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February 12, 2013


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What is your FAVORITE lens, and why? :)

tdphotodesigns Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Everyone has their own preferences, which I think is awesome!
I just wonder how different everyone is from eachother:D

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Emblemata Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I have to lenses I like very much.
The Canon 50 1.4
the Canon 85 1.8
AnneMayra Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM,, It takes nice macro photo's, duh.. ;)
studio-toffa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
I would say I hold a button on my Tamron SP 28-75mm f2.8 because of it's all-round nature, but it's not perfect, that's why I also pack more lenses.
georgewjohnson Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L!

If you'll indulge me for a moment...

As you reach a certain level you start to learn all the little foibles that you have to learn to get the best out of your kit. After 18 months with my 24-70 I feel I know that lens inside and out, I know how far to push it, I know what it can and can't do. I know without even looking through it whether it will work for the scene I'm looking at. I know what it feels like, in wind, rain, heat or cold. I know exactly what focal length it's on simply by feeling the barrel turn in my hand. I have a couple of other Canon lenses and I know what they can do but somehow I have to work a little harder with them than the 24-70!

I am perfectly normal and sane most of the time, just ask my pack of pink giraffes, they'll confirm it! :LOL:
tdphotodesigns Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
Such great replies, I enjoy reading everyone's responses. :)
AlbinoGrimby Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like my f/1.8 35mm prime lens for my Sony dSLR. It's actually pretty great for getting close up shots of toys -- images look tack sharp. I use it in lieu of an actual macro lens. Also the 35mm lens was cheap -- about 120 bucks compared to 600 for a a sony macro. I realize I could probably spend about 100-200 on ebay to get a Minolta macro since it uses the same alpha ring, but I'm crazy lazy.

Don't get me wrong, I still want a macro and some other lenses, but this gets the job done. :)
shaymincutie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Macro Zoom lens- because my favorite thing to photograph is macro, showing tiny details of a larger thing, like petals on a flower etc. Plus its just awesome. :D
rockTheSky Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Does anyone here use/own the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8? I am planning on purchasing this lens within the next 3 months.
rcooper102 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I don't own one personally but they are pretty damn good lenses. I would suggest looking into the Tamron varient though as it has stabilisation that the on brand ones do not.

On a side note though I am a big advocate of using primes over zooms unless you need the versatility of not having to switch lenses. (which very few people actually do)

For example you could either get:

Nikon 24-70 F2.8 : ~$1900 US (900 grams)

or you could get:

Nikon 20mm F2.8 : ~$500 (270 grams)
Nikon 35mm F2.0 : ~$330 (205 grams)
Nikon 50mm F1.4G : ~$400 (280 grams)
Nikon 85mm F1.8G : ~$400 (350 grams)

Total: ~$1630 (1105 grams)

With the primes you cover a wider focal range for less money with as sharp or sharper lenses that are almost all faster. Also if you drop one and break it, you have 3 others still to use while one is at the repair shop. If you drop the 24-70 then you are crippled until it comes home. (i learned this lesson the hard way, when when I first got into photography I invested in a single, expensive, zoom) Carrying all 4 at once is only 200 grams heavier and if you opt to only carry 3/4 at any given time (since you can probably tell ahead of time what you need) you actually end up with a lighter bag. Also since you have a lighter lens on your camera it will be easier to take stable photos and your neck won't be as sore carrying the lens around.
rockTheSky Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry for late response. I think you make a very convincing case and I had considered getting at least a 35mm and a 50mm to start off with (instead of OR as well as the 24-70 f2.8).

I think for me though, the worry of dropping lenses is almost a non-factor. I've owned a DSLR and several lenses for 7 years now. 1 is a cheap Nikon 18-55mm kit lens, and the other an equally cheap 55-200mm and the third, a 170-500mm Sigma lens. Also got a 50mm prime this year. I'm proud to say that I've never dropped any one of them. Even though the two Nikon's are quite cheap I always take great care of them. So I'm definitely going to be extra careful with a 1000+ pound (GBP) lens. Incidentally, if I were to go with the 24-70mm, it would be the only lens I'd own for quite some time, so I wouldn't be taking it off the body for a while. Buying 4 separate prime lenses actually increases the chance of dropping one.

I'm getting quite serious about landscape photography now and I always shoot on a tripod in order to use ISO 200 as much as I can, so I'm not so interested in optical stabilization for the 24-70 zoom range.

But I'm not shooting your post down. I definitely did consider more lenses over just the one. I'm not completely decided even now, but currently the zoom is my favorable choice.
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