Same here. For my Nikon Fs, I have 35mm, 50mm, 105mm and 200mm. The 50mm hardly gets any use and the 105mm the most.
Originally Posted by tkamiya
I usually only take one lens out with me. Now I have an FE2, I only have a 135mm series E lens with AI coupling and for now I am quite happy using that alone.
If I want a 'normal' field of view I will use my Rolleicord which doesn't have the choice.
My travel 35mm kit consists of
MC 35mm f:2.8
MC 50mm f:1.7
MC 135mm f:2.8
Minolta Auto 360PX flash
That setup has been good for me when running around on vacation, when I can get a vacation that is.
One body will be loaded with Fujichrome Provia 100. The other body with Ilford Hp5.
Once in a while I'll also throw in an SRT101 with a slow B&W film like PolyPan F at 50.
Add on filters, meter, lightweight tripod, batteries, cable release, etc.
It all fits in a Tamrac 603 except for the tripod, that is on an old strap for when I might need to grab it and fling it over my shoulder.
The bumming around bag (Lowepro EX 140) has a Pentax K1000 with a 50mm f:2.0 and a Pentax 75-150mm f:4.0. If it gets crushed or stolen I won't be out much.
I'm with the others on this. A 50, a 105, and either a 28 or a 70/80-200 depending on whether your purposes dictate wide or telephoto. Another zoom of some type could bridge a gap and make it into a two-lens kit instead of three, if you don't need tons of versatility or particularly shallow depth of field.
My three lens kit (all Olympus Zuiko) is as follows:
I move them between Om-2n, OM-2s and OM-G bodies.
I have other lenses, including several versions of the 50mm, but I tend to use them for special purposes - the 50mm f/3.5 macro for close work, or the 50mm f/1.4 for lower light.
The Vivitar 2x macro teleconverter is a useful, small addition to the bag as well - a 170mm f/4 close focus combination can be handy.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
I used to own a 180mm. It was really nice but I found that I didn't use it as much as my shorter lenses. I found the 85-100mm range a lot more useful, especially if you shoot people at all.
Now if you want a 4 lens set-up, by all means buy the long lens.
Just my 2 cents.
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24 / 35 / 50 for me.
28 / 35 / 50 would be OK too.
Beyond that, it depends what the "special purpose" is.
For my SLR it is usually 24, 50 and 105 with Nikon and 24, 50 and 100 for Canon.
In recent years I've gone through a wide phase for street photography, mostly 24mm with some 28mm. In the last couple of months I've returned to a 50mm 1.4 and it's quite liberating re-educating oneself to see without worrying about distortion and the wrap around effect of a wide.
My 3 lens travel kit: 35-200mm f/3.5-4.5, 24mm f/2.8, either a 35mm f/1.4 or 50mm f/1.4 depending on my mood.......
Three lens kit? OK for travel I suppose but I found I often need a bit more on the longer end.
For my only 35mm system, the Olympus OM-1 I have from 24mm to 200mm is these Zuikos;
So in those 6 I am content. You will notice they are all the slower, smaller, lighter versions of their focal lengths. They also take the same 49mm filter size. Truth be told I also have a Sigma 50mm f2.8 macro that will go to 1:1 but I only paid $25 for it and have only needed to go that close a handfull of times.