I am touring Europe and can only carry one lens (yeah,..I know), what would be your choice?
If I could take ONLY one lens:
1. AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G.
1. AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G.
The above "35mm-equivalent" focal lengths are moderately wide, for accommodating scenics, yet not so wide that they'll introduce excessive barrel distortion for portraits. The ultra-fast apertures allow you to take both low-light scenics, and portraits with shallow depth-of-field.
Sorry for stealing the topic but I don't want to make another thread just for a simple question
If I have a DX, and I'm able to choose 2 lenses for touring cities, portraiting, and I guess just any random thing that catches my eye, what would you take? I'm thinking 35mm 1.8 and 70-200mm 2.8
If I could take ONLY two lenses:
1. One ultrawide: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX (scenics).
2. A fast, short telephoto: AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G (portraits).
DX budget version:
1. AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D or AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (scenics).
2. AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D (portraits).
1. One fast, wide-angle: AF-S 24mm f/1.4G (scenics).
2. A fast, short telephoto: AF-S NIkkor 85mm f/1.4G (portraits).
FX budget version:
1. AF Nikkor 24mm or 28mm f/2.8D (scenics).
2. AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D (portraits).
The two-lens pairings, suggested above, give you both a fast wide- or ultra-wide, allowing you to capture the most sprawling (or, most towering) scenics at any time of the day (dusk, dawn, twilight, etc.). The fast, short-telephotos get you shallow depth-of-field with ease, plus a bit of foreshortening for more flattering portraits.