Favourite camera lens and why?

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Jjohnson2011
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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:30PM

Bit of fun really, so what is your favourite camera lens and why?


I'll start!


Lens = Nikon 105mm F2.8G Macro VR


Why = One of the sharpest lenses nikon have made and the performance of it is immense. The VR is also state of the art, allowing shutter speeds as low as 1/20 to be used 100% of the time on still targets (or panning) for superb results. I also love the fact that its fully weather sealed, allowing me to venture out in any weather when its attached to my Nikon D3 so I can capture shots that otherwise would have to be simulated in the studio or require extra equipment to lug around and buy!
kelvinjay
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:55AM
Usually my favourite lens is whichever one I bought last.

Right now, it's the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. Great for portraits, beautiful bokeh and amazing in low light thanks to the IS. The AF is very fast and it's very sharp too with little CA. Downsides are weight, size and the fact that the white lenses tend to attract more attention when you're shooting out and about.

ETA: I'd had the lens a couple of weeks and was quite impressed, but it was this shot that really made me love the lens. Having used the 24-105 f/4L for a few years, I'd forgotten just how much difference that extra one stop can make when shooting wide open to isolate the subject.

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(Edited on 2013-01-20 18:02:10 by kelvinjay)
Willowpix
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:55AM
What Kelvin said in my case too.
HeliRy
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:15AM
I've got lots of favourites.... sadly I don't own any of them
RyersonClark
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:16AM
Leica M or M9, 35mm Leica lens.
TexPhoto
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:59AM

My favorite changes from time to time.  Right now it is my Canon 300mm f4 IS.  It is so sharp and so light and easy to use.  



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5D III, Canon 300mm f4 IS, and 1.4X III


 


Thanks V

(Edited on 2013-01-20 21:23:57 by TexPhoto)
RyersonClark
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:01AM
^Very nice
CHBD
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:21PM
My would be Sigma 24mm 1.8D EX DG, why ? It is extremely versitle lens on APS-C format cameras, love the colours, contrast and sharpness it produces. Some will probably say that I'm crazy but I definitely would choose that lens over my Nikon 50 1.4D in a matter of seconds, it is my first a last wide angle that I own.
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Posted Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:19AM
Nikon 70-200 2.8. Pretty much all the reasons that Kelvin said except that the lens is black and not white.
AbrahamCollins
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:12PM
My new favorite has been the Nikkor 40mm 2.8 Micro DX. It only cost me $280, it's just a fantastic walkaround focal length for street photography, and when you pair it with a R1C1 kit the 1:1 shots are absolutely incredible. If you can get over the slight hyperfocal fringing problem it has... but that's virtually limited to people taking shots of gray subjects on gray backgrounds with gray foreground objects lol.
David_Ahn
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:19PM

NIKKOR 70-200mm f2.8 VRII. 


For all the same reason that Kelvin mentioned especially it is the latest lens I added two months ago. I used have the old version of the same lense (70-200 f2.8 VR) but this new lens is a way sharper than the old version. It matches perfectly with Nikon D800 also. 


 


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alanphillips
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:21PM
Posted By kelvinjay:
Usually my favourite lens is whichever one I bought last.

Right now, it's the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. Great for portraits, beautiful bokeh and amazing in low light thanks to the IS. The AF is very fast and it's very sharp too with little CA. Downsides are weight, size and the fact that the white lenses tend to attract more attention when you're shooting out and about.

ETA: I'd had the lens a couple of weeks and was quite impressed, but it was this shot that really made me love the lens. Having used the 24-105 f/4L for a few years, I'd forgotten just how much difference that extra one stop can make when shooting wide open to isolate the subject.

alex%20crop%2070-200

(Edited on 2013-01-20 18:02:10 by kelvinjay)



Posted By kelvinjay:
Usually my favourite lens is whichever one I bought last.

Right now, it's the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. Great for portraits, beautiful bokeh and amazing in low light thanks to the IS. The AF is very fast and it's very sharp too with little CA. Downsides are weight, size and the fact that the white lenses tend to attract more attention when you're shooting out and about.

ETA: I'd had the lens a couple of weeks and was quite impressed, but it was this shot that really made me love the lens. Having used the 24-105 f/4L for a few years, I'd forgotten just how much difference that extra one stop can make when shooting wide open to isolate the subject.

alex%20crop%2070-200

(Edited on 2013-01-20 18:02:10 by kelvinjay)

Wonderful! When I first saw this picture I wanted to ask what lens and aperture you used, but somehow felt that was an inapropriate question. Anyway, thanks for telling all.

As to the OP, my favourite at the moment is the little brother of Kelvin's current favourite, the F$ version of the Canon 70-200 IS. It is a superb lens, and excellent IS. Do I miss the extra stop? Dunno, but I guess it would be nice. However, I do not miss the extra weight and I simply could not justify the huge extra expense.
Sproetniek
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:49PM

Used to be my Nikon 105mm f3.5 Micro on my D700, stopped down to around f4. Beautiful for portraits. And then the 70-200 f2.8 VR1 on around 5.6 - very sweet on the D700. Expecting my Nikon D4 on Monday, and will have to start experimenting all over again to find that sweet spot. A job I look forward to!
keithferrisphoto
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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:35AM

My favorite lens right now is the Canon 35 1.4L.


It's sharp, fast and versitile. It's a little wider than a 50 but it's not so wide as to look distorted.


Ask me next week and I'll have another answer.
kelvinjay
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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:38AM

Posted By keithferrisphoto:

My favorite lens right now is the Canon 35 1.4L.


It's sharp, fast and versitile. It's a little wider than a 50 but it's not so wide as to look distorted.


Ask me next week and I'll have another answer.


I love it. But I love it more since Adobe Lightroom 4.1 has had the longitudinal CA filter. That really make me go back and start shooting with it again, as I'd been rather disappointed with how it handles high contrast areas (massive purple fringes).
felixmizioznikov
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Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:29AM
currently it's the 17mm tilt shift canon lens. It performs magic with perspectivesfile_thumbview_approve 
AvailableLight
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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:51PM

My brother told me about the Canon 85mm 1.8 and he was right.  Shock and awe.  tack sharp lens that makes me want to have all my other lenses look as good.


What about lenses that disappoint?  I have a Canon 10-22 and it sucks.  Unless you shoot at F-8 it's worthless in my opinion.  What's even worse is that it cost me more than my dang Canon 70-200 F4 L lens!
lagereek
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Posted Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:54AM
CNE, 15-47 Canon and MIII. I am basically a wideangle guy thats why. Also the Canon. 70-300L. beautyful reach and quality.
brittak
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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:12AM

I like trawelling and shooting on the go with my Canon Mark III.  I lost my faithful 24-105/4 some time ago and have missed it very much. Tried to get around with 50/1,4 and 70-200/2,8, both great lenses. love the 70-200 but it is heavy and with the 50 I always seem to be at the wrong distance from the subject. So I am getting a new 24-105 and save the other two for special occations.
NanJMoore
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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:26AM
Favorite: my old reliable standby Canon 60 2.8.  Light and easy, very convenient.  Least favorite is Canon 17-40/4.0L  Big, heavy, bulky. Middle of the road is the 85/1.8.  Seems to have a lot of CA.  
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