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What is your most used/favorite Prime Lens?

 
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Jul 06, 2017 16:52 |  #31

Funny, I have had the 135L for a few years now and have used it less than a dozen times. It just does not ever come to mind. My main lens is the 24-70 2.8 II, followed by the 70-200 2.8 II. For a prime I would have to say the 100mm 2.8 IS Macro is the one I use the most.


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Jul 06, 2017 16:57 |  #32

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18395655 (external link)
But my 135L has been with me since 2004, cost me a lot less, and does what I need it to. I have no desire to even look at a replacement/upgrade. Maybe if it ever dies (although it survived a dunk in the pacific ocean)

This (though I don't have one... yet...). The problem with the 135A is that the 135L is really really good, even if it's not perfect, or even not as good as the 135A. Also, being available readily on the used market, for less than the Art, with first-party AF means it's just a tough segment to be selling a lens in. This is basically the opposite of the situation with the 50A.


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Jul 06, 2017 17:40 |  #33

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18395655 (external link)
But my 135L has been with me since 2004, cost me a lot less, and does what I need it to. I have no desire to even look at a replacement/upgrade. Maybe if it ever dies (although it survived a dunk in the pacific ocean)

yes, I still have my 135L, and as great of a value as it is, the sigma is like 200/2 sharp with newer coatings. Is it worth it? I paid 650 used for the L and 1250 for the sigma art new. About double the price. I dont do 70-200, so I'm ok with spending that money. If I had to guess, the difference will be like the 200 f1.8 -> 200 f2. really good vs stunning and modern (even if the 200/2 not really modern anymore).

the main reason why sigma caught my attention was due to shooting a mixture of modern and old optics. I have a modern 85 that's blistering sharp and the clarity is just so high, and along with the 135L, the older L lens just seemed a tad dull. Curiosity got the best of me, so I tried out the siggy, and it's a stunning lens. You can crop the hell out of the sigma with a high resolution body. The SOOC clarity of the sigma is outstanding, it's just tough to unsee what it's produced. The lens is a keeper, the canon will be sold. AF is very fast, even adapted


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Jul 06, 2017 22:21 |  #34

500mm f/4 IS II.

My only other prime is a 50mm compact macro. :-)


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Jul 07, 2017 00:01 as a reply to  @ post 18395655 |  #35

Though, the 135 Art is a step back for size and weight.
This could be a problem for anyone who wants compact, portable primes.


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Jul 07, 2017 03:17 |  #36

Favourite and for travel are two separate questions. So, fave is 300 f2.8 (on a 1D mkIII atm) and travel would be 50 f1.2 (on a 6D atm)




  
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Jul 07, 2017 04:36 |  #37

bildeb0rg wrote in post #18396009 (external link)
Favourite and for travel are two separate questions. So, fave is 300 f2.8 (on a 1D mkIII atm) and travel would be 50 f1.2 (on a 6D atm)

The OP clearly specified: one prime for traveling.


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Jul 07, 2017 18:00 |  #38

My Canon 135mm f2.8 Soft Focus is my favourite prime lens. I don't really use my prime lenses more than the other.


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Jul 07, 2017 22:56 |  #39

CheshireCat wrote in post #18396024 (external link)
The OP clearly specified: one prime for traveling.


there are actually enough contradictions and fuzziness in the with the actual question/s being asked that I am unsure anything is so clear.

"Favorite" is not always "most used"
If the 200mm f/2L was my favorite prime, that would not change the fact that it is in no way my most used. I have never traveled with it to date.

The one I use most while traveling in one place may not be my favorite, nor my most used in another place I might travel.

Travel to you is not the same as travel to me. Many of the last times I traveled it was all about wildlife, and thus my most used and favorite lens was positively the 500mm.
But I am not always birding, so other times it was the 40mm pancake, or the 135mm.

My point is only that the question is broad enough that we are forced to chose our own way to answer.


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Jul 08, 2017 13:32 |  #40

Sorry if my question was confusing. I was aiming for a single prime to be used in the city and an occasional landscape and probably should not have included "favorite" in the question. (Probably would not be for birds, or wildlife - although I've seen some strange wildlife in the cities.......)

It just comes down to packing one prime and I wasn't sure if this would tend toward the wide end (like the 35mm IS responses) or the narrow end, like the 135mm or the typical "normal" 50's.

Looks like the Canon 35mm F/2 IS is most common answer.

Thanks to all for the input and thoughtful consideration.




  
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Jul 09, 2017 23:15 |  #41

The 400 f2.8 IS version 1 is my favorite prime. It is also my most-used prime lens, by a long shot. In fact, for many years, it was my most-used lens, period.

I only have one other prime, the 400 f5.6.

What I like most about the 400 f2.8 is how well it works with tele-extenders, especially the 1.4.

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Jul 10, 2017 19:06 |  #42

Any 85mm 1.4/1.2.

Which basically means the Sigma 85 1.4 Art. But I had two copies of the Sigma 85 1.4 EX DG HSM and the 85 is my preferred length.


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Jul 10, 2017 23:55 |  #43

Is the 135mm f2 a good lens for family portraits?




  
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Jul 11, 2017 00:09 as a reply to  @ Evertking's post |  #44

I wouldn't buy it specifically for them but it can be done.


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Jul 19, 2017 16:42 |  #45

I have a bunch of juicy primes to choose from but the 85mm focal length just jives with me so it is my most used. I have the both the f/1.2 and the f/1.8 versions. For travel I would take the f/1.8 instead of the f/1.2 in a heartbeat.
50mm f/1.4 for a crop sensor for that 85mm-ish look.

But 135 f/2.0 is my favorite. I can always rely on that lens to make those "wow" images for my clients.

The 200 f/2 is always calling my name but I have a real hard time justifying that purchase. I'm pretty sure that would be my favorite if I owned it.


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