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Title: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: 259IzNaj on December 02, 2011, 06:36:16 AM
Hi all, i currently own a canon 50mm f1.8.. It feels more like a toy but i love it as it produces excellent images. However, there are a few prime lenses that i wish to have such as:

50mm f1.4 - an upgrade from the f1.8
24mm f1.4 L ii - for group or landscape

Yes, some of us prefer zoom lenses due to several factors such as versatility or maybe even economically - a factor that i really focus on  :)

Please share what prime lenses you currently own and why you love them  :D and what are the lenses you would like to have... it would greatly help me to understand more about the power of prime lenses  :D

Thanks!
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: JR on December 02, 2011, 08:21:07 AM
Hi there "259lzNaj" (quite a use name you got there!).  The choice of lens and focal lenght really depends on your need.  That said, as an avid amateur here (am no expert) I fell in love with prime lens for three main reasons:

1- In most cases I found the image quality to be far superior to an equivalent zoom;
2- low light capability - you will find that prime lens usually have wider aperture than zoom lens
3- Shot composition - being an amateur and not a pro, I personally found it easier for me to focus on the picture at hand when I dont need to worry about zooming in a picture.  If I shoot 50mm, then I need to set my brain to see the image with a 50mm mindset.  I found this helped me a lot.

You will find in my signature that I am a big fan of prime with the one I have.  From your question, the 50mm 1.4 is an excellent lens (I owned one) and so is the 24L which I dont yet have.  Again it depends on your needs.  I almost got the 24L but decided to get a 35mm 1.4L instead because it was more suited to my needs (groups portraits inside when space is limited - if not I use the 50mm or the 85mm).

The 24 is definitively on my wish and so is the wonderful 100L macro lens...  What do you plan to use the lens for?
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: 259IzNaj on December 02, 2011, 09:41:05 AM
Hi JR, yes...i really lack creativity when it comes to usernames   :D

Thanks for the helpful insights... I totally agree with your points... I just wish i have the funds to get all the prime lenses that i want...  :D

I am not a pro too but i really like the 24 with f1.4. Also, i could use it for travelling and take pictures of whole family with beautiful landmarks or landscapes visible in the background. Again i agree with you with regards to personal needs..
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: JR on December 02, 2011, 10:29:41 AM
Regarding the 24mm, which body are you using?  FF or APS-C?  On a FF the 24mm can be tricky when taking people picture as if you are too close it can create some effect (distort a bit the face feature for example) that you may or may not want.  This is why I went for a 35mm on my FF 5D.

However if you have an APS-C body like a 7D or 60D, then I would pick the 24 for that purpose for sure over the 35mm...
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: LuCoOc on December 02, 2011, 10:39:09 AM
there's no macro zoom lens yet. so if you need/want 1x magnification (or more ->mp-e 65mm) you have go for a prime lens.
that's why i got the 100L. it's a fantastic lens.
one other reason is price. normal range primes a usually cheaper and at equivalent apartures as good as zooms.
I don't have any ef primes except for the 100 macro. however my two M42 mount lenses are very fun to use and i got both of them and an adapter for less than 20 bucks.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: branden on December 02, 2011, 10:54:55 AM
For my main camera, the 5D MkII, the only lenses I own are the 24L MkII, the Zeiss 2/50 Makro-planar, and the 135L. I used to have many more lenses, both zoom and prime. Occasionally I'll rent something else, but for the most part, these 3 lenses are all I need. Frequently, I won't even carry all three with me when I'm out doing something. I've found that instead of limiting my photos, it's actually made my photos better, as now it's easier to visualize the shot in my head before ever even raising the camera to my eye.

I shoot mostly landscapes and events. Landscapes are easy with prime lenses, just move to where you need to be. Events are easy too, since the fast apertures are very nice, even with flash (which I always use at events), since fast lenses can get photos where the flash effect is subtle.

The makro-planar is only a half-size macro lens, but that's fine with me because I do not shoot macro photos. I use the lens because of it's great sharpness, flat focal plane, and lack of distortion, all of which are great for landscape photos. I also shoot the occasional product photo -- and the macro lens is great for this too.

I could ramble on all day, but this basically just boils down to my shooting style, and what works for me personally, like has already been said.

The nice thing I've discovered with Canon's prime lens lineup, though, is that there are no bad eggs.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Axilrod on December 02, 2011, 10:57:21 AM
When I bought my 5DII the first lenses I picked up were the 24-70 f/2.8 and the 16-35 f/2.8 II.  A few months later I found a great deal on a 35L and 50L and bought both.  The sharpness is far superior to the zooms, low light performance is ridiculously good, and the bokeh is beautiful.

After that I bought the 100mm L Macro, the 85L, and the 135L, all of which are awesome lenses.  I ended up selling the 100 Macro (which I kinda regret now).

I've also owned the 50mm f/1.4 and the 85mm f/1.8, which were both amazing lenses for the money.  You can get either for around $350 and both perform as well as $1k+ zooms. 

Currently Own: 35L, 50L, 85L, 135L
Previously Owned: 50 1.4, 85 1.8, 100L Macro
Wishlist: 14L, 24L
Dream: 200 f/2L IS

With all of that being said, I think I'm going to swap out everything for Zeiss glass soon, as I shoot video mainly and dont have much need for autofocus.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: K-amps on December 02, 2011, 11:37:57 AM
50mm f1.8 mk.II
180mm f3.5L

Wish list: 135mmL f2
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: photophreek on December 02, 2011, 12:04:18 PM
When I got back into photography after more than a 30 year break, I started with zooms.  The 16-35 II, 70-200 II and the 24-105.  I got an amazing deal on a 135L.  I was astounded by the sharpness of this lens.  I was hooked, time to add primes to the bag.  I got the 100L macro, 35L and recently the 85L II - the trinity was complete.  Things then got out of hand and because I'm an avid bird photographer, I added the 400 5.6 about six months ago and recently a 500 f4 IS.  My next prime addition will be the 24L II or the Zeiss 21 f2.8 - can't decide.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: neuroanatomist on December 02, 2011, 12:05:57 PM
Please share what prime lenses you currently own and why you love them 

TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II - great for architecture and landscapes
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM - nighttime walkaround lens and indoor ambient shooting
MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro - there just isn't another lens like this one!
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM - quintessential portrait lens
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM - great general purpose macro lens, decent for portraits, too
EF 135mm f/2L USM - wonderful for tight portraits and for action shooting

and what are the lenses you would like to have...

500mm f/4L IS II   :D  But I think the 1D X is going to come first...
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Axilrod on December 02, 2011, 12:09:20 PM
When I got back into photography after more than a 30 year break, I started with zooms.  The 16-35 II, 70-200 II and the 24-105.  I got an amazing deal on a 135L.  I was astounded by the sharpness of this lens.  I was hooked, time to add primes to the bag.  I got the 100L macro, 35L and recently the 85L II - the trinity was complete.  Things then got out of hand and because I'm an avid bird photographer, I added the 400 5.6 about six months ago and recently a 500 f4 IS.  My next prime addition will be the 24L II or the Zeiss 21 f2.8 - can't decide.

I've heard nothing but great things about ALL of the Zeiss stuff.  All I know is I LOVE my 50L, but I was super impressed when trying out the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 (which is less than 1/2 the price of my 50).  I'm debating switching most of my glass out (since Zeiss stuff is without question better for video).

I'm trying to remind myself that I can always buy the L lenses again if I end up not being happy with the switch, I never thought I could be so attached to gear...
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: photophreek on December 02, 2011, 12:27:20 PM
Axilrod:
I've debated about the 50L many times and looked closely at the 50 1.4 Planar.  I shot weddings for years with Hasselblad and Zeiss optics, so I'm very familiar with Zeiss.  I'm nervous about the 50L and just started looking at Zeiss.  I keep thinking that the 50L will be the 85L II in a different FL, but, regrettably, the 50L is not.  Guess it's time to rent the 50L and see what it does.  One other prime I will be purchasing when the 5D 3 appears is the 24 TS-E II. 

Neuroanatomist:
The 500 Mk II was on the list, but the cost was really too much.  After using/testing the 500 Mk I for a few weeks, I'm glad and lucky I found such a clean/mint Mk I.  "Big whites" need some planning and preparation before heading out to shoot.  The 500 Mk II has to drop in price quite a bit b/4 I add it to my big bag.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Axilrod on December 02, 2011, 12:59:27 PM
Axilrod:
I've debated about the 50L many times and looked closely at the 50 1.4 Planar.  I shot weddings for years with Hasselblad and Zeiss optics, so I'm very familiar with Zeiss.  I'm nervous about the 50L and just started looking at Zeiss.  I keep thinking that the 50L will be the 85L II in a different FL, but, regrettably, the 50L is not.  Guess it's time to rent the 50L and see what it does.  One other prime I will be purchasing when the 5D 3 appears is the 24 TS-E II. 


