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What is your 'go to' lens?

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Nov 01, 2017 13:30 |  #1

I thought I'd see what lens most of you find on your camera, more than any other lens? I tend to be more of a nature/landscape enthusiast, so the lens that often rarely leaves my camera tends to be my 28-300 F/4 lens, which I find very versatile. I've had some incredibly clean/clear images, and it's only downfall being the bokeh obviously isn't as good as say a....F/1.4 or F/2.8 lens, such as my 70-200 F/2.8 VR.
I've found I like my Tamron 90mm F/2.8 for both macro and portraits, alongside my 70-200 F/2.8, as well as the Sigma 50mm F/1.4 which works wonderful, but I find for the type of photos I take, it's just not as versatile as lenses mention previously here.
I'd like to get more into 'birding' shots, which I'll use the Tamron 150-600 G2 for, but haven't been overly excited by the bokeh it's shown up to this point when using it for Landscape images!

So, do you have a lens that spends more time than most others?


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Nov 01, 2017 14:21 |  #2

My 70-200 2.8 VR-II is my go-to. My main gigs are portrait sessions and events. For events I throw a 70-200 on one body and my 28mm on another and go. The 70-200 handles 90% of that work. I have an 85mm and 105mm for portraits and use them when the mood calls for them, but the 70-200 would do as well for me. A longer lens would be nice for the occasional wildlife shot, but I'm also a hunter. If something is too far, I've learned to stalk closer. If I can't get close enough for a good shot, the critter wins that day. I have a 16-35 for really wide like landscapes, but the 70-200 is not out of place for many landscape opportunities. So in a nutshell - if I could only have one, the 70-200 would be it!

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Nov 01, 2017 14:44 |  #3

It was 15-85 before, nowadays it's 35mm 1.4 ii

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Nov 01, 2017 16:10 |  #4

Right now it's pretty much evenly split betwixt the Sigma AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 DC and the Sigma AF 150-600mm (C). Depends on what I think I'm most likely to stumble upon.

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Nov 02, 2017 21:23 |  #5
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Right now...Sigma 18-35 art f1.8...because I have been shooting lots of landscapes and seascapes photography. My copy is great and has no AF issues at all.

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Nov 02, 2017 21:54 |  #6

When I shoot for fun, I have no goto subject so I have no favorite lens and use the best lens I have for what I am shooting.

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Nov 07, 2017 10:55 |  #7

The "Go to" depends on the situation!
Usually 35mm F2 AFD for wider coverage and Sigma 85mm 1.4 for portraits

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Nov 07, 2017 10:59 |  #8

I feel the same way as I hardly ever just leave a lens on. I am very new to this hobby (for now) and I feel it is my responsibility for the learning process to go through all of my lenses to see what each can do and what settings work best. Although, I feel once I have the money saved for my EF 100-400mm, I will not take it off very much! :)

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Nov 07, 2017 14:46 |  #9

Strictly automotive here:

85mm 1.8G for most
Tamron 15-30VC for wide and rollers

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Nov 07, 2017 14:59 |  #10

Mostly ... unless it's too unwieldy ... the lens that is on my camera is the last one I used. Currently, that is almost without fail the 85mm f/1.2 L ii. If I were a Nikon shooter ... which I am very happy to acknowledge is a perfectly honorable, respectable and sensible thing to be ... it would be whatever is the closest Nikon equivalent to it.

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Nov 08, 2017 03:23 |  #11

That'd be the 85/1.4G unless you went for the Sigma Art.

For me, it's either the 35Art, or 24-85/2.8-4.0 usually.

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