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What "normal" range lens made you say "Wow" on Day 1?

 
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Jul 01, 2011 00:32 |  #61

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You must have a bad copy! ;)

nope. i have shot with 2 different ones and had the same end result. But when you have shot with the lenses i have you tend to have very high expectations for glass.




  
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Jul 01, 2011 00:50 as a reply to  @ post 12676068 |  #62

The biggest surprise was my Canon 50mm 1.8 II. Talk about bang for buck!


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Jul 01, 2011 00:52 |  #63

Arte Automobilistica wrote in post #12686836 (external link)
The biggest surprise was my Canon 50mm 1.8 II. Talk about bang for buck!

amen.




  
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Jul 01, 2011 04:45 |  #64

Wonder which Canon camera sensor people have, that normal lenses range at least from 17 to 135mm ;-)a

For my EOS 350D I first had the EF 28-135 IS USM and EF 50/1.4. The zoom was ok, but not whow. The EF 50 was good enough and fast (but not nromal).

But with the change to FF with EOS 5D I could use better my manual lenses - before that the mentioned EF lenses were ok.

For the ~43 mm focal length (~normal lens) I went a bit longer and bought a Minolta Rokkor 58/1.2 and converted it to EF mount. That is a great lens for me, a "Whow".
The mechanics is absolutly great, the EF is definitly much worse. The optical quality is good. At 1.2 it is not super sharp and contrasty. And it glows a bit.
Closed down it is super sharp and contrasty, and the Bokeh quality is smother (but quantity is less).

Since I have that, I nearly never use the EF 50/1.4.
I have a Zeiss 50/1.4 (C/Y) too, but did´t use it at the moment. Probably I need to test it a bit more.


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Jul 01, 2011 05:12 |  #65

Canon 80-200/2.8L (non-USM) :)


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Jul 01, 2011 05:27 |  #66

85 f/1. 2 its the lens i use most


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Jul 01, 2011 10:29 |  #67

I say, Zeiss. Got the 16-35L and the 24-105l, but after purchasing Planar 1,4/50 (Wow!), Distagon 3,5/18 (Double Wow -aspect) and Makro-Planar 2/100 (Multiple, continus triple Wows! every time I use It). Next Wow! will be the Distagon 1,4/35. I can replace two lenses with four! Way to go! Only Canon lens that I use nowdays is the 300 4L IS USM and MP-E65 F/2.8, but they are not so "normal" lenses...


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Jul 01, 2011 12:41 |  #68

Olympus 12-60mm f2.8-4, hands down the sharpest lens I've ever owned and the Olympus 35mm is a very close second. Both lenses made me say wow the first day I got them.




  
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Jul 29, 2011 13:41 |  #69

Im sure no one really cares, but since I am the OP, I thought I'd update on this anyway. My plan was to either sell my 70-200 f4 IS and pick up a Zeiss 50 f2 MP, leaving me with just the ZE 21 and ZE 50 MP or just add the 50 1.4 to my kit leaving me with the ZE 21, Canon 50 1.4, and the 70-200 f4 IS.

I ended up going with the second option because I felt like I would be pretty limited with 2 manual focus lenses no longer than 50mm. Besides, although a fantastic lens, the 50MP is not the Zeiss lens I really want - that being the 100 MP, so its probably best I fill my "normal" range with the workhorse Canon 50 1.4 for now and add the 100 MP when I can. Im sure Ill be busy getting to know my new baby and wont care about "critical iq" for quite some time anyway.

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Jul 29, 2011 14:00 |  #70

NaKiD EyE wrote in post #12686779 (external link)
nope. i have shot with 2 different ones and had the same end result. But when you have shot with the lenses i have you tend to have very high expectations for glass.

Well it certainly is not as good as a Zeiss prime, but compared to other zooms, even the Ls, it is quite good.




  
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Jul 29, 2011 14:02 |  #71

Just purchased Canon's 85mm f/1.8... Pretty darn good, as is their 50mm f/1.4!

I also purchased a very low cost Nikon 50mm f/1.8 for my son-in-law who is just learning over on the "dark side".

He's still picking up his jaw off the floor after seeing the results. No surprise for anyone in here, I'm sure...

Other that, any prime for what it's worth, and it doesn't have to have an L on it.



  
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Jul 29, 2011 14:06 |  #72

My 17-55 IS :)


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Jul 29, 2011 15:43 |  #73

MNUplander wrote in post #12844087 (external link)
Im sure no one really cares, but since I am the OP, I thought I'd update on this anyway. My plan was to either sell my 70-200 f4 IS and pick up a Zeiss 50 f2 MP, leaving me with just the ZE 21 and ZE 50 MP or just add the 50 1.4 to my kit leaving me with the ZE 21, Canon 50 1.4, and the 70-200 f4 IS.

I ended up going with the second option because I felt like I would be pretty limited with 2 manual focus lenses no longer than 50mm. Besides, although a fantastic lens, the 50MP is not the Zeiss lens I really want - that being the 100 MP, so its probably best I fill my "normal" range with the workhorse Canon 50 1.4 for now and add the 100 MP when I can. Im sure Ill be busy getting to know my new baby and wont care about "critical iq" for quite some time anyway.

Thanks for all of your input!

OP, thanks for updating on your choice. I would have to agree with your choice, a 70-200 is an essential bit of kit that really is tough to replace with just 1 focal length. Besides, you already have the 21 ZE, arguably the best Zeiss lens :cool:




  
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Jul 29, 2011 16:05 |  #74

24-70 L then the 50L.


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Jul 29, 2011 16:44 |  #75

The 35-70 Zeiss doesn't always make me say wow, but after shooting my Canon L zooms that cover the same range, it makes me say WTH... Because the Canon zooms just don't measure up to what the Zeiss delivers. For the price of the 35-70, it's totally worth it.


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