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    If you could only have one lens?

    Let's say for a moment that Lens Acquisition Syndrome has been outlawed and we are all forced to reduce our collections down to a single lens. What one lens would you want?

    For me, it would be my 100mm 2.8 macro lens. With that one lens I could do virtually every type of photography I enjoy - macro, food, product, portrait and landscape (yes I use it quite a bit for landscape images). I love that lens, so it would be a pretty easy decision for me to make.

    But that's just me. I'm curious to know what other people would choose.
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    No brainer for me 70-200 2.8

    Does everything.
    Last edited by kiwi; 17-05-2011 at 8:57am.
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    24-70 L of course. Most versatile thing out there for me.

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    I will just kill myself...

    I can't do without either the 100L Macro, 24-70L or the 70-200L.

    But if I really really really have no choice, 24-70L is the most sensible choice. As it also have a very short minimal focus length.

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    Easy choice for me too...my Nikon 85mm macro...it just lives on my camera all the time..love it!!
    D610 and D90 with a 16-35mm f/4,a 70-200mm f/4 ,a 300mm f/4 +TC11 convertor, 18-200mmDX and 85mm micro Dx.

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    For me it'd be my 100-400mm L.
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    Too difficult for me.

    I have to wait until they bring out a 8-600 f1.2, with fisheye and macro switches, and is the size and weight of say a 24-70.

    That should cover most situations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpb View Post
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    I have to wait until they bring out a 8-600 f1.2, with fisheye and macro switches, and is the size and weight of say a 24-70.
    Rumour has it this will be out in Q1, 2012, alongside the 5D Mark III... XD
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    My funeral notice is appearing tomorrow (so my family tells me)
    I don't think I could live but if I had to choose it would be my 24-70 2.8
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpb View Post
    Too difficult for me.

    I have to wait until they bring out a 8-600 f1.2, with fisheye and macro switches, and is the size and weight of say a 24-70.

    That should cover most situations.
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    An interesting mix so far, although the 24-70 f2.8 seems to be leading the pack. I don't own that lens myself (have definitely thought about it though) but I can understand the appeal

    Quote Originally Posted by mpb View Post
    Too difficult for me.

    I have to wait until they bring out a 8-600 f1.2, with fisheye and macro switches, and is the size and weight of say a 24-70.

    That should cover most situations.
    What a rich fantasy world you must live in!
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    Forget to say, it will be released on special to AP members for less than $100.00.

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    Very impressed with the 24-105 f4 L, Especially seeing the next Camera will be Full Frame
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    10-20 for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksolomon View Post
    My funeral notice is appearing tomorrow (so my family tells me)
    I don't think I could live but if I had to choose it would be my 24-70 2.8
    What have you done ????????
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    Well, unfortunately (?) for me this is a reality. Call it a self-imposed financially driven outlawing of Lens Acquisition Syndrome... but I only have the one lens. It's an 18-200mm Canon and I must say so far that we are good friends and I would, and have, chosen this as my one and only lens... for now anyway.

    I guess technically I do have 2 - the similarly ranged Tamron lens that was replaced by the Canon one still resides in my home, loaded with dust particles, though, and not use-ready.
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    70-200 but maybe the 50-500
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    This thread is really useful for those of us investigating upgrading to a dSLR .

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    one lens would be 35mm f/1.4. I dont have anything between 35-135 and I dont really miss that. I probably would miss something a bit wider, but if only 1 it would be that. On a 1dsmk3 please
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabby View Post
    This thread is really useful for those of us investigating upgrading to a dSLR .
    Be careful as you need to consider what you shoot before you consider what you shoot with

    For example I'd take a guess my average focal length is 300mm, dtoh might be 30mm
    Last edited by kiwi; 17-05-2011 at 5:00pm.

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