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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:49 pm 
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Decided to go with another random thought question.

If you could only have a single lens for the rest of your life, and all pictures you took had to use that one lens, what lens would that be?

This is assuming that the lens will always be in perfect condition and calibrated to your camera.
You do not have to own this lens now, but it must be an existing lens to attach to your canon camera in some form.

Edit: Adapters and Extenders are allowed as long as they currently exist. (Though mention which one(s) you would have)

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:56 pm 
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For myself, I find it hard to chose between the following four:
    Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
    Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
    Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 USM II

The 85mm would probably be too narrow for a single lens for the rest of my life; though I love the shots I get with mine.
The 50mm would satisfy my urge to use a prime, and this was my first prime. I tend to never leave it behind.

The 24-105mm is the most versatile of the three, so I would probably go with it; reluctantly.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:26 pm 
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Easy answer. 100-400L. It'll do me for 90%+ of my main interest areas.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:52 pm 
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Easy...Canon 24-105mm.

It's just so versatile and works for pretty much all types of photography that it wouldn't really limit me :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:22 pm 
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A 22 or 24mm prime all the way!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:43 pm 
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Wow very hard. Harder than I thought even. The 100-400 comes to mind. If I can use extenders then probably the new 70-200/2.8 L IS USM II with the two converters. Or if I would be going for even more tele a 500mm prime. I love wildlife, nature and a bit of sports so I would definitely end up in the medium/super tele reach. Probably the 100-400 for versatility if I can't use extenders.

EDIT: Totally forgot about the new 200-400/4 with built in extender! Hands down my lens of choice.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:30 pm 
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On paper the 200-400 extender would be a nice upgrade from the 100-400 except in one major way - weight! I wouldn't want to carry that forever...

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:31 pm 
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Ruben123 wrote:
A 22 or 24mm prime all the way!

Which version?

You got the EF 24mm f/2.8, EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM, EF 24mm f/1.4L USM II, TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
And that's just Canon's lenses.

There is also Rokinon/bower/samyang 24mm T1.5 Cine, 24mm f/1.4, 24mm f/3.5 Tile-Shift
Sigma 24mm F1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF MACRO

...just to name a few.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:04 am 
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I guess the 40mm STM. It's cheap, light, and good enough.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:14 am 
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Considering I have just spent almost my whole 9-month deployment to Afghanistan with a 50 f/1.8 on a 40D I now know that I could do it with a prime. I would miss out some on shooting animals that I do enjoy but not my sole purpose in photography. So, if I had to do it...If I had a crop sensor I would go with a 35mm. I haven't used the 35L but my 35 f/2 has done me well. If I had a full frame I would go up to a 50mm. Again, I only have experiance with the 50 f/1.8 and it has been a nice lens but if I had some hands on with the 1.4 or 1.2L I'm sure I would consider one of them if it is the only lens I could ever carry. Sure, i would consider the 24-105 or something simular, but carring a zoom lens everyday would get boring and the low f-stops on the primes have made them fun and made me think more before each shot. So really, these last few months although frustrating at times when someone doesn't understand why I can't take a picture of 10-people in your little office, have been fun and helped me grow a lot. So a prime for me.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:42 am 
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BleuDragon wrote:
Ruben123 wrote:
A 22 or 24mm prime all the way!

Which version?

You got the EF 24mm f/2.8, EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM, EF 24mm f/1.4L USM II, TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
And that's just Canon's lenses.

There is also Rokinon/bower/samyang 24mm T1.5 Cine, 24mm f/1.4, 24mm f/3.5 Tile-Shift
Sigma 24mm F1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF MACRO

...just to name a few.



Ah, didnt know I had to specify the lens. Actually, it doesnt matter. I would be using it for street photography (no high IQ needed) and landscape where f/8-11 makes most lenses acceptable.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:46 am 
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Might be considered "cheating", or at least a somewhat atypical choice, but for me personally, a CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 LS.

This is also assuming I wouldn't be the one paying for it - Mark


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:24 am 
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At first I thought, well, there is no way to answer this. Two lenses, yes, but one? Can any lens serve well for both portraits and birds? Could I live without wide-angle? My first thought was my much-loved 135mm 2.0L, which will work with Canon Extenders, and therefore serve for people, at a discreet distance, and tamer birds, plus perhaps warier birds if I were to erect a really good blind.

Then I realized this is actually possible, with a "normal" focal length, and I may have that one lens already, the Nikkor 50mm 1.2 AI-S. It fits directly onto my F6 and FM3A cameras, and with my Novoflex EOS/NIK adapter, works on my 1.6x- and 1.3x-crop, and full-frame Canon bodies, which provides me with some variety in focal lengths. With the acquisition of a Nikon 1 V-series camera and FT-1 adapter, I would have a 135mm-equivalent field of view, with the 2.7x crop factor.

I am not sure about teleconverter/extender compatibility of this fast fifty manual-focus Nikkor. I do believe that there is a Nikkor 55mm 2.8 AI-S that is quite sharp, and works with Nikon teleconverters, and might, therefore be a better choice. Having no experience with Nikon teleconverters, however, I do not know if I would like the results.

I dream of the Nikkor 58mm 1.2 AI-S NOCT, for its wide maximum aperture, plus low distortion throughout the frame. These are collector's items today, quite difficult to source, so I have never seen one, much less had the opportunity to check the all-important tactile factor. One blogger indicated the NOCT may not be the best idea for a digital SLR, though I cannot recall the reasons.

The announced Zeiss 55mm 1.4 Distagon is designed to work well with high-resolution DSLRs, and the descriptions I have read indicate it might well be a candidate for an "only" lens. I would get the ZF mount, to fit Nikon, and be adaptable to Canon. If Henri Cartier-Bresson could do virtually all of his work with a 50mm, I can learn to live with a 55mm. I have handled other Zeiss lenses, such as the 35/2, which I very nearly bought, before deciding to do more research.

In a leap of faith, as it has been previewed and shown, but has yet to be released, the Zeiss 55mm 1.4 Distagon is my final answer. (For the purposes of this exercise, I am assuming cost is no object; this lens will probably list for about $4500 US!) A "normal" lens is most important to me. It is also a leap of faith that my eyesight will continue to allow manual focusing. This one may not work well with teleconverters, but on a Nikon V-series with FT-1 adapter, the 2.7x crop might work well enough. It should function beautifully on an F6, and of course, is made for high-resolution DSLRs, Nikon or Canon, that may well be in my future. The images captured by an ultra-high-resolution DSLR, through an excellent lens, can be cropped, too.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:08 am 
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Well tough question! Mostly for what I like shooting, I guess a 100-400L would be great, though I might miss the wide end sometimes. Probably I'd go with the 28-300L as it does cover a wider angle.

PS: I have no idea as to how they actually perform exactly, I'm basing the decision off the specs and some simple reviews. :P

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:58 pm 
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pierovera wrote:
PS: I have no idea as to how they actually perform exactly, I'm basing the decision off the specs and some simple reviews. :P


This question is more for fun anyways. I am just curious what people will pick.

Maestro wrote:
Might be considered "cheating", or at least a somewhat atypical choice, but for me personally, a CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 LS.

This is also assuming I wouldn't be the one paying for it - Mark


I did not know this lens existed. Looks like a nice workout.
As far as paying... for the purpose of this hypothetical question we can assume that we will not have to pay for it. I am sure, hypothetically speaking, Gordon would not mind supplying each of us with the cash for this one time purchase. Thanks Gordon!

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