List the "must have" primes

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by ponykilr, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. ponykilr


    May 23, 2007
    I love prime lenses. They are generally small, fast and produce stunning images. The only cost is zooming with your feet. What are your ideas of the "must have" primes?
  2. gerryblake


    Jan 29, 2007
    Raleigh, NC
    For me it is the 10.5 fish! I see you are right down the road from me. I will be driving thru Smithfield tonight on my way to the beach. Have a great 4th!!
  3. frede


    Dec 9, 2006
    Princeton, NJ
    Much of what you see from me was shot with my 50mm 1.8. I paid $89 for the lens. So I say the 50mm 1.8 or the more expensive 50mm 1.4. My second would the Nikon 85mm - I'll stay away from the 85 1.8/1.4 debate as I've seen great results from both. I shoot mostly people BTW.
  4. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    tough call...if my 35-70 2.8 wasn't so good i would have to agree with Ed. the close focusing ability of the 35f2 really gives it something special as well.

    i would have to consider the 50 1.4 asa "must have" based on performance and price alone. where else can u find 1.4 glass for new less than $300 bucks???
  5. Well the 50 f/1.8 is going to get alot of votes as must have (the 1.4 will too but you didn't say anything about a budget). The 35 f/2 and 85 would be my second and third choices, but as a previous poster said not going to say which 85 is better because there are alot of stunning results with all of them.
  6. stephen99


    Nov 22, 2006
    Holland, Ohio
    My favorites are the 35 f2, 50 f1.8, 85 f1.4 or 1.8, 180 f2.8 and 300 f4 AFS. Covers everything except wide.
  7. randyr5


    Jan 14, 2006
    35/2, 50/1.8 just because it's so cheap and good, 180/2.8 (sweet:biggrin:).

    I had an 85/1.8 but sold it :frown: Now I'm looking for a Tamrom 90 Macro.
  8. 35 is the new 50.
  9. ponykilr


    May 23, 2007
    Interesting. I love the 50f/1.8(bargain of the century) and I guess the 35f/2 is great as a do it all gathering/party lens. I have never had or shot with a 85, but I know a lot of you love them.

    No 20mm fans? 18?
  10. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Call me a prime turn-coat, but I prefer the 12-24DX to the 20mm f/2.8.

    A good prime kit to walk around with is the 35mm f/2 and the 85mm f/1.8.
  11. If you are into macro at all, either the 60mm or the 105mm VR would be a "must-have."
  12. The wide and normal ranges have been covered, so I'll nominate the 180/2.8 for the long end. It's lightweight for a fast telephoto lens, affordable (plenty of mint used copies available), and produces amazing results.
  13. Ray C.

    Ray C.

    Nov 7, 2005
    Any of the AF-S 300mm f/2.8.'s. I have the AF-S I and it is insanely sharp...probably my all-time favorite lens.
  14. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Well, let's let loose the pursestrings, looking just at short to medium range, and then we'd have :

    • 28mm f/1.4
    • 58mm f/1.2 "Noct"
    • 85mm f/1.4
    • 105mm f/2.5 AI/AIS, or,
    • 105mm f/2 DC

    All of these lenses are legendary for their quality of build and potential for incredible images (after all, the lens doesn't take the shot), and each for certain difficult-to-quantify attributes of their images. While many other lenses produce almost-as-good images in the right hands, these lenses are some of the very best to be found for the Nikon mount.

    The problem is, they're only "must have", if you "have" a lot of money.

    John P.
  15. Donzo98


    Nov 10, 2005
    Merrick, NY
    I vote for the 200 F2 VR. It is the best IQ of any lens I have ever used. It is simply UNBELIEVEABLE!!! :eek::eek:
  16. For my type of work, assuming DX:

    12/f4 (which does not exist, assuming that we're going ALL primes)
    105/f2.5 or 105/f2 DC or 135/f2 DC
    105VR or Tamron 90/f2.8
    200/f4 Micro
    400/f2.8 or 500/f4.

    For 35mm, substitute 16/f2.8, 20/f2.8, 50/f1.4 for the first three and add the 200/f2.
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  17. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    That it does Frank. And I meet the most interesting people when I carry it in my pocket.
  18. 28mm f/1.4
    50mm f/1.2 or/1.4
    85 f/1.4
    105 f/2.8 VR

    ...and the 12-24DX. Too good NOT to use just because it's a zoom.

    Thanks, Rich
  19. I'll (mostly) second Rich. My top three primes:
    - 28mm f/1.4
    - 50mm f/1.4
    - 85 f/1.4
    With that said, I mostly shoot with my 2.8 zooms just because of the convenience. The primes come out when I need the extra two stops of light or if I know I'll be shooting at a particular focal length.