I'm a little confused, you said you thought that the 50L would be the 85L II at a different focal length, but the 50L is not (which would lead me to believe you tested it and were disappointed).  But then you said it's time to rent and see what it does, did you get the Zeiss and the 50L mixed up?

My 50L can get just as sharp as my 85L II, but I think the 85 is tack sharp more consistently, but I love both of them.  The Zeiss glass just seems to produce a different look, it's hard to say whether it's actually better than the L stuff.  I'm about to go to the camera shop and shoot some sample footage on the Zeiss primes. 

Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: candyman on December 02, 2011, 01:00:01 PM

Please share what prime lenses you currently own and why you love them  :D

I have a 50mm F1.4
I love this lens for portraits (using a crop-camera Canon 7D). Beautiful bokeh. And, good in situations with less light or where flash is not allowed

Quote
and what are the lenses you would like to have

I would like to have a Canon 85mm F1.8
The 85mm lens I will also use for making portraits. However this lens will help me to make more close-up photos where I don't need to push the lens into their faces (I know about alternatives but they are currently not in the budget)

(but I have to wait for this lens since I will purchase my new sportslens first)

Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: codewizpt on December 02, 2011, 01:46:33 PM
I currently have (FF):
35mm f2 (indors)
50mm f1.4 (outdors and portrait)

Wish I had 80mm f1.2  and a macro prime (no matter the focal distance)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: K-amps on December 02, 2011, 02:33:39 PM
I currently have (FF):
35mm f2 (indors)
50mm f1.4 (outdors and portrait)

Wish I had 80mm f1.2  and a macro prime (no matter the focal distance)

If funds are an issue... get the non-L 100f2.8 Macro. It is as sharp as the L, I still miss mine. A good MINT copy can be had on ebay for about $460, which is a bargain, when you consider, it takes nice portraits too.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: KarelP on December 02, 2011, 02:40:09 PM
Hi there, new kid (from the Netherlands) on the block.  ;D

Used to have film Minolta AF (the original 7000AF), got back in photography thru Sony 717, Minolta 5d and 7d (how appropriate!). Two years ago I got a 50D, now looking at getting a used 5D Classic and contemplating eventually to maybe buy a used 7D.

I have for primes an EF 50 1.4 and an EF 85 1.8, and I lust after the 135L and would love a TS24 and 100 macro.
Apart from the primes I also own a few zooms:  a 17-40, a 24-105 and the first incarnation of the 70-200.

Regards,

Karel
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: dppaskewitz on December 02, 2011, 04:00:15 PM
Only one prime, the TS 24 (Mk1).  All else is zoom (24-105, 70-200 4 IS, 100-400 --- and a 28-135 that I need to sell).  I shoot on both FF and crop (5D classic and its little brother, the 30D)

My current modest wish list:

50 1.4
100 L Macro

I could easily add to that list, but funds are always a consideration.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: ejenner on December 02, 2011, 04:05:07 PM
I must admit I didn't think I would become a prime fan, but after getting the sig 85 1.4, my next 3 planned purchases are all primes.

Samyang 14mm (because its just so much sharper than the 17-40L in the corners, wider and I don't need AF in a 14mm landscape lens.  Manual aperture is also actually a benefit to me in a landscape lens.)
135L.  I have been toying with the idea of the 70-200 IS II because of the reviews, but have to keep reminding myself why I didn't get the Mk I in the first place - basically weight.  I have a hard time believing it would actually be as nice as the 135L, but the size and weight are the killers.
17mm TS-E.  OK, more of a dream, but maybe I can convince myself.  Naa.  Not going to make money out of this hobby, I can't see it happening.  Maybe a Zeiss 18mm instead, perhaps even before the 135L if the Samyang works out.

Unlike some, I do  like having all the focal lengths I can.  Zooming with my feet is not an option because it changes perspective.  I imagine the result I want, choose my point of view and perspective and then choose the focal length to get the framing I want (or a bit more with a view to cropping slightly).
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Caps18 on December 02, 2011, 05:14:31 PM
50mm F/1.2
17mm TS-E

I need to borrow the one 50mm f/1.2 we have at work to see how it does on my 5Dm2 compared to what I have (16-35 & 85mm f/1.8 ).  I've only used it on the 50D .

And I would buy the 50mm f/1.2 used from a co-worker.  But, I will probably get the 17mm TS-E first.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: photophreek on December 02, 2011, 05:53:51 PM
Axilrod:

No I haven't rented the 50L yet.  I've only read countless reviews about the lens and your comment about inconsistant focus has me a little gun shy about the lens.  I can rent both, the 50L and the Zeiss 50 1.4 which I am planning to do.  This happened to me when I was contemplating purchasing the 16-35 II.  Many reviews said that the lens was a little soft wide open.  I rented the lens for a weekend and my results were different than all the reviews I read.  I eventually bought the lens.

I know what you mean about the 85 II.  Mine is sharp (and then some) all the time.  I want the same results from the 50L which might be an issue.  Once I rent it for a weekend, I'll know better.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: jcns on December 02, 2011, 06:25:20 PM
28mm 1.8
50mm 1.4
35mm L 1.4
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: dr croubie on December 02, 2011, 07:07:34 PM
Currently have:
- Samyang 35/1.4 (a lot of the time glued to my camera when the 70-300L isn't. I could live off those two alone).
- Nifty Fifty EF 50/1.8 II (first prime for €100).
- EF 85/1.8 (just got it off ebay a month ago specifically for taking portraits)
- Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 50/1.4 (in the mail from ebay, should be here soon. Faster than niftyfifty, allegedly better IQ than EF 50/1.4 in trade off for Manual Focus, which I prefer anyway)

Medium Format Primes (with a EF-P6 tilt-adapter):
- Zeiss 50/4 Flektogon, 80/2.8 Biometar, 180/2.8 Sonnar in Pentacon Six (http://pentaconsix.com/p6data.htm) mount.
- Arsenal (http://pentaconsix.com/RussUkrdata.htm) Zodiak 30/3.5 Fisheye, 65/3.5 Mir-38, 90/2.8 Vega-12, 250/3.5 Jupiter-36 in either P6 or Kiev-88 mount with P-6 adapter.

- And some 300/5.6 Paragon M42 lens I put a minimum $10 bid on and had to buy and have barely ever used.
- Technically Pinhole is a prime, i've got an f/177 Skink Pinhole set too.
- Lensbaby is also a 50/2.0 prime.


Next?
135/2L if I ever go FF and get a job shooting portraits, or low-light short-range sports.
14/2.8L, TS-E 17, TS-E 24 II If I ever get a job for architecture (and don't get a Tokina 11-16 or Sigma 8-16 first).
EFs 11/2 if they ever build one.
EF 400/2.8 or 600/4 if i win the lottery (although it'd probably be the 200-400x1.4/4 first if I did).
But nothing in the forseeable future...
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: willrobb on December 02, 2011, 08:12:13 PM
I currently have:

50mm f1.2L:Great for portraits, whether it be individual, couples or group. I use it a lot at wedding receptions, corporate events and editorial shoots when I have to walk about and capture the action. I really debated about buying it or going for the f1.4 50mm I had before, but I am extremely happy with what I get with it. For portraits the bokeh is brilliant.

100mm f2.8L macro HIS: Obviously great for macro work  ;) I bought it for a product shoot last year, but it's become a lens I have in my bag on most of my shoots now. At weddings/events it's great for close ups of details on many small objects (wedding rings, corporate gifts in tables) and I use it a lot for portraits when I can put a good bit of distance between me and my subjects. Also, when traveling it's nice and light. To be honest I didn't think I'd get so much use out of it, but it's becoming one of my favourite lenses.

Wish list (and sure things)

Next (next month actually) I'm getting:
TS-E 24mm f3.5LII: Going to be used for landscapes (travels with this, the 50mm f1.2L and 100mm macro f2.8L, interiors for bar reviews and general architecture. Also, looking forward to using it for group portraits at weddings and some creative portraits with lots of tilt and shift in them. I've been putting away some cash every month into the TS-E fund for the last 3 months, usually I just go out and buy but I'm being sensible as I am moving country (and continent) soon.

