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Old 08-15-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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What is your favorite lens?

Just wanted to start a new discussion..
Those of us who shoot interchangeable lens cameras...

Our lenses are our babies. We learn their special characteristics. Each behaves differently, each has its place.

Our favorite may become our favorite simply because it is the most practical, a solid regular zoom 2.8 lens. Maybe it's something unique like a tilt shift or fisheye.

My favorite is not a particularly practical lens..... At least not in all situations.
It is a 28-year-old Minolta 200/2.8 prime lens. It has a broken focus limiter switch. It has a loud old screw drive focus mechanism. And being a prime lens stuck always at 200mm, it's not as convenient as a zoom lens.

So why do I love it?

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Because even at 28 years of age, the lens's sharpness and resolution is almost magic. The bokeh is absolutely gorgeous.
And while the lens is not tiny at all, it's a fraction of the size of a "convenient 70-200/2.8. So I get the fast low-light/action performance of a 70-200/2.8, in the size of a medium kit zoom lens.

It's far from convenient, but I love the image quality so much from the lens, that I keep it on the camera far more often than a 200mm should be on the camera. In fact, I have 70-210 and 70-300 zoom lenses that I almost never ever use anymore.

So that's my favorite lens. The lens I'm particularly glad I bought, well worth the extra few $$$ compare to what I usually spend on lenses.

So what's your personal favorite?
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:03 PM   #2
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My favorite lens is the Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 Art. It stays on my camera 90% of the time. I find that I would need a strong reason to not use this lens. The Nikon 50 mm f/1.4G is also in my bag. Though I've been using that less since I got the Sigma. The focusing is much faster than the Nikon. I just really love this focal length on a full frame.




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Old 08-15-2014, 02:41 PM   #3
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My favorite lens is the Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 Art. It stays on my camera 90% of the time. I find that I would need a strong reason to not use this lens. The Nikon 50 mm f/1.4G is also in my bag. Though I've been using that less since I got the Sigma. The focusing is much faster than the Nikon. I just really love this focal length on a full frame.
Beautiful shots, and I agree it's a wonderful walk-around focal length.

It is really telling, the favoritism to prime lenses by some, while so often we see the masses asking about, "what camera has the best zoom."
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:18 PM   #4
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I would have to say my favourite right now would be the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. It's most definitely my sharpest zoom lens.


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Old 08-15-2014, 08:20 PM   #5
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My favorite and most used lens is the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II. It is on one of my cameras 100% of the time. I am never without it for the obvious below reasons of being the most versatile lens for motorsports (IMHO!).

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PS These are pretty much right out of the camera with reduced resolution.

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Old 08-15-2014, 08:27 PM   #6
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Mine would be the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8. Love having a prime that has a wider angle; and the minor zoom range is just a plus. But I'm absolutely loving how the lens performs.


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Old 08-16-2014, 08:56 PM   #7
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Pretty astonishing that 3 totally different Sigma lenses have already been mentioned....
I've never owned or used a Sigma lens, but I suspect that may change in the near future.

No surprise that all the selected lenses are fast aperture. Though I am surprised nobody has mentioned anything ultrawide yet.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:03 AM   #8
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While there are a lot of folks who prefer to stick with OEM lenses, Sigma does provide a quality product at a more reasonable cost. Another words, "more bang for the buck". I honestly believe that a great photographer (which I do not claim to be!) can shoot with about anything and capture a good image, however better equipment does make things easier. While I keep a consumer weather resistant 18-55 in my bag for inclement weather, when I'm working I only use fast lenses. Once you use fast glass its difficult (at least for me) to adjust back to variable aperture lenses. I like to keep things simple.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:13 AM   #9
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Pretty astonishing that 3 totally different Sigma lenses have already been mentioned....
I've never owned or used a Sigma lens, but I suspect that may change in the near future.

No surprise that all the selected lenses are fast aperture. Though I am surprised nobody has mentioned anything ultrawide yet.
I am going to add another Sigma lens to the party.

