I know that most of us have lens lust, but I think I finally feel satisfy with the lenses I have.
12-24 DX: Covers the ultra-wide 18-70 DX: Covers the mid-range 70-200 VR: Covers the telephoto 60mm Micro: Cover the macro 50mm: Covers the indoors and low-light
A telephoto longer than 200mm might be nice, but I don't feel the need for it. My weakest lens is my kit lens, but I think it does a decent enough job where I'm not wanting the 17-55mm DX, 17-35 or the 28-70mm. And I know that the 85mm f/1.4 does magic with people, but I believe the 70-200VR does it equally well. I think I reach the point where I am happy with my lens collection. Does anyone else feel the same way?
I've currently got 24, 35, 50 and 100mm lenses. Need a macro, need to fill the gaping hole between 50 and 100mm, need something wider than 24mm and something longer than 100mm.
Going to buy an 85 next week to fill the biggest gap. Then I'll be looking at either an 80-200 f4 AI-S or a 180mm f2.8 ED, hopefully I can come up with the cash for the latter. After that it's just rounding things out and upgrading to faster lenses.
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I tend to use different lenses with different bodies. I'm happiest with the lenses that I pack with my F5. I have the 17-35mm f2.8, the 28-70mm f2.8, the 70-180mm f4.5-5.6 micro, and the 300mm f4 (plus a 1.4 converter). I feel like I have excellent quality from extreme wide angle to long telephoto, plus a sharp and very convenient macro lens. I don't shoot sports or wildlife often or well, so I can't justify the 300mm or 400mm f2.8. For landscape work, I feel like I have exactly what I need.
I'm pretty satisfied with my collection given the constraints of my budget.
12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
Landscape & architecture
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor
Sigma 100-300mm F4 APO IF HSM EX with Sigma APO Tele Converter 1.4x AF EX
Wildlife & certain close-ups
50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor with Kenko Extension Tube Set DG
Quite effective for close-ups
My SB-800 is also an important part of my "kit", as are my circular polarizing filters for outdoor shots.
I sometimes wonder if I should switch to the 80-400mm VR for wildlife but the HSM and fixed length of the 100-300mm/140-420mm overpower the need for VR. I'd probably jump at a new Nikkor in this range if it had the right features.
I've also considered a "real" macro lens and will probably look seriously at the 105mm VR when it is available. But I'm getting quite good results using the 50mm with tubes (when working distance isn't an issue) and the 100-300mm/140-420mm (when working distance is an issue). I am considering a Canon 500D for use with the 100-300mm/140-420mm.
Finally, I think a fisheye would be fun to play with but I'm unsure it would be a worthwhile investment.
Satisfied? Yes. Do I have everything I would ever want or need? No. I think that I have good enough glass to take excellent photos of most everything I like to shoot. Sure, I could probably make good use of a 200-400mm VR or a 17-55mm. Right now, I feel like I could make better use of the $$ by buying books or taking classes to work on the various shortcomings I have as a photographer that even the very best glass can't compensate for. In fact, better glass might even make these flaws even more pronounced!
"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do." Bob Dylan
"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do." Bob Dylan
Satisfied - fairly (as if NAS is ever satisfied)...
Zooms 12-24mm f4 AFS DX -- the 'no alternative' DX wide lens.... 17-55mm f2.8 AFS DX -- my walkaround travel lens (currently with Nikon as its soft) 70-200mm f2.8 AFS VR -- a beautiful lens, that is just a little long for me on DX, but Its still great.
Primes (my first and only love) 10.5mm f2.8 DX really different small lens with CA... 24mm f2.8 AFD nice angle, light. small sharp use it for street and groups. 28mm f1.4 AFD - coming tomorrow hopefully! low light slightly wide 50mm f1.4 AFD - head and shoulders portraits - walk around 'in a bit closer' low light 85mm f1.4 AFD - perfect portrait lens if you've got the space.... 135mm f2.8 AIS - ultra light travel telephoto, slightly soft wide open but lovely bokeh and colour.
Wish no 1: a DX wide prime 14mm 1.4 AFS Wish no 2. D3 full frame so I can have all my nice familiar 35mm angles of view back.. one day.... Wish no 3. Thinking of getting an F100 now they are going for silly prices on eBay.
NB I also have the following Olympus Zuikos for OM2n/Om4/OM4Ti
I won't list all the lenses I have collected over the years but I must say that after receiving my 85 1.4 a few weeks ago, I think I am now totally happy! This is one heck of a lens and for having shot with 85s 1.8 (MF. AF, AFD) for over 30 years and always been happy with the results, I can't get over the beauty of the shots taken with the 1.4!!!
