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Oct 10, 2014 22:43 |  #16

I pack 100-400 and the 24-70. Looking at all the glass that lies there unused, I think I take some action now. Only that the market on this island is so small thatthe prospects are not very good.


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Oct 10, 2014 22:52 |  #17

Sometimes, the difference between 2.8 and 1.8 is blurry image.




  
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Oct 10, 2014 23:08 |  #18

kjonnnn wrote in post #17206350 (external link)
Sometimes, the difference between 2.8 and 1.8 is blurry image.

noob...

you definately have to learn what your pointing at to get things in focus. I shoot indoor sports at 1.4 with my 85 and the results are great. This is why I want 1.4.

For kids 5-8 playing indoor basketball on small courts without the ability to use flash.... the 85 1.4 is awesome.

The 24 1.4 is the widest 1.4 available and is a recent lens I picked up I'm still workign on it

The 135 is eh... I may just sell it

the 35A is amazing... down right amazing...

I typically like to work at the 7-8 feet from subject distance. To me this makes the 35 a full body lens, the 24 an enviromental lens, the 85 a half body lens and the 135 a shoulder/head shot.... this is for my kids not grown ups.

Which is why I need the 300mm because they are little and sometimes far. My 120-300 is my lens I pull out for field sports, dance recitals, stage events, kindergarden programs and choir concerts. It gives me the abilty to be in the back and get close with high IQ. I do feel the 400 2.8 would be a better fit though.

The 70-200 F4 IS was an impulse buy... i was looking for a long vacation zoom. it should work fine for that purpose. Same as the 24-105. For vacationing I would take the 24-105/24/70-200 but then I find that even to be too much weight so I may stick with the 24/85 setup

I admit... the 14mm lens is not a lens I use alot. I haven't been able to get away from work to do some lanscaping and real estate work. It's a lens I have at my disposal in case I need it. Paid $269 for it so no biggie.

The 8-15L is my FF fisheye. It will go up for sale once the new Samyang 12mm FF fisheye lens is available. Should only cost around 300-350 and offers 2.8 and as long as it's sharp most center then ya... I'll swap it out. I shoot the fisheye more than the 14 for sure. I love the look of a fisheye. Will give me great memories later because it's the ultimate indoor environmental lens


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Oct 10, 2014 23:24 |  #19

Talley wrote in post #17206366 (external link)
noob...

you definately have to learn what your pointing at to get things in focus. I shoot indoor sports at 1.4 with my 85 and the results are great. This is why I want 1.4.

For kids 5-8 playing indoor basketball on small courts without the ability to use flash.... the 85 1.4 is awesome.

The 24 1.4 is the widest 1.4 available and is a recent lens I picked up I'm still workign on it

The 135 is eh... I may just sell it

the 35A is amazing... down right amazing...

I typically like to work at the 7-8 feet from subject distance. To me this makes the 35 a full body lens, the 24 an enviromental lens, the 85 a half body lens and the 135 a shoulder/head shot.... this is for my kids not grown ups.

Which is why I need the 300mm because they are little and sometimes far. My 120-300 is my lens I pull out for field sports, dance recitals, stage events, kindergarden programs and choir concerts. It gives me the abilty to be in the back and get close with high IQ. I do feel the 400 2.8 would be a better fit though.

The 70-200 F4 IS was an impulse buy... i was looking for a long vacation zoom. it should work fine for that purpose. Same as the 24-105. For vacationing I would take the 24-105/24/70-200 but then I find that even to be too much weight so I may stick with the 24/85 setup

I admit... the 14mm lens is not a lens I use alot. I haven't been able to get away from work to do some lanscaping and real estate work. It's a lens I have at my disposal in case I need it. Paid $269 for it so no biggie.

The 8-15L is my FF fisheye. It will go up for sale once the new Samyang 12mm FF fisheye lens is available. Should only cost around 300-350 and offers 2.8 and as long as it's sharp most center then ya... I'll swap it out. I shoot the fisheye more than the 14 for sure. I love the look of a fisheye. Will give me great memories later because it's the ultimate indoor environmental lens


NO need for name calling... IM not a noob ... sometimes when Im shooting in a church even natural light, limited ISO ... the difference of 2.8 vs 1.8 IS a blurry photo 1/60 vs 1/30 ... 1/125 vs 1/60 ... IM talkn MY experience NOT yours...




