Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about my camera gear. I don’t think my lens purchases suit my needs. I have an [Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR][zoom] that I use mostly for landscape and portrait photos, a [Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G][35mm] that I use when I’m out and about and a [AF-S DX Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8G][50mm[ that I rarely use but for portrait photos.
I’m reading an [old article by [Ken Rockwell][KIT] about who to assemble a camera kit. As I read through the lengthy article I started thinking about my camera kit. I feel as though I need more lenses even though I know that I have lenses that I rarely use.
For most people, a wide zoom and a tele zoom is all you need, and maybe one fast fixed lens in the middle for really low light.
A common error is to carry any two lenses whose functions duplicate something in the other lens. If you bring a 17-40mm zoom, then don’t bring a 28-105mm zoom because you’re duplicating the 28-40mm range.[Ken Rockwell][KIT]
My 18-55 mm covers some of the range offered by the 35 mm prime and 50 mm prime. There is overlap. Yes, the primes are faster than the 18-55 mm but I realize now that in most lighting situations I don’t need the faster lenses. Following Ken’s advice, I think I want is the Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED and the [AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED][zoomier].
When I want to go out and shoot some landscapes or architecture I could take just the 10-24mm, my camera body and my tripod. Nothing else. The 35 mm would serve my needs for close up family portraits. I can use my feet as zoom or crop in Adobe Lightroom. I’m not sure I need a 70-200mm zoom. Most of my photography is landscapes or portraits. I think I could get buy with an 85 mm f/1.8 G prime lens although I’m not sure I need anything that fast. With studio strobes I find that I’m shooting at f/8 most of the time anyway.
So in reality I think my kit would consist of the D5100 body and two lenses — the 35mm prime and the 10-24mm zoom.
[zoom]: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/camera-Lenses/2176/AF-S-DX-NIKKOR-18-55mm-f%252F3.5-5.6G-VR.html “Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR”
[35mm]: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/2183/AF-S-DX-NIKKOR-35mm-f%252F1.8G.html “Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G”
[50mm]: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/2199/AF-S-NIKKOR-50mm-f%252F1.8G.html “Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G”
[zoomier]: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/2166/AF-S-DX-VR-Zoom-Nikkor-55-200mm-f%252F4-5.6G-IF-ED.html “AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED”
[KIT]: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/assembling-a-system.htm “Assembling a kit”