This time next year (as long as the moving gamble pays off):
135mm f2L: Really want this for portraits, also for a walk about lens at weddings/events. I've heard so much good stuff about this lens, I can envision this being used a lot more than my 70-200mm f2.8L at indoor events, lighter, nicer bokeh. Looking forward to that, even half considered getting it before the TS-E 24mm f3.5LII. If any unexpected jobs come up before Xmas I may just treat myself....

Finally (no time frame as yet)
85mm f1.2L: The quintessential portrait lens indeed. Already having the 50mm f1.2L and the 100mm f2.8L macro HIS I already have a a lot of portrait bases covered, the 85mm will be much better than the 100mm macro I am sure, but at the moment it isn't an essential purchase for me.


Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: 259IzNaj on December 02, 2011, 08:53:24 PM
Regarding the 24mm, which body are you using?  FF or APS-C?  On a FF the 24mm can be tricky when taking people picture as if you are too close it can create some effect (distort a bit the face feature for example) that you may or may not want.  This is why I went for a 35mm on my FF 5D.

However if you have an APS-C body like a 7D or 60D, then I would pick the 24 for that purpose for sure over the 35mm...

Hi JR,

I am currently using a 5d mk 2. I see, i have read reviews about using 24mm as portrait lens and distortion can be seen. I think i need to read up more on 35mm as well or maybe do some trials with it.

To all who replied to this forum, thanks!  :D

I have read the reviews and wishlist and it really helps me understand more especially from your personal experiences. Truthfully, i owned a 100mm f2.8L before and regretted selling it... it was an excellent lens but i had to let go to upgrade to a full frame... easiest choice to sell from a selection of lenses i had back then but i surely miss it...
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: RC on December 02, 2011, 09:25:08 PM
Currently I own only 1 prime:

100 Macro 2.8 L IS - obviously for macro work and I'll use it for tight portrait when I get a FF.  I'm amazed at how sharp this lens is. ;D


My current wish shopping list in order:

1.  24-105 f4 L - need to get this zoom first to compliment my 16-35 so I have a wider focal range
2.  35 1.4 L - Excellent "normal" lens for my 7D.  Plan to use it for portrait (full body, group).  Besides, I need a fast low-light lens.  However, I'm dragging my feet.  This is an old lens (1998) which needs updated optics (soft edges wide open), plus weather sealing.  I'm hoping this updated in 2012
3.  50 1.4 or 1.2 L - need to do more research -  for tighter portraits.  This one is driving me nuts.  Would like the 1.2 for build, speed, and bokeh but I can't ignore all the negative comments for such a high price.
4.  Once I get a FF (5D3), I plan to get 85 f1.?
5.  TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II - I love architectural photography
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Chicorob on December 02, 2011, 09:40:11 PM
Primes:
85 f1.8
50 f1.4
100 f2.8L IS macro

The only other prime I REALLY want is the 85 f1.2L but wouldn't mind picking up the 15mm fisheye before they go away completely.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: tron on December 02, 2011, 09:40:44 PM
I started back in 1987 with an EOS 620 and I slowly gathered some lenses:


50mm 1.8 (version 1)
28mm f/2.8
24mm f/2.8
20mm f/2.8
50mm 1.4 (that was stolen)
100mm f/2.8 Macro (the first, non-USM, non-L version)
300mm f/4L non-IS

Then the
85mm f/1.8
135mm f/2L
TS-E 24mm version II
Zeiss 21mm f2.8 ZE

These lenses have been used for prints, slides and b/w.

When I was involved with b/w and was printing photos with sizes between A4 and A3
I remember that I was disappointed with the performance of my 28-70/2.8L

So I switched to the primes (by that time I used mainly 24mm, 28mm, 50mm) and I was very satisfied.

It is inevitable to not use all the lenses all the time.

Some time in the past I got the  16-35/f2.8 L (version 1), the 24-70mm f/2.8 L and the 70-200mm f/2.8 L (non-IS) zooms
which I liked a lot (Unfortunatelly the last 2 were stolen too) so I had stopped using many fixed lenses.

Right now some prime lenses are not being used but some prove very useful:

My 100mm Macro is sharp.
It is very interesting that this supposedly "lowly" non-USM, non-L slow focusing lens
excelled in photographing a flower
in the same distance where my 70-200 f/4L IS failed  miserably to focus
(In some photos it looked like it was back-focusing and in some everything was not focused)
In addition you do not need a hood  since the first element is very recessed.

Same for my trusty 300mm. It is very sharp wide open.
I have photographed many sunsets, landscapes in general and a total eclipse. (with an EF2x II teleconverter)
Also it has been used at wetlands with a 5DmkII successfully.
This lens stays no matter it has no IS.

I admit that I have questions about the 85mm (on the other hand I have not used it a lot)
I love the 135mm wide open ( very impressive between 2.0 and 2.8 )

The 21mm Zeiss is sharp edge to edge a feature I missed on my 16-35mm zoom.
Also it is very nice for Astrophotography since the infinite position is indeed ... infinite.

Finally with the TS-E 24mm II no more converging verticals in pictures of buildings and ancient temples.

Right now I try hardly not to think TS-E 17mm since it seems that 24mm is not wide enough :)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Zuuyi on December 02, 2011, 10:21:59 PM
Currently/Previously owned
50/1.8

In the plans for soon
Sigma 30/1.4
Replacement 50/1.8
85/1.8

Hopefully in the next two years (after going Full Frame)
35L
85L
135L
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: MazV-L on December 02, 2011, 10:37:18 PM
Prime lenses I currently own are: 85L 1.2ii. Love, love, love this lens!!! This is the best portrait lens I have, I love the shallow DOF & colour rendition,  the only other lens I own that comes close is a zoom(70-200L 2.8 I.S. ii)
                                                     50 1.8- I only use this lens if I'm taking portraits in confined places it is nice and sharp, but the colours come out dull and subdued, don't much like this focal length for portraits personally.

                                                     100L 2.8 is macro. Love this lens, find the hybrid I.S. very useful, also like to use this lens for portraits too, love how this lens translates colour as well. Another bonus is it doesn't weigh much.
                                                     lensbaby composer- Like this lens, because can achieve some very creative and different effects with it.


                                                    Would love to be able to get a 500 f4 because I love bird photography, but unfortunately my budget won't stretch that far :( Considering compromising with a 300 f4 & 400 f5.6. I think they would be better than the Sigma zoom I currently have to cover those focal lengths.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: TexPhoto on December 02, 2011, 10:41:12 PM
Own:
17mm tilt shift
24mm tilt shift II
50mm f1.8
50mm f1.4 Sigma
100mm Macro IS
300mm f4 IS
400mm f2.8 IS

Wishlist:
24mm f1.4 II
35mm f1.4
85mm f1.2
200mm f2 IS
1200mm f5.6 (a man can dream can't he)
and all the others....  Seriously, I love lenses.  Someone stop me.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: pwp on December 02, 2011, 10:49:15 PM
Other than the 300 f/2.8is and a 100 f/2.8 macro, I've mostly been a zooms guy.
17-40 f/4, 24-70 f/2.8, 24-105 f/4is and the 70-200 f/2.8isII.

But the exquisite 24 f/1.4II blew the Mr Zoom position right out of the water. What a cool, utterly unique  lens.

Next was the Sigma 50 f/1.4. It's a little erratic but stellar when it nails it.

A 135 f/2L is next in line, thankfully readily and widely available. Brilliant low light performance of the MkIV has changed the way I shoot, a lot more jobs being shot AL, frequently at or close to wide open. I'm leaving the lighting kit at home or in the car far more often. This shift in working methods means more fast primes.

And on the wish list is the lens that doesn't exist...an L 17mm f/2 or f/1.8 prime. For years we have all been banging on Canon's door for a good wide L prime. I guess we'll be waiting a while yet.

Paul Wright


Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Axilrod on December 03, 2011, 01:27:10 AM
Axilrod:

No I haven't rented the 50L yet.  I've only read countless reviews about the lens and your comment about inconsistant focus has me a little gun shy about the lens.  I can rent both, the 50L and the Zeiss 50 1.4 which I am planning to do.  This happened to me when I was contemplating purchasing the 16-35 II.  Many reviews said that the lens was a little soft wide open.  I rented the lens for a weekend and my results were different than all the reviews I read.  I eventually bought the lens.

