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Lens you leave at home

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Nov 05, 2007 13:01 |  #46

Quite honestly, the EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk I. On a crop (1.6x or 1.3x) body I just never really use it. I'm only keeping it as I plan to get a FF body at some point.

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Nov 05, 2007 13:06 as a reply to  @ Double Negative's post |  #47

70-200 f/2.8 IS is the one I leave home the most. It's an outstanding lens, but the size and weight are such that if I'm pretty sure I can get close to the subject(s) I'll leave that one behind. And there's really no need for it anyway at family and friends events.

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Nov 05, 2007 16:25 as a reply to  @ post 4254078 |  #48
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I don't even remember when was the last time I used my 50 f/1.4. Must have been a few years back. lol. …p?p=2962090&pos​tcount=534

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Nov 05, 2007 18:50 as a reply to  @ post 4255467 |  #49

My least used lens in order:

kit lens: given to me by a friend, never used

70-200F4L non IS(sold): bought it when I got my first DSLR, d-rebel because for the rave reviews. But after 2 years, I conclued it is jack of all trade king of none. It is too short when I need it long (use 70-300IS or rent 100-400L instead). It is too slow w/o IS when I need handheld ability (rent 70-200F2.8IS instead). It is too big when I need small (use 70-300IS) for traveling. It is too flashy because of white when I need subtle (used 70-300IS instead). I used 70-300IS significantly more due to its smaller physical size, longer focal length, IS and black.

50f1.8: For $60, bought it for low light situation, had NOT been used much since I got the following.

85f.18: It is my 2nd most used lens as of now. Good optics, extremely fast and accurate AF, nice bokeh, best protrait lens for the money.

24-105L(sold): planned to replace 17-85IS with this, but never find it is wide enough. Constantly switch back to 17-85. Optically nice, it is better than (but not much) 17-85. Build is very nice, better than any non-L I own, but not as good as the 70-200 family and 24-70L. Contrary to people believe, its barrel is made with plastic, not metal, but very good quality plastic.

17-55IS: My currently most used lens, replaced 17-85IS Attached to body 90% of time. Good optics, most handheldable amougst my lens. Not as well build as 24-105L. Physically very large and heavy of its focal lenght.

17-85IS(sold): My most used lens before I got the 17-55IS. Perfect focal length range. Perfect size and weight Perfect travel length. Best flare resistance amoungst my lens. I have no problem with sharpness. But CA and distortion are noticeable when compare to 17-55IS

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Nov 05, 2007 18:58 |  #50

I take everything with me even if I know I won't use it. I don't trust my house not to burn down.

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Nov 05, 2007 19:07 |  #51

my 18-55 kit lens stays at home. Actually it's still new in the bag. hahaha

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Nov 05, 2007 19:09 |  #52

Nothing, everything goes with me, its like having baby elephant ride on your back. lol

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Nov 07, 2007 06:38 |  #53

I leave the 17-40L at home almost always.
I don't like it and have tried to sell it but nobody wants it. Keeping it as some kind of backup instead of selling it too cheap.

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Nov 07, 2007 08:18 |  #54

Macro only comes out when planning macro shots. 28-70 2.8L travels less than my 24-105L. Starting to think about leaving my 300 at home.

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Nov 07, 2007 08:25 as a reply to  @ Tapeman's post |  #55

I leave my 18-55 and my 28-135/3.5 - 5.6 IS home.

I keep a 24-70/2.8 L and 70-200/2.8 L IS mounted so my focal range is covered for most situations for me.

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Nov 07, 2007 09:47 |  #56

My Sigma 55-200mm f/4-5.6 is never used and is collecting dust. I shot with it once during an outside wedding where the sun was bright so I could have cared less about it being a slower lens. After reviewing the shots I took, I immediately went online and picked up a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS so I could do more of the same in low lit churches! Never used that Sigma after that!

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Nov 07, 2007 10:04 |  #57

My Nifty-Fifty and 17-35....

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Nov 07, 2007 10:55 |  #58

My 28-135 is back in the box since I got the 24-105. My sister has my 70-300 and I no longer use the 10-22 since I got the 1D Mark III. The kit lens has been on my shelf since I got it.

If I’m out hiking, I usually only bring either the 70-200 or 300 f/4 depending on what I intend to shoot. Everything else is in the camera bag.

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Nov 07, 2007 11:00 |  #59

Sigma 50-500 dont use it very often but its vital when needed

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