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If you had to sell off all your lens and keep just 1, which would it be and why?

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Sep 21, 2015 17:00 as a reply to  @ post 17715494 |  #16

Haha. I immediately thought of the 24-105mm (purely due to versatility) but this is a really good point. As a result, I might actually say my 50mm f/1.4.

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Sep 21, 2015 21:40 |  #17


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Sep 22, 2015 04:36 |  #18

135mm. The rest I can do with my phone.

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Sep 22, 2015 16:00 |  #19

It is a silly question but I will bite. Without doubt my ef 70-200mm f2.8L IS II. It is the best lens made. Period!

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Sep 23, 2015 05:43 |  #20

Only because it tends to be my most flexible, the Nikkor AF 24-85 f/2.8-4.0D.

But there's no way I could possibly stick with only one lens.

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Sep 23, 2015 07:12 |  #21

This thread is interesting only because it lets us think about what we photograph the most. That determines the single lens we'd keep.

Of course, the reason we have and use a DSLR is the flexibility that comes with changing lenses for different applications.

In my case, my 100-400ii is on my 7D2 at least 90% of the time so it's a no brainer for me. I'd hate to be without the 15-85 or my 100 L IS macro lens and I'm glad I don't really have to make that choice.

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Sep 23, 2015 07:20 |  #22

24-70mkii without hesitation ..

I've tried walking around with the 50 1.4.. doesn't work as a walk around for me..
The 14mm is lots of fun, but..too wide for practical purposes

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Sep 23, 2015 10:38 |  #23

GeoKras1989 wrote in post #17715523 (external link)
If I could only keep one, it would be my 35IS.

That said, I don't believe I'll ever sell a lens again. I have purchased, sold, and purchased a second time the following:

100 f/2.8 Macro
135 f/2L
85 1.8
50 1.4

I also sold my 60D with a 18-55 STM. I had to include a lens to get a buyer. I like my new 70D with the 24-105 STM so much, that I am considering buying another 18-55 STM, just to get a bit wider on the 70D. Funny, that will be the only EFs lens I own, if I buy one.

I too would keep my Canon 35mm f/2 IS. This is an excellent lens which is sharp wide open and even sharper stopped down to f/4 or f/5.6. It's AF is terrific and sits on my 7DIi alot. Mind you, I wouldn't want to be limited to a single lens, but I find 35mm on crop to be the single most useful focal length for the things I tend to shoot especially indoors in low light situations such as dark museum galleries. For static subjects the addition of IS allows me to capture them in very low light handheld. I'm quite willing to give up the extra stop of an f/1.4 lens in favor of lmage Stabilization.

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Sep 23, 2015 10:40 |  #24

I'd keep my Canon 24-105 L. It's my walk about lens and I use it for at least 80% of my photography

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Sep 23, 2015 10:41 |  #25

35L. No question.

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Sep 25, 2015 01:21 |  #26

Otus 55.

Depends on what I'm shooting at the time. Otus most likely. Maybe 90 TS-E or 35/1.4L. But most likely it would be the Otus.

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Sep 25, 2015 02:12 |  #27

My Tamron 150-600 hardly ever comes off the 7d so I'd keep that one. Of course if I sold all my lens and my wife's car I could afford a 500 isll!

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Sep 25, 2015 08:29 |  #28

I'm also in the 70-200 2.8 camp. For me, it's the most versatile and would satisfy nearly all my needs.

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Sep 25, 2015 09:00 |  #29

Patrick H wrote in post #17717044 (external link)
135mm. The rest I can do with my phone.

great answer, almost like cheating.

zeiss 100MP or 50 1.2 of some sorts. budget no issue, then leica 50 summilux.

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Sep 25, 2015 10:08 |  #30

I would keep the 35F2 IS, but I wouldn't own an SLR to mount just one lens. You might as well get a fixed frame point and shoot or compact larger sensor camera. The point of an SLR is to let you mount a variety of lenses, to suit your needs or wants.

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