I've been toying with the idea of replacing the old D80 with a D5100 and three light prime lenses as a light travel kit an an alternative to the GH1 that I now use for travel, the reason being that I have so much Nikon gear anyway that it would be convenient in some situations. It would also be an excellent low light setup (there must be an acronym for this, LLL – the Light Low Light setup, can I patent it ).
Nikon has actually launched a rather nice range of relatively lightweight primes the last few years, 35/1.8, 40/2.8 Micro, 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 85/1.8 and 85/3.5 Micro, making this possible... almost. Anybody see the missing link? There's no wide angle lens. There's of course the 24/1.4 for FX, but it's big, heavy and "somewhat" expensive. Then there's the 10.5/2.8, but it's a fish eye and it doesn't even AF on a D5100. Then one could go for the D7000 and something like the 20/2.8, but the D7000 is also bigger, heavier and more expensive and it doesn't feature a flip-out LCD.
It's strange, isn't it? I mean, for normal or telephoto use, there are always FX lenses available that work fine with the 1.5x crop factor, so not having dedicated DX lenses wouldn't be too much of an issue except sometimes size. But for wide angle, it's not that easy, and still, after more than 10 years of digital DSLRs, Nikon hasn't made one. A 16/2.8? Even a 20 or 24 would be better than what is available now, no?
There are of course WA primes available for the GH1, 12 and 14 as well as a short "normal", the 20. But sometimes, a Nikon would suit my needs better, since it compatible with most of my other gear.
Nikon! Can you hear me?