Nikon Z7 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Super Wide Angle Lens for Nikon F
For now, this is the lens I use for galaxy/astrophotography. I will likely replace this lens once more super wide angle lenses are released for the Z mount. Venus Laowa and Nikon will be releasing super wide angle Z mount lenses within the next year.
Nikon 20mm f/1.8G AF-S ED NIKKOR Lens
One Youtube photographer and lens collector stated that the quality of this lens is even better than Zeiss lenses. Indeed he is right. This is my go-to landscape lens and is always in my bag. If you are considering this lens, just buy it now and enjoy. The detail, color quality, low distortion and low cost make this a no brainer.
Venus Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra-Macro Lens for Nikon F
This is a very difficult, challenging, fun and unique lens. Super macro photography is very difficult, but it allows one to capture another world that most photographers overlook. It really allows one to stand out and have a unique, artistic portfolio. I haven’t experimented with this lens much, yet, but that will change.
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens
My all purpose standard lens that is always in my bag. While no zoom lens is going to match the image quality of primes, this lens comes close to performing that feat. The performance, size, weight, and weather resistance of this lens convinced me to sell three Zeiss primes. It is that good.
Coming Soon: Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 III Lens for Nikon Z
I am waiting for a deal or used copy of this lens to come available. I owned the Fujifilm 35mm version of this lens and just loved it. This color saturation and of course the bokeh of this lens at f/0.95 is just surreal. Since my Fujifilm cameras were APS-C, I was really using a full frame equivalent of 50mm f/1.2. I cannot wait to see what I can create with my Nikon Z7 with a f/0.95 lens attached.
Zeiss Biotar 58mm f/2 from 1949
See my blog post on this lens. It is a 70 year old lens that produces exquisite images. The bokeh at f/2 is creamy and dreamy. The color saturation and resolution of this lens is incredible, especially for its time. Many buy the Helios (the Russian knock off of this lens) because they are cheap and easy to find. The Helios doesn’t even compare to the original though.
Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E EDIF VR Lens
This lens is my all purpose telephoto that I always take with me on trips and hikes. It is very light, a 3rd the size of the 200-500mm and doesn’t take up too much space in my bag. The image quality of this version of the 70-300mm is fantastic, and I am somewhat surprised that this lens isn’t priced higher. I think the bad reputations of the other versions of this lens have impacted the price of this E version.
Pentacon 80mm f/2.8 Projector Lens
This is a much cheaper equivalent of the old Meyer Optik Gorlitz 100mm f/2.8 Trioplan lens. It produces incredible, artistic soap bubble bokeh. One day I may replace this lens with the Trioplan it emulates. I have been keeping my eyes out for a reasonably priced Trioplan.
Venus Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Macro
One thing that Laowa really does well is make unique macro lenses. This is the first 100mm macro lens that allows one to take photos at not just a 1:1 ratio, but even at a 2:1 ratio (i.e., twice life size). This lens was just released so I just got it in the mail, but I look forward to using it.
Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 VR
The behemoth of my lenses. Big, heavy, but absolutely necessary for bird, whale and distant wildlife photography. This lens is seriously underpriced, and is one of the many reasons I switched to Nikon instead of Canon.