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First we acquire the lenses we need (pick 2 or 3). Then we acquire lenses to cover more of the focal length spectrum (pick to or three more). Then we work towards lenses we lust for (big glass, fisheyes, etc.). Then we upgrade the camera body, whcih causes us to reevaluate our lenses. Then we start upgrading the lenses (faster, silent wave, VR, etc.). Then we lust for new lenses, even before they are available (18-200 VR, 105 VR).
NAS is a vicious, insidious, incurable disease that will kill us.
And Mick Jagger was right.
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I keep trying new lenses and have more than I need. Wish list is a 600mm f4 AF-s. I hope Nikon introduces the VR version soon so I can get a used one at a reasonable price.
I am one of those who do not believe VR as I use long lenses on a tripod and for shorter lenses even handheld I do not see I need VR. The only VRs that make sense to me are the 70-200, 200 f2 and occasionally 300mm. Even the 300mm I use it 95% of the time on a tripod with the VR off.
I have all I will ever need. -Two solid film camera bodies -35mm f2 Nikkor-O -50mm f1.4 Nikkor-S -50mm f1.8 E -55mm f3.5 Micro-Nikkor with PK-3 extension tube -135mm f2.8 Vivitar(Made by Tokina) -28-70 f3.5-4.8 Vivitar(Made by Cosina)Zoom -55-135mm f3.5 Vivitar(Made by Tokina)Zoom -Vivitar 2x teleconverter
I have a 18-200mm VR on order and will probably get a 12-24mm but it's pretty pricey for me so I *might* go for a Tokina. But that's another thread I think.
I have to admit that I just got my first Nikon (D200) and coming from film I am having a TON of fun using my one lens and learning all the new stuff from the camera to Photoshop! It's keeping me quite busy to say the least.
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I think I reach the point where I am happy with my lens collection. Does anyone else feel the same way?
Am I happy with my lens collection? Yes. But I still have a wish list:
-- Swap out 80-200mm f/2.8 for 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. -- Add a 75mm Nikkor-SW and 120mm Nikkor-AM in large format. -- Round out the Pentax 110 collection with a 1.7x teleconverter. -- Replace or sell my Tokina 28-70mm.
"There is no real magic in photography, just the sloppy intersection of physics and art." — Kirk Tuck
my lens buying has slowed to a trickle. it would be hard for me to justify much else.
i carry the following in my bag almost everywhere i go
1. nikkor 12-24 f/4 : indispensable on a d-slr, use it all the time for architecture and landscapes 2. nikkor 28-70 f/2.8 : just tremendously satisfying, really great for people, casual portraits, and some landscape and architecture 3. nikkor 80-400 vr : satisfies me when i want to shoot the occasional wildlife, tight architectural detail, etc. i can't really justify anything faster or less convenient. if they come out with an af-s vrII version i'd get it in a heartbeat. 4. nikkor 105 micro : don't use this much but i've always enjoyed macro shooting, so i bring it with. i also have a canon 500d close up lens that's pretty fun on the 80-400 5. sigma 30 f/1.4 : this one is new, and i often put it on the camera and take the camera by itself (no other gear) when going out at night, playing around with low light candids, etc.
all in all it works for me. all that plus a couple extra batteries, an sb-800, remote release, cleaning equipment, and the charger fit in my bag... which then fits in a backpack that i can also put a laptop or some books in for travel.
possible future additions might be
1. non-nikkor 1.4 teles that i could use with the 80-400... obviously only in good light, but i don't mind. 2. 50mm f/1.4 as an alternate to the 30 f/1.4 for other types of shooting. 3. the 18-200 vr2 in order to have a single lens for when i really want to travel light. however, i'm almost always unsatisfied by 18mm on a dslr, which means i'll really take the 12-24 also, which means. .............
12-24DX <Landscape, Architecture> 17-35 <basically same as above> 18-200VR <Snapshot> Tamron 90 <Macro>
I use wide end a lot, and I like both the 12-24 and the 17-35. I don't really miss the long end, even with the 17-35. What I want now is the low light lens, such as Sigma 30 F1.4. I'm not sure if I'll use it that much, though.
