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I have heard this used in reference to Nikkor lenses, but not which lenses comprise the 'Three Kings'. Can anyone enlighten me?
#1. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 0
Currently, the "Three Kings" for the FX format are generally considered to be the 14-24mm f/2.8G, 24-70mm f/2.8G and 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II.
#2. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 1
Thanks, Brian. How long has there been a Three Kings? I know that at one time the 80-200 f2.8 AF-D was considered one. What's the history of that group?
#3. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 2
Typically the Three Kings refers to the top lenses at the most commonly used focal lengths - a wide zoom, a medium zoom and a long zoom.At the long end, the series has been the 80-200 f/2.8 in various versions, and then the 70-200 f/2.8 in its various versions.The medium/wide end has been the 28-70 f/2.8 and now the 24-70 f/2.8. No doubt there will be a 24-70 f/2.8 with VR before long.The ultrawide end is a bit of a stretch and is a new development with the 14-24. 24mm is quite wide on full frame and beyond that there are primes or fisheyes.You could also add a telezoom to the Kings - and the 200-400 f/4 would be the likely choice.Most of these focal lengths at f/2.8 are also the top lenses for Canon. Eric BowlesNikonians TeamMy GalleryWorkshopsNikonians membership — my most important photographic investment, after the camera
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#13. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 3
I would have thought that these were the " Kings 300mm f2.8 AF-S500mm f4 AF-S800mm f5.6 AF-S Alas, I only have 300mm f2.8 AF-S,500mm f4 AF-I,and 800mm f5.6 Manual (so sorry).I do have the Nikon 14-24 and 70-200AF-S MK1 Model. No need for the 24-70mm lens
#4. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 2
I suspect that the term was originally used to refer to the trio of 20-35mm f/2.8D, 35-70mm f/2.8D and 80-200mm f/2.8D.
#5. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 4
Then it was replaced for a while by the 1st trio of Silent-Wave kings - 17-35, 28-70, 80-200.
#7. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 5
Wow, talk about a French Revolution among lenses! Hopefully none met the guillotine! (Though you could equate production cuts with beheadings)
Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
#9. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 4
These indeed are the three kings I shoot with. They were the best you could get c.1998. I love them and would never part with them even if I bought their current replacements...
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#6. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 0
What about the Queens?David
#8. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 6
"What about the Queens?" Just a guess but I think it would be the 16-35VR, 24-120VR and the newly announced 70-200VR. All f4 and reasonably priced compared to the Three Kings.
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#10. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 6
Or on the DX side, the 17-55mm replaces the 24-70mm. (I don't recall what the DX wide angle is.)---------+---------+---------+---------+Joseph KSeattle, WA, USAD700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX
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#11. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 0
'Magic Trio', 'Killer Combo' or 'Three Kings' lenses by zoom era:
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#12. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 11
Cool, thanks everyone! A neat lesson in Nikkor lens history.
#14. "RE: Three Kings" | In response to Reply # 0
I've always heard of these lens sets referred to as Trinities.
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