For my Black & White project I only took two lenses out, the Nikkor 35mm f2 prime and the Tokina 11-16 f2.8 wide angle. I found myself using the 35mm almost exclusively because the 35mm on a cropped sensor camera, the D300, is equivalent in its effective focal length as a 50mm prime would on a full frame camera (Nikon D3, D700 or a Canon 5D Mk II etc). That is its closest to what you see with your eyes. The 35mm is tack sharp and has great bokeh and has been on my camera a lot since I got it a couple of weeks ago. See post.
Nikon D300, Nikkor 35mm f2 @ ISO 400, f5, 1/500 sec