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What lenses do you have and why?

Sensor ­ Swami
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Jan 02, 2012 03:37 |  #16
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I have many,because I can.

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Jan 02, 2012 03:56 |  #17

18-55 & 55-250: Because they came with the T2i kit. Constantly used, great lens for daylight photos

50 1.8: Because it was 100 bucks. Hardly ever used, hated the focal length on the crop. Did introduce me to primes

85 1.8: Because I loved the bokeh on ^ and heard this one was even better - and it was in my price range. Glued to my T2i, even though it was freakin awkward to use, I just loved the images it produced so I found a way to make it work

35 1.4 Because I bought a 5dii and wanted a quality lens to go along with it. Turned out to be a bit to wide. Still getting accustomed to it.

5Dii | 35L | 85 1.8 | 135L | 430EXII
T2i | 50 1.8 | 18-55 | 55-250

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Jan 02, 2012 03:57 as a reply to  @ Sensor Swami's post |  #18

I use a 5D2 as my everyday body.

50/1.4 - replaced the 1.8 after 2 years. Most used, daily lens I have. On the camera 98% of the time & shoot virtually anything/everything with it.

85/1.8 - mainly used for portraits [along with the 50/1.4] some urban walkabout stuff & street candids.

24-105L - this is a great lens but sadly after everything I said above regarding the 50/1.4 I hardy use it. I use it for track day action mounted on the 450D as I don't have the more common 70-200L. I've started doing a lot more urbex stuff & want to do more landscape/coastal shots so am considering selling for a 17-40L ?!?!?! the trouble is at 105mm you can get pretty good 'macro' looking shots from it & when clambering around dirty, dusty old buildings I don't really want to be swapping lenses about.......

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Jan 02, 2012 07:43 as a reply to  @ LeeRatters's post |  #19

On my 5Dc:

85L because it's the best lens for portraits

70-200mm f/2.8 L IS because the focal range is great for covering events

35mm f/2 because this is the classic focal length for reportage photography (allegedly) and I needed something wider than the above two lenses

On my Leica M6 rangefinder:

50mm f/1.4 for street

35mm f/2 for street/travel

Cream of the Crop
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Jan 02, 2012 07:53 |  #20

A few white lenses.

dave ­ kadolph
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Jan 02, 2012 08:11 as a reply to  @ macroshooter1970's post |  #21

My wife is a photographer too.

Lots of them--and 2 of some to keep everone happy ;)

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Jan 02, 2012 09:31 |  #22

thrifty 50 cause it is cheap, and it takes real good pictures

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Jan 02, 2012 09:38 |  #23

24-70 for everyday
50 1.4 for indoors, portraits
85 1.8 for indoors, sports, portraits
70-200 2.8 IS for everything sports and concerts
100-400 for outdoor sports where the 200 can't reach

I usually shoot with 2 cameras 2 lenses. If I need one more, it's the 50 or 85. I bought the 17-40 a long time ago, my first L, but I don't use it much now. The 24-70 is really much more useful and I love it on both the 5D2 and 7D.

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Jan 02, 2012 09:39 |  #24

Canon 70-200mm f/4L - Majority of my work is telephoto and the f4L was in my budget at the time.

Canon 50/1.8 - First prime I bought when I had my Rebel XSi. Now only used when I need the extra aperture.

Tamron 28-74mm f/2.8 - Bought to replace the 18-55IS sold w/ the XSi. When the 70-200 isn't on, this one is for everything else.

37mm f/2.8 Mir 1V - Great prime on my crop camera, selling it to get something a better FL for the 1Ds.

500mm f/8 Five Star - T-Mount Telephoto bought just to see what 500mm was like. Only used once in awhile. Probably selling it to get something else AF.

C/Y Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.7 T* - Bought this to have some CZ glass and maybe replace the Nifty Fifty as its taken a few falls.

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Jan 02, 2012 09:53 |  #25

Shot on a 5D2 or 1N:

24 f/2.8 Quantaray Tech-10 (rebranded Sigma): Only works at f/2.8 on the 5D2 but it's tiny and fun to play with. I need to get a 24 f/1.4 one of these days... very fun focal length.

24-85 USM: The perfect do-all lens. Cheap, light, compact, and decent quality. USM at this price and the range is great. Perfect beater lens for vacations and such. My cheap alternative to a 24-105L. It also covers the wide end for me where my 35L is not enough. I don't feel the need for anything wider than 24mm at this time, though I've had wider lenses. Takes great portraits at 85mm. Also covers 50mm when I need it, though I seem to usually be using it at 24, 35, and 85.

