For 25 years I had only a 28mm, a 50mm and 75-150 zoom. I traveled halfway around the world with these three and seldom ever used the zoom.
Now that I have one, I would substitute the 85/f2 for the 75-150.
Or take only two, a 35-70 mini-zoom for daytime and a 50/f1.4 for low light.
OM lenses are small and light but you still want to be sensible.
I like to carry a 50mm, a 35mm or 28mm and a 135mm.
A very sensible choice and the same as mine for a Nikon EM system.
Originally Posted by wblynch
Zenit 11, 12XP
Nikon F4, F4S, F401S, F601, F801, F801S, F50, F55, F60, F65, F70, F75, F80, F90, F90X, EL2, FE, FM, FG, FG-20, EM
It depends on the individuals taste, but if I was carrying three prime lenses rather than a mid range 28-80 mm zoom I would choose a 50mm, a 24mm and a 100mm, so you are halving the focal length in the case of the wide angle, and doubling it for the telephoto to make a significant difference.
Last edited by benjiboy; 08-07-2013 at 05:00 AM. Click to view previous post history.
I mostly photo trains, especially at night. With film, I use a Leica IIIc with lenses 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm. The 90mm is often not long enough. For that I use a Nikon digital system. If you are sticking to the cameras you have, I'd suggest a 28-80mm and 70-200mm f4 zooms. The 70-200mm f4 zoom is a very useful lens for taking shots of trains.
Kent in SD
Sponsored Ad. (Subscribers to APUG have the option to remove this ad.)
Kent, do you have any examples of your work?
For primes, this is my three lens kit:
24mm/2.8 43mm/1.9 77mm/1.8
The 43mm probably get 80% of the work. The 77mm is great for candid portraits... but sometimes you need more reach so it can be replaced with a 100mm/2.8 or 135mm/2.5 as needed.
19-35mm/3.5-4.5 35-105mm/3.5 70-210mm/f4
The 35-105mm gets most of the work, it's very sharp and fast enough for most situations.
My other camera is a Pentax
I only own three lenses: 16, 24, 50. I've never been able to get on with long lenses.
For my Mamiya 35mm I have a 28, 50, and 135mm lens kit. I only have a 50mm 1.8 for my Nikon film camera, also use the same lens on my digital camera.
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower
If you live in a place with narrow streets you need wide angle.
If you live out on the range you need telephoto.
I live in a van ...down by the river