When looking at the huge amount of objectives Nikon proposes, one may ask how to establish a choice that really fits to the needs.
For what kind of photograph?
- For amateurs and when starting, zooms with a wide focal-range are clearly a good choice.
- When searching expert or professional high quality, the choice is more restricted for technical reasons, as then we consider f/2.8, or better zooms.
The actual Nikon proposal in the digital FX range proposed here involves:
12-24 mm (wide), 24-70mm (standard), 70-200 mm (telephoto) – but this does not fit to my real requirements.
A more user adapted range splitting, at an f/2.8 opening, with more innovative technical options, and targeting specific uses could possibly involve:
17-55 mm (wide) for landscapes and architecture, providing SWM (or AF-S), shift and tilt correction,
45-150mm (small telephoto) for portraits, with Defocus-image Control, and a larger opening of f/2,
120-300 mm (telephoto) for difficult light and indoor events (such as proposed, but actually not stabilized, by Sigma).
A discussion on these items may be fruitful in order to assemble different requirements.