35L: Indoors, outdoors, parties, people, the kid, etc etc. Just one of those lenses that gets people to say "your camera takes nice pictures". :lol: This one gets a ton of use. (Could probably use a 35 f/2 in its place for most things though)

85 f/1.4 Sigma: Cars, people, events, etc. Perfect one to pair up with the 35L for that ultimate shallow DOF kit.

70-200 f/2.8: I have this one to impress people. No, really, I got it because I shoot racing in the summer and have been using 85/200mm primes that resulted in a few missed shots. It'll be nice to cover the whole event without switching back and forth. Surprisingly good wide open and has almost made me sell my 85mm. Almost..

100-300 USM: Recently got this one to have a long lens I can take to casual events and places to avoid that "photo nerd with the 70-200" look. It's a lot like the 70-210 USM I owned for a little bit and should cover the long end for simple snapshots.

If you actually read all that, kudos. Fun thread.

justaf ­ IREMAN
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Jan 02, 2012 09:56 |  #26

I've gone through a few lenses and I'm down to just one that I have a hard time letting go, the 200 F2.
The reason, it's a great lens. It's not that "magical" on the 7D as it was on the 5D2 but still a great performer.

I'm ordering the 135L and see if that will be good enough to replace the 200 F2. If it is, I might let the 200 go and try other lenses and bodies.

current gear...1DIII, X-E1, X-PRO 1, X100, Lumix LX5, Fujinon 35 1.4, 85LII, 430EXII, 430EX....
past canon gear....XS, 7D, 2 5DII, 2 1DIII, , 18-55IS, 24-70L, 85 F1.8, 85LII, 35F2, 35L, 24L, 200 F2L, 580EXII....

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Location: Durham, NH
Jan 02, 2012 10:19 |  #27

16-35 II, 24-70, and 70-200 IS II all because I do a lot of events and I love having 2.8 zooms.
I also have a 1.4xTC for using with the 70-200 for outside sports. I use a 1D2 and 1D4 for bodies
so I get the sweet spot for lens IQ. If I ever went to FF I might be more interested in some primes
such as the Zeiss 21 or Canon 24TSE. Right now though I'm waiting to see what Canon comes up
with for the rumored new 24-70.

Canon 1D IV / 1D II
Canon 16-35 f2.8L Mk II / 24-70 f2.8L / 70-200 f2.8L IS II / 1.4x TC

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Jan 02, 2012 10:22 |  #28

I'll stick to the lenses/focal length that gave me the most trouble.

Sigma 30mm / Tamron 17-50mm / now Samyang 35mm

I bought the Sigma 30mm back when I started photography, hoping to get my feet wet in primes. I really liked the Siggy because of its low light and sharpness. I even said that I'd probably never sell it. But at that time, I only had the Sigma 30mm and the 60mm Macro.

Since I haven't gotten used to planning my composition and was just taking snapshots of everything, I couldn't appreciate the Siggy for what it was worth, and decided to get the Tamron 17-50mm.

IMO, a zoom in the standard range is perhaps the most useful zoom. If my Tamron hadn't broke, I would've still kept it.

I bought my Samyang 35mm after contemplating on a lot of other lenses (24-70, 24-105, Sigma 17-50 OS); I chose the Samyang because of its optics, price, and the fact that I have gained so much more experience and knowledge about photography and can now "see" my composition much better compared to when I was just starting out.

Sony a7 / Sony a7s / FE 24-70mm / FE 28mm F/2 / Samyang 135mm
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Cream of the Crop
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Jan 02, 2012 10:42 |  #29

Before switching to Canon digital in 2006 I had a long experience with 35mm film bodies and lenses, so I had a good idea of what lenses I would want. I started with a 30D, then a 40D, recently upgraded to 7D, intending to stick with APS-C format, but then on a whim also bought a 5DII, which has shifted my use of lenses slightly.

17-40mm f/4L - general zoom on crop and now also the UWA for my FF, bought with the 30D in 2006 (before lenses like the 17-55/2.8 were available).
70-200mm f/4L - lightweight telephoto, also bought with the 30D.
100mm f/2.8 macro - soon added to my collection as I had always enjoyed macro. The 100mm is a good general purpose macro lens.
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 - added to extend to UWA for my crop camera.
100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L - added to extend to longer telephoto. Much used for sport, airshows and wildlife.
MP-E65mm f/2.8 1x-5x macro - as my interest and experience in macro grew, I added this so that I could go closer and photograph tiny inhabitants of my garden.
180mm f3.5L macro - recently added to give me a longer reach for macro shots of more timid/wary creatures.
24-105mm f/4L - added when I got the 5DII as a general use zoom.
8-15mm f/4L fisheye zoom - provides a rectangular fisheye for both camera formats (and, unlike all other options for APS-C, giving a full 180 degrees), plus a circular fisheye on the 5D, so three lenses in one. A bit of an extravagance, but a lovely lens.

