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pawel baranski , Jan 19, 2012; 06:00 a.m.

Well... i'm talking about pictures that take viewer inside, and also require me to get *inside*.
I rather be part of the action than taking pictures from distance, so i'm talking about lenses wider than 35mm.
I though that nikkor 12-24 2.8 is typical reportage lens for FX, which is almost equal to 11-16 on dx.

Mike Halliwell , Jan 19, 2012; 06:27 a.m.

Now Ty, are you stirring? :-)

Do you mean lenses that have the same FOV as a 35mm lens on a 35mm camera, aka FX or a 24mm lens on a DX camera?

or maybe a 35mm lens on a DX having the same FOV as a Classic Standard Lens of ~ 50mm

pawel baranski , Jan 19, 2012; 06:39 a.m.

I mean 35 on dx camera, so 50 on fx.
I'm going to buy 35 1.8, 85 1.8 (this one for portrait), and one more wide angle lens. The only reasonable options seems 11-16 2.8 - which may be too wide, or 12-24 4.0 - which may be too dark.

Jerry Sousa , Jan 19, 2012; 10:53 a.m.

I too have the 11-16 Tokina, and it is too wide for reportage. May I recommend the Voigtlander 20mm f3.5 manual focus lens? I have it and it spends a lot of time mated to the front of my Nikon cameras.

Leslie Cheung , Jan 19, 2012; 11:41 a.m.

The only reasonable options seems 11-16 2.8 - which may be too wide, or 12-24 4.0 - which may be too dark.

BINGO! The peril of DX imo

Ilkka Nissila , Jan 19, 2012; 01:02 p.m.

17-55/2.8.

Craig Shearman , Jan 19, 2012; 01:29 p.m.

Not sure what the definition of "reportage" is. But if you mean what does a working newspaper/wire service/magazine reporter use on a daily basis, I can tell you what is done here in Washington, one of the news capitals of the world. Pretty much every single news photographer carries a 24-70 2.8 and a 70-200 2.8, and most have a superwide in the range of a 14-24 2.8. Those cover 90 percent of news assignments. Add a 400 2.8 or 600 4.0 for sports. I don't see primes used much any more -- news photographers need to travel light and (no pun intended) if light is too low for a 2.8 they usually pull out a flash.

Jerry Litynski , Jan 19, 2012; 01:32 p.m.

Try to locate a Nikon AF-S 16-85mm ED VR lens. It has the wide-range and the mild-telephoto ranges covered.

John Narsuitus , Jan 19, 2012; 03:46 p.m.

“Pretty much every single news photographer carries a 24-70 2.8 and a 70-200 2.8, and most have a superwide in the range of a 14-24 2.8. Those cover 90 percent of news assignments.”

Craig Shearman,

I agree!

The “Three Digital Kings” (also called the Holy Trinity or Magic Three) are very popular lenses used by news reporters.

Adam Weaver , Jan 19, 2012; 05:01 p.m.

My practical choice is 17-55mm. A second choice could be 16-85mm if I can use flash and it wouldn't kill the mood. Having said that I'd hate to go out without my 12-24mm. So straying from your actual parameters, ideally I'd carry 12-24mm on one body, and a 50-150mm VC/OS, which nobody makes, on the other body, with a 35mm f/2 in the bag, which probably wouldn't come out.


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