I know what you mean about the 85 II.  Mine is sharp (and then some) all the time.  I want the same results from the 50L which might be an issue.  Once I rent it for a weekend, I'll know better.

Ok cool that what I figured.  I really think you'll love the 50L, when you nail the shot it's absolutely beautiful.  I would say it is very much like a shorter version of the 85L, they are both top notch lenses and I wouldn't say they are pretty close in IQ.

 I played with the Zeiss 35 1.4, 21mm 2.8, and the 100 Macro, and damn those things are pretty awesome.  All of them are around $1850, which is pretty pricey considering they are manual focus only, but they are built like a brick.  I was blown away by the 21mm, incredibly sharp at the edges and the bokeh was beautiful on all of them.  Still not sure if I'll be able to part with my L glass for them though. 
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: illogict on December 03, 2011, 03:16:01 AM
I currently own (with a crop body):and wish to buy:

I know it's strange to get a Lensbaby as a second lens (not counting kit 18-55 and 55-250), but I was really intrigued by the look and feel of it, and thought it would be a great lens for parties. Unfortunately, when you've got some quantity of alcohol in the blood you can't be bothered to manual focus: I took one photo, thought it was unmanageable, and quickly swapped it for my love, the 28 1.8 — wish it had IS though, for that kind of parties =)
However, the Lensbaby is really nice for street photography or candid portraits =)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: infared on December 03, 2011, 06:32:13 AM
15mm F/1.8 Fisheye, 21mm f/2.8 Zeiss, 50mm f/1.4 Sigma, 85mm f/1.2L, 100mm 2.8L II Macro. (lensbaby composer and all attachments...does that even count? ...LOL)....I have a bunch of L zooms to fill in the holes.....Oh..I use everything on a 5D Mark II..Its all about fullframe for me...so I am kind of like...hmmmm....I don't really want any other primes. I would buy a 135mm f/2L perhaps if it had IS.  I would love to have a 400mm f/2.8L IS II...but I will most likely not be spending $12000 on a lens any time soon, LOL. Although...it is Christmas time...so I can wish...right? (here that Santa).
Would I like to have the 14mmL, 24mmL and the 35mmL..yeah..but I am gettin old and I just can't cart all of that around..it gets crazy...but I bet all of those lenses are hot.  I have the 16mm-35mm f/2.8L to cover most of that...(I know...I know....prime junkies...I know..I hear the snickers)...I do wish that lens had the "kick" of the NIkon wide zoom...Now that is something that really disappoints me...especially when I look at what I get with my Zeiss (Cosina..I know...I know)....  Why can't Canon blow the doors off Nikon with a fast full-frame WA zoom...ya know..like they did with the 70-200mm 2.8L IS II ?????  That is what I would really like to see!!!!!!
..but it is all fun.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: ecka on December 03, 2011, 10:33:46 AM
:) My prime lens wishlist:
EF-S 28mm f/1.4 USM
EF 35mm f/1.2L USM
EF 50mm f/2L USM Macro (?IS?)
and maybe EF 85mm f/1.4L USM , for those who do not need/want the f/1.2L for it's size, weight, price or electronic focusing.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: briansquibb on December 03, 2011, 02:19:16 PM
My primes

canon TSE-24L II
canon 50 1.4
canon 50 1.8
canon 85 1.8
canon 135 f/2
canon 180 macro
canon 200 f/2.8
canon  400 f/2.8 IS

Wish list:

canon 200 f/2
canon 300 f/2.8
canon 600 f/4

Always shoot faster than 1/125 so not interested in updating lens with IS. I just dont get people that hate non IS lens <200mm - even saw one that was moaning that his 24mm needed IS!! Only exception is macro which needs the DOF so need a slower shutter speed than normal and cant use a tripod

Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Halfrack on December 03, 2011, 04:53:24 PM
Have:
  35/2, 50/1.4,85/1.2

Want:
 24/1.4, 35/1.4, 135/2, replacement 200/2.8 (sold it and hated myself), 300/2.8

Dream:
I'd love a >200/2.8 non-IS - paired with a 7D it makes for the ideal sports shooter.

Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: RobertG. on December 03, 2011, 06:57:40 PM
Hi,
I have the TS-E 24mm II, EF 35L, EF 35 f2, EF 85 1.8, EF-S 60 and an old Helios 44-2 58mm f2.0.
I really love the Canon primes except for the EF 35 f2, which isn't much better than my EF-S 17-55.

The Helios I got at eBay in a perfect condition for almost nothing (8€, the M42 converter did cost twice as much). The build quality is awesome and it is suprisingly sharp. But the colors and contrast could be better. I got it more out of curiousity than any practical reasons. The focal length is almost the same as my EF-S 60mm. The EF-S 60 is really great and the most used prime lens for me (but also my oldest, the TS-E 24mm II & EF 35L I got just within the last weeks).

On my wishlist is the 85L and 135L, albeit I seldom shoot portraits and hardly use the 85 1.8 at all.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Haydn1971 on December 04, 2011, 06:50:40 AM
Currently have the 50mm 1.4 and 135mm 2.0....

I'm looking at a wide prime and something longer, but the options aren't to my liking, the L wider primes are just too much, the 400mm 5.6 just doesn't feel right without IS

So my wish list would be a 400mm 4.0 IS (without DO), perhaps ideally an EF-S lightweight 400mm 4.0 IS, then a range of EF-S primes, 14mm 2.8, 24mm 2.0, 35mm 1.8....

Back to real primes, 24mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8 and a 300/400mm is on my wish list with a 1.4x extender,

Not a prime, but I'd love a crop version of the 70-200mm, so an EF-S 40-150mm both to a higher quality not quite L standard as the 10-22, 17-55 & 15-85.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: neuroanatomist on December 04, 2011, 10:27:55 AM
...ideally an EF-S lightweight 400mm 4.0 IS, then a range of EF-S primes, 14mm 2.8, 24mm 2.0, 35mm 1.8....

Fine for the wide primes, but an EF-S 400/4 would be the same size/weight as an EF version (so it'll never be made).
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: 7enderbender on December 06, 2011, 09:20:02 AM
Oh, I'm working on the project at the moment that may free up some cash early next year. The 135L is overdue to go into the bag I believe (but then I also so the price of the 16-35 has come down...). No, I think the 135 is next. Hope Santa can arrange for a new PC also...

Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: inku on December 15, 2011, 09:35:41 PM
Currently own:
24 1.4 II
35 1.4
50 1.2
85 1.2
100 2.8 IS Macro
135 2.0
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: iTasneem on December 15, 2011, 10:35:48 PM
Own:
50mm 1.8 II

Wishlist:
24mm 1.4mmL (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001GNCWCE/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=crop2-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B001GNCWCE&adid=1MS2DA5Z4ATNFWMYM4X7&)
135mm
300mm 2.8
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Minnesota Nice on December 15, 2011, 10:55:32 PM
I don't have any primes yet, just started this venture a few months ago.

Here's what I'm looking at though:
Rokinon 8mm Fisheye (I think it's f/3.6 can't remember)
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 (The prices are awesome, less than 300 for it, it's all manual but I mostly shoot video anyways so I don't mind)
And last but not least,  Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L (If my budget allows.)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Cetalis on December 16, 2011, 01:30:09 AM
Wish i could afford a prime.
/collegestudent
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: whatta on December 16, 2011, 03:09:21 AM
Wish i could afford a prime.
/collegestudent
50 f1.8 is for you then. sharp, fast and cheap  ;)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: whatta on December 16, 2011, 03:20:27 AM
I am interested in the canon ef 50 1.4 II  ;-)

or maybe a longer prime (85 1.8 II), but I might end up with the 70-200 F4 IS..

If canon delivers a new efs 30 1.4 or ef 28 1.4 which is significantly better than my sigma, I might go for it.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: stringfellow1946 on December 16, 2011, 03:51:11 AM
Currently own:
EF 15mm F2.8 Fisheye
EF 35mm F1.4 L USM
EF 50mm F2.5 Macro
EF 85mm F1.8 USM
EF 300mm F4 L IS USM

Wish list
EF 24mm F1.4L II USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II

The EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II, is assuming I can carry the thing about at my age 65 but I’m pretty certain I will get one some time in 2012

Just sold in the last 3 weeks my
EF 50mm F1.8 II
EF 100mm F2-8 Macro
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Bruce Photography on December 16, 2011, 04:35:52 AM
To answer the topic question of why primes is that Canon still makes such fine primes lenses that their IQ is just breathtaking when I have done all things right.  I first bought zooms and I was happy.  Then I needed a macro and got the 100mm L with IS.  I dared to use it for normal shooting and not just macro.  Something seemed different in the images -- better?  I had the 100-400 but wasn't really happy about sharpness at the 400 end.  It turned out I needed a better tripod and head as well as better technique but I first bought the 300 F4 L and a 400 5.6 L.  While they were good (better than the 100-400) I lusted for more so I bought the 500 F4 L just a month before the prices soared earlier this year on all the super teles.  I want the 400 2.8 L II but the prices are just now in the stratosphere.  I'm very happy with the 500 L until it broke.  Canon fixed it but now I'm always worried about it going bad again (loss of focus).