So that's 9 altogether and I use them all. I might consider a 50/1.4 or 85/1.8 as I don't have anything fast, but almost all of my photography requires good depth of field, so I'm normally stopped well down, Apart from that, the only lenses I might still want are hideously expensive, such as the new TS-Es or a very long lens.


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Jan 02, 2012 11:05 |  #30

Listing all my lenses would take me a week. So I'll just do the highlight real.

Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 - because its the best UWA in existence. Yes, THIS is the best, NOT the Canon 10-22, bring on the first round of 10-22 vs. 11-16 of 2012! LOL! Flame On!
Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM - because I rented it for a shoot to test it and fell in love with it... its a great lens, if you're smart get it while there's a rebate cycle going.
Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM - because its the most wonderful 70-200 class lens ever made, it always produces a remarkably prime-sharp image, is fast as hell, never fails, its just a wonderful, wonderful piece of glass.
Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM - because I got an insane price on it, and needed the f/2.8 for some situations when the f/4L just wouldn't cut it. Paid $1400 for it! (Rebate Cycle + spending of $800 of AMEX bucks on Amazon)
Sigma 8-16 f/4.5-5.6 DC EX HSM - because its the widest UWA in existence. And I own the Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 DG EX HSM that this basically is meant to copy but for the APS-C world (the 12-24 DG is a full-frame lens).
Vivitar Series1 70-210mm f/2.8-4.0 Qdos - The first ever 3D lens.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM - because at the time it was the only affordable fast 50 for EF (no offense to the nifty fifty owners, but I'd never buy one of those), I've been very fortunate, mine works great.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM - because at the time, I was getting into macro, experimenting with tubes and bellows, and Circuit City was liquidating... I picked up this beauty NEW for $318! (in 2008? or 2009)
SMC Pentax 50mm 1:1.2 - because it was the first f/1.2 50mm I found for under $400, this was during a big year of manual-focus glass love.
Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 1:1.2 f=58mm - because its the best "fast 50" you can buy... PERIOD! It's blood-lettingly-sharp even @ f/1.2, the bokeh is simply the creamiest you'll find outside of a Leica Summicron/Summilux. Its a pleasure to shoot with, its ALWAYS in my bag ready for use... I can't even say that about my 70-200's and I get withdrawal pains from ever leaving those at home.
Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar T 2/58 (58mm f/2) - because even 56 year old Carl Zeiss lenses can outperform modern day lenses. The Biotars have the unique "swirlios" bokeh that makes the lens fun.
HELIOS-40-2 1,5/85 Export Version (85mm f/1.5) - because the CZJ Biotar 1,5/75 in as beautiful condition as my HELIOS-40-2 would cost in excess of $1500 on ebay. My "Holy Hand Grenade" is about as minty-fresh as you could ask for, and I bought it for $400, back in the days of BING Cashbacks (it was $500 but I got $100 back). The lens delivers the same "swirlios" bokeh as the CZJ's Biotar 2/58, but on the 85mm its MUCH more pronounced. It makes a very compelling portrait lens, but if you want sharp, this lens is hard to produce with, if you want dreamy... this is your lens.
Tamron SP AF60mm f/2 DI II 1:1 Macro - because I LOVE the 58mm f/2 feel of my Biotar, and this adds AF and 1:1 Macro. When I was shopping it, I played with it at B&H one day, and found that what I REALLY liked about the thing, is using it as a portrait lens on APS-C, because of the Macro. It lets you get in there and fame a face VERY tight, while putting the emphasis on a certain area or facial feature and letting the bokeh blur away the rest... it can be very dramatic.
BeLOMO MC Peleng 3,5/8 A Fisheye Circular (8mm f/3.5) - My first fisheye lens, and still my favorite.
Vivitar Series1 7mm f/3.5 Fish-Eye CS - A rectangular fisheye made for APS-C, to complement the Peleng. Always carry at least one of them, usually both tho.
LensBaby Composer - for a bokeh-freak like myself, this needed to be in my arsenal.

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