Whats Your Favorite Lens

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  1. Stevedevil

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    Its just a little Thread to find

    Which lens you like the most and Why???

    Please give examples of the use of lens ( portrait, landscape, wide etc ) and why you feel the lens works best.

    Will give a good insight to Buyers when looking

    Thanks All

    Steve
     
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    I used to have a 200mm lens I don't recall what make because it was stolen along with a camera I used to love a few years ago. But the photos I took with that lens were among the sharpest I have ever taken. I would reccommend a fixed length lens over a zoom lens in terms of overall image any day. Despite the convenience a zoom lens offers. Now I have two cameras and the next lens I buy will be a 200mm or 400mm lens. Or both if I can afford it!
     
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    I feel the quality of a lens will be a big factor, also f stop, as an f2.8 zoom will still be better set at f4 than an f4 lens.

    What do you all think
     
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    70-200 f2.8 VR

    Contrasty, fast, fast focusing, great range. Love it love it love it love it love it.

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    50mm 1.4 pentax. I use it 85% of the time. Very nice sharp pics for portraits, and a great all around lens.
     
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    50mm f/2 Pentax. Sharp, for portraits and low light work w/o flash.

    Back in the day, I had a Tokina 90mm f/2.5 macro for a Nikon. That was my favorite back then. The quality was outstanding, both optically, and build-wise. It had the weight which lent to the whole experience too.
     
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    18-200 VR for walk-around lens,
     
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    The one I use the most is the 17-55 f2.8 Nikkor zoom (back row right in the image below.) I wouldn't say it is my favorite but, since I use it the most, it probably deserves top billing. My emotional favorite is my 45mm f2.8 N Mamiya Sekor wide angle lens for my medium format system. It is so crisp and sharp it makes me smile.

    Here are the lenses I use with my Nikon digital SLR's. I don't think there is a bad one in the group, personally. Traveler, note the liberal application of UV filters. :)

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    Your comment about an f2.8 lens stopped down to f4 being sharper than an f4 lens wide open can be true indeed. It would certainly be true if the lenses shared the same design, complement of elements and build quality. It is risky to make generalizations, though, because there is a wide variety of designs and quality of construction among photographic lenses.
     
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    For daylight shooting, Industar-50 (50mm f3.5). Its slow, but its comfortable to use and sharp if stopped down.
     
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    Canon 24-70 L F2.8 USM.
    great all round use. good for portraits, landscapes and it's fast so it's rarely off my 5D.
     
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    For very long it was a 50mm f1.4 (M42 screw mount) probably because it was the only one I had :wink: . It still is my favourite lens for 35mm. For MF: Bronica S 50mm f3.5 as it is well suited to landscape pictures.
     
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    Tough one!!

    I love the 70-200 f2.8L IS

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    But I also like the 24-105 f4L IS

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    the 85mm f1.8 is a stunning portrait lens and great concert lens

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    the 10-22 gives some great perspective images

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    the 50mm f1.4 gives some lovely portraits with its shallow depth of field

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    300f4L IS can be very useful especially with a 1.4x

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    & the 100mm Macro is a lovely flower lens

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    Hope this helps.... :)

    Cheers
    Jim
     

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