I never have a set lens that will be the lens I take if it were the only one on an outing. I prefer to choose a lens to complement the situation. For example, if it is wildlife then it will be my 80-400VR. For street & general “tourist” stuff it’s the AFS24-85. If I am going out just to have fun and do not have an objective then I will bring my favorite lens, the Af20mm f/2.8. I enjoy shooting with this lens the most and find it suites me well for such none formal outings. For the most part though I will bring all my lenses except for the 70-210 f/4 and the 50mm f/1.8 unless I know I will need one of them for a specific shot.
I agree with what you say about the 50mm. Often described as being boring, yet so often giving me just what I want. Its amazing the number of times when zooming in and out, that I end up with a focal length between 45 and 60mm, and I wish I had had the light weight super sharp standard lens on instead of the heavy zoom.
In situations of low mobility - (lots of children on a birthday party in a small room) - F100 + Tamron 28-105/2.8.
Other than that, I try to match the lens to the potential situation I will take a picture in. For example, last weekend my son told me that there was a turtle in our back yard, so I went out with the 60/2.8 Micro-Nikkor and enjoyed it greatly.
I have to say that I'm very, very happy with it. Is feels great to use and is small and light enough to hang just right off my FM2N. f/3.5 is big enough to narrow depth of fields and the focal length range is just right for me wandering the streets. I usually carry either my 180mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.4 with it depending on what I think I might need, distance or light.
Just waiting to get my new scanner and I'll get some pics for you to see.
We had a 24-85G AF-S. Although it didn't look nearly as good through the view finder nor did it take as good of images, IMO, as the 35-70/2.8, I found myself reaching for it before we sold it because I really liked the added 24mm capability.
I just ordered a D70 with the 18-70 G ED-IF AF-S DX, but it won't be delivered 'til tomorrow or Thursday. Since you broach the DSLR issue keep in mind that if you want anything even remotely wide-angle then you need to have some pretty severe, e.g. 17-18mm, lenses. The 18mm on DSLR works out to be the equivalent of 27mm for the 35mm film format.
This is pretty long winded to answer a simple question for you. I don't know what your knowledge level is. If you don't benefit from this someone else will though... if you love a lens for an SLR it won't yield the same effective focal lengths, and necessarily won't yield the same compositions, on the DSLR. So, you have to pay close attention to what body the responders to this post are using.
On my D2h, the Afs 80-200 and 17-35, I shoot alot of sports and the mid zoom is perfect, if i need people shots I fit the 17-35. On film (F5 and F4s) its the 17-35 On the mamiya 7 its the 43 On the Blad its the 150 cheers Andy in sunny north lincolnshire
With the D70 I generally keep the 18-70 DX on it most of the time since changing lenses a lot on a DSLR is discouraged since doing so introduces dust problems. No problem really since the 18-70DX is most possibly the best all-around lens for that format; Nikon really hit a home run with it.
My N80 sports a 50mm f/1.8 non-D. For portraits it gets to wear the 85mm f/1.8D.
My F5 really likes the 45mmP when walking around. For the most part, which includes using a tripod, the F5 is never without the 70-180micro nikkor. For portraits with the F5 (and the D70 ) I use an electronically chipped 75-150 Series E. For fun and interior work, the 20mm f/2.8AF can't be beat.
But my all-time favorite focal length has to be 35mm. But for that, I always use a 35mm P&S. My Olympus Stylus Epic 35mm f/2.8 is one of my most used camera bodies. It lives on a healthy diet of Fuji Superia 400. My trusty friend, an extremely sharp Minolta Hi-Matic AF 38mm f/2.8, gets to shoot all my B&W negative film.
No one has mentioned them thus far but I almost always had the 24~120 on the film cameras and now the 24~120 VR on the DSLRs - they've paid for themselves several times over at this point reguardless of the verbal treatment they receive - well the older, non-ED version used to get verbally beat up a lot anyway.
Skip Higgins Member of the Nikonian Team Paddle faster, I hear Banjos!
Depends on what I am shooting. However, I usually have the 28-70mm f2.8 AF-S (and formerly my Tokina 28-80mm f2.8 AT-X Pro) on the camera. I will swap lenses frequently and switch from the 28-70mm to the 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S VR or 17-35mm f2.8, depending on my subject and how tight I want the photo cropped in the frame.