Assembling a kit

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Recently, I've been thinking a lot about my camera gear. I don't think my lens purchases suit my needs. I have an Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR that I use mostly for landscape and portrait photos, a Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G that I use when I'm out and about and a [AF-S DX Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8G][50mm[ that I rarely use but for portrait photos.

I'm reading an [old article by Ken Rockwell about who to assemble a camera kit. As I read through the lengthy article I started thinking about my camera kit. I feel as though I need more lenses even though I know that I have lenses that I rarely use.

For most people, a wide zoom and a tele zoom is all you need, and maybe one fast fixed lens in the middle for really low light.
A common error is to carry any two lenses whose functions duplicate something in the other lens. If you bring a 17-40mm zoom, then don't bring a 28-105mm zoom because you're duplicating the 28-40mm range.Ken Rockwell

My 18-55 mm covers some of the range offered by the 35 mm prime and 50 mm prime. There is overlap. Yes, the primes are faster than the 18-55 mm but I realize now that in most lighting situations I don't need the faster lenses. Following Ken's advice, I think I want is the Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED and the AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED.

When I want to go out and shoot some landscapes or architecture I could take just the 10-24mm, my camera body and my tripod. Nothing else. The 35 mm would serve my needs for close up family portraits. I can use my feet as zoom or crop in Adobe Lightroom. I'm not sure I need a 70-200mm zoom. Most of my photography is landscapes or portraits. I think I could get buy with an 85 mm f/1.8 G prime lens although I'm not sure I need anything that fast. With studio strobes I find that I'm shooting at f/8 most of the time anyway.

So in reality I think my kit would consist of the D5100 body and two lenses -- the 35mm prime and the 10-24mm zoom.

Author: Khürt Williams

I work in application security architecture and I live in Montgomery Township, New Jersey with my wife Bhavna. Passionate about photography, you’ll find me writing about cybersecurity, tropical aquariums, terrariums, hiking, craft breweries, and capturing birds on camera. My prose is like a caffeinated squirrel—fast, unpredictable, and occasionally insightful.