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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2013, 01:56:24 AM »
I could never choose "one lens to rule them all" unless someone manufactured a complete impossibility such as a 17-200 f/1.2 with IS.  An imaginary beast like that would likely weigh 100lbs, would be three feet long, and would cost 50k. =)

Back to reality.  It's a close toss up between the 85L f/1.2 II "keg" and the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II L.  I suppose the 85L probably tops my list.  In my experience, the big cocoanut is out of this world sharp and nothing bests it in near-zero light.  I adore fast glass, but nothing I've ever used comes close to this lens in sharpness and bokeh wider than f/2.  I'll step back as far as I can as an excuse to use this lens, if at all possible.  I have lots of glass and several overlapping focal ranges, but I can't live without the 85.

I'm slowly beginning to adore the new Sigma 35 f/1.4, I might add.

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2013, 02:08:08 AM »
I could never choose "one lens to rule them all" unless someone manufactured a complete impossibility such as a 17-200 f/1.2 with IS.  An imaginary beast like that would likely weigh 100lbs, would be three feet long, and would cost 50k. =)

Back to reality.  It's a close toss up between the 85L f/1.2 II "keg" and the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II L.  I suppose the 85L probably tops my list.  In my experience, the big cocoanut is out of this world sharp and nothing bests it in near-zero light.  I adore fast glass, but nothing I've ever used comes close to this lens in sharpness and bokeh wider than f/2.  I'll step back as far as I can as an excuse to use this lens, if at all possible.  I have lots of glass and several overlapping focal ranges, but I can't live without the 85.

I'm slowly beginning to adore the new Sigma 35 f/1.4, I might add.

The 85L is a lens I am giving strong consideration to. I realized I needed it as soon as I tried the 135L in studio.

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2013, 02:22:11 AM »
Which lens do you love the most, even if it is not the most practical to use? How does it inspire you? If you could choose to own any lens, what would it be? I recently bought the 135 f2 just because I loved photos using this lens that were posted by members of this forum. No regrets, it was refreshing to take a step away from the always useful zooms, and I purchased it for me, just because I wanted it :D

I Agree! only regret I have with the 135 is that i've left it so long to get one!
also the new sigma 35 f1.4  I am really loving this lens alot
and the sigma 85 f1.4 i like alot these are probably my most used 3 lenses at the moment

I do still like the 16-35 but its kind of taken a back seat to the sigma now unless i need to go ultra wide

How are you using your 135? I have only had mine briefly and have only had a chance to use it at the zoo & botanical garden thus far. It was too long for the one studio/boudoir shoot I tried it at - lovely, but backed into the wall trying to get a full body shot. Plus she was a former model & quite tall.

for low light events, wedding receptions, tight candid portraits, this lens is perfect for this
I found the 85 didnt have enough reach and people often saw you coming and "posed" the 135 is more stealthy and has brilliantly fast and accurate AF even in low light
then the 35 siggy on a second body for wider shots groups of people etc
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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2013, 02:26:02 AM »
Which lens do you love the most, even if it is not the most practical to use? How does it inspire you? If you could choose to own any lens, what would it be? I recently bought the 135 f2 just because I loved photos using this lens that were posted by members of this forum. No regrets, it was refreshing to take a step away from the always useful zooms, and I purchased it for me, just because I wanted it :D

I Agree! only regret I have with the 135 is that i've left it so long to get one!
also the new sigma 35 f1.4  I am really loving this lens alot
and the sigma 85 f1.4 i like alot these are probably my most used 3 lenses at the moment

I do still like the 16-35 but its kind of taken a back seat to the sigma now unless i need to go ultra wide

How are you using your 135? I have only had mine briefly and have only had a chance to use it at the zoo & botanical garden thus far. It was too long for the one studio/boudoir shoot I tried it at - lovely, but backed into the wall trying to get a full body shot. Plus she was a former model & quite tall.

for low light events, wedding receptions, tight candid portraits, this lens is perfect for this
I found the 85 didnt have enough reach and people often saw you coming and "posed" the 135 is more stealthy and has brilliantly fast and accurate AF even in low light
then the 35 siggy on a second body for wider shots groups of people etc

Ok, that means it will be perfect for me. I will be in Atlanta for a wedding next weekend

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2013, 02:42:18 AM »
Mine would have to be my 24-70 II.  Yes it's pretty much the only lens I've used for the past 3 months, but it's sharpness is absolutely amazing as well as it's versatility as an f/2.8 zoom!
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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2013, 03:08:21 AM »
Just got my 24-70 ii as well, and woooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww, is all I can say!

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2013, 05:10:59 AM »
@DCM1024: yes for the portrait- only a 85 or 135 would be better.
I have the 135L too, lovely lens. Is good wide open, very lovely colors and bokeh.

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2013, 05:13:41 AM »
My favorites lenses are the 50 1.8 and the 70-200 2.8 IS. The 50 because it's so cheap but still delivers pretty good image quality and 70-200 because for weddings & portraits it's my go-to lens.

Lenses I wish to have? Well, for starters the 50 1.2 so that I'd have something weather sealed, more solid and less noisy (that would come handy for small weddings…) than the 1.8. I'd also like to get the 70-200 2.8 IS II because it seems to deliver even better IQ than the old version I have! Other than that I think I'd be quite happy with any Canon prime lens I could get my hands on (14, 35, 85, 135, 100 macro, 90 TS-E, 200 2.0) :)

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2013, 12:14:32 PM »
I have to say the lowly 24-105 is my favorite.
I do have the 70-200 2.8L IS, 85 1.8, Sigma 50 1.4, 17 TS-E, and 100 macro.
I like it because it allows me to stand in the right spot for the perspective I want and zoom for the FL I need. All my other lenses exceed it raw IQ but I cannot carry a bagful of lenses (or worse yet, three cameras) and switch while my subject wanders off.
Second place is my 100 macro. Perfect portrait FL and razor sharp.

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2013, 12:22:59 PM »
It's a tie between my 50L and 135L. They get used about the same and both are stunning, In the end I probably couldn't choose one.

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2013, 12:28:43 PM »
 it used to be my 50mm f1.8...  but I upgraded and long story short,  it  is  the 100mm f2.8L  macro is.   it is just wonderful.   Sharp with great colors...  it is fast and I can reach shutter speeds of 1/6000  without issue.  I love it so.   and it is great indoor and out...  and sharp at a distance or I can really zoom in and take some impressive macro photos.   it  is  so versatile..  and I love it so.
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2013, 12:31:52 PM »
Just got my 24-70 ii as well, and woooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww, is all I can say!

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2013, 11:47:46 PM »
Canon 200 f2 and 135 f2. Hopefully, I can get Zeiss 100 f2 makro soon, since it's considered as one of the best lenses ever made  :)

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2013, 11:50:50 PM »
400 f/2.8L I IS.  Why?  Because it is just pure awesomeness.  I love longer focal lengths and this lens AF's rapidly, and is razor sharp, corner to corner, wide open. 
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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #29 on: March 31, 2013, 01:15:37 AM »
It's a chuck up, 300 f/2.8 IS L v2 OR 400f/2.8 IS L V2, the number of Photos I take with each tells me it's the 300, but IQ is hard to tell the difference, both these lenses (I agree with bdunbar79) the level of "awesomeness" in these two Lenses, is just, awesome ??.

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400 f/2.8L I IS.  Why?  Because it is just pure awesomeness.  I love longer focal lengths and this lens AF's rapidly, and is razor sharp, corner to corner, wide open. 
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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #29 on: March 31, 2013, 01:15:37 AM »