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Title: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: beckstoy on June 23, 2013, 09:27:17 PM
Alright everybody, here's the hard question.  Someone's gonna ask it!   :)

You can only pick 1 lens for the rest of your life from today's current lineup.  What do you do?


Take some time and think about your answer for

1.  A Crop Sensor camera

2.  A Full-Frame camera

Also, let us know what you normally shoot (weddings, landscapes, macro, etc.)


I'll start it off:

(I shoot Weddings and Events, primarily)

1.  EF-S 17-55mm f2.8

2.  EF 70-200mm f2.8 II (amazing lens)
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: johnf3f on June 23, 2013, 09:36:29 PM
I have a selection of Canon lenses that I use on 1.3 crop and FF. If I was forced to choose just one then it would have to be my 800 F5.6 L IS. I know this is a VERY specialized lens but it is the one I use most so it would have to stay. Of course if I could trade it for a 600 F4 Mk2................
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Jim Saunders on June 23, 2013, 09:40:35 PM
My 24-70 II.

Jim
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: wayno on June 23, 2013, 09:41:30 PM
My 24-70 II.

Jim

Agree. Versatility and excellent optics.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: jdramirez on June 23, 2013, 10:18:51 PM
I hate this question.

I  did use a 50mm  f 1.8  exclusively for a while...

I  like,  but don't love my 24-105.   Well it is more than like,  but it is my goto lens when I'm not sure what I'll be shooting. 

I guess I'd also go 24-70 mkii  as well,  but I've never used it...  so I'm relying on other people's opinion. 

Fine...  I'd opt for a 8 mm  fisheye...
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: crasher8 on June 23, 2013, 10:35:09 PM
FF

ef 50 1.2
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: verysimplejason on June 23, 2013, 10:39:18 PM
Crop, 28mm F1.8
FF, 40mm F2.8

Why?  I want a lens I can take anywhere light enough and small enough for me to enjoy other things in life.  If I can have another lens beside that, I'll take the 70-300 L for both.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: tnargs on June 23, 2013, 10:58:54 PM
Maybe the recent Canon 35mm f2 IS -- for FF and standard sensors.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: RGF on June 23, 2013, 11:08:37 PM
FF

For wildlife, 200-400, followed by 600 and then 70-200

For macro, 180

For lens scape, harder call, probably 24-70
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: pj1974 on June 23, 2013, 11:44:48 PM
I don't really see the point of having a DSLR if you could only have one lens... so this thread is very much hypothetical for me, as I use different lenses for different purposes.

However I'll share my thoughts below, pretending a 'only allowed 1 lens' scenario were reality. (My main photography interest is landscape.... but I take lots of types of photos - so an 'all round' lens fits the bill best for me).

- APS-C (crop sensored DSLR): Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM would be the second 'all round' preference).

    I would really miss the reach of my Canon EF 70-300mm L f/4-5.6 IS USM for wildlife, etc. as well my UWA landscape shots (with eg my Sigma AF 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM on my APS-C)

- FF (Full Frame DSLR) Canon EF 24-105mm L f/4 IS USM (with the Canon EF 24-70mm L f/2.8 USM and the Canon EF 24-70mm L f/4 USM IS [semi-macro] as my alternate preferences on FF for 'all round' lenses).

Again I would miss my true macro shots - or a bright prime for shallow depth of field.

Other options for a 'one-only' lens on FF would be the Canon EF 70-200mm L f/2.8 IS USM vII, or the Canon EF 28-300mm L f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - but these are large, heavy lenses to lug around all the time.

Regards....

Paul
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: daveheinzel on June 23, 2013, 11:58:43 PM
One camera and one lens forever: Canon EOS 3 (film) and Zeiss 50mm 1.4. Ilford HP5. No hesitation.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Zv on June 24, 2013, 12:50:55 AM
Crop - ef-s 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. Very versatile lens though I would like a longer reach. The 10-22mm was also a great lens on crop but limits me to WA focal lengths.

