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Posted 4/18/2013 by jediannie in General Photography
 

jediannie
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Posted: 4/18/2013 12:54:49 PM
What would it be? I'm sure this question has been asked before, but doing some searching didn't turn anything up for me (although I didn't search really hard)

I would love to know which lens you would choose and why.

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Posted: 4/18/2013 1:51:34 PM
It depends on the use and budget. I dream of having the latest 24-70mm 2.8 for portraits. Wildlife you need a large zoom 300mm or more. Landscape is better with a wide angle lens. So what are you looking to do with it.


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Posted: 4/18/2013 1:54:32 PM
It was more of a general question, I already have the lens I like for me, but I'm just curious why people choose the lenses they choose. I'm just looking to maybe expand my lens collection.

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Posted: 4/18/2013 5:22:14 PM
kellybird55....what lenses do you have and use now? Are you already shooting portraits, wildlife and landscapes...and if so, with what lens?

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Posted: 4/18/2013 7:39:50 PM
I haven't found my perfect "THE One" lens. I don't think they make it yet.
I would be an 8mm-600mm 1.2 that is about the size and weight of the 50mm 1.8. I think I'll be waiting a good long time

For most of my indoor stuff I do like my 24-70 2.8 and for most of my outdoors stuff I like my 70-200 or 75-300.


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Posted: 4/18/2013 7:47:17 PM
I love my 70-200 2.8.


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Posted: 4/18/2013 8:03:30 PM
A 35mm f1.4 L. Good for architecture, landscape, portrait and street photography. It's on my wish list.


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Posted: 4/18/2013 8:54:55 PM
I would the one volt has in mind!! If only it could happen, then if only I could afford it, LOL


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Posted: 4/18/2013 9:52:41 PM
Agreed, that lens sounds pretty awesome. I'll take on for Canon please.

I have the 24-105L zoom and seriously love this lens. It is the perfect walk around zoom. It's pricey but worth every penny !



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Posted: 4/19/2013 6:58:15 AM
My Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 is probably my favorite. I get great shots during mid day soccer games, under the lights at football games, and in the gym at basketball games (when I can shoot from the high bleachers).

I need to learn more about using my prime 50mm f/1.8. I think it will be a great lens if I can get it figured out....and can find some people to pose for me.

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Posted: 4/19/2013 7:09:27 AM
I have the Canon 24-70 2.8L and I thought it would be my favorite, but lately I've been shooting with my old trusty 50mm 1.4 again and I have to say that I actually prefer the 50. I shoot with a full frame, so the 50 can be limiting for a crop sensor, but for me, I am really lovin' my nifty fifty! There's just something about the images it produces that I prefer.

I am saving for the 100mm 2.8 L macro. I would like to use it for newborns and for portraits.



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Posted: 4/19/2013 8:56:42 AM
I like the sound of the one Volt described too but I think we will all be waiting a long time.

If I could only take one lens I guess, like Kristina K, it would have to be my 24-105mm Canon lens, but with an f=4 it is limited for indoor use if you like to shoot natural light like I do...sigh
I have a few lenses and frankly I'm glad I have them all. The one that is maybe the most surprising to me is the 200mm f=2.8 Canon prime. It gives really lovely pictures, nice bokeh and, compared to the other Canon L lenses, seems to be a bit of a bargain.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 10:55:18 AM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 This would be my all around lens. Well almost. LOL Depends what you shoot.

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Posted: 4/19/2013 9:05:13 PM
PhotoHorse I do portrait with my 50 1.8 right now. I don't do landscape. I am renting a 24-70mm 2.8 for prom and wedding with a 70-200mm 2.8. Debating the need for the 50mm 1.2. I am still just really getting started after we relocated and I took about a year and a half. I use lensrentals.com for my wedding and Prom this year being I have 11 couples to do personal sessions for. But most of my portrait sessions are with my 50mm 1.8.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 11:26:42 PM
I like the 24-70 but it is heavy.


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Posted: 4/20/2013 1:20:10 PM
Totally agree, thought I would love the 24-70, but its so so heavy. Wondering if I went to the 24-105/4.0 on a full frame if I'd miss the aperture? Have a nifty fifty I could always use shallower dof.
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Posted: 4/20/2013 1:46:37 PM
Wondering if I went to the 24-105/4.0 on a full frame if I'd miss the aperture?
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Depening on what editing program you use you can check the metadata of previous images to see what your personal shooting trends are. I would miss 2.8 a great deal so I learned to deal with the lens weight. But if you shoot at 4.0 or smaller anyway you will be happy with a lens that has 4.0 as the largest aperture.


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Posted: 4/20/2013 10:13:36 PM
I agree with Volt. It's not for everyone, but I personally love this lens.

I am very comfortable with my external flash indoors and therefore the f/4 does not limit me too much. I almost always use my flash (bounced) indoors, and am very content with the quality of light.

Even with faster lenses (I have the 50mm f/1.8) I rarely shoot at 2.8 or faster. The DOF is too narrow for me indoors at typically close distances. I have tossed one too many images of one person in focus the other not in a 2-3 person photo, or one eye type scenarios. It is frustrating to me to say the least so I usually keep for aperture at 4 or greater anyway.

I am perfectly content with the 50 f/1.8 as a "back up" lens in case I encounter a 'low light/no flash allowed' scenario.



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Posted: 4/21/2013 4:42:34 AM
Of the lenses that I own, or have used (including one L lens, the 70-200mm f/4) if I could only choose one, it would be the SMC Takumar 55mm 1.8.

It is an older manual focus lens in M42 mount, and was just a kit lens for Pentax back in the day. I have to manually focus and shoot in full manual mode because it does not communicate electronically with my camera.

It was only $10. But I have used it to take some of my favourite photos. I like the focal length and how wide it can open. I like that it is plenty sharp enough as well.

My Jupiter 37A 135mm 3.5 would be a close second, but because of the longer focal length and the fact that it's not much good for indoors between that and the maximum aperture, I would have to choose the Takumar since it is more versatile.

I find it more challenging and personally satisfying to use my older manual focus lenses.


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Posted: 4/23/2013 10:35:06 PM
If I could only have one of the lenses I have, I would choose the 24-70 2.8 simply because it is the lens I use the most. I use it for portraits, I use it for landscape, sometimes I use it for closeups of flowers.

I would really miss my zoom and macro lens though.



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Posted: 4/29/2013 12:44:50 PM
Hands down my most used lens would be my 85mm F1.8 I love that this lens is sharp sharp!!


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