Manufacturers bring out fancy new lenses every month.
We are still waiting for the perfect lens, 12-300mm F2.8 VR Macro. Give it time, and I am sure technology will allow manufacturers to produce such a lens.
The one lens which 35mm film camera photographers used, was, of course, the 50mm lens. Sadly, this lens tends to be overlooked by modern digital users. But with the full-frame cameras getting more popular, this lens should not be forgotten.
On a full-frame camera, what the eye sees is nearly replicated by this lens, plus, with a aperture of F1.4 and less, creation of a shallow depth of field allows incredible opportunities in portraiture.
Pricewise they also represent good value for money, in today's high cost prices.