Back in the 1960s, when I bought my first SLR, the 50mm lens was used by most photographers as the standard lens. The 28/50/135 kit was a very popular combo.
When I switched to a Nikon SLR from a Miranda SLR, I also switched my kit to 35/85/180. I preferred using the 35 instead of the 50 because it allowed me to step in front of competing news photographers to capture the images I needed.
I normally carried a Nikon F2 with a 35mm f/2, an 85mm f/1.8, and a 180mm f/2.8. I carried these items plus a Vivitar 283 flash, a handheld light meter, and a few rolls of b&w film in a small army surplus bag on a 650cc BSA motorcycle.
The F2 body and the 85 and 180mm lenses shown in this photo have survived years of use and abuse. The 85mm f/1.8 was the second Nikon lens I purchased and the 180mm was the third. Both were originally pre-AI lenses that I had AI’d by Nikon.
The 35mm f/2 lens was the first Nikon lens I purchased. It too was AI’d by Nikon. However, since it was the lens I used the most, it received a lot more wear and tear than the other equipment. I had to replace it twice – once with another 35mm f/2 and eventually with the 35mm f/1.4 shown in this photo.