Picking out my initial lineup is killing me. I'm doing this on somewhat of a self imposed budget (I know I could just buy "all that great stuff" and be done with it, but I'll forgo wallet torture in favor of self torture instead) since this is technically still a hobby for me. (and yes this seems a bit crazy considering I just bought the d800e, but, I'm a bit of a crazy person, so, bear with me here)
Heavy on landscapes. Focus on sky vistas and night sky landscapes. Hike around to scenic overlook...shoot. Jump out of car to shoot supercell thunderstorm. (samples below) Rather active shooter.
I have a 50mm 1.8 right now. (figured I'd grab that and then decide what else I want)
Option 1: Samyang 14 2.8 + Nikon 24-70mm 2.8
Option 2: Samyang 14 2.8 + Samyang 35 1.4 + Nikon 24-120
Option 3: Nikon 14-24 + 85 1.8
Option 4: Samyang 14 2.8, 28 1.8, 85 1.8 ...
1 - Convenience + quality. No VR for tripodless moments.
2 - Convenience, VR... questionable quality for more high quality landscape work.
3 - Wide end very well covered. Few, but quality, options past that.
4 - Quality, low light capabilities. Not terribly convenient.
I just wish I liked what I've seen from the 24-120 better. I want better edge sharpness, want more "pop" to the image.(though maybe that's in my head) I get the feeling it'd be too convenient and I'd end up relying on it too much -- not sure it'll sing on my d800e the way I want it to. But I would get the shots... I may eventually add it to the kit, but I guess I'd like to not have to rely on it too much, if that makes sense.
The 24-70 should be better with edge sharpness and contrast. If it doesn't separate itself from the 24-120 very well then it's not interesting. It'd be a workhorse I could build around.
I like the creativity initially offered with the primes, but fear my active shooting would suffer.(since I've always had a mid-range zoom and in some situations wouldn't be likely to want to change lenses)
The 24-70 seems like an odd (odd to call it such), but good, compromise.
So feel free to talk me out of it
Samples of the sorts of things I like to shoot: (with my old canon rebel)