Since I always have had the Canon 50 1.4 and the Canon 85 1.8 from the beginning of my digital conversion and since then I've bought so many lenses at this point, I started a large project in defining a test senario in testing all my Canon cameras and all my lenses regardles of make.  I'm mostly a landscape and seascape photographer making large prints.  I choose one location to do all my shooting and one rock in the scene to set my focus point.  All shots used live view (10x for manual focus, no IS) with a cable release and a Gitzo tripod and RRS head.  I shot from wide open with each lens and every f-stop available and at all major zoom settings for zoom lenses.  All shots were at 100 ISO.  I shot with a 5DMK II, 7D, and now a 60D.

What I found is that the absolute winners in the tests were my tilt shift lenses regardless of camera body.  The tilt shift lenses had great shapness edge to edge including all the corners.  The tilt shift lenses were the 17 TSE L, and the 24 TSE L II.  The next best lenses were the primes like the 24 1.4 L, 35 1.4 L, 50 1.2 L, 50 1.4 (non L can win), 85 1.2 L, 100 2.8 Macro L, and my new favorite 135 F2 L.  I'm considering the 14 mm 2.8 L but I'm not sure yet.

Next came the zooms and I the ones I really found great was the 70-200 F2.8 L II and the new 70-300 L. The new 70-300 L is just so much fun to use and so much lighter than the 70-200 that zooms are fun again.

As others have said, the primes are always better indoors because they are faster.  Also better indoors because they are black and smaller and draw less attention than the big white guys not to mention that they are much lighter and easier to work in a crowd.

Since I have the flexibility of putting any of these lenses on the 60 D (which I like the noise pattern better than my 7d) or the 7D, the 135 F2 is now 216 effective mm and 300 if I put on a 1.4 extender and the lens with extender is still 2.8 at far less weight than the 300 F2.8.  Of course the 300 F2.8 has IS and that might be my next wish list lens but I'll wait until the price stablizes (if it does).  I'm concerned over the value of our dollar.  Will that lens also be put into the over 10K limit that I've set for myself like the other super teles?  I hope this rapid price increases on the super teles stops next year. 
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Freshprince08 on December 16, 2011, 04:45:52 AM
Own:
EF 35mm f1.4L
EF 50mm f1.8 II
EF 85mm f1.8
Sigma 50mm f1.4
Sigma 30mm f1.4

The Sigma 30mm and nifty-fifty hardly get any use now, I love both the 35mmL and Sigma 50mm on the 5Dii.

Wishlist:

EF 85mm f1.2L/Sigma 85mm f1.4 (can't decide on the cost vs. performance balance here!)
100mm Macro (can't decide on the L vs. non-L for the same reason as above)

A recent shot with the 35mmL on my 5Dii:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7172/6520023341_81d7a9d786_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/double-take-photography/6520023341/)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Cetalis on December 16, 2011, 04:26:57 PM
Wish i could afford a prime.
/collegestudent
50 f1.8 is for you then. sharp, fast and cheap  ;)
Lol. Problem is I have an 18-135 and EXIF says that i never shoot at 25-84mm. I'm hoping canon makes a cheap and fast 24mm EF-S though.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: whatta on December 16, 2011, 04:41:57 PM
Wish i could afford a prime.
/collegestudent
50 f1.8 is for you then. sharp, fast and cheap  ;)
Lol. Problem is I have an 18-135 and EXIF says that i never shoot at 25-84mm. I'm hoping canon makes a cheap and fast 24mm EF-S though.
once you have a fast, good iq prime, you will use it. it happened to me with the 60 2.8.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: tron on December 16, 2011, 10:14:51 PM
I forgot to mention my wish list:

Realistic wish list.

TS-E 17mm f/4L
EF35mm f/1.4L (I can wait for version II)

Unrealistic wish list

400mm F/4L DO 
500mm f/4L II
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: neuroanatomist on December 17, 2011, 12:22:05 PM
Unrealistic wish list
400mm F/4L DO 

May I ask why?  The DO lenses seem to have low contrast (that was my experience with the 70-300 DO, at any rate).  The MkII supertele lenses are also lighter - the 300/2.8 II is just 10 oz. heavier and not much longer than the 400/4, and the 300/2.8 II + 1.4x III doesn't add much weight or length, but the 420/4 combo has IQ that's as good or better than the 400/4 DO.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: lol on December 17, 2011, 04:22:49 PM
Have:
Samyang 8mm fisheye - for fishy fun
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L mk1 - for tilty-shifty fun
EF 35mm f/2 - normal-ish view with better than average close focus and therefore maximum magnification
EF 50mm f/1.8 II - it was cheap
FD 50mm f/1.2 - it was fast and cheap
Zeiss 50mm f/2 makro - fast-ish 50mm with close focus!
MP-E65 - if I really want to get close...
EF 85mm f/1.8 - fast focus and tighter framing
EF 135mm f/2L - optical quality for astro imaging
Sigma 150mm macro - for erm... macro?

Wants:
EF 50mm f/1.4 (future II preferably) - I want nicer AF, but not enough to want the f/1.2L
Either EF 100mm macro IS L or Sigma 150mm macro OS.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: tron on December 17, 2011, 09:37:00 PM
Unrealistic wish list
400mm F/4L DO 

May I ask why?  The DO lenses seem to have low contrast (that was my experience with the 70-300 DO, at any rate).  The MkII supertele lenses are also lighter - the 300/2.8 II is just 10 oz. heavier and not much longer than the 400/4, and the 300/2.8 II + 1.4x III doesn't add much weight or length, but the 420/4 combo has IQ that's as good or better than the 400/4 DO.

I like its size and weight.
I know that the 400mm DO  has been reported to have low contrast but it has also been reported that this can be easily corrected later. Many report that later versions of this lens (post-2003) are much better.
Having 300mm f/4L (non IS) I do not think I would be interested in 300mm f2.8 (and I cannot afford it too).
Instead I would prefer to go for longer tele lenses.
Anyway this is such an expensive item that there is no way I will buy it (I am an amateur).
Instead I got a 100-400 L and I like it a lot. It's not perfect but it is very very good. It is sharp, it focuses correctly and it is very versatile (it's a zoom and it focuses close enough).

Since I have read in a post of yours that you have 7D and 100-400 (among other equipment) could you tell me
your opinion of this combination?  (I have 5DmkII) Are you satisfied with the sharpness of 100-400 on the 7D ?
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: neuroanatomist on December 17, 2011, 11:34:34 PM

I like its size and weight.

Since I have read in a post of yours that you have 7D and 100-400 (among other equipment) could you tell me
your opinion of this combination?  (I have 5DmkII) Are you satisfied with the sharpness of 100-400 on the 7D ?

I hear you on the size/weight...I picked up a used 70-300 DO for the compact retracted size.  I later sold it (no loss) because I wasn't thrilled with the IQ. The contrast could be corrected well in post, but the 70-300 also has an odd and rather unpleasant bokeh that can't be fixed. Despite that, I was tempted recently when a used but mint 400/4 DO came up locally for $4K.  Tempting, but the money is intended for the 1D X, and I really want the extra 100mm from the 500L anyway.