FF - that's tough. I could get away with just the 24-105L but that seems like a boring answer. I think the 135L would be my choice. Sure I'd miss out on landcapes but I'm more of a portraits and wedding guy these days. Then again I could also live with just a 24mm f/1.4 and be quite happy!

Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: julescar on June 24, 2013, 01:28:59 AM
24-70 II F2.8L  without any doubt over all my primes...
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Andy_Hodapp on June 24, 2013, 01:48:51 AM
For my 5D MKii, if we are talking about lenses we own, then the Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro. 

You can use it for landscape

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5467/9002732395_8c4563a838_k.jpg)

You can use it for portraits

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8184/8107624722_3e13074ffd_k.jpg)

You can use it as a telephoto

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8084/8276147216_390a09462b_k.jpg)

You can use it in low light

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8337/8210395424_3bcbd26b2f_k.jpg)

You can use it for macro (duh)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7450/9119732232_c01b8d5e04_k.jpg)

You can use it for product photography

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5325/9124197584_8ae9dfe583_k.jpg)


You can use it for movies

Nature (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCoMfAtBMCI#ws)


I've thought about it a lot and a good 100-105mm macro lens is on of the most versatile lenses you can have in your kit even though it is only designed to do one job.  The are very sharp, a great focal length, cheap, I got mine for $300, light weight, and have great focusing rings. 

Edit
All of the photos above were taken with my Sigma 105mm, also here is an album of some of my favorite shots I've taken with the lens, http://www.flickr.com/photos/66627224@N02/sets/72157633893629528/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/66627224@N02/sets/72157633893629528/)
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: adhocphotographer on June 24, 2013, 02:55:27 AM
Hmmm... out of the lenses I own/have owned

1) 17-55 f/2.8 IS
2) 24-105 f/4L

but i guess if i had a gun to my head and had to choose one, i would probably get the 28-300L for FF.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: pwp on June 24, 2013, 02:55:39 AM
One lens? That's easy, the 24-70 f/2.8II.

-PW
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: PKinDenmark on June 24, 2013, 03:23:01 AM
Though I hate the idea of having to be limited to just one lens, I will vote as follows:
Crop:  EF-S Canon 15-85
FF: Canon EF 24-105
Both of these have been my trusted pick-one-for-this-thip lenses, as they cover a very useful range and perform well (if not brilliantly).
Pretty boring, I know. My favourite lens is by far the Canon 70-200 f/4.0 IS, but that would not do it alone.

PS: I have no experience with the much praised 24-70 f/2.8 II, so I did not consider that for this poll.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: mfumbesi on June 24, 2013, 03:52:29 AM
One camera and one lens forever: Canon EOS 3 (film) and Zeiss 50mm 1.4. Ilford HP5. No hesitation.
As I was reading OP, I thought about my EF 50mm F1.4. It is currently permanantly attached to my 7D.
It is not an L lens but, I love it. If I had to choose one-body-one-lens system.
I'll probably take the 5D3 and the EF 50mm F1.4.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Danielle on June 24, 2013, 04:25:39 AM
The lens is an easier choice. Zeiss distagon 2/35 ZE.

Body: 1ds mark iii I think.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: jux58 on June 24, 2013, 04:41:03 AM
hi

i've just bought canon 100D to complete my 5DII
it's just a miracle, because of the weight

if i had to keep just a kit, i would choose my 100D with a voigtlander skopar 20 mm

manual focus, to think about the result before taking the picture (and save space on the hard disk)

Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: bholliman on June 24, 2013, 06:23:26 AM
Obviously, this is all hypothetical, since having interchangeable lenses is one of the main advantages of a DSLR, but if I had to choose:

1) EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
2) EF 70-200 f/2.8 II IS

When I get my EF 24-70 f/2.8 II in a month or so, I imagine it will make this list.