  
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Oct 11, 2014 00:10 |  #20

One of my best and favorite lenses has become the one I use the least, I do jump at the chance to use it when I can though. I'm talking about the 135L. It's not quite versatile enough for wedding use, which is what I primarily shoot and when I'm needing extra reach I grab my 70-200 2.8 ii IS.


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Oct 11, 2014 00:16 |  #21

Copidosoma wrote in post #17206007 (external link)
So, twice in your post you take your needs and use them to question other people's choices?

Use the lenses that work for what you do. Don't worry about what other people are doing.

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Oct 11, 2014 03:24 |  #22

In most used order......

50mm - Everyday shooting.
135mm - Just because. I don't use it as often as I should but when I do I know it's staying.
28mm - Lightweight landscape - Also share's filter size with the 50mm & cheap plastic holder + 85mm Hitech grads are smaller & lighter than the 17-40L & Lee system ;)
The 17-40L/Lee filters only go when I know I'm shooting a lot of land/seascape or going JUST to shoot land/seascape.

I spend most of me free time with the kids &/or girlfriend so I like to take very little gear with me if anything at all hence primes are lighter/smaller/less obvious plus sharper & give a nicer image of course ;)


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Oct 11, 2014 03:40 |  #23

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LOL... how professional of you to say that.


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Oct 11, 2014 03:58 |  #24

Oops... I look in my closet and see a bag stuffed full of Minolta MD lenses. 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, 135mm and 200mm. Haven't used any of them for 20 years... :(


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Oct 11, 2014 06:58 |  #25

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LOL... how professional of you to say that.

Especially when he totally missed the point of what the poster was saying... some people on this forum make me shake my head so much I fear it'll fall off.


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Oct 11, 2014 07:16 |  #26

Tapeman wrote in post #17205933 (external link)
I don't do studio work but often carry 24-200 f/2.8 & my 500. What more do you need?

Those are three excellent lenses and I agree with you: it's all you need. Although my lens choices are different from yours - they're geared to fit my own shooting interests - I've whittled my lenses down to just four. Less is more, in my opinion. .

The 24-70 II and 70-200 II are a fantastic pair. I had the 24-70 II, but sold it prematurely - I may add it back to my kit as well. My TS-Es are geared specifically to my landscapes and architectural interest - much as your 500L II suits your interests. And my Otus? Well, that's the special optical awesomeness that I can't put down - best lens purchase I ever made. :)

I like how your thinking...go for it! The only thing I would do differently is to add just one awesome prime in that 24-200 range (that's what the Otus is for me) that you can use for extra special shots. But, if you don't need or want that, then those two zooms are plenty great.


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Oct 11, 2014 07:29 |  #27

To answer the title of the thread, the only reason I keep lenses I never use is that I can't sell it for a price that makes it worth selling, just in the chance that I might use it one day.

To answer the actual post, which is very different:
1) I keep lenses that I only use rarely because they are worth keeping for the times I want to use them.
2) I keep a few prime lenses because they are my most used lenses. When at least 80% of my photos are at apertures f/1.8-2.2 I absolutely prefer to get ISO 1600-12800 (with around 6400 as average) instead of 3200-25600.


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Oct 11, 2014 08:00 |  #28

kjonnnn wrote in post #17206388 (external link)
NO need for name calling... IM not a noob ... sometimes when Im shooting in a church even natural light, limited ISO ... the difference of 2.8 vs 1.8 IS a blurry photo 1/60 vs 1/30 ... 1/125 vs 1/60 ... IM talkn MY experience NOT yours...

Then raise your ISO? A slightly noisy cleaned up image is better than a blurry one, and you still get to keep the DOF.


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Oct 11, 2014 08:56 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #29

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Oct 11, 2014 09:27 |  #30

My 70-300 was inside my closet for almost a year and attempted to sell it. By the time a friend showed interest in buying it as almost the same price when I bought it, I changed my mind. Why? I just cant let go of what this lens gives in terms of its sharpness and consistency. Just convinced myself that I will still need it in some occasions.




  
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