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What's your Favorite Focal Length?
20mm or less 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
24mm 12%  12%  [ 3 ]
28mm 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
35mm 48%  48%  [ 12 ]
85mm 12%  12%  [ 3 ]
105mm 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
135mm 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
200mm 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
300mm or more 20%  20%  [ 5 ]
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 2:51 am 
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Imagine that you could only have one PRIME lens to shoot with, for all purposes, for the rest of your life. If you needed to choose, which one would it be?

I'd personally want something like the 85mm, it's arguably my favorite.

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 8:53 am 
FX equivalent 35mm, so I chose 24mm


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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 9:04 am 
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I shoot full-frame so I chose 28mm though I'd really hate to be limited to just one prime lens. Maybe the poll and thread titles should be edited to make it clear that you mean "full-frame field of view"? I assume that is so because 20mm is probably an unrealistic cut-off in the poll options for cropped sensors. :?

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I always like more reach - that's why I bought my Powershot SX-10 IS and that's why my next lens is going to be a 100-400mm - probably adding a 2x converter for some situations.
Means 300mm+

Still I like tro be able to shoot almost every focal length. After the 100-400mm I'm going to get the Sigma 12-24mm. :lol:

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Favourite prime at the moment is 35mm, I do change my mind quite a lot though and Nikon just brought out a new 50mm so I'll probably be trading my old 50mm F/1.8 in.

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Trying to shoot birds/wildlife, my favourite has to be 300mm+ BUT, if I could only have 1 lens it'd probably be a 50mm.

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Whichever one is on my camera at the time. I get used to one then stick on another one and immediately have a new favourite.
So I will pick all of the above.

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I was limited in my first steps in the photo realm to a normal lens, 50mm on a 35mm film, so I know how it feels. I would choose a slightly wider now 35 mm or so.

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 12:20 pm 
Clearly not many portrait photographers amongst us


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I've always loved 85mm on DX...but I sold it. Doh.

If I pick the lens I use most, it would be the 10mm F/2.8 fisheye.

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In 35mm format terms, I think I'd have to go for 35mm. Having said that, I don't actually use that on a SLR! It is based on the Panasonic 20mm on E-P1 for 40mm effective. Slightly wider would be better than slightly narrower in this case.

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 5:12 pm 
85mm.

hands down. works for everything. I don't care if you gotta step 50ft away to get a wide. it's undistorted and bokehlicious.


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Changed to full-frame focal length, that's what I mean from the beginning, sorry if it brought some confusion.

THanks for your replies, some very interesting results!

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Well, one way to look at it, is that a 50mm become 80-ish on a cropped- frame Canon, and is a true 50mm on full- frame. The poll said one Lens, not one camera. :wink:

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I have voted for 300+ but in terms of everyday use I think I'd go for a 100mm lens on a full frame body.

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