The greatest challenge I have in photography is covetousness. I’m talking about photography equipment here – drooling over newer, faster, crisper glass from Nikkor. 🙂 We all know that the paintbrush didn’t make Picasso, but I’m sure it didn’t really hurt things either!
One of my all time favourite lenses is my nifty-fifty. AF 50mm f1.8. I have used that lens to take literally thousands of shots across three camera bodies (D40, D80 and now my D300s). I love it! It’s fast. It’s sharp. It’s crisp. It’s cheap! That is, it’s inexpensive. However, my covetous eye has spied the newer 50mm f1.4G – it’s designed for FX bodies, which someday I hopefully will have. But a 50mm on a DX body gives you a nearly perfect portraiture lens at 75mm. And f1.4 is pure awesome. So, I now I am having crazy thoughts that I should have it. Ah, but life is full of small children for us at the moment who need food, clothes and diapers and other miscellany.
Life has a way of getting in the way of Photography budgets! 😉
If I could assemble an “essentials” list of Nikkors, this is what I would have in my bag:
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G – ideal portrait lens on a DX body
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED – HAVE IT! YAY! 😀 – Super fun Macro & telephoto portrait lens
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8 ED VR II – perfect for wildlife, especially with a teleconverter
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f2.8G ED – Incredible wide angle lens for landscapes
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II – Awesome for portraits and even wildlife with a teleconverter
Estimated cost: just shy of $9000.00 CDN . . . It never hurts to dream! 😉