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Ever bought a lens you just don't use?

 
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Jun 30, 2008 20:45 as a reply to  @ post 5824013 |  #46

70-200 2.8L was too heavy – didn't want carry it on every outing

EF-S 10-22 too wide – wanted it but didn't need it, found 18mm is wide enough for now

50 1.8 too cheap – poor low light focusing, difficult to focus manually


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Jun 30, 2008 20:52 |  #47

gs1gs wrote in post #5821214 (external link)
Anybody else take a while to appreciate macro photography?

The two lenses I most reluctantly sold due to lack of use were the Sigma 150 f2.8 EX Macro and the Canon 300 f2.8 L IS. The Sigma I sold because it just got so little use, the Canon I sold because I just liked the portability and usability of the 300 f4 IS more. But jeepers, those were two freakishly sharp lenses :lol:




  
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Jun 30, 2008 21:55 |  #48

50 1.8--AF is often hit or miss when shooting indoors in the dark. I usually reach for my 85 instead.


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Jun 30, 2008 21:57 |  #49

My 100mm macro doesn't see alot of use, but when it's called for there's no other substitute in my bag. Everything else that doesn't get used gets sold.



  
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Jul 01, 2008 02:32 |  #50

85mm f/1.2L, 85mm f/1.8, 70-200mm f/4L
Oddly enough, the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS is one of my most frequently used lenses now, but I rarely used the 70-200mm f/4L back when I had it.


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Jul 01, 2008 04:01 |  #51

What I don't use I sell. But mostly carry all that I have when out on a POTN trip.

Sold nifty, getting 50 1.4 for more bokeh

Might exchange 70-200 2.8 for the IS version, regret not getting this first up.


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Jul 01, 2008 04:14 |  #52

All of my lenses have their purpose, but I'm not using the EF-S 18-55, as I'm prepping to sell the 350d. Interestingly (to me at least), since I went full-frame and L, I really haven't used the 50/1.4 much at all.


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Jul 01, 2008 04:27 |  #53

I 'cut my teeth" on the nifty - t'was sharp as, and great value. Used it quite often - would sometimes just take that lens only, to make life more interesting.


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Jul 01, 2008 04:34 |  #54

cdifoto wrote in post #5821216 (external link)
Anything I don't use, I sell.


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Jul 01, 2008 04:47 as a reply to  @ GilesGuthrie's post |  #55

100 Macro - sold it in less than 6 months due to rare usage.
my 17-40 is also seeing rare usage now, but im reluctant to sell as its one of the trio of F/4L zoom lenses. despite the versatility of zooms, i find that my 2 primes (24L & 135L) are indispensable whenever im outdoors upon sunset. i can't imagine prime lenses seeing more usage than zooms until i got the primes!


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Jul 01, 2008 05:07 |  #56

I've used each and every lens I bought - at least once, just after unpacking it. :)

Seriously though, I do have a few lenses that I don't use very often, in some cases very seldom actually, but they don't represent all that much money so I don't see a great need to sell them. I'd rather keep them for when I might need them in the future, and to bring out for some fun or inspiration when I'm bored or out of ideas.

I tend to jump between subjects so a lens I don't use much anymore today may well again become a much used lens for my next interest. Constantly selling and re-buying wouldn't make sense then.


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Jul 01, 2008 05:07 |  #57

nw85887 wrote in post #5822075 (external link)
Keep the fifty.....great for museums that don't allow flash and/or tri-/mono-pods.

Most museums would kick you out from the noise of the Nifty clickety-clacking while the AF hunts.;)
I got rid of mine. First, because of the AF. Second, I do most of my shooting outdoors and if you have any trees or foliage in the background, the bokeh is UGLY!!!:mad:


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Jul 01, 2008 05:13 |  #58

For me it is my 50 1.4 bought it and has never been used.


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Jul 01, 2008 05:22 |  #59

No!

I'm waiting long enough putting money aside to buy my lenses, that when I do buy them, I have a use for them...


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Jul 01, 2008 06:00 |  #60

gs1gs wrote in post #5822256 (external link)
Interesting, you have a 17-55 and a 24-105 - you don't find one is always grabbed over the other? (I really liked the 24-105 I borrowed for a few weeks).

Thanks for all of the replies so far, I'm putting some thought into the 60 and the 50 going and being replaced with one prime F/1.4 or faster.

The 17-55 is for my crop, the 24-105 is for the D2N.....I will also grab the 24-105 for the 40D if I know I will need the longer side. I really love my 24-105....gets the lions share of the work!


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