A bag full of Primes.
That's what I have because that's really how I want to see things but I know it wouldn't suit everyone. I suppose this really should be titled 'In praise of the Standard lens'. Now if you have a DX sensor for whatever make of camera you probably would have a 35mm as your 'standard' FX shooters can have any iteration of the 50mm..me I love, yes really love my 50mm f1.8 that has been dropped, rained on, blasted by sand, chucked into the camera bag and given a tough old life by me... and always, yes always on manual focus. If we ignore peripheral vision a 'standard lens' is roughly how we see things, I sometimes shoot with both eyes open, one on the viewfinder, my dominant eye, and the other checking to make sure that I'm not missing something that isnt in the camera viewfinder frame...try it. It's great for portraits, street photography and if you take a pano sweep of 3 shots a pretty nifty wide angle, expose for the shadows at low iso and you can cut part of the image file out to get a 'digital telephoto' and the other thing is is that it dosn't scare the horses...wandering around with a compact little lens on the front of your DSLR is less intimidating to those who may becomes street portrait victims. But my other lenses are chosen to do the jobs I want to do, so 20mm f2.8, 50mm 1.8 and 105Micro f2.8...all always in the bag all hard working tough primes. One thing to always look for is sensor dirt, I swap lenses around and chances are you'll suck up some fluff onto your sensor, so after a long day shooting stop right down , defocus and shoot something light, maybe the sky or a piece of paper and see if that sensor needs a scrub, it's what I do and swab away if there are chunks showing. And if you spend a day shooting with one prime or the other you'll see a consistency in your image making that sometimes is lacking if you have been 'tromboning 'around with a telephoto...hey just try it... Some 105 micro shots from yesterday now available on redbubble
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