I mostly shoot family/kids and landscapes.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Dick on June 24, 2013, 06:28:59 AM
Well, for crop it is indeed quite a no-brainer to choose the

1. EF-S 17-55 IS USM, because it's decent enough for crop photos.

For FF all this becomes harder, since the basic 24-70mm zooms and the 24-105L are quite bad in one way or the other.

2. Sigma 35mm would be my current choice, because it is amazingly sharp & 35mm is great for general purpose shots. I use this lens the most these days, unless of course I'm out shooting macro stuff.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: bholliman on June 24, 2013, 06:34:51 AM
I guess I'd also go 24-70 mkii  as well,  but I've never used it...  so I'm relying on other people's opinion. 

You are kidding, right? :o
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: drolo61 on June 24, 2013, 06:38:22 AM
For FF 24-70 2,8 II on 5DIII

As I have to choose one system only - no crop for me
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: eddiemrg on June 24, 2013, 06:47:38 AM
1. 15-85 IS USM
2.  50 1.4 canon
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Click on June 24, 2013, 07:00:26 AM
FF   24-70 f2.8 L II
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: aprotosimaki on June 24, 2013, 07:21:53 AM
For my 5D MKii, if we are talking about lenses we own, then the Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ...

Great post!

Thanks
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: pj1974 on June 24, 2013, 07:30:01 AM
For my 5D MKii, if we are talking about lenses we own, then the Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro. 

You can use it for landscape

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5467/9002732395_8c4563a838_k.jpg)

You can use it for portraits

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8184/8107624722_3e13074ffd_k.jpg)

You can use it as a telephoto

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8084/8276147216_390a09462b_k.jpg)

You can use it in low light

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8337/8210395424_3bcbd26b2f_k.jpg)

You can use it for macro (duh)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7450/9119732232_c01b8d5e04_k.jpg)

You can use it for product photography

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5325/9124197584_8ae9dfe583_k.jpg)


You can use it for movies

Nature (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCoMfAtBMCI#ws)


I've thought about it a lot and a good 100-105mm macro lens is on of the most versatile lenses you can have in your kit even though it is only designed to do one job.  The are very sharp, a great focal length, cheap, I got mine for $300, light weight, and have great focusing rings. 

Edit
All of the photos above were taken with my Sigma 105mm, also here is an album of some of my favorite shots I've taken with the lens, http://www.flickr.com/photos/66627224@N02/sets/72157633893629528/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/66627224@N02/sets/72157633893629528/)

Well done Andy, your set of photos (also your flickr page) are an example of someone who knows how to use a lens well, good improvisation on the 'macro' lens.

The other day I was using my Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens, and I also really love the photos that I can achieve with this lens.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: ecka on June 24, 2013, 07:35:07 AM
I don't really see the point of having a DSLR if you could only have one lens... so this thread is very much hypothetical for me, as I use different lenses for different purposes.

+1

I see this kind of questions mostly coming from zoom fans. If the rule allowed 1 zoom or 2 primes, then it would be a different story (at least for me). Otherwise, why not RX1, X100s or EOS-M+22/2 ? :)
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Rienzphotoz on June 24, 2013, 07:36:00 AM
For my Canon 5DMK III: 24-70 f/2.8
For my Nikon D7100: 18-300 VR
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: AmbientLight on June 24, 2013, 08:27:06 AM
This is a strange topic indeed. Based on my own lens usage statistics I have to say +100 for Crasher 8's first recommendation:

FF

ef 50 1.2

Then again I never pack just one lens, but sets of primes and sometimes I take zooms as well. I must admit I consider it rather weird to utilize just one lens. What's the point in using an interchangeable lens system?
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Markus D on June 24, 2013, 08:49:01 AM
Canon 100 2.8 L IS Macro
Canon 50 1.4

Bodies I have are 40D and 5D II. Lenses will suit both and with the multi factor on the 40D 100 can get away with a 160 FOV.

Both top lenses.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: maiajanus on June 24, 2013, 09:46:40 AM
Maybe the recent Canon 35mm f2 IS -- for FF and standard sensors.

