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    Cool All time FAVOURITE lens?

    Thought this might be fun - Couldnt find if this thread had already been done..

    Just wondering what everyone's all time favourite lenses are, what do you use them for & why?
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    I don't know if I've ever had an all time favourite lens, though I have a few that I
    An 8-16 UWA and a 50-500 zoom. I reckon I like these mostly because they cost me a good bit.
    One of the sharpest that I remember from yore is a Rokkor 50/1.7 for my old Minolta film camera.

    Can't think of any others...
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    All-time favourite? OK, this is as opposed to, say, my all-time most-used, or all-time go-to, or all-time most practical, or all-time most versatile, yes? OK, never mind how much I use it, or how many things you wouldn't dream of wanting it for, which is the lens I've had the most fun with?

    Well, pretty much all of them, but I'm going to go for the Tokina 10-17 fisheye zoom. Remarkably versatile for what it is, and you can even use it on a 1 Series if you want to. Not full-frame though, which is a crying shame. I'd love a full-frame version of it. Small, solid as a rock, heavier than you expect (that's that traditional Tokina build quality adding weight), low-tech focus mechanism but at these focal lengths you just don't notice that.

    In more orthodox lenses, it would have to be my 100-400, which I use for birds a bit and landscapes a lot. Absolutely my favourite landscape lens.
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    Right now I'm in a wildlife phase so my Canon 200-400.

    Runner up would be the 70-200 2.8 IS II and the 400 2.8 IS (wish I still had the 400)

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    Being mainly a birder my favourite was the 300 f2.8 VRII, but now I have the 400 f2.8E FL VR it has taken over the favourite "duties".

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    I like my Birding lens the 300 f/4 which never leaves one camera and my 100mm macro lens that never leaves the other camera.

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    My Nikon 70-200 is my favorite lens by a long way, it lives on my camera 90% of the time. Portraits, sports, candids etc. It does it all. Focus speed is mind blowing and bokeh is spectacular.
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    My Sigma 24-70 f2.8

    Even though it gets less use than it could/should, it is the sharpest lens I have. Straight out of camera, the images are so sharp, that often I do not bother applying any sharpening to photos taken with it.

    Second would be my Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Great for small things and also makes a wonderful petraiture lens.

    And as a landscape photographer, I wonder how many think HUH to my choices? My Sigma 12-24 is great as is my Nikon 17-35, but for sheer image quality straight out of camera, my 24-70 is a doozie!
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    Favourite is my 50mm f1.8 Nikon. Use it for 90% of my photos these days. Light, sharp lens which suits what I need from my kit at the moment.

    The favourite before moving to full frame was my Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 Nikon mount. Most of my favourite shots were taken with that lens!


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    My favorite lens is probably the Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens due to it being so versatile with superb qualities all round for my type of photos.

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    I do have a couple of favourite SLR lenses, which I won't mention here, but for the sake of something different I'd like to point out a favourite type of lens, namely enlarging lenses.

    Lenses intended for use on an enlarger are simple and easy to use as taking lenses. Some offer interesting rendering qualities that are not always available with normal SLR or taking lenses. Most are well suited for use as close up lenses or even for general photography (with limitations) and are generally quite cheap too. I tend to use enlarging lenses quite a lot with either a helicoid or bellows to provide a means to focus the lens.

    If I had to pick ONE enlarging lens I'd probably pick the Meopta Meogon 2.8/80. I have many 'better' and 'sharper' 80mm enlarging lenses, but most are quite slow and few render images in such an interesting way as the Meogon. The Meogon is also the fastest enlarging lens in this focal length range although there are plenty of cheap 3.5/75's with only 1/2 stop difference.







    IMG_8667_Meogon80_2f8_1920x1280 by rigshots, on Flickr

    IMG_8618_Meogon80_2f8_1920x1280 by rigshots, on Flickr

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    My favourites would be my Nikon 10-24 and my Tamron 70-200 f2.8. But, if I don't know what I'm going to photograph I tend to go to the Nikon 18-200.
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    Well I've only got two lens, a Sigma 18-200 (my first), and a Sigma 24-70 f2.8. When only had the 18-200 it had to be my all time favourite, but since I got the 24-70 it has hardly ever been off my camera.
    So, from my restricted palette, I'd have to say that the Sigma 24-70 is my all time favourite.


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    Hmmm. Don't really have many to choose from, but for Nikon my 80-200/2.8 (fast push pull zoom for sport and sharp as a tack) and Oly a toss-up between the Oly 9-18 (great for landscapes and super compact) or the adapted Minolta rokkorX 50/1.4 (sharp but with smooth out of focus areas)

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    Hmm, hard choice.

    It was the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 which always put a smile on my face when using it.

    Not my most used lens which is the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 and I absolutely love that one.

    I think I would have to make it the Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8 because I like things fairly wide.
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    Im loving my Tammy 70-200 2.8 vc usd very sharp and gets a wide range of uses.
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    its a very hard choice to say but I will end up saying two of my favs - Canon 50mm f1.2 and my 16 - 35mm f2.8. These are the to fav lenses that i use

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    I think my favourite current lens is my Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX.

    At first I wasn't sure that I liked it but It must have grown on me as it's now almost constantly attached to my D7000 and looking at my metadata, I seem to use it more than any other lens that I own.

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    I'm in the same shoes as Terry, and exact same lenses (but for Sony) - 18-250mm and 28-75mm.

    To pick which is my favourite is almost impossible, but I'd say the 18-250 for the sake of it. Although my 28-75 is of higher quality, and both lenses get used equally, I would side the 18-250 for the range and all-round lens, which is what I like about it.

    But, if I was to include something that I don't have, my favourite lens would be the guy stuck on the RX10 - 18-200 f/2.8 - Oh how I'd love a lens that's fast and has a very versatile focal length. Too bad it isn't a 'detachable' lens per say, but as a lens in general that's on a camera, the RX10 18-200 f/2.8 gets my vote.
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    mmm, I have no lens in mind, but I haven't bought my favourite lens yet.

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