8mm F2.8 Circular Fish-Eye ,manual focus. 16mm F2.8 AF Full Frame Fish Eye. 20mm F2.8 AF 24mm F2.8 AF 28mm F2.8 AF 35mm F2.0 AF 50mm F1.4 AF 85mm F1.8 AF 135mm F2.0 AF - DC 180mm F2.8 AF-ED 300mm F2.8 AF-S MKI 500mm F4 AF-I 800mm F5.6 Manual focus.
Always looking for that next great user or special purpose lens.
Zooms Sigma EX 12-24 f4.5-5.6 Sigma EX 24-60 f2.8 AF-S Nikkor 24-85 f3.5-4.5 Sigma EX 70-200 f2.8
Primes Sigma EX 20 f1.8 Sigma EX 28 f1.8 AF Nikkor 50 f1.8D Sigma EX 50 f2.8 Macro AF DC Nikkor 105 f2D Sigma EX 150 f2.8 Macro AF Nikkor 180 f2.8D ED IF AF-S Nikkor 300 f4D ED IF Sigma APO 400 f5.6 Telemacro
TCs Sigma APO 1.4X Sigma APO 2X Kenko Pro 300 1.4X Nikkor TC-14e Nikkor TC-17e II
Short List Nikkor 20 f3.5 AIS AF Nikkor 10.5 AF-S Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 AF-S Nikkor 600 f4
Just getting back into this hobby I have a loty of holes to fill. I sold off all my film stuff 5 years ago, not knowing that Nikon digital technology would allow me to keep the lenses. That was dumb. I won't bore you with what I have or want, but the new Tokina line up with a 17-50mm 2.8 and 50-135mm 2.8 would work great in concert with a Sigma 120-300mm 2.8. Those would be a good combo for me.
It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.
I think NAS means that you can never be satisfied.
I have 2 film bodies, hopefully I'll add a D200 this summer. - FM2n (black) - F6
For these bodies I have the following lens collection, all Nikkor/Nikon - 24/2.8 AIS - 35/2.8 S, AIed - 45/2.8P (black, default lens for the FM2n) - 50/1.4 S, AIed - 85/1.8 H, Aied - 105/2.8 AIS Micro - 200/4 Q, AIed - 300/4.5 P, AIed - 500/5 Reflex - 18-35/3.5-4.5 AF-D - 28-105/3.5-4.5 AF-D (default lens for the F6) - 70-300/4-5.6 AF-D - 80-200/2.8 AF-D (2 touch) - Tamron SP-AF 1.4X and 2X - Kenko Extension tube set
Is that enough? No! To be "satisfied" I would replace the 18-35 with a 17-35/2.8 and get a 28-70/2.8 and a 500/4 AF-S. When I get my D200 a 12-24/4 would be a necessity. I could eliminate the 35/2.8 and 70-300 without any regrets.
I don't want any G lenses except the 12-24 for my future D200 because I want to be able to use anything I have with the FM2n. Unfortunately this eliminates any AF-S VR lenses (200-400/4 for example) from my wish list.
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Can I borrow a lense from somebody? I have just started using a D2x after decades of F4 and F5s but I still have long glass envy. While I do a lot of nature photography right now my shooting is with an 80-400VR. Should the next lense be 300mm, 400mm, 500mm +/- converters, 200-400mmVR, all faster lenses and better for shooting in low light. Yes I could change iso but would prefer to shoot at 100 when possible. (Any recs. appreciated).
No, I have lens lust for more specific projects. I have the focal range covered for my current needs but there are always lenses that have more specific jobs. Getting them keeps gnawing at me but I can't get myself to spend MORE money on lenses.
Have, all Nikkors: 17-55 2.8G, 50 1.8D, 85 1.4D, 70-200 2.8G VR, 300 2.8 ED-IF MK-I and the TC-1.4e II.
Want, all Nikkors: 12-24 f/4 (more wide angle), 17-35 2.8D (better landscape lens than the 17-55 2.8) 28 1.4D would be nice but I would settle for the 35 f/2D (low light fun), 28-70 2.8D (for some more reach at specific times and different/creamier bokeh than the 17-55 2.8G) 135 f/2 DC (this and the 50mm or 85mm as a carry around prime set) 200 f/2 VR (what a luxury lens) 200-400 f/4 (no need to explain, beautiful optics and zoom for composing).
"Satisfaction: a) fulfillment of a need or want b) the quality or state of being satisfied: CONTENTMENT c) a source or means of enjoyment : GRATIFICATION"
My collection satisfied both specific needs and wants. Each Nikkor lens in its time gave me supreme contentment; both in the mere posession, later in their use. The keeper images produced gave me in turn both gratification and the want for further improvement of vision and technique.