I use the older 35 f/2 on both cropped and FF and it is very versatile. light, small, sharp-enough, close focusing distance, and very affordable. I'm on my second 35 f2. I'd like a better build, but can't justify it's replacement.

I do not make money from photography, so size/weight are important to me. I want to have fun when I'm out.
on APS-C: my goto travel/one-lens solution was the tamron 17-50 f2.8.
on FF: have not found it yet(maybe the older brother 28-75, every other zoom is heavy)
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: jdramirez on June 24, 2013, 10:21:46 AM
I guess I'd also go 24-70 mkii  as well,  but I've never used it...  so I'm relying on other people's opinion. 

You are kidding, right? :o

I was kidding about the 8mm fisheye.  I haven't  the 24-70  so I don't know if it really is the god lens  like everyone makes it out to be.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: RLPhoto on June 24, 2013, 01:06:45 PM
50L
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Hobby Shooter on June 24, 2013, 01:25:04 PM
Probably the  24-70 f/2.8 although I don't own it today. Of the ones I do own probably the 35L.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: captainkanji on June 24, 2013, 01:40:59 PM
For my 6D, I'd choose the 16-50 f/4L IS USM once it comes into existence. Most of my events are shot between 24 and 34mm. It would give me a little more range than the 16-35 and I like IS since my technique isn't the best yet. For now I'd choose the 24-105. It has a decent range and I am satisfied with IQ, but I've never used the 16-35. Man, picking one lens is hard. I'm dying to rent the new Sigma 35 Art and a 70-200 2.8 II.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: RMC33 on June 24, 2013, 01:47:22 PM
Don't shoot crop anymore, but if the 7DII is what canon is planning, 300 f/2.8 II

FF, I would have to take the Canon 17mm TS-E~ Nothing in my kit beats if for landscape or arch
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: marcel on June 24, 2013, 01:53:04 PM
Last year I took photos of a wedding with only one lens.
Was a very interesting experience, because the photos are being built with the frame and using a single lens can tell a whole story with only one point of view or angle of vision, changing the lens also changes the way you tell the story.
No doubt the lens is the 35 mm, in my case was the old EF 35 f 2.0 with the EOS 5D classic.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: AvTvM on June 24, 2013, 02:10:44 PM
easy! :-)

APS-C: EF-S 17-55/2.8 IS
"FF": EF 24-70/2.8 L II
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: farhanajahan on June 24, 2013, 02:30:38 PM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: AE-1Burnham on June 24, 2013, 03:55:41 PM
50 1.2L
FF / crop

 8)
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: JM Photography on June 24, 2013, 07:52:29 PM
FF

ef 50 1.2

Agreed, followed by Canon 14 F2.8L II close behind
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: jdramirez on June 24, 2013, 08:56:59 PM
I said this earlier,  but I got along with only a 50mm f1.8  for quite a while...  with my present mkiii I  could probably be satisfied with only an 85mm f1.2. I  wouldn't be able to do sports photography because of the slow af  motor...  but I  could do quite a bit with it. 
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Bolt on June 24, 2013, 09:12:16 PM
24-70L F4 IS or 16-35L F2.8 II

Both are sharp, well built and offer versatility that is appropriate in both photography and videography. The IS in the new 24-70 is brilliant and the 16 - 35 makes your photos look so much more intimate than a tele-photo.

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” - Robert Capa
Title: Changed my mind.
Post by: crasher8 on June 24, 2013, 10:09:30 PM
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: dickgrafixstop on July 25, 2013, 02:34:54 PM
35mm asph summilux - and the camera to go with it.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: BRNexus6 on July 25, 2013, 03:38:55 PM

APS-C  28mm 1.8 IS

FF 40mm 1.8 IS 


Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: luciolepri on July 25, 2013, 06:20:52 PM
Maybe the recent Canon 35mm f2 IS -- for FF and standard sensors.

