What is your favorite Lens?

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    Of the lenses you own, what would you say is your favorite lens for you Canon DSLR? Post a sample or two with that lens. My favorite is probably the Canon 135 EF L f2.0 prime. It's bright enough and has enough reach that I can use it at indoor rodeos (poor lighting) without the need to crank up the ISO extremely high. Plus, it gives a beautiful, creamy bokeh for closer subjects.

    New Mexico State Fair Indoor Rodeo. Very poor lighting.
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    Sample of a 135mm shot with subject fairly close to demonstrate bokeh.
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    I had a pretty nice Canon system for about 10 years, with a good selction of lenses. I owned a couple of 50s, the 85 1.8, the 100 2.8 EF macro, the 135 mm soft focus,The excellent 135 mm F2.0 L, And the 70-200 mm F2.8 L-IS. I also had the Sigma 18 to 125 mm lens for my Canon 20D. I also had the 5D with the 24 to 105L IS USM zoom. Overall I would have to say that the 70 to 200 mm Was probably my most used lens. From a pure quality standpoint the 135 f/2 Was extremely good. But in terms of a go-to lens, one that I would reach for frequently,the 70 to 200 mm was my favorite.
     
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    My now deseced 35-350.

    Second up is my Arsat 19 mm Fisheye for Kiev 88 that is mounted to my Canon system It shoots more like a 90mm and wonderful images.
     
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    With the right lens and the right lighting, even a piece of wire on a rusty fence can look like art! :trink39:
     
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    I'm sort of the same way. While the 135 F2.0 is my favorite lens, it is far from being the lens I use the most. For me, that honor would go to the trusty 24-105 L kit lens. Second most used lens for me would be the 70-200 (but I have the poor man's version - f4 non-IS)
     
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    I had to look that one up (the 35-350). Man, that would be a great travel lens! Wide enough for landscapes and city shots, but with plenty of reach! I didn't even realize that beast existed. What happened to yours" Is it repairable?
     
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    Nope.
    Gone and gone.

    It fell and took itself AND my 1Ds out.

    So I bought a 5D.

    Now I want to replace the 35-350.
     
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    The 24-105f/4 L IS USM is one of the best all-around, all-in-one zooms I have ever used. While not "small", it's not overly large, and it is so capable! I borrowed the 70-200 f/4 L non-IS some years back. It's smallish, and really was a joy to use. The days, it's pretty affordable on the used market, and is a decent performer.
     
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    Still a pretty good imager, up to IS0 1,000/1,250 it's got good image quality. At ISO 800 and lower, its got really Good image quality. For $300-$375 used, the original 5D is one of the finest used d-slr values around, IMO.
     
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    I bought mine new from Amazon in Summer of 2013 for $629. They are selling new now for $80 less - $549. A used copy can be had in excellent condition these days for probably $400-450-ish. I have never had an issue with the lack of IS, but that's probably due to not using it much in low light situations. The thing I like about that lens is it is so light weight. It's a lens that you can easily walk around with on your camera all day and not get tired.
     
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    For a GP lens: The EF-S 18-135 for a crop camera. Great zoom range for a GP lens.

    For a field sport lens: 70-200/4. Not as heavy as the f/2.8 lens, so easier to hand hold for a LONG shooting session of two sequential games.
     
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