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What is your most used/favorite Prime Lens?

 
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Jul 19, 2017 16:45 |  #46

Evertking wrote in post #18399175 (external link)
Is the 135mm f2 a good lens for family portraits?

its tough. I have done group photos at weddings with that lens and you have to get really far away in order to fit 4 people. Even bigger groups than 4 and you would need a radio to talk to them. The photos always look great but its difficult to have rapport when you are yelling at them from 60' away.


24mm/35mm is where its at for group photos IMO.


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Jul 24, 2017 12:53 |  #47

Sigma 135 1.8 Art




  
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Jul 24, 2017 13:17 |  #48

I am throwing a curveball here and saying that my Venus 15mm f/4 macro tilt shift is my fav. I can get 1:1 magnification and shoot landscapes all with one lens. I have also used it as a walk around lens because infinity comes in at something like 2 feet. I can just leave it there and just shoot away at most anything that is not close. Being a manual lens, it requires a bit more work, but i like the mental gymnastics it needs.


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Sep 01, 2017 08:44 |  #49

Chiefy wrote in post #18395685 (external link)
For a prime I would have to say the 100mm 2.8 IS Macro is the one I use the most.

I have to agree ... the 100mm 2.8 IS Macro is an extremely versatile prime lens.




  
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Sep 01, 2017 09:12 |  #50

35 f2 IS


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Sep 01, 2017 13:23 |  #51

Definitely my EF 50mm f/1.4.


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Sep 01, 2017 15:45 |  #52

For me it's the 135 L f/2. I recently looked at the Sigma 85mm Art, but couldn't handle the weight when paired with my 1Dx.


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Sep 01, 2017 18:46 |  #53

Roxie2401 wrote in post #18394791 (external link)
If you were traveling (city and country side) and could only take one prime lens, what would it be? Would you go with something like the Canon 24mm f/1.4, or the other end, the Canon 135 f/2 or something in between - the one of the "normal" 50mm f/1.2, etc., or 85mm f/1.2 II? (I know, there are all Canon "L", but its just a starting point for the discussion.)

I know, it depends on what you shoot, but for that criteria of only one lens and doing both city and country, any thoughts?

Or, as in the header, what is your most used Prime?

Really appreciate the input!

Thanks.

When I went to Europe last year, I decided to only bring my Leica M240 and 35mm F1.4 FLE lens.

It was great as I didn't have to worry about changing lenses to get the shots and just made do with what I had with me. I used to travel with a bunch of lenses but I just don't see the need anymore and would rather enjoy being at a new place.

My favourite prime for canon is my 85L II paired to my 5D4. I'm fortunate as my 85L is tack sharp wide open on my last 3 bodies. 50L is a close second as I'm a "walk around and shoot stuff" kinda guy :)


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Sep 01, 2017 21:42 |  #54

I must say I use my 500/4 II more than any other prime I own!


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Sep 06, 2017 00:20 |  #55

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4


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Sep 06, 2017 11:58 |  #56

Most used and favorite prime would be 35L II.


5D Mark III, Samyang 14mm, 35LII, 85L II, 100L IS Macro, 24-105L, 70-200L 2.8 IS II. 580EX, AB400, AB800.

  
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Sep 26, 2017 03:03 |  #57

Roxie2401 wrote in post #18397195 (external link)
Sorry if my question was confusing. I was aiming for a single prime to be used in the city and an occasional landscape and probably should not have included "favorite" in the question. (Probably would not be for birds, or wildlife - although I've seen some strange wildlife in the cities.......)

It just comes down to packing one prime and I wasn't sure if this would tend toward the wide end (like the 35mm IS responses) or the narrow end, like the 135mm or the typical "normal" 50's.

Looks like the Canon 35mm F/2 IS is most common answer.

Thanks to all for the input and thoughtful consideration.

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Sep 26, 2017 07:55 |  #58

85mm 1.2 L mk2


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Oct 17, 2017 13:16 |  #59

Canon: 85L MKII
Nikon: 50/1.8 G

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Oct 18, 2017 04:40 |  #60

Scrumhalf wrote in post #18442527 (external link)
I must say I use my 500/4 II more than any other prime I own!

Since everyone has clearly been wondering:

500/4 II is easily my most used lens these days, prime or zoom. Again, simply because I mostly am shooting birds.

135L is slowly becoming my favorite though... the look it imparts is breath taking, and it's helped to capture some gorgeous photos for my paid work.

So for travel, I wouldn't take a prime. 24L was fun when I took it to Italy a number of years back, but shortly after that trip I acquired the 16-35 f/4 for any future trips, and it's been great. 24 wasn't wide enough.


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