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What is your favourite lens?

 
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Jan 06, 2009 01:59 |  #1

It doesn't necessarily mean the lens you shoot with the most, the one which covers the most useful range, or the sharpest one you have. Which lens gives you the tingles every time you put it on your camera? If you were being mugged, which one would you be least willing to sacrifice? Which one has the greatest story to tell?

Mine is my 'Killer Whale', the 70-200mm f/4L IS. I was in the process of getting a 24-70mm f/2.8L, when the sales rep at the camera store disclosed to me that they had a second hand 70-200 f/4L IS out the back. I had been lusting after this lens for quite some time, but I figured the 24-70 would give me a more useful range, so I was looking to get the Brick first. When they told me of the 70-200 sitting out the back going for AU$900, I went home, pulled the money out of my savings account and picked it up the next day. The shop was selling the 70-200 f/4L IS new for AU$1500, and Canon were about to bump the price up to about $2000, so I made a killer of a saving.

After a couple of days, I noticed it wasn't focusing back from infinity when I pointed it up, and it had to hunt quite a bit when horizontal. I took it to Canon repairs, and 3 weeks and $300 later, I had the lens back in my hands (and on the camera).

Even though I find the 24-70 f/2.8L to be slightly sharper, and the f/2.8, the MFD and the focal range to be more useful, it still doesn't have the same 'feel' as the 70-200. I can't pinpoint what it is, but the Killer Whale just feels brilliant.

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Jan 06, 2009 02:06 |  #2

I'd have to say my 7-200 2.8 because I could defend myself by beating someone over the head with it and it would still work flawlessly. ;) My 24-105 comes in a close second. I always have a lot of fun using that lens.


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Jan 06, 2009 02:26 |  #3

Sigma 30mm f1.4. Sadly, it is up for sale and hopefully replaced by the canon 35 f1.4L which will be my new favourite lens :-D


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Jan 06, 2009 02:29 |  #4

I would say the lens that seems to be stuck on my camera which is the 17-55 IS. Stuck in a way where I just do not ever want to take it off! It is a great walk around lens and its tack sharp wide open!


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Jan 06, 2009 02:38 |  #5

All my lenses are my favourite.

Granted, I only have two (35L & 85mm 1.8 ). I've gone through many other lenses, and these are the only two I feel like I need/want for what I do.



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Jan 06, 2009 03:29 |  #6

I like your approach. Yes, there are the lenses that I use the most and those that are the most practical. The ones that make me money, too. But, the "tingle" part comes Into play when I use one of about a dozen lenses that I have that are so rare (some, one of a kind) that I'd never find them again if I lost them. Oh, and they do make great images as well.


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Jan 06, 2009 03:31 |  #7

my favorite lens right now is the 17-55 IS but there is no interesting story behind it. read & researched about it, checked some sample pics, sold my 17-40 L then i bought it. its almost my "ideal" general-purpose lens.

im starting to get addicted to primes recently so im pretty sure my favorite would change as soon as i purchase a new prime. got hooked after using the 85 i.8 & 60 macro. im currently looking for a good deal on a 50 1.4...

by the way, to the OP, why do you call the 70-200 f4 IS L the "killer whale"?


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Jan 06, 2009 03:50 |  #8

nordstern1 wrote in post #7014236 (external link)
by the way, to the OP, why do you call the 70-200 f4 IS L the "killer whale"?

Probably because it's sharp and is used on a Canon ;)

70-200 2.8IS would be my lens. I just got it last week, and got lots of great shots coming from it already.


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Jan 06, 2009 04:21 |  #9

(1) EF 50 mm f/1.0, (1A) EF 200 mm f/1.8


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Jan 06, 2009 04:37 as a reply to  @ dfindr's post |  #10

I just change my whole setup with the intention to move to FF in the future. I used to have 40D, grip, 17-55 2.8IS, Sigma 150mm macro and still holding on 70-200 2.8L IS. 2 months ago, I traded the 40D, 17-55 and Sigma for a 1Dmk2 and a 28-70L.

The 28-70L was a major dissapointment... sent twice to Canon service. The technician called and said there is a fungus on one of its element and they don't have the part anymore.... I was heartbroken, until he said, Canon like to offer a 24-70L but you have to add up small amount of money... yeeppppp... finally got the 24-70L which I got about USD300 cheaper than if I bought brand new.... the lens date code is November 2008. And needless to say... I'm thrill everytime it is on my 1Dmk2.... used to be the small white that gave me the feeling....


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Jan 06, 2009 04:37 |  #11

For me it is the 200 1.8 hands down. A distant second would be the 135 F2.

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Jan 06, 2009 04:48 |  #12

I cant go on a trip without my sigma 30mm 1.4 (for my 40d)


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Jan 06, 2009 05:04 |  #13

gasrocks wrote in post #7014234 (external link)
I like your approach. Yes, there are the lenses that I use the most and those that are the most practical. The ones that make me money, too. But, the "tingle" part comes Into play when I use one of about a dozen lenses that I have that are so rare (some, one of a kind) that I'd never find them again if I lost them. Oh, and they do make great images as well.

You've got the right idea :D

nordstern1 wrote in post #7014236 (external link)
by the way, to the OP, why do you call the 70-200 f4 IS L the "killer whale"?

In the Lens Nickname thread, someone called the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS the White Whale, because it's so big. I bought up the f/4L IS, and someone coined Killer Whale for it, because it's smaller and weighs less than the 2.8L IS, but its slightly sharper. That, and it's black and white.


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Jan 06, 2009 05:04 |  #14

Mine is the 85 1.2LII. The sharpest lens I own and the best Bokeh. I hope my 300 2.8 didn't hear that but it's true,


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Jan 06, 2009 05:58 as a reply to  @ Stan43's post |  #15

The lens that excites me the most would be my 200mm 2.8 L. Second choice goes to the 100mm 2.0. My most used lens would be the 17-55 2.8 IS, but the two telephoto primes are the most fun to use.




  
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