikon D750
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