+1

And probably the 17-55/2,8 in the APS-C case.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: CaneteCo. on July 25, 2013, 07:50:37 PM
 :) :) :) 70-200 2.8 II  :) :) :)
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: crasher8 on July 25, 2013, 08:03:21 PM
Boy after getting my latest new lens I have to rethink this one! (Tamron 24-70 VC)
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: verysimplejason on July 25, 2013, 08:34:38 PM

APS-C  28mm 1.8 IS

FF 40mm 1.8 IS

+1 but I'd welcome a 22mm instead of a 28mm and a 35mm instead of a 40mm.  A zoom like the new Sigma 16-35mm F1.8 is also good for APS-C though it's bigger than what I desire.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: steven kessel on July 25, 2013, 09:45:50 PM
Canon 100-400 F4-5.6 IS L.  It's not the sharpest lens in the inventory but for what I do, nature and wildlife photography, it is the most versatile.  Nothing else comes close. 
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: wsmith96 on July 26, 2013, 01:42:08 AM
Crop - 17-55 2.8 IS
FF - dunno, never owned one.  Probably the 24-105L for being a good walk around lens.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: ragmanjin on July 26, 2013, 04:03:08 AM
If I could have one lens, it would be the 17mm f/4 tilt-shift beast. Full-frame sensor or crop, that sh¡t drips with potential.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: yablonsky on July 26, 2013, 04:55:37 AM
24-70 ii
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Viggo on July 26, 2013, 05:18:47 AM
Boy after getting my latest new lens I have to rethink this one! (Tamron 24-70 VC)

+1 After getting the 2470 L II it instantly became my main lens and the one I can't do without.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Canon1 on July 26, 2013, 06:48:36 AM
Canon 100-400 F4-5.6 IS L.  It's not the sharpest lens in the inventory but for what I do, nature and wildlife photography, it is the most versatile.  Nothing else comes close.

I think this is key.  The right tool for what you do as a photographer.  I am into wildlife as well.... and have to agree that the 100-400 is the lens I would choose.  :)
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Menace on July 26, 2013, 06:53:52 AM
My EF70-200 f2.8 IS II -  ;D it's my goto lens.

Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: gferdinandsen on July 26, 2013, 07:44:09 AM
24-70 ii


+1
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: spinworkxroy on July 26, 2013, 07:44:59 AM
Considering i don't shoot wildlife (there isn't any where i'm from other than the zoo)
And i shoot mainly events and portraiture and I've gone through lenses from 50mm,85mm,100mm,70-200mm
And i find that for the past year, 95% of the time, i only use 1 lens, and that is the 24-70 f2.8II
So for me, if i had to choose only 1 lens, it'll be the lens i use 95% of the time these days for everything i shoot...
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: shutterwideshut on July 26, 2013, 08:15:39 AM
The 24-70 f/2.8L II on a FF body.  ;)
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Random Orbits on July 26, 2013, 11:56:35 AM
If I could only have 1 lens, then I'd seriously think about giving up the SLR.  One of its main advantages is to be able to use different lenses under different situations...
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: rpt on July 26, 2013, 12:02:49 PM
If I could only have 1 lens, then I'd seriously think about giving up the SLR.  One of its main advantages is to be able to use different lenses under different situations...
+1
If there is a law like that I'd go for a SX50...
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: gwflauto on July 26, 2013, 05:22:54 PM
I just love a light short tele. I would take the 85 / 1,8 for FF,

and I would probably have to do the zooming with my feet.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Don Haines on July 26, 2013, 08:55:09 PM
If I could only have one lens, it would be a 24-1200IS.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: Zv on July 27, 2013, 12:28:07 PM
The Hubble space telescope - attached to a 1DX, with some gaffer tape. That'l work!  :P
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: al-toidz photography on July 27, 2013, 01:31:38 PM
70-200 IS ii all day on aps-h and fullframe sensors.
Title: Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
Post by: silvestography on July 27, 2013, 02:34:50 PM
My trusty Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC. Works a dream even on my mere crop-sensored t3i/600d.