@ studio: I am a 2 camera shooter as well. 12-24 and 150mm for me. though i dont seem to use the 12-24 much and do most of my shooting at the 150mm.
Well, only since I bought my D7000. Everything sure gets faster with two bodies. My "walking-around" modus operandi typically has been to bring one wide-angle, and one short-telephoto (similar to what you're doing). While a 150mm is a bit long for my tastes, if it suits your photography, great!
When I get my new FX body, I may start carrying two bodies as a matter of course: a new "D800," and my D7000. I'll likely carry a 24mm f/1.4, and either an AF-S 50mm f/1.4G, AF-S 85mm f/1.4G, or a 105mm f/2.0 DC as my short-tele. I was initially going to have the DX body as the wide-angle camera, married to my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX lens, but when I get an FX body, I'll probably go with following set-up as a default instead:
A-body (FX): D800 + AF-S 24mm f/1.4G
B-body (DX): D7000 + AF-S 85mm f/1.4G
The 14-24 is too big for me as a walk around lens - it is just big.
I agree. Heavy lenses really mess me up. I like to shoot as quickly and as unnoticed as possible. Short primes keep you stealthier and faster, IMO.
@studio460 - I want the 24mm 1.4 - just don't have the chicken this year . . .
Then grow more chickens! I don't know how I'm going to rationalize buying $10,000 in new gear in the coming months either (D800, 24, 35, 50, 85). But that new FX body and 24mm f/1.4 keeps calling my name incessantly, "Studio . . . you need us . . . you want us . . . you HAVE to have us . . . (kinda like those Victoria's Secret models)"
Some say the 18-55 is excellent on the D7k, some say it's a waste. I'd really have to try them out to know, but the 18-55 is just for saving my bank.
I think the cheap-o 18-55mm VR is a really good lens. I kinda only use it as an 18mm VR lens, however. It's super-sharp, and really small and light. It is however, fragile. Try it. It's cheap enough to toss if you don't like it. It's one of my favorite go-to lenses.
So what would you partner (from the above 3) with the 35mm 1.8 and 70-200mm VRII with the D7000?
I'd go with the 18-55mm VR to tide you over until you get your FX body (they can be had for as little as $99 for a refurb). You can then take your time thinking about your preferred FX wide-angle zoom, and maybe try some out at the dealer.
Remember, I'm hugely biased against short zooms, super-zooms, and mid-telephoto zooms, so take my suggestions with a grain of salt. The 70-200mm and 80-400mm zooms, however, I think are excellent, and I do love shooting with both of those. But, for anything shorter, I prefer fixed-focal length lenses.