Loving the conversations about lens options. That surely is an important element of this thread. Granted, each of us has our own relationship to lenses in our kits so differences of opinion are natural.
Tom, with regard to the 28 f/2.8 and 35 f/1.4 I'd share this. Early in my buying days I bought three lenses in a package deal. I didn't really know that much about what I was doing, but after checking prices on E-Bay where I first encountered these three lenses, and after the seller moved them to this website, I made a ridiculously low offer that he...Show more →
Thanks Curtis. Sometimes I think I get too wrapped up in acquisitions. It is great fun just to acquire these lenses, even if they sit unused! I have been mulling over a lot of options this past 3 weeks, a seemingly ENDLESS set of options. I could buy the 35mm f/14 ais along with the 135mm f/2, all priced nicely at my local store. I could buy the 35mm f/2 Distagon. I came within 10 minutes of buying my dream lens, the 21mm f/2.8 Distagon last Sunday. I bailed on it at the last second. So much money, yet I can afford it. I could buy the 28mm f/2.8. My god, the choices are reproducing there are so many!!
So, I'm taking a step back, and trying to be more analytical about it all. My first conclusion, I actually *have* the 35mm focal length covered already. My Fuji GA645 has a 65mm f/4 lens that is about 35mm in 135 format. It is an astonishing lens, tack sharp deep into the corners with a beautiful drawing style loaded in contrast. It's not manual focus, nor is it particularly fast at f/4, but it is a damn good lens and I should use it more, of course attached to the GA645 camera.
So with regards to Nikon lenses, I should expand my capabilities with either the 135mm f/2 or the 20mm f/2.8 ais. My family and I are setting up a holiday in Xi'an China for next month and I think going wider might be a smart move.
Thanks again for all the comments!!