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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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Oct 05, 2015 03:19 |  #61

OK. I'll play.
If only one........the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS Mark II.
Why? Because it is so good!


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Oct 12, 2015 07:16 |  #62

my brain would say the 18-135 IS STM
my heart would say the 50 1.8 STM


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Oct 12, 2015 17:55 |  #63

50L. It's the only lens I ever use! Well.. I also have a Fuji X100 and an iPhone and use them a lot too, but if I had to let go of everything except one tool for making images, it'd be the 5D3 and the 50L.

I don't see anything inconsistent or illogical about buying a DSLR and only a single lens. I bought my kit to achieve a level of quality and performance that isn't possible to achieve with a compact camera - not because of the range of lenses that are available. Compared to folk with bags full of equipment, my kit is lighter, more compact, easier to carry, more discreet, cheaper, opens up to f1.2, has a natural perspective and distortion-free field of view, and best of all... I don't need to fuss about what focal length to use! Just compose and shoot.


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Oct 12, 2015 20:32 |  #64

135mm f/2 L. Maybe I should really try this experiment: keep only 6d+135mm for a while - magic every time. The most consistent lens ever.




  
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Oct 12, 2015 20:49 |  #65

I would keep my 70-300L IS

I have found it to be a great walk-around and 70mm has proven again and again that its just wide enough for unconventional shots with this lens.

I would miss the 50 STM though...


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Oct 14, 2015 11:59 |  #66

I would keep my 35IS. Very compact, great IQ.
My 15-85 is my all around, but it seems to be getting used less and less.




  
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Oct 14, 2015 12:33 |  #67

vapore0n wrote in post #17745267 (external link)
I would keep my 35IS. Very compact, great IQ.
My 15-85 is my all around, but it seems to be getting used less and less.

That is exactly my situation.


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Oct 14, 2015 21:51 |  #68

40mm F 2.8 pancake. Having a lens close to the ideal normal focal length for the camera format is always appealing to me, it works so very well in many situations. (43.3 is the ideal normal FL for 24x36mm, and only Pentax makes a lens like that). I wish someone would make a 27mm for Canon APS-C crop cameras, because it fills the same role as the 40mm on FF, although I can probably just buy a 28mm F 2.8 IS and be happy with "close enough"


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Oct 15, 2015 07:01 |  #69

I mostly do landscapes, so it would have to be the 24-105, 4.0 L IS. Also helps to have a 6D and a 7D, so it gives me a little wider view or more zoom depending on what camera it is attached to.


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Oct 15, 2015 13:02 as a reply to  @ bkj's post |  #70

85mm 1.2 - I would prefer to take snapshots with iphone and portraits with the 85mm


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Oct 15, 2015 15:18 |  #71

24-70. It's not my favourite lens, the 135L is, but it's the most versatile and makes me the most money.


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Oct 20, 2015 11:58 |  #72

24-105 L. Not the fastest, not the most artistic, not the smallest, or cheapest, but the most versatile.
If I suddenly had to lose it all, I would keep this one - and immediately start working towards restoring everything back :lol:


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Oct 20, 2015 12:34 |  #73

Arutemu wrote in post #17753376 (external link)
24-105 L. No the fastest, not the most artistic, not the smallest, or cheapest, but the most versatile.
If I suddenly had to lose it all, I would keep this one - and immediately start working towards restoring everything back :lol:

Yes, I agree as to my full frame lens: 24-105. (not the 135 f/2, not the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, not the 35 f/2 IS - great lenses that I have but the question did not ask what was my favorite of the lenses I own).

As to the crop (SL1), without a doubt, it would be the 18-135 IS STM.




  
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Oct 20, 2015 12:38 |  #74

I don't really value versatility at all. If I could only keep one it would be my tamron 70-200VC and I would just stop doing the type of photography that needed versatility or any other focal length. If I had to choose between getting a lot of shots and getting the shots I enjoy the most, well in the quality vs quantity I'm squarely in the quality camp.


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Oct 20, 2015 12:47 |  #75

travisvwright wrote in post #17753409 (external link)
I don't really value versatility at all. If I could only keep one it would be my tamron 70-200VC and I would just stop doing the type of photography that needed versatility or any other focal length. If I had to choose between getting a lot of shots and getting the shots I enjoy the most, well in the quality vs quantity I'm squarely in the quality camp.

it's ironic that you say you dont value versatility and then choose a zoom :-P

might have been another thread or this, but someone mentioned the 135L and use the phone for everything else..... THAT is the right answer :-D


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