Currently my favorite lens is the one I use most often. The Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS HSM. For what I shoot I need the flexibility of a zoom and these focal lengths seem to be perfect for this. This lens was also my workhorse for my last Disney trip and I suspect it will be again for my upcoming trip in November.

Here are some examples from this lens.
Light it up! by Nick Barese, on Flickr

[/url]Bethpage Black #18 Pano by Nick Barese, on Flickr

Flags of Everest by Nick Barese, on Flickr

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Old 08-17-2014, 09:04 AM   #10
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Canon 70-200L f/4 IS. I really like it on my full frame camera.

However, I would like to get my hands on one of the Sigma Art Primes. I may have to rent one for our next trip.
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:22 AM   #11
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Though I am surprised nobody has mentioned anything ultrawide yet.
I got a lot of mileage from my Nikon 14 - 24 f/2.8 during our last WDW visit in March and during our recent Alaska cruise.
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My favorite lens cost me about $60. It's a used Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1.4. First off, I love the way it looks on my NEX-7.



I have no autofocus and the aperture has to be adjusted on the lens - so I lose the "ease of use" factor. However, I've found the manually focusing to be not only more challenging ( and fun ) but I've gotten to the point where my hit rate is higher than AF. I've used this lens at lacrosse games and dance recitals.






When I first started getting serious with photography and started reading articles and reviews I would often read comments on how a lens would have a certain "character". I never quite understood this until I started using the Minolta Rokkor. Yes, it can produce annoying Chromo Aberration but the results look more "film like" to me than digital. Wide open at f/1.4 and you can gets some "dreamy" shots.





I find the bokeh smooth and very appealing.



But the characteristic that I enjoy the most from the Rokkor is the colors it produces. They are rich, deep and as I said before, film like.





These two shots are from a family cookout. The first one I completely missed the focus but kept it because I love the color.





Working on the files in Lightroom is interesting. I find that I cannot manipulate the image nearly as much as I can when using an image shot with a native lens. The "range" I can process a RAW file is about half of that of a RAW file from a native lens. This means the final image is very close to how it was originally shot.

Although the Rokkor is my favorite lens - it's not the lens I have on the camera most of the time due to the challenges of operating almost fully manually. However, when I don't feel lazy and have it on and take the time, I love the results.

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That's like asking "what is best, pizza, bacon, or chocolate." I love most of my lenses when I use them in the situations where they excel. I'd hate to show up at an indoor party with my 300mm f/2.8, but I love taking it to sporting events. On other hand, while I love using my 24mm f/1.4 at parties, I wouldn't want to rely on it as my main lens for a portrait shoot. I like the versatility of a fast zoom like the 70-200 f/2.8 but prefer primes when I don't need the extra versatility of one lens that covers a wide range.
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:44 PM   #14
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That's like asking "what is best, pizza, bacon, or chocolate." I love most of my lenses when I use them in the situations where they excel. I'd hate to show up at an indoor party with my 300mm f/2.8, but I love taking it to sporting events. On other hand, while I love using my 24mm f/1.4 at parties, I wouldn't want to rely on it as my main lens for a portrait shoot. I like the versatility of a fast zoom like the 70-200 f/2.8 but prefer primes when I don't need the extra versatility of one lens that covers a wide range.
Of course different lenses have different purposes. Everyone that has answered, owns and uses multiple lenses.

To go to your analogy, someone may really enjoy pizza and bacon, but chocolate has a special place in their heart.

Favorite lens... Which lens brings you the most sheer joy to use, or holds a special place in your heart and collection. If you changed systems, which lens would you miss the most.
May be your most frequently used lens. Or may even be a lens you rarely use, but gives you great joy. ( such as a macro).

It's pure discussion among enthusiasts. There are no right or wrong answers. But I find most serious enthusiasts have a favorite lens or 2, that goes beyond the simple convenience of the focal length.
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Fractal.. Now that's a "favorite lens"-- based truly on love of your craft and the unique character of the shots. I see lots of technical "flaws"-- vignetting, cat's eye bokeh, etc -- but in your final products, those all lend a special character.
And I agree that the color rendition is very nice.
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