I'm quite pleased with the 100-400mm on my 7D.  That's the lens on that body ~90% of the time, and in fact, I've only used the 100-400 on my 5DII a couple of times.  The IQ of the 5DII is better than the 7D, but when I need 400mm, I almost always need more - and a 7D image at 400mm beats a 5DII image at 400mm cropped to a 640mm AoV (meaning 8 MP).  Plus, I usually need to crop the 7D images a bit (thus the desire for the 500L).  The 7D's AF is also much better for the things I shoot with the 100-400mm (birds/wildlife).  Assuming I get the 1D X, I plan to keep the 7D for focal length-limited situations (although with the ISO and AF capabilities of the 1D X, I expect I'll use the 100-400mm more with that body than I do on the 5DII).
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: AprilForever on December 18, 2011, 03:00:54 AM
I have:

24 2.8
30 1.4 (Sigma)
50 1.4
50 1.4 (Super Takumar)
180 3.5 Macro (Sigma)
300 F4
300 F2.8

I want:
600 f4
85 f1.4 (Sigma)
8mm f2.8 (still needs to be invented)
200 f2

I also own a 135 4.7 Raptar, and a 90 6.8, but they aren't hugely mountable on the eos system...
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: lol on December 18, 2011, 05:05:14 AM
To chip in on the DO contrast, I also used to have the 70-300DO, and the contrast was a bit lacking at times wide open, but it perks up a lot stopped down a bit. I had also wondered if the 400/4DO would be similar in characteristic, although if you stop down often you lose the f/4 advantage you got it for in the first place...
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Zo0m on December 18, 2011, 07:35:57 AM
Currently Own:
Sigma 50 1.4
Samyang 85 1.4

Wishlist:
Canon 400 2.8, non IS version since that's the one I could reasonably afford :)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Kernuak on December 18, 2011, 07:36:10 AM
 I recently got the 24mm f/1.4 L Mk II for photographing the northern lights (although I'd been looking at it ever since release for landscapes) and am very pleased with the results its capable of. I also have the following primes.

300mm f/2.8 L IS (probably my most used and usually with a 1.4x extender)
135mm f/2 L (probably my favourite in terms of the "look" of the images)
100mm f/2.8 macro (non-L)
50mm f/1.4

The 300+1.4x does result in a little bit of CA, but it's easily corrected in Lightroom and it's still much less than the 17-40 and 24-105 and also less than the 100-400. The contrast is also higher than the 100-400, with better bokeh and faster and more accurate focusing on the 7D, but it's pretty much on the limit weight-wise for birds in flight, for when tripods aren't possible. It also gives me better low light potential and I think the combination is a little sharper than my 100-400, but that could be due to focusing accuracy.
The 500 f/4 is on my wishlist for those frequent occasions when 420mm isn't enough, but I can't justify the cost to myself. I have tried the 2x extender on the 300, but I don't like the results, although I haven't spent alot of time microadjuting the focus. I've also thought about the upcoming 200-400, which could be part of a cunning plan.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: stefsan on December 18, 2011, 08:27:56 AM
I own: none  :(

I wish I had:

And if T/S lenses qualify as primes:
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: tron on December 18, 2011, 09:40:53 AM
I own: none  :(

I wish I had:
  • EF 100mm F/2.8 L Macro IS USM
  • EF 180mm F/3.5L Macro USM

And if T/S lenses qualify as primes:
  • TS-E 17mm F/4.0L
  • TS-E 24mm F/3.5L II

They are (so they certainly qualify as) primes

I have the 24 and I wish the 17 ... :)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: mb66energy on December 18, 2011, 02:50:26 PM
Using it on a APS-C Body (40D):

EF 24 mm 2.8
Great lens with low distortion, great contrast, very good sharpness wide open across the frame. Very lightweight and compact. Just missing USM/manual focus override but AF is very good with that lens.

EF 100 mm 2.0
Near perfect image quality in all terms, very compact, very fast AF, at f2.0 and with heavy contrasty scenes some colored rims around objects out of the focal plane are visible due to some longitudinal chromatic aberrations

Both lenses make a good combination - especially when used with two bodies: great IQ + unobtrusiveness + compactness + available light capabilities

And last but not least the "one-for-all-lens" - if I had to decide for just one lens I would pick the
EF-S 60 mm 2.8
Great IQ, very fast AF, compact, the "golden focal length" (for me!). The only (minor) drawback: at f2.8 and infinity this lens has some visible vignetting (not in the macro range).
What I really like: The missing "clonk" trying to photograph smaller objects/scenery due to the lifesize macro capabilities of that lens. 1:1 means an image field of 15 x 22 mm with APS-C sensors!
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: JR on December 18, 2011, 07:04:13 PM
I light of recent rumors, I have changed my lineup and therefore my new wish list for prime would be:

1- 35mm f1.4L II (new model rumored to be launch in Jan 2012)
2- 100mm F/2.8 L Macro IS USM
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: acoll123 on December 18, 2011, 08:13:41 PM
Have:
300 2.8 I - for wildlife and field sports
85 1.2 II - for portraits
50 1.2 - for anything, walk-around, landscapes and I currently use with extension tube EF 25 for a cheap macro

Want:
100 2.8 L Macro
14 2.8 II - I thought about the 24 1.4 II but I think I am going to wait and see if a new 24-70 2.8 comes out in the next month or two.

I shoot primarily on a 5Dmk2 but I also have a 7D for sports and action

I love all of my primes in fact, if I get the 14 2.8 II, I will probably sell my 16-35. I have never really been happy with it and upon looking at my EXIF data, >75% of my shots are at 16 anyway . . .
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: tron on December 18, 2011, 08:24:57 PM
Have:
300 2.8 I - for wildlife and field sports
85 1.2 II - for portraits
50 1.2 - for anything, walk-around, landscapes and I currently use with extension tube EF 25 for a cheap macro

Want:
100 2.8 L Macro
14 2.8 II - I thought about the 24 1.4 II but I think I am going to wait and see if a new 24-70 2.8 comes out in the next month or two.

I shoot primarily on a 5Dmk2 but I also have a 7D for sports and action

I love all of my primes in fact, if I get the 14 2.8 II, I will probably sell my 16-35. I have never really been happy with it and upon looking at my EXIF data, >75% of my shots are at 16 anyway . . .

May I suggest a TS-E 17mm f/4L instead of the 14 2.8 II ? You still stay near 16mm and you gain tilt and shift abilities with excellent quality even at the edges when the lens is not shifted. You may sacrifice 3mm but I believe that the benefits outweigh this loss. Of course your mileage may vary...
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: acoll123 on December 18, 2011, 08:31:43 PM
Have:
300 2.8 I - for wildlife and field sports
85 1.2 II - for portraits
50 1.2 - for anything, walk-around, landscapes and I currently use with extension tube EF 25 for a cheap macro

Want:
100 2.8 L Macro
14 2.8 II - I thought about the 24 1.4 II but I think I am going to wait and see if a new 24-70 2.8 comes out in the next month or two.

I shoot primarily on a 5Dmk2 but I also have a 7D for sports and action

I love all of my primes in fact, if I get the 14 2.8 II, I will probably sell my 16-35. I have never really been happy with it and upon looking at my EXIF data, >75% of my shots are at 16 anyway . . .

May I suggest a TS-E 17mm f/4L instead of the 14 2.8 II ? You still stay near 16mm and you gain tilt and shift abilities with excellent quality even at the edges when the lens is not shifted. You may sacrifice 3mm but I believe that the benefits outweigh this loss. Of course your mileage may vary...

Thanks - I thought about that. It seems to be an excellent lens but I take a lot of general shots in addition to landscapes and think I would really miss the autofocus and the extra stop . . . I would rather add that or the 24 TS-E someday - as long as this is still a wish list!
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: pj1974 on December 20, 2011, 12:12:41 AM
Recently (as in, the last few weeks) I have been reducing my Canon DSLR lens 'collection' of 8, and have whittled it down to 5.  That is, I sold 3 lenses (using gumtree in Australia - highly recommend it as a useful medium to advertise and sell in one's own geographical area.)   ;)

Among those I sold was the Canon 50mm f1.8  (for your info, the other two were the Canon 28-135mm USM IS, and the Canon 100-300 USM).

The 50mm f1.8 had superb qualities in some settings, (and yes, I had a 'decent' copy - in fact I initially had a copy that back focussed, and returned for this one which was better).  On my Canon 350D body, its focus performance was weak. It was better on my Canon 7D, however still not to my liking.

I have decided that I probably won't get any lens that doesn't have USM / HSM (equivalent) focussing.  The 'jittery-ness' and the noise and lack of focus flexibility (eg slower speed, apparent lack of fine accuracy, full-time manual focus) bugged me with the 50mm f1.8 in particular, as I mainly wanted it for critical applications (between f1.8 and f2.8).

Friends, I do realise "there is a very fine depth of field at f1.8" - I am aware of that, and I have used other lenses with a similarly shallow depth of field.  The 50mm f1.8 just didn't meet my needs consistently.  Focus accuracy and usability were the main issues I had with mine - even after I applied a systematic use - and noticeable improvement with my 7Ds manual focus adjustment (MFA).

