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What is your most artistic lens?

 
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Dec 07, 2013 17:19 as a reply to  @ post 16509356 |  #16
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Any lens that allows you to do something a little "different" compared to a conventional lens, thus my two favorites are the Canon 14mm 2.8 and 50mm 1.2.


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Dec 07, 2013 17:46 |  #17

I can get good shots with all my lenses, but the 135L seems to produce the majority of my best shots.


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Dec 07, 2013 18:25 as a reply to  @ shaftmaster's post |  #18

When I had my xsi and used to travel a lot, the 50mm 1.8 was my most artistic lens.
Part of that was the amount of shots I could take with such a small lens/camera, to where it didn't look like I was a tourist. I do feel the same way now with my 6d/contax lenses

My zeiss 85mm 1.4 is definitely my most artistic lens. It has a painting like feel to it's pictures. The colors that come out of the planars are wonderful. The 85 is also sharper than the 50 wide open.

It's sad, but I almost never use my 24-105 anymore, even though it's a very versatile lens.


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Dec 08, 2013 06:58 |  #19

Good answers folks but don't forget to tell us WHY the lens is your most artistic? What does it do that is special?


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Dec 08, 2013 07:28 |  #20

135L because it just produces images and out of focus that is sooo appealing on even thoughtless photos.

10-20 sigma because I love wide angle creativity

Pentax super takumar 50 1.4 because it just has an awesome and unique look and produces cold colors that I like as a change of pace to the excellent color rendering of Canon and warm tones of sigma.

I just got a 24L, and I am happy with it on my current crop body as it is kinda like a normal length but 1.4 (useful, not overly creative), but I have a feeling that when I get my 6D on Tuesday this will become my favorite lens as 1.4 opens alot of doors and the bokah and starburst are super nice. I also love vignetting.

Hmmmm, I guess I like the creativity of about all my lenses for different reasons:lol:

I do find that prime lenses lend to have an individual look to their own regardless if it is an old m42, the nifty 50, or a super expensive L. I am about done with zooms at this point because of this. I also don't think any lens is "artistic" but some lenses offer more creative options and rendering that make them better tools to make "art", which as we know is in the eye of the beholder.


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Dec 08, 2013 09:57 |  #21
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All my lenses give me that special artistic feel or I would not have that lens. To me photography is an art and every photo I take is an artistic attempt...so every lens I own is used to produce art. obviously I use some lens more often than others, but every lens is used to produce art.




  
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Dec 08, 2013 11:19 |  #22

My Meyer Görlitz Trioplan 100 f2.8
Fully open it has this glow around the edges and last but not least it's unique boquet. Stepped down it's sharp and standard boring like most other lenses


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Dec 08, 2013 16:37 |  #23

While your question is inherently flawed, the answer to the question you are trying to ask is fairly simple, it's one of the following:
1) The fastest lens you own
or
2) Fisheye
or
3) 135 f/2.8 w/ soft focus




  
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Dec 08, 2013 19:30 |  #24

vengence wrote in post #16511645 (external link)
While your question is inherently flawed

Inherently flawed? Care to elaborate?


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Dec 08, 2013 19:37 |  #25

n1as wrote in post #16511997 (external link)
Inherently flawed? Care to elaborate?

people just seem to take issue with you using 'artistic' instead of rendering

they are really arguing your choice of words more than anything and feel the need to thread crap for no reason.

everyone knows what you mean.


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Dec 08, 2013 19:45 |  #26

n1as wrote in post #16511997 (external link)
Inherently flawed? Care to elaborate?

There is nothing more artistic about a perticular lens than there is a paint brush.




  
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Dec 08, 2013 20:12 |  #27

ruhell wrote in post #16510909 (external link)
My Meyer Görlitz Trioplan 100 f2.8
Fully open it has this glow around the edges and last but not least it's unique boquet. Stepped down it's sharp and standard boring like most other lenses


http://rune.zenfolio.c​om …83200/h289da8e9​#h713f6b9a (external link)

Hey nice stuff there! I also like this one.

http://rune.zenfolio.c​om …83200/h289da8e9​#h71868e19 (external link)

Very unique bokeh. Very non-boring!


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Dec 08, 2013 20:17 as a reply to  @ n1as's post |  #28

That lens is sweet. I looked at it awhile ago. After I finish my prime set I may just get old m42 stuff if I ever have the itch for a new lens. There are a lot of cool lenses in m42 mount, but they became popular and more expensive the last 5 years.


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Dec 08, 2013 20:23 |  #29

I have to side with the "this is a silly question" folks. A lens is not artistic, a photographer is. Any lens can be used artistically as well as non-artistically. Maybe it's based on where along the path you are. When you're first starting out you might think, "let me grab a lens and get all artistic with it and see what happens", but after a while you have the artistic vision between the ears well before reaching for a lens. Once the vision is there, then the proper tool presents itself.


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Dec 08, 2013 20:44 |  #30

Not silly:


I have 3 reasons as to why I responded earlier to this thread with "28mm f1.8".

1. 28mm on my crop body seems to cause me to move around more to find a suitable point-of-view.
2. f1.8 is my fastest lens.
3. Primes make me think more about composition.


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