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Lens Lust -> Lens Consolidation? Help.

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by nykonian, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. nykonian


    May 4, 2007
    New York
    I am in process to consolidate my kit. Weight is important. I do mostly portraits and travel. Rarely events. I would definitely keep 85/1.4. What else should I keep from the kits below? Or what do I need to add/subtract? Your professional inputs are appreciated. Thanks!

    24/2.8 D
    50/1.8 D
    85/1.8 D
    85/1.4 D (soon)
    80-200/2.8 (2 rings)
  2. DrewC


    Jan 30, 2007
    Denver, CO
    you have some nice glass to choose from!, hmm... if you were going to consolidate into a portrait and travel kit... i'd say 18-200 for travel, and 28-70 + 85 1.4 for portrait.... maybe... just maybe keep that 17-55 for the wide angle of it...

    and sell me that 85 1.8!
  3. rondd5


    Jun 12, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I'd ditch the 85 1.8, the 18-200VR, the 50 1.8, and the 55-200VR and keep all others and be happy for a long time.
  4. Falter


    Feb 26, 2006
    50/1.8 D
    85/1.4 D
    105VR only if needed for macros
    Either 17-55/2.8 or 28-70/2.8
    80-200/2.8 (2 rings)
  5. weiran


    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    17-55 (or 28-70 if you prefer the extra length over the width)

    Like others have said a Nikon 35mm f/2 or even better the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 would be very versatile for travel use. The 12-24mm f/4, 17-50mm f/2.8 and 30 f/1.4 is my travel kit (add a 70-200mm when I know I'll need the length).
  6. ZBaum

    ZBaum Guest

    I'd keep:

    18-200VR (only if you find that you need an all-in-one lens, if not, then sell it)
    105VR (only if you do a lot of macros)
  7. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    hey Brian
    I'd chime in and say
    sell: 85 1.8
    either 17-55 or 28-70

    buy: 12-24......Tokina or Nikon
    35 f2

    oh BTW
    I'd take the 85 1.8
    ( doesn't sound like you are going to sell the beast ( who could blame you )

  8. Doug


    Jan 17, 2006
    East TN
    Keep 5 or so.

    out 24/2.8 D
    out 50/1.8 D
    out 85/1.8 D
    85/1.4 D (soon)
    out 17-55/2.8
    80-200/2.8 (2 rings)
    out 55-200VR
  9. Keep: 24, 50, 85, 105... nice prime kit.
    Keep, 17-55
    Sell the rest and get a 70-200 VR for a nice 2 lens zoom kit.
  10. cotdt


    Jul 14, 2007
    Bay Area, USA
    i would add a fast wide angle prime, like the nikkor 28/1.4 which is actually a normal lens on a DSLR. but if you don't mind 3rd party lenses, you also have the sigma 30/1.4. i have the nikkor 35/2 and it is super fun and versatile for a prime. not only is it sharp and colorful at all apertures, but i use it for macro (1:4 reproduction) and portriature simply by getting close to the subject, which is an unusual use for such a lens yet it does the job pretty well. this lens is good for everything, and a lot of fun. the color rendition is also different from all my other lenses (slightly cartoonish colors) which is very pleasing to look at. it is super small, about the same size as the 50/1.8 but it has smoother, creamier bokeh.
  11. ckdamascus


    May 14, 2005
    New Jersey
    Keep 24/2.8 OR 17-55/2.8
    dump the 50
    keep 85/1.4
    dump 105 VR unless you really do macros
    dump 28-70
    dump the rest of the zooms.
  12. You asked, I answer...

    If you shoot only digital, I'd keep:
    1) 17-55
    2) 50
    3) 85
    4) 18/200 if you want a light walkaround.

    As someone else pointed, I'd sell the rest and choose among:

    1) 12-24
    2) 30/35mm lens
    3) 70/200 VR lens OR 180 F2.8
    4) micro lens from 60 to 105mm depending on your style

    p.s.: it would be the real cherry on the cake if you could afford any of the 105 / 135 DC lenses.
  13. nykonian


    May 4, 2007
    New York
    Thanks everybody! So many good advices here, yet I am still confused :) 

    I just received 85/1.4 a few minutes ago. :)  I'll decide what to keep this weekend. As many have pointed out, I might add a 35/2.
  14. cotdt


    Jul 14, 2007
    Bay Area, USA
    let us know how you like that 85/1.4! i'm thinking of getting one myself.

    the 35/2 really rocks, with eye-popping colors. if you can, try to get the older non-D version since it is smaller (super-small lens) and does not have that oil-on-blade issue that the D version has. mine has been used since the early 90s and has taken over 100,000 shots and still works perfect (although it had to be re-lubricated once). optically the non-D and the D is the same, but my non-D seems sharper when i compared it to my friend's newer D-version.
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