In Japanese culture, dragons are symbols of strength, courage and magic. When traveling through the country, dragons are everywhere, in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, in garments, home ornaments, jewelry, tattoos and more.
And three dragons are a winning hand in the Mahjong game.
So when the first winning set of three Nikkor lenses, wide, medium and long zooms was accomplished, it was called “The Three Big Dragons” in Japan. Elsewhere, they were called “The Three Kings”, “The Nikkor Trilogy” and even “The Holy Trinity.” Such lenses substitute the need for multiple prime focal length lenses, and most of the time surpassing their optical quality.
But there has been a series of Three Big Dragons generations, ever since Nikon began to build great zoom lenses.
So, when the question of what to buy comes up in the forums, from people who are not willing or able to spend a small fortune in the latest trilogy, the answer is: Look for the previous generation or generations of the “Three Big Dragons” to find affordable sets of high quality optics for your camera, covering from wide angle to telephoto focal lengths.
At the time of this edition, the 4th generation is already taking shape with E (electronic shutter) lenses, the 24-70mm f/2.8E ED AF-S VR and the 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. It is foreseeable that the extraordinary 14-24mm f/2.8G will soon be upgraded to an E-Type lens too.
4th Generation of The Three Dragons
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