For those who are curious about my current modest set up, I've compiled a list of what I have been using over the last decade or so below. My current lens selection has been determined by my extensive own research and testing, which has included testing of each lens' sharpness, bokeh, speed of focus on AF, color reproduction, handholding ability, and lastly but importantly weight. Majority of my lenses are manual focus, which to me is more exciting way of shooting.
Each photographer has a unique way of utilizing his/her equipment, therefore there is no ultimate answer as to what cameras and lenses are the best. It is all subjective as it depends on the application and one's needs. For me however it is about the craft and simplicity rather than the gear and most modern gadgets. After taking over half millions shots in my digital photography age alone, I'm leaving technique on the back of my mind and focusing on the artistic expression of each moment captured in time.
Manual F-mount Lenses:
Voigtlander 125mm f2.5 APO Lanthar Macro 1:1 (my most favorite manual lens) Nikon 85mm f1.4 AF-S manual portrait lens (amazing glass from 1980s) Zeiss 25mm f2.8 ZF Automatic F-mount Lenses: Nikon AF-S 70-200mm VR II
Nikon TC14-E ii (1.4x magnification with aspherical elements) Nikon SB600 24-85mm range flash unit (recharges quickly)
Nikon D4s (for backup and sports) Nikon AF-S 200mm f2 VR - if only it could be a few pounds lighter ... Nikon Flash SB800 or SB900 Nikon TC-20E iii Nikon new Milvus and Otus lenses show amazing promise Leica affordable HQ digital camera accepting older but great Leica lenses
Some list of lenses I've used in the past with various Nikon systems:
Nikon AF-S 14-24mm Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f2.8 DX Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f4G VR, super sharp Voigtlander 20mm f3.5 SLII (nice & super light) Nikon AF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 DX VR I Zeiss ZF 25mm f2.8 Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 Nikon AF-D 50mm f1.8 Nikon AFS G 50mm f1.4 Nikon AF-D 85mm f1.8 Nikon AF-D 85mm f1.4 (great where light is scarce) Nikon AF-S 85mm f1.4 Zeiss ZF 85mm f1.4 Zeiss ZF 100mm f2 MACRO (great glass) Nikon AF-D 105mm f2 DC (super for portraits & creative exposures) Nikon AF-D 135mm f2 DC Voigtlander 180mm f4 APO Nikon AF-S 80-200mm f2.8 (used on Disney on Ice set) Sigma OS 120-300mm f2.8 OS, latest effort from Sigma Nikon AF-S 200mm f2G VR (my best lens, although heavy and bulky) Nikon 300mm f4 AF-S nice but lack of VR is a problem on D7k Nikon 300mm f2.8 AF-S VR (superb) Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f4-5.6 Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f4 manual focus zoom Sigma 500mm f4.5 AF
Cameras used in the past (in chronological order):