That want for further improvement and technology advancements created newer legitimate needs and wants, maybe to the extreme of sin: i.e. lusting.
So now satisfaction has a new meaning: the payment through penance of the temporal punishment incurred by a sin. Penance is a never satisfied NAS -except temporarily- and the knowing that we never learn it all.
But that is not stopping me from wanting to have more and learn more, everyday. And for the joy of doing it, daily, I thank you all.
The zooms cover the whole range. The 2 macro primes fulfill my micro needs and provide exqusite quality in their focal length. The 35 is my low light and "normal" lens. The VR on the 80-400 gives me handheld capability when needed for wildlife.
Maybe I "need" a Markins head or a 3rd speedlight but I think the weakest link in my system now is the photographer. I am also in remission because of recent purchases which helped deaden the craving.
Yes, I am very satisfied with my lens collection for my Nikon 35mm SLR bodies.
However, I am not satisfied with the digital SLR bodies that are available. I am still waiting for Nikon to produce a full-frame digital SLR that can use my lenses the same what they function on my film SLR. I would also love to have the full-framed digital based on the F2, F3, F4, or F5 film camera because I need 100% viewfinder accuracy, interchangeable viewfinders, interchangeable view screens, and true mirror lock-up.
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But, unless I hit the lottery and "pig out" on everything that Nikon has, I doubt that I will ever reach a point where I will not be thinking about just one more lens. I now realize that Nikon has been TRAINING me while feeding my hunger---like one of Pavlov's dogs. Now I find myself salivating every time some new, great lens comes down the pike. I cannot seem to break this conditioned response. Does anyone know of a good Freudian psychologist who can deal with Nikon obsession and Nikkor envy???
I see no way out of this, except to buy Nikon stock. At least then I could have some satisfaction in at least contributing to the value of my stock portfolio whenever I give in to the urge.
I've had these three for around five years now and am completely happy with them all. Between them they cover just about everything I want to do, and I really don't think there's anything out there that'll significantly better them.
Two new additions:
AF-S 24-85 f/3.5-4.5G TC-17E II
The 24-85 on the D100 makes for a great travel combination since the lens is way less bulky and conspicuous than the 28-70. It produces good results, too.
The teleconverter in combination with the 80-200 will hopefully give me the reach for a spot of wildlife photography; not something I do a great deal of, so there's no possible way I can justify the one lens that still induces positively indecent amounts of NAS - the AF-S 200-400 f/4 VR. Perhaps it's just as well it's so expensive that it'll forever be out of reach....
Well I thought I was happy...until the 18-200VR came out.
I have the 18-70, 70-210/4, and 75-300/4.5-5.6
The 75-300 I got before I found the 70-210, so is a duplicate over most of the range, and I might sell it at some point. But oddly I find a few times where I pull that lens out rather than the 70-210. Like a tool box, you use the tool that fits the job.
The lens I had wanted was the 70-200VR, but at over $1,500, it is a "wish list lens."
The 12-24 would be the next lens I look at.
The 50/1.8 is something that I might get one day for low light work.
Of those, the Tamron 90 is the best, by a country mile.
I'm currently having focusing issues with the 24-85. At the longer end of the range it will usually focus passably, though not really as well as it should. Towards the 24mm end it's nearly impossible to get it to focus correctly. I was going to send it in a couple weeks ago to have Nikon look at it, but I forced myself to calm down and spend some time with it to make sure I really understood what's going on with it, and that it's not somehow my fault. Well, it's not somehow my fault and I'm definitely sending it in as soon as my desire for a working lens in that range overcomes my desire not to be without the camera for a couple of weeks (I'm going to send in the D200 with the lens so they can examine the trouble in context).
The 50mm f1.8 just hasn't lived up to the hype on my camera body.
The 70-300 is OK. It focuses slowly compared to my other lenses, except perhaps the Tamron when it racks all the way around. It's not really what I would call tack sharp. And, its biggest failing, it's not f2.8, and I'm realizing more and more that my needs call for fast glass in this range.
I think I'm probably going to end up with the following lineup:
I do covet the Nikkor 70-200 VR someday, but it's just not very likely for the intermediate future financially.
So, for the short-term future, I'll probably end up with this lineup:
Tamron 17-50 f2.8 Tamron 90 Nikkor 70-300 ED.
