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What is your most used/favorite Prime Lens?

 
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Oct 18, 2017 06:30 |  #61

Canon : 24mm TS-E and 14mm 2.8L
Fuji : 56mm 1.2


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Oct 21, 2017 09:57 |  #62

Phoenixkh wrote in post #18477488 (external link)
My most used lenses at the moment are my 100-400L ii, 70-200 f/2.8 IS ll and the 16-35 f/4 IS.

I do use the rest of my lenses too so I won't be selling any of them.

About all I have that sits on the shelf is my 5Dc and my little G12. I need to get the G12 out again. I have some add on Leica lenses that make macro a joy to shoot.

You listed your most used ZOOM lenses, friend :-) What about primes, which one do you use the most?


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Oct 21, 2017 12:00 |  #63

Phoenixkh wrote in post #18477488 (external link)
My most used lenses at the moment are my 100-400L ii, 70-200 f/2.8 IS ll and the 16-35 f/4 IS.


MatthewK wrote in post #18477503 (external link)
You listed your most used ZOOM lenses, friend :-)
What about primes, which one do you use the most?

Yes, Matthew is correct. This thread is asking about prime lenses, not zoom lenses. I was surprised to see a post that only mentioned zooms, and am struggling to see how it fits in here.

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Oct 21, 2017 19:16 |  #64

I would say my 135/2L, but I probably use my 100/2.8L IS more.


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Oct 21, 2017 20:57 |  #65

Canon 135/2 and 85/1.8 for basketball
Tamron 90/2.8 (broke now), Tokina 35/2.8 for macro




  
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Oct 21, 2017 21:34 |  #66

If the word landscapes hadn't been mentioned, and just travel and cities and 1 prime, then my answer by a mile would be the Tamron 45mm 1.8 VC - I love that lens as it is an 'easier' 50mm to use because that extra 5mm, in that focal range, really is huge. It is fast when you need low light and tack sharp across the entire frame at F2 (which is way, way sharper than the 35F2 IS at that aperture. It is also close focus so not crazy bad at macro either.

Since the word landscapes was also a criteria, 35mm is the 'better' FL - and everyone's favourite 35F2 IS is a great choice - I own it - the AF never misses, it renders beautifully for portraits because the corners are softer, yet the center is tack sharp at F2.2 (not at F2).

I also own the 35Lii, which is like bringing a gun to a knife fight, but that lens, given its weight & price, doesn't speak to me as a travel lens - it really is an event low light lens.

I'm not a travel with one prime lens type of person - I personally would go more with a single zoom - either a used Canon 24-105 Gen 1 or a used Canon 17-40 F4 - both are weather sealed, reasonably light and offer great flexibility. This is in fact what I personally bring, and I put them on my mirrorless Sony A7Rii for the weight, DR, cropability and IBIS for the 17-40 F4.

For anything that looks like a family event / walk around town 1 prime type of day, the 45mm Tamron is easily my favourite - but if I want the super, super light setup, I go with the pancake 40mm.


Hockey and wedding photographer. Favourite camera / lens combos: a 1DX II with a Tamron 45 1.8 VC, an A7Rii with a Canon 24-70F2.8L II, and a 5DSR with a Tamron 85 1.8 VC. Every lens I own I strongly recommend [Canon (35Lii, 100L Macro, 24-70F2.8ii, 70-200F2.8ii, 100-400Lii), Tamron (45 1.8, 85 1.8), Sigma 24-105]. If there are better lenses out there let me know because I haven't found them.

  
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Oct 21, 2017 23:52 |  #67

If I'm lugging a prime lens I'd be either using my Canon 24Lmk2 or using my Fuji X-t2 with 16mm f/1.4 (24mm FOV).

I'm waiting for the new 85L f/1.4 IS as this will be a killer setup lighter than my current 85Lmk2.

Razor sharp setup I love my Canon but as of lately I'm trying to incorporate my Fuji X-t2 with 16mm and 56mm f/1.2 (85mm fov) for an extremely useful combo.


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Oct 22, 2017 00:07 |  #68

Haven’t tried the 50mm 1.0 (may be it’s overkilled) So far, 85mm 1.2 is my favorite piece of glass. Taking portrait shots at the Luau party during night time, and let this glass do the magic. It sucks all lighting from the nearby torches and produces stunning images.




  
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Oct 22, 2017 02:24 |  #69

If I could only take one prime lens, I would pick the 35 f/1.4 II. It's general purpose, slightly wider than normal. It's very fast so would work well indoors without flash (e.g., museum). Very high IQ. The only thing missing is IS. I don't have the 35 IS, so can't compare.




  
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Oct 22, 2017 15:55 |  #70

CEITam wrote in post #18478072 (external link)
If I could only take one prime lens, I would pick the 35 f/1.4 II. It's general purpose, slightly wider than normal. It's very fast so would work well indoors without flash (e.g., museum). Very high IQ. The only thing missing is IS. I don't have the 35 IS, so can't compare.

The 35 f/2IS IMO produces stellar IQ along side your 35Lmk2 as both have excellent micro contrast sharpness. The big difference is that the 35 f/2IS lighter in weight and slightly slower. However with the 5dmk4 high iso capabilities you'd be in for a treat for a lighter weight combo. I do find the 35f/2IS does vignette more than most of my lenses. The 35 f/2IS is tack sharp wideopen for general use so I do not miss my 35Lmk1.

The thing about "general purpose" is that for me casual enjoyment that is not sports related I'd take my Fuji X-t2 with 16mm prime (24mm fov) before grabbing any of my Canon bodies. Also considering a fuji 23mm f/1.4 as well.

I do agree a 35mm prime is a very good range to lug a 1 prime lens adventures.


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Oct 25, 2017 09:16 |  #71

35 f2 IS


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Oct 25, 2017 14:55 |  #72

I'm honestly thinking about putting my 35/2 IS up for sale. I love the images that come out of it, when it was the only lens I had it was perfect, but now that there are a couple others in the stable I just can't justify having that much money tied up at 35mm anymore.

I just don't know what I'd replace it with.


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Oct 26, 2017 03:20 |  #73

Back in my Canon days it was the Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1,2. Very high build quality, accurate manual focus, good look and feel, no aspheric lenses - no onion ring bokeh, fast, good even with extension rings, some glow wide open.

And yes, primes, primes, and still primes. I use booth my feet and different lenses to compose an image. And sometimes I use different lenses from about the same focal length for different bokeh, CA-correction, macro capabilities..


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Oct 30, 2017 14:31 |  #74

Most used and favorite: 600mm f4 IS II

One prime for traveling/walking around: 35mm L, although for a while I had a Sony RX1R and would like to get another one in the future, and then that would be my choice (still a prime 35mm, just not an interchangeable lens).




  
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Nov 10, 2017 21:20 |  #75

Most used - Canon 85mm f1.2

Favorite - Canon 200mm f2.0



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