So at the moment, the only prime that I have is the Canon 100mm macro USM (nonL)- which is a lens I really enjoy using. Obviously it serves superbly as a macro (where I usually use it hand-held with live-view).  But in addition I ended up preferring it over the 50mm f1.8 for casual portraits and subject isolation (eg objects / still life).  I expect to keep this lens. My copy focusses fast, consistently, even with very small dof settings.  I get a very high keeper rate, whereas the 50mm f1.8 keeper rate was so-so, which annoyed me.  When the 50mm f1.8 shone, it did well. But my 100mm macro shines consistently!  8)

My next 'dream' prime / wishlist is a fast prime 50mm lens that has great bokeh, fantastic sharpness and good contrast WIDE OPEN, and has USM focussing. F1.8 is enough for me, though of course a f1.4 would even be nicer, but not necessary. I don't want a big, expensive lens.  Several reviews show that at f1.4, the Canon f1.4 isn't really sharp / contrasty. So f1.8 is sufficient. The Canon 50mm f1.2 L is really beyond what I want.  Most important to me is that around f1.8 or f2, I want it to be GOOD, very good on all levels mentioned above. I don't need weather sealing for it. The Sigma 50mm f1.4 has some good reviews, but also there are QC and focus issues.

An icing on the cake would be for it to have a good (eg 4 stop) IS.  A man can dream, can't he?  From the sale of my 3 lenses, I have put the funds aside to save up for such a lens. Even if a 50mm f1.8 III (ie new / replacement lens) will be above what the current 50mm f1.4, I'm happy to pay for it, if the IQ is good.  If there will be a 50mm f1.4 II, I hope it's similar to the size of the current Canon 50mm f1.4.  I'd be a bit disappointed if the price of a Canon 50mm f1.4 II will be significantly higher (even if its not an L) than what they could make a 50mm f1.8 III for.

Time will tell....  ::)

Paul
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: akiskev on December 20, 2011, 03:40:44 AM
Canon 28 1.8
Canon 400 5.6
That's all I want Santa!
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: tron on December 20, 2011, 08:53:12 PM
Forgive me prime lenses for I have sinned! I have just ordered a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...

So the TS-E 17mm I was also wishing will have to wait...

It was either a lens that it will partially replace my 70-200 f/4 IS when there is not enough light or a specialized one that will give me more options but I will not use so often.
(I just hope that my TS-E24mm will be wide enough...)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: pwp on December 20, 2011, 09:55:45 PM
If Santa has room in the sack for a 135 f/2 & a 400 f/2.8 I'll be good as gold for all of 2012.

But seriously, the 400 f/2.8 will be a somewhat reluctant purchase to go with the 1DX.

With the 300 f/2.8 on the APS-H Mk4 with 1.3X you get 390mm. I'm not prepared to give away that reach with the full frame 1DX. I think Canon will see a spike in 400 f/2.8 sales once the 1DX starts shipping.

If the Mk4 is the last APS-H Canon, there may be unusual demand for them in the second hand market for the next few years.

The 135 f/2? Hell, I just want one!

Paul Wright
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: cezargalang on December 20, 2011, 11:20:37 PM
Own : 50mm 1.8  :'(  :'(  :'(

Wish: 35mm 1.4L and a sigma 85mm 1.4

Wish i went for primes earlier T_T
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: EYEONE on December 21, 2011, 12:23:57 AM
Aside from the 14-24mm f2.8L all the lenses on my wish list are primes. I would probably switch over when I have tons of money.

Mainly I'd like the:
24mm f1.4L II
50mm f1.4
85mm f1.2L II
135mm f2.0
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: razorite on December 21, 2011, 07:09:53 AM
i own
- 35mm 1.4 L
- 100mm 2.8 L is
- 50mm 1.2 L

wishlist
- 15mm 2.8 fisheye
- 300mm f/4L is
- 24mm 1.4L ii
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: candyman on December 21, 2011, 07:42:07 AM
I had the Canon 85mm f/1.8 on my wishlist. Just yesterday purchased it. I will use it for indoor portraits in the upcoming holiday days. And I will use it in January for an upcoming indoor soccer tournement.

First impressions are great. Also, a light lens to carry!
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Axilrod on December 27, 2011, 01:44:47 PM
Currently Own:
Canon 50mm f/1.4 II
Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro (non-L)
Loads of non-Canon manual glass (Rokinon, Zeiss, Asahi, Helios, Kiron)

Wishlist:
Canon 24mm f/1.4L
Canon 85mm f/1.2L
Canon 90mm f/2.8 TS-E
Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS
Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS
Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95

There isn't a 50mm f/1.4 II......
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: J. McCabe on December 27, 2011, 02:21:13 PM
I have

 Canon EF 15mm f/2.8
 Canon EF 35mm f/2
 Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
 Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
 Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
 Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
 Samyang 8mm f/3.5

On my wishlist are

 Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM - cause I love wide & fast
 Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM - cause I love wide & fast
 Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM - for portraits
 Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM - for portraits
 One of the new super teles - so I could sell it, and use the money to buy EF 8-15mm f/4 L
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: ereka on December 27, 2011, 03:19:27 PM
Prime lenses I currently own:

EF 85mm f/1.8
EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro

Prime lenses on my wishlist:

EF 50mm f/1.2 L
EF 85mm f/1.2 L II
EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro
EF 14mm f/2.8 L II
TS-E 17mm f/4 L Tilt-Shift
TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Tilt-Shift
EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II




Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: 7enderbender on December 27, 2011, 03:20:38 PM
I currently have (as far as EF lenses are concerned):

EF 50 1.4
EF 200 2.8L II
135L

Future wishlist:

100L macro
Zeiss Distagon 21 or 18
50L (or any updated version of the 1.4, etc)
35L (maybe)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: dolina on December 28, 2011, 05:27:47 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4928760674_2c11e5a0b1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4928760674/)

I wish for the above lens.

As of August 2010 the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4928760674/) out some time in 2011 @ $? (AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR Autofocus Lens $10,299.95)

http://www.flickr.com/groups/ef_600mm_f4l_is_ii_usm/ (http://www.flickr.com/groups/ef_600mm_f4l_is_ii_usm/)

Feb 2011 Update: MSRP is $11,999.99 & ship by June 2011

Dec 2011 Update: MSRP is now $12,999.99 & with no commitment on shipping.

I personally believe that they will ship it by August 2012.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: briansquibb on January 24, 2012, 03:20:33 AM
My most used primes are:

400 f/2.8 IS
85 f/1.8

Then in order of use

135 f/2
TSE 24 II
180 macro
50 f/1.4
200 f/2.8 (just for street use)

On the wish list - 300 f/2.8, 200 f/2
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: koolman on January 24, 2012, 04:01:15 AM
On a 550d:

own:
=====
- 14mm Samyang 2.8
- 35L 1.4
- 50 1.4
- 60mm 2.8 EFS
- 85mm 1.4 Samyang

wish:
========
- zeiss 21mm 2.8 Distagon
- Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens
- 24mm L 1.4
- 100mm L macro 2.8




Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: candyman on January 24, 2012, 04:37:40 AM
I was able to borrow the canon 135 f/2 from a friend. Love it for indoor sports and outdoor portraits.
So, on my wishlist: Canon 135 f/2

Currently own:
Canon 35 f/2
Sigma 50 f/1.4
Canon 85 f/1.8
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: hoousi on January 24, 2012, 05:07:34 AM
Currently own:

Sigma 50 1.4


Will buy tomorrow:

85 1.2


wish list:

24L II
135L
14L II
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: vlim on January 24, 2012, 05:34:56 AM
my wish list :

17-40 f/4 L
100 macro f/2.8 L IS
a new 300 f/4  L IS II weather sealed

simple, but terrific

the lens of my dreams :

300 f/2.8 L IS II
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: cdang on January 24, 2012, 05:48:40 AM
Own :

50mm f1.4
50mm f1.2
85mm f1.2
135mm f2

Want :

35mm f1.4
17mm TSE

Dream :

200mm f2
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: photophreek on January 24, 2012, 07:53:44 AM
own:
35L 1.4
50L 1.2
85L 1.2 II
100L 2.8 IS macro
135L 2
400L 5.6
500L 4 IS

want:
24L 1.4 II
Zeiss 21/2.8

wish/dream:
14L II
200L
800L

I use all the primes I own with my most used being the 500L and the 400L 5.6 for birds.  My first prime was the 135L 2 and from then on, I was hooked and couldn't beleive the difference in IQ between my primes and my zooms.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Kernuak on January 24, 2012, 10:50:27 AM
Currently own:
300mm f/2.8 IS L
135mm F/2 L
100mm F/2.8 macro
50mm f/1.4
24mm f/1.4 L MkII

