Jun 24, 2016871 views

What's your go-to lens?

What is that lens you can't live without?
brotherkehn, MThNgu, and 2 others

For a long time I kept going back to my F1.8 85mm Canon EF. It is really good portrait lens. And smaller than most of my other lenses, so great for street photography. Then I made the mistake of getting a macro lens. The Canon F2.8 100MM L series. Which is a bit long and tele, but which can focus on anything from the tip of your nose to infinity. So that opened up a whole new world of macro street photography. Even without the macro feature, that lens is just staggering. So much detail, so much contrast and color. It's perfect. But due to it's size I am already scouting around for a more compact macro.
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Makes sense! Never tried an 85 for street photography but I like the idea that you could crowd the frame a bit more to make an interesting image. The nice thing is the size of the 85 doesn't seem much larger on camera than a 50mm prime, for example, in terms of remaining somewhat stealthy.
the 85mm also has this cool property (on full frame at least) that it flatters faces. Slightly elongating, and if shot wide open usually the sides of the face will roll off into the bokeh. Looks great on women, but also really nice on a weathered old guy too.
I would say that the lens I use the most often is the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8. It offers great flexibility with a very nice aperture (low and constant through the focal range). When I first got this lens, I thought it was huge for a m4/3. But compared to the 40-150 F2.8 it is compact. The ”M.ZUIKO PREMIUM” primes are a great value if you are looking for a F1.8 lens, and don’t want to splurge for the “M.ZUIKO PRO” primes. (by the way I tend to prefer the Oly lenses)
I've got an old Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 that I just love! Very sharp despite its age, and practically no distortion. On APS-C it's pretty close to a 35mm equivalent, which is probably the most useful focal length there is IMHO. It's also really tiny, so I often use it when I can't (or don't want to) carry around a big lens.
Panasonic 20mm f1.7 for m4/3rds. Lovely little prime - 40mm equivalent, sharp and fast. I just wish it could auto-focus as quickly as my Olympus 12-40 pro. No matter what, the small 20mm is in my bag and spends a lot of time on body.
My go lens is my 55-200mm Nikon lens. It works GREAT and it gets a good wide angel and has some good zoom!!!
Canon 16-35 f4L IS seems to be the lens I always grab when bringing just one.
When just walking around everyday with a rangefinder, 35mm f2.0 Summicron is my go to. I can crop tighter to focus on one part if necessary, but the whole system is very compact and unobtrusive. When I was shooting Sony a7rIII I used the 35mm f2.8 prime and it too was a small compact setup. Both can go into a large jacket pocket or stow away into a shoulder bag easily.
Panasonic Leica 15mm 1.7
Two lens that never leave my reach: Tamron 17-35mm and Canon 18-135 is .
35mm (equivalent) on Leica X
Canon 24-70 f/2.8 or 70-200 f/2.8
14mm - I love the dramatic perspective I can get with it and honestly can't live without it.
12 years old Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 cuz it's my only lens... XD
Leica 50mm Summilux
Have to say it's my Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens; it's an excellent all-around lens!
Samyang 135mm F/2.0
Tamron B016 16-300 F/3.5-6.3 - I do a mix of close up family event shooting and longer range church/school event shooting (often from church balcony) and it does it all well.
Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM A perfect universal lens you can use for almost everything...
Additionally a EF 50 f/1.8 STM is always a no-brainer, nothing quite as nice you can get for that price
+1 as these are the only two lenses I have for my Canon 6D anymore. covers just about everything i need.
Zeiss 35mm 1.5 superspeed. Love it
Sony 17-35 Ultra Wide. I do MUCH weather photography,(Certified Skywarn Spotter here), and it's absolutely my fave for getting the WHOLE thing in a single shot. It's fast enough, CLEAR depth, and is also a very nice way to shoot in the video mode at night for catching ever-unpredictable lightning across a very wide night-sky storm! I almost NEVER change it for anything else, it stays on the a9 pretty permanently.
Nikon 18-105, the only issue it has is it zooms out when I'm walking because it doesn't have a zoom lock and is several years old now.
I love my 70-200 2.8 lens.
Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8. Absolutely amazing lens.
Leica 50mm f1.4 Summilux. Love the feel and the size.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
Nikon 50mm 1.8
As a portrait shooter I couldn't live without my 70-200 2.8 IS.
Mine would be the 24-70 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8.
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Goodness, that is such a good combo.
Of course; specifically the Tamrons in each length!
Cheapie Nikon 17-70mm. Beater lens I use on D2X that I got with D70! One lens to shoot 85% of what I need. If I could justify it, I'd love to own the Nikon 18-35mm. Have rented it several times and it is so sharp and useful. 12-24mm would be a fun one too...I always want to capture more of the scene, share more of the experience. (I'm a Nikon digital guy because I was Nikon film camera user. Lots of interchangeable gear.)
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Is the 18-35 much different to the 18-55? I have been thanking about renting the 18-35. Should I?
Yes, I totally recommend renting lenses to see if you like them...that also give you good reason to get out and take a lot of pics that weekend! For rentals, usually 3 days = a week. You get a discount if at least 3 days- ask the rental department. :)