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 Post subject: Favorite Lens
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:29 am 
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We all have our favorite lenses, the lens that we love to use the most, the lens that's almost always on the body. Which one is yours?

I'll start, mine would have to be the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX lens. It's super sharp, super versatile and super affordable (I paid $140 for mine, a steal!). Which one is yours?

It could be anything from a $150 kit lens all the way to a $2500 f/2.8 zoom. Whichever lens you like to shoot with the most!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:43 am 
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Canon 100-400L. Sharp wide open over its range, fast and accurate zoom.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:18 am 
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I don't really have a favourite. I'm more than happy using 14-24mm, 35mm, 24-70mm or 85mm. All very different with different uses.

The other 2 just serve a purpose, but with any of the above I know it's my fault if I don't get the shot I'm after.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:24 am 
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I'm not sure I have a favorite either.

I love using my manual focus Vivitar 135mm F/2.8, just for the feeling it gives, and the nice rendition it has. It's also a very small lens with a very large reach.

I don't often use my 70-200 F/2.8, but when I do, I love the fact that I have it. It's just such a serious piece of glass, with such a nice reach and aperture.

Then there's my 50, which is somehow replacing my 35mm as a "go-to" lens.

10mm fisheye: still not bored with it.

15-30 F/4 - I hardly use it, except with my fullframe F50. I love it on that.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:56 am 
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popo wrote:
Canon 100-400L. Sharp wide open over its range, fast and accurate zoom.

+1

Still my 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM is very close to it. It's a bit sharper and offering Macro but it's missing this great zoom range.

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I don't have many lenses, but I love my 70-400G SSM.

Hoqwever, my NEX-5's kit lens, the 18-55 OSS, has surprised me so far.

Particularly when it comes to sharpness and CA it's actually a very good lens, not what you'd expect (from a kit lens). It's obviously not in the same league as the Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70 f/2.8 I have fancied in the past, but still, it's very good for the money :).

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:37 pm 
35mm 1.8 as well. What a great lens.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:54 pm 
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The Minolta Rokkor W. 28mm or the 70-200L.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:28 pm 
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My favourite lens that I own is probably the 24-105. It is sharp and has a very versatile range. I still love the 50mm but only use it for portraits now.

However my favourite lens is the 70-200 2.8. Very sharp, even at f2.8. I love this lens for portraits, sports photography and some general photography. This is definitely the next lens I buy :D

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If I could have just 1 lens? it would have to be the 24-105, though it is not my favourite, it does seem to be the most versatile (for me).

My favourite lens is probably 50mm. Love walking around Paris taking photos at this focal length. 85mm would be a close second.

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If I was allowed to have just one lens I'd go for the Tamron 18-270mm VC but it's not my favorite lens :lol:

As far as I can remember there was a thread like "if you could only have one lens..." but I don't find it at the moment.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:57 pm 
I am very happy with my Nikkor 70-300mm ED G VR lens. never disappointed me. Even at 300mm At F5.6 (fully open) it makes great sharp pictures. Now its my favourite and most used lens. I am saving up some money for a 24-70mm lens.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:00 pm 
50 f/1.8


Simply Bokehlicious in a bargain price tag :wink:


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I like all my lenses, but the 50 1.8 is at the bottom of the list.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:10 am 
I now have 3 lenses, And depending on the purpose they are all my number one favourite lens.

Nikkor 70-300mm is very nice and good with nice bokeh. Especially sharp and good lens when stopped down one or two stops.

Nikkor 12-24mm F4G is very nice lens in the city or landscapes. It's sharp like a prime lens across the focal range.

My Nikkor 60mm F2.8G Micro lens is pretty sharp too. and it can give me nice pictures from 1:10 to 1:1 magnifications of objects and flowers. But 1:10 to 1:2 or 1:3 magnification is probably more realistic in practice. It's very very contrasty and color accurate (RAW Histograms is always filled 100% from dark to bright.

So what ever lens I choose I know it will be good. The one that is favourite depends on what picture I want to shoot at that time.


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