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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #45 on: June 03, 2013, 05:39:13 AM »
My perfect combo would be:

16-35mm f/2.8L II
85mm f/1.2L II
300mm f/2.8L II

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #45 on: June 03, 2013, 05:39:13 AM »

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #46 on: June 03, 2013, 06:03:57 AM »
Being on a very tight budget, right now I am very happy with my 24-105 + 50mm 1.4 and I do feel that once I get my 70-200 2.8 IS, I will be set for a while.
From there I'll change the 24-105 to a 24-70 2.8 IS/VC and after that, possibly change the 50mm 1.4 to get IS or better AF performance.
Alternatively, I'd buy a car and always bring as many lenses as my bank would allow me to accumulate :D
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #47 on: June 03, 2013, 06:51:07 AM »
That's a tough one. Maybe 17mm TSE, 24-70L II and 135L. Already have one of those! Yay!
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #48 on: June 03, 2013, 07:30:19 AM »
Everyone's needs are different.
The more versatile the lens, the less good a specific tasks...and vice-versa.
For me, I'd preoably go for uber versatile (master of none) 28-300L, a 35mm f1.4 and an 85mm f1.2L. The latter two I just couldn't be without. If I could have 4 lenses....it would be a tough weigh up between a 100L macro or a 16-35IIL. If it was just wedding work which I was limiting to three lenses then for me that's easy, 16-35IIL / 35mm f1.4L and 85mm f1.2L combo. Works for me :D
If it was landscapes, 16-35IIL, 24-70IIL and 75-300L.
Wildlife, 16-35IIL, 70-200IIL, 400mm f2.8 LIS, plus extenders.

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #49 on: June 03, 2013, 07:32:00 AM »
24-105 + 100macro (L or not) + 70-200 IS (f2.8 II best or f4 excellent)
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #50 on: June 03, 2013, 08:28:10 AM »
this is awful...
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I am about to face the reality though

14L II,  35 sigma and then EITHER  135 f2 (w.1.4x and tubes)  or 100L macro.

I would miss macro or closeup ability... and I would long for f2 aperture...
but I bet I choose the 100L macro...just too  'able'  a lens...
14L, 35 f1.4 sigma and 100L macro..

that will leave a LOT of lenses packed away....WOW

if only ONE lens ....or a forth lens.....I would add  my 24-105 ....so versatile
if only TWO lenses......14L and 24-105

long is not quite as important to me as  ...fast aperture ....and ultra wide
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #51 on: June 03, 2013, 09:09:34 AM »
I use to think:
1. 16-35 f2.8 II
2. 24-70 f2.8 II
3. 70-200 f2.8 IS II

I'm more of a prime guy but when I had to go with three this would be the clear decision.

Yes, indeed. Those are great choices for travel on FF.

Recently I'm craving for primes. Slowly, I added 50L & 135L to my kit - so far, I'm in love with the BOKEHHHHH.
Body: 1DX -- 5D III
Zoom: 16-35L f4 IS -- 24-70L II -- 70-200L f2.8 IS II
Prime: 40mm -- 85L II -- 135L -- 200L f2 IS -- 400L f2.8 IS II

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #51 on: June 03, 2013, 09:09:34 AM »

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #52 on: June 03, 2013, 09:23:41 AM »
My choice:

Canon 16-35 f/2.8 L
Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II
Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II

Yip, I'd have to go with these 3 if I was forced to choose only 3.  (I'm assuming the 16-35 is also the mk II)

Yes mk II, I forgot to write the "II" sorry.

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #53 on: June 03, 2013, 10:05