Wishlist:
180mm f/3.5 L macro (or replacement)
TS/E 90mm (or replacement)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: JR on January 24, 2012, 11:15:38 AM
Now that the 200-400 f4 IS L has appeared (:-)) I definitively need to add this one to my list!    :P

Lets hope for a Feb official launch/confirmation of availability!
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: kennykodak on January 24, 2012, 11:57:34 AM
own:
14 2.8 L II
50 1.2 L
100 2.8 L

wish list:
35 1.4 L II (when available)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: xROELOFx on January 24, 2012, 12:01:28 PM
wishlist:
EF 500mm f/4
MP-E 65mm f/2.8 Macro

probably the EF 50mm f/1.4 (or when i win the lottery, the f/1.2 :P)
that's all
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: kubelik on January 24, 2012, 12:04:22 PM
400mm f/2.8 L IS II
TS-E 17mm f/4 L
24mm f/1.4 L II
and an updated 35mm f/2
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Ignatius on January 24, 2012, 12:33:56 PM
own:
100L 2.8 IS macro L

wish/dream:
Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: maciej.urbanski on January 24, 2012, 12:49:05 PM
own:
35mm 1.4L
100mm 2.8L Macro

wishlist:
85mm 1.2L
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: sawsedge on January 24, 2012, 01:47:55 PM
My current list is very modest...

50mm f/1.4  ... Fast, sharp, great for indoor portraits without flash

100mm f/2.8 USM macro.   I love macro, this is my favorite lens.  Great sharpness and bokeh.

And in the future...

I'm likely to get the 28mm f/1.8 for indoor group shots, but I dream about either the ZE 21mm, or the Canon 24mm f/1.4L.

I'd like the 85mm f/1.8 (I value compactness over speed at times).

Every now and then I want more reach for macro, so the 180 macro would be great.

I'd love a 500mm f/4, but I value domestic tranquility and not sleeping in the doghouse.  For now, the 100-400 does the trick. 

The reality and the wishlist are somewhat different.   :D

Obviously, the primes have their place, but I do most of my work with zooms.  I came from the era of old film bodies, where primes were pretty much the only option, quality-wise.  Good zooms were rare back in the day.  Now there are many good zooms (and a few truly outstanding ones), so until I have a specific need, I use a zoom.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: infared on January 24, 2012, 02:47:47 PM
hmmm.....
I have:
Canon EF 15mm EF f/2.8 Fisheye
Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Canon 85mm f/1.2L II
Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro

Want:
a new 135mm f/2L w/IS
35mm f/1.4
24mm f/1.4
14mm f/2.8L II
a new 135mm f/2L w/IS would be sweet

Dream:..any of the super new light tele lenses...400mm 2.8L IS etc....

My sharpest lens I think is the 100mm Macro..amazing.
Also...when it comes to sharp...I have a 70-200mm 2.8L IS II..now..gotta say (never thought I would)..that bad boy is like shooting with a prime...A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. lens...not good for bokeh..but damn is it sharp.

It is all great fun..with or without!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: martinelliminimo on January 24, 2012, 03:15:01 PM
Currently own:

14L ii f/2.8
24L ii f/1.4
35L f/1.4
50L f/1.2
85L f/1.2 ii
135L f/2
16-35L 2.8ii
24-70L 2.8
70-200L f/2.8 ii

Wishlist:
50mm 1.8
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: Axilrod on January 24, 2012, 03:17:34 PM
hmmm.....
I have:
Canon EF 15mm EF f/2.8 Fisheye
Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Canon 85mm f/1.2L
Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro

Want:
a new 135mm f/2L w/IS
35mm f/1.4
24mm f/1.4
14mm f/2.8L II
a new 135mm f/2L w/IS would be sweet

Dream:..any of the super new light tele lenses...400mm 2.8L IS etc....

My sharpest lens I think is the 100mm Macro..amazing.
Also...when it comes to sharp...I have a 70-200mm 2.8L IS II..now..gotta say (never thought I would)..that bad boy is like shooting with a prime...A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. lens...not good for bokeh..but damn is it sharp.

It is all great fun..with or without!!!!!!!!

I thought that the 70-200 f/2.8 was beautiful, it seemed like you didn't even have to stop down too much to get very shallow DOF, even at f/8 it looked pretty damn blurry.  Then again I guess compared to the macro it may not be as blurry.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: infared on January 24, 2012, 04:01:26 PM
well...yeah... the new zoom gets blurry in the background..especially at 2.8 @ 200mm...BUT...it is NOTHING like the nice soft, creamy, bokehliscious smear your get from the 85mm f/1.2L II wide open...I seems that whatever makes that new 70-200 zoom so sharp also makes the bokeh kind of nervous and edgy....not as soft.  ...Again..you don't know that until you compare it....but it is a pretty extreme difference even @ f/1.4..the background softness of the 85mm compared to that zoom.  Different eggs.The backgrounds with my Sigma are pretty nice too wide open...definitely.
Of course a lot of factors enter in here, like closeness to subject, etc...which affects all of the above.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: vuilang on January 24, 2012, 04:07:28 PM
Prime only?
now:
35L
50 1.4
85LII
200 F2IS

Want/Wish:
zeiss 21 2.8 or 24LII or 24LII T/S (cant decide yet, or maybe all 3? Someone plz help me with this)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: bigblue1ca on January 24, 2012, 04:12:49 PM

Currently own:

14L ii f/2.8
24L ii f/1.4
35L f/1.4
50L f/1.2
85L f/1.2 ii
135L f/2
16-35L 2.8ii
24-70L 2.8
200L f/2.8 ii

Wishlist:
50mm 1.8

 ;D
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: lbloom on January 24, 2012, 04:25:31 PM
Hi all, i currently own a canon 50mm f1.8.. It feels more like a toy but i love it as it produces excellent images. However, there are a few prime lenses that i wish to have such as:

50mm f1.4 - an upgrade from the f1.8
24mm f1.4 L ii - for group or landscape

Yes, some of us prefer zoom lenses due to several factors such as versatility or maybe even economically - a factor that i really focus on  :)

Please share what prime lenses you currently own and why you love them  :D and what are the lenses you would like to have... it would greatly help me to understand more about the power of prime lenses  :D

Thanks!

I own the 24mm f/1.4 L II and the 50mm f/1.4 (and the 85mm L II) and I use the 5DII.

The 24mm length is not good for portraits but it is wonderful for large groups and landscapes as it is very sharp. This is my favorite lens because of the quality of the images it produces. It is also very well built but a bit heavy...

The 50mm f/1.4 is a great lens. It is lightweight, small and sharp above f/2 (roughly). I don't use it much wide open as it gets quite soft, but it is very sharp stopped down. A great lens for the money. The 50mm L version certainly has superior bokeh.

I, too, love primes for their speed and IQ. I decided to learn on primes from day one because they are more my style, though zooms certainly have their uses. I think investing in primes is a great decision.

My wish list would be a macro lens (100mmL) to take shots of my children's smaller features. And possibly the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM for events. I rented this lens and although I was a little preoccupied by the zoom function, the shots were amazing!

Like I said, the 24mmL II continues to impress me combined with the 5DII.
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: digicV on February 02, 2012, 09:14:31 PM
Guys, two primes EVERYONE must try atleast once. (Drumbeat roll here....)
1. 21mm Zeiss Distagon
2. 50mm f1.8 Canon EF
(Everyone= anyone with a full frame camera really)
Title: Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
Post by: dr croubie on February 04, 2012, 06:51:12 PM
Guys, two primes EVERYONE must try atleast once. (Drumbeat roll here....)
1. 21mm Zeiss Distagon
2. 50mm f1.8 Canon EF
(Everyone= anyone with a full frame camera really)

I'll stick a random one on to that list, the Zeiss Sonnar 180 f/2.8, for only $200 (or as low as $100 if you're a good ebayer) including adapter to EF-mount, it really gets you into the idea of über-shallow-DOF for wildlife (best used in combination with a cable-release, tripod, and bird-feeder a few meters away in your backyard). Or a canon 200 f/2.8 for a bit more, but both still a lot lot lot less than you pay for the 70-200 f/2.8L or 300 f/2.8.