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Old 08-07-2017, 02:28 AM   #5
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I love the sharpness, lower distortion and lower weight of prime lenses. I own the Nikkor 20mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm f/1.8s. That said, most of my train photography is on private charters where I can't just be wherever I want to be. I also have to travel (by plane) to most of the charters, so I can't take everything I own. On most charters, I take two bodies, a D4 and a D750 w/grip, and the 16-35mm f/4 VR, 24-120mm f/4 VR (which gets more use than anything) and the 70-200mm f4 VR, which is just as sharp as it's 2.8 brother. That's a decent kit. The only thing lacking is a fast lens, which I like to have for night shoots. In those cases, I might substitute the 24-70mm f/2.8 for the 24-120. It is heavier and less flexible, but the extra stop comes in handy for night work. In a pinch, I might just stay with the 24-120 and bring a 35mm prime for the night shots....and just live with the fact that compositions may be more limited.

Surprised you are getting rid of your 80-400. I just picked that one up recently on sale, and have been amazed at how good the VR is. I plan on shooting the eclipse with it and the D7000....assuming the weather cooperates.

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