I'll replace the 70-300 ED with the Sigma 70-200 when I'm able.
I am pretty sure I can live with 17mm as my widest. I used the 24-85 AF-S on my N80 film camera and never felt like I needed wider. If I do decide to go wider someday I'll probably get the Tokina 12-24.
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I am satisfied that the gear I have now will be better than I am capable of living up to for quite some time. Currently I have: Nikon D200 Nikon 12-24 f4.0 Nikon 28-70 f2.8 Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR with TC-17E II Nikon 50 f1.8 for low light with Nikon 18-200 f3.5-5.6 VR as my trip lens and Nikon 105 f2.8 Micro VR(on order at Roberts).
Others that I have are: Nikon D70 Nikon 18-70 and Nikon 24-120 VR
I shoot sports, people and landscapes and don't really feel I need something that much longer and I can't justify the expense of something bigger.
Tom D800E, D3, D200, D70, F6, F3/T, F2AS, FM2N
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Satisfied? You bet...every time I am able to make a photo that reminds me why I paid such a ridiculous amount of money on this glass. I definitely do not "need" anything, other than skills.
AF-s 17-35 mm f/2.8 AF-s 28-70 mm f/2.8 AF-s 24-85 mm f/3.5-4.5 AF-s 70-200 mm VR f/2.8
50 mm f/1.8 60 mm f/2.8 105 mm f/2.8 200 mm f/4 TC-14E II TC-17E II
Only 3 more "wants" on my list...will I be satisfied then? The wife says I'll have to be.
35 f/2 85 f/1.4 200-400 VR (my budget, and other half, may dictate I compromise, temporarily, with a AF-s 300 f/4) Getting close to pulling the trigger on one of these shortly as I want to be prepared for Spring.
Since all my lenses have been stolen recently, I no longer have anything to be satisfy with. Hopefully I will get the full value for my equipment from the insurance, but that's not likely especially with the deductible involved.
I may have to start from scratch soon so I'm not sure if I will follow the same path or not.
You're kidding right? I could buy every lens Nikon makes and still think I need another one. But based on the ones I have (17-55, 70-200, TC-14-EII and a 105 VR on order, I'm pretty happy. I'd like to have a 12-24 and a 300 AFS, but I also want to stay married, so we'll see.
This is my lens set, which pretty much covers my needs:
Nikon Nikkor Auto 16 mm f/ 3.5 Nikon Micro-Nikkor Auto 55 mm f/ 3.5 is CPU-Modified Bellows Nikkor 105 mm f/4.0 on PB-4 Bellows Nikon Micro-Nikkor 60 mm f/ 2.8 Nikon Nikkor AF-D 14 mm f/2.8 ED IF Nikon Nikkor AF-D 20 mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor AF ED 70-180/4.5-5.6 D Nikon Nikkor AF-D 50 mm f/ 1.4 Nikon Nikkor AF-D 20-35 mm f / 2.8 Nikon Nikkor AFS-D 28-70 mm f / 2.8 ED IF Nikon Nikkor AF 35-70 mm f/ 2.8 Nikon Nikkor AFS-D 70-200 mm f/ 2.8 ED Nikon Nikkor AFI-D 300 mm f/ 2.8 ED
Yep. Have more than I need for Nikon D70s, 18-70(75% of pics with it), 70-300G(used for 5% or less), 50mm 1.8 (20% with this) and PK 13 extension tube for macro. Could do without the 70-300 as photo quality is no especially good. But I ain't buying any more for quite a while.
When I decided for the original kit I was looking for an zoom range overlap. It was very useful and convenient in the field. I hope I can adapt my photograpic style to cope without the range overlap between my WA and midrange zooms.
My special application lens:
Nikkor 10.5 fisheye (for low light, extreme WA, and special effect) Nikkor 50 f/1.4 (for low light, usually in-doors) Nikkor 135 f/2 DC (for low light, narrow deep of field)
Kenko (Tokina) 1.4X PRO 300 TC
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I was happy last year-- then I got the D2x. Fortunately, I have a wife who is good to me and facilitates my NAS.
Sigma 10-20 for the wide stuff Nikkor 17-55 DX for landscapes and indoors Nikkor 70-200 VR for general purpose wildlife and landscape Nikkor 200-400 (thanks, honey!) for wildlife TC-14E for extra reach Sigma 500mm... Hmm. Not sure if I'll keep it now that I have that 200-400 VR. A darn good lens but the Nikkor is beyond belief.