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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #30 on: March 31, 2013, 02:07:46 AM »
The 100L is definitely my personal favorite, because I can trust it & it's suitable for almost anything.

I was shooting a sunrise this morning with the 24-105L and now I feel like selling that piece of S___ pile of untrustworthy glass & plastic. Lots of images are out of focus for no good reason and even the bits that are in focus don't look good. The 100L is from another planet compared to the this...
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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 #31 on: March 31, 2013, 03:08:15 AM »
ef-s 17-55 f.2.8 IS is my walk-around lens on my 7D.  Great images; sharp, fast, quick-focusing lens, relatively solid physically.  Expensive: I shudder to think what an "L" version of this lens would cost, but we get what we pay for, mostly.
Otherwise, I would have to take the easy way out again and select the 70=-200 f/2.8 L IS (I) for iq, and zoom range.  Not so much for walking around with, but sharp, fast, quick focusing lens that gets along well with my kenko 1.4 tele.
I was favorably impressed by the 24-105L f/4.0 IS on my recent evaluation 6D as a full frame fave. The 6D's superior noise-handling ability easily offsets the lens' slower aperture.
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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #32 on: March 31, 2013, 03:38:53 AM »
I have very little overlap. The only overlap is the 40mm 2.8 with the 24-105L there too, if the light is low like a campfire, the 40 wins... General shooting and when I do not want to carry more than one lens it is the 24-105L. Birds or things at a distance, it is the 100-400L. For macros, 100L (with tubes if needed). So they are all my favourites :)
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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #33 on: March 31, 2013, 03:53:26 AM »
Definitely the 100L for me.   Not only amazingly sharp but also great fun to use and quite versatile!     15-85mm probably my most used lens though but nowhere near as much fun.    I'm reluctant to use my 50 1.8 anymore as quality isn't anywhere near that of the 100L.   I now just try and use the 100L and walk back!

Only downside of the 100L is that I now what more L primes!!   Adding the 35, 85, 135 & 200 would be nice  ;D

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #34 on: March 31, 2013, 04:22:13 AM »
I really like to play with my ZE 28/2.
 
I feel the 28mm focal length avoids the "blah" factor that a 35 offers (I have them) but it's not as extreme a perspective as the 25/2. This makes it versatile on the street - although I'll fess up and say I've not done any street photography for years.

Besides this, it works well on my 5D2 and 1D4. The field curvature can help or hinder.

Among my very near favourites are an OM 16/3.5 FE, a 58/1.2 Rokkor and the ZE 50/2 MP... but I do love all my children. Mostly.

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #35 on: March 31, 2013, 04:30:13 AM »
That is a difficult question. I have only used my 135L a few times but I can see that being one of my faves. Even in harsh daylight the images came out nice sooc. Lovely color and contrast, definitely a unique look.

My 17-40L is prob my most used. It's really versatile as a walkaround at the 35-40 end. Though it's versatile it's not my most fun lens. More of a functional workhorse.

The 70-200 f/4L IS was my first L lens and I am still very impressed with the image quality. The IS is awesome and the lens is light enough for travel and walking around. It's not really discreet enough for street use which is a shame as it rocks as a street lens.

I am starting to get to know my lens - only had them for a year. Still figuring out which ones are best for whatever situation. I like to limit myself to just one or two lens on any given day. It really helps me realize when I should have used zooms and when primes are better.

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #36 on: March 31, 2013, 04:56:51 AM »
Without a doubt the Canon EF 300/2.8L IS. Its fast focusing, amazingly sharp and the bokeh it produces is fantastic. Its rarely off my 7D and gets used for everything from airplanes to candid portraits.

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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 #37 on: March 31, 2013, 05:29:23 AM »
My most used lens is the TS-E 24mm. Although I purchased for the increased DOF I have since become just as addicted to the rise/fall and shift features for perspective control and panoramas. Coupled with a RRS single row panorama rig I have an incredible range of options. My second most used lens is the EF 70-200mm f/2.8. That one is sharp as can be and affords me the capability to extract interesting compositions from the landscape.

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #38 on: March 31, 2013, 07:24:05 AM »
70-200 2.8 L
Sharp as a tack, very fast focus

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #39 on: March 31, 2013, 10:25:50 AM »
I think based upon the types of lenses the OP is looking to use, the 135L is just absolutely tremendous as well.  Razor sharp, corner to corner, f/2.2 and narrower.
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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #40 on: March 31, 2013, 12:18:59 PM »
400mm f5.6L Great lens for birding.

I also really like the 200mm f2.8L, fast, sharp and lightweight.

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #41 on: April 01, 2013, 06:00:38 PM »
I have tried to like my 24-105, 17-40, 50 1.4 and 40 2.8 more than my 70-200 mark II because the 70-200 is so darn big.  However, everytime I take it off my camera, unless I'm inside at night or truly can't back up a little, I regret it later.  It's just that much sharper and more versatile than the other lenses.  Wish I could have the 24-70 II because if it's similar I'd sell the 24-105 and the 17-40.  Likely keep the 50 1.4 for speed and the 40 2.8 for travel. 
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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #42 on: April 01, 2013, 08:18:36 PM »
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As I always say when this question is posed....

EF 135mm f/2.0L

Hands down.

For me, that's the lens I go to when it absolutely has to be right. I know the lens won't let me down. Obviously, it's a focal length that can be used in every situation, but that's its only limitation. I'm hoping the new Sigma 35mm will be its counterpart on the wide end.
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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #42 on: April 01, 2013, 08:18:36 PM »

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #43 on: April 01, 2013, 08:52:58 PM »
I'm hoping the new Sigma 35mm will be its counterpart on the wide end.

it is :D 2 bodies with these lenses on each is a really great combo
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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #44 on: April 01, 2013, 09:06:34 PM »
Right now it's the 70-200 2.8 IS II.  A bit heavy, but flexible and sharp. 

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Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« Reply #44 on: April 01, 2013, 09:06:34 PM »