Best wide-angle Nikon lens? Surely it's the one that looks like a lightbulb? With a
front element the size and shape of Sierra Leone, it attracts every drop of rain outdoors. However, indoors it will make interiors look cavernous - like this long exposure at Salisbury Cathedral. The zoom range is perfect to work effectively in small rooms. For landscapes it's my go-to lens for a long walk into the wilderness.
Do I really need a 2.8 lens? Nope! Especially with modern digital cameras, as ISO issues are offset against high quality sensors. So why go for a 24-70mm f/2.8? Because it focuses really fast, regardless of focal length and gives a pro-edge when quickly capturing a scene by zooming. This lens helped me perfectly compose this shot of a young lad playing in the mud at Weston-super-Mare in a split second.
What Nikon lens do professional photographers use? Without doubt it's the 70-200mm. If my house was on fire, it's the lens I'd rescue first. A workhorse that will accomplish almost any job. This lens is designed for keeping a respectful distance from your subject, like the royal rotas I cover with the British Royal Family. The lens has enough zoom range to capture full-lengths, portraits and spontaneous gestures.