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    3 lens kit

    I am aware that this question depends on the person behind the camera, but building a 3 lens kit has been on my mind. At the moment, I have two camera systems, Pentax K "K1000" and Canon EF "Elan II". I do have the M42 adapter for pentax and will be getting one soon for my canon. For both systems, I have 50mm, 1:2 pentax and 1:1.4 USM for my canon "Still the pride and joy of my lenses." I have a Rexagon Auto MC 28 2.8 on its way for the bay. There is very little info on it, but from what I have seen, it looks pretty good. For both systems, I have a typical zoom, 70-200 F4 for the k mount, 70-300 F4-5.6 Sigma DG APO for my cannon.

    What I am thinking about for my 3 lens kit would be 28,50, and something in the 135 to 200 range.The Bauer 500mm F8 has been on my mind for the sole purpose of rail photography. That would be an interesting walk around lens. Can you imagine peoples reactions?

    What are your thoughts on a 3 lens kit, and what odd lens would you keep on hand for special purposes?

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    It depends whether budget is a factor. Also size of kit. My preference is for two camera bodies, one with a wide angle lens and the other with a standard lens. They fit neatly into a small shoulder bag. Depending on what you're photographing, 21-35-50, 24-50-80, 28-50-100, or 28-85 zoom would be my picks, but I find one camera body and multiple lenses slow and confusing.

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    For my Nikon system I have a wide array but what I pack if i need a light 3 lens kit
    28 f/2 ai
    50mm 1.4 S or
    105 2.5

    If I'm shooting lowlight i would prefer a faster tele like maybe 135 f/2 or 85 1.4


    This is really personal choice
    I could also go

    35 1.4
    and the 85 1.4
    I don' really shoot real long teles unless it's sports or wildlife

    It's really highly individual
    there are so many factors that can change things quick.
    It's nice to have choices

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    My standard 3 lens set is a 28mm, 50mm, and 105mm, if the 105 is too short I do like a 135 or Pentax made a 150 in both M42 and KM mount. Although rare Pentax also made a 120 in M42. If you want a zoom kit, 28 to 105 and 70 to 210 works well.

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    I don't really like having more than one lens to be honest, it's just more faff. I'd rather just have a really good zoom, but fast, small zooms are pretty thin on the ground.

    It's one reason I like my Rolleiflex, Horseman Convertible, Rollei 35, no GAS over lenses.

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    One lens Canon FD 28-85 f4
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    I probably use my 50mm the least and my usual zoom seem to never be in this range.

    If I have to choose 3, then my choice will be: 28, 105, and an all purpose zoom. 28 because that's how wide I usually go. 105 because I like that focal length for a tight portrait (which I really like). All purpose zoom to cover other situations where I don't need the performance of prime. If I don't have to choose 3, then I'd drop 28 and let zoom take that place.

    I use Nikon. Today's zoom are amazingly good for general purpose use.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    There have been situations where 50MM was just too long, and I couldn't move any farther back. Well, I could but I would of gone over the bridge and into the river. Also, looking at what people use for rail photos, 50mm is pretty common along with 200mm range. There have also been examples where 500-800mm was used. 28mm isnt too common, but it would be fun to get more of the foreground and get the atmosphere and character of where that train is passing.

    Pardon me as i push my glasses up my nose here, being the train geek I am.

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    As Bruce said above, classically I have been a 35/1.4 + 85/1.4 kind of guy with my Nikons. A 50-only kind of guy with my Leica now.

    If I had to add a third lens it would be something in the 18 to 24mm range, I occasionally like to challenge myself with my 20 just to change things up.
    See my work at my website CHRISTOPHER LANGE PHOTOGRAPHY

    or my snaps at my blog MINIMUM DENSITY
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    If opting for primes, my three lens outfit would be the F6, and the 28mm F2, 50mm 1.2 and 85mm1.4 Nikkors. However, if going the zoom route, the kit would be the 17-35mm 2.8, the 50mm 1.2 and the 80-200mm 2.8 lenses (anything longer stays at home unless I am off to shoot something like wildlife or sports).
    An assortment of F-series Nikons with quite a few Nikkors, a pair of M6s with some Leitz glass, a pair of 500c/ms with a wide range of Zeiss optics and, just to help keep Duracell solvent, a D800.

    Favourite films: (1). KE ("Kodachrome Era"): 35mm: PKM25 and PKR64, HP5/Tri-X; 120: PKR64, PanF, FP4. (2). PKE ("Post-Kodachrome Era"): (a) 35mm: E100G, HP5 Plus/Tri-X and Delta 3200; (b) 120: E100G, PanF Plus, FP4 Plus, TMax 100.

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