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Discussion in 'Photographic Discussions' started by Rhys, Jun 20, 2008.

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What's your best lens for photos?

  1. Wide (10-20 or 15-30 equivalent)

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    4.2%
  2. Normal (17-85 or 28-135 equivalent)

    15 vote(s)
    62.5%
  3. Long (70-200 or 100 - 300 equivalent)

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    16.7%
  4. Ultra long - over 200mm

    4 vote(s)
    16.7%
  1. Rhys

    Rhys TPF Noob!

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    I'm curious about your general choice of lens.

    I notice I do most of my best work with a 17-85. I have other lenses but this is the focal length that I find I do my best photos with. I find wider doesn't get used very often and longer doesn't really give the same quality of image.
     
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    I honestly don't know, I shoot with all my lenses so much that I can't tell you right off what I think is best, and i'm not about to go through thousands and thousands of images to find out.

    I DO KNOW however that my most useful lens is my 18-70 becuase it's that perfect 28-105 range on digital.
     
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    I shoot mostly sports and wildlife, so long is good for me. However, ultra long is sometimes used to.
     
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    John_Olexa No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Same here. For me mostly in the 300-400 range.
     
  5. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm mainly in the 20-50 range.
     
  6. Rhys

    Rhys TPF Noob!

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    I'm generally disappointed by lenses over 135mm effective focal length.

    I found when I used 35mm that I stuck with lenses from 28 - 135 for best results.
     
  7. I shoot people on the street, and the only way for me to do that is to get close - so I use a 21mm and 28mm lens - and my cameras have a crop factor of 1.x and 1.6, so the typical focal length for me is around 28mm to 50mm (equiv.)
     
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    For me - The pics of the 18-55 are sharper than the kit zoom 75-300mm but recently the Zoom has been staying on the camera since I've been doing a few bird shots - I like how with the higher focal lengths I can get better shallow DOF etc. I think I've finally found a reasonable sharpness level in user profiles to combat the softness of the kit zoom lens.
     
  9. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    28-80mm for me. IF I had time to shoot in the daylight anymore it'd likely be my 18-70mm. (much lighter)
     
  10. JerryPH

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    I sincerely cannot tell you... I have taken some incredible pictures from each one of my lenses in one way or another. I even have a few nice ones from lenses that some people consider absolute crap! :confused: :lol:

    The ones that are on my camera the most are the Nikkor 18-200 VR and the Sigma 18-50 F/2.8 macro, but again that changes a lot based on what I need or want to accomplish.
     
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    I think we have a true consensus it is almost unanimous. Use whatever focal-length fits your particular style on the given day you are shooting that particular question. There is no "best" focal range different peole use different things hell if there were a best one there wuld only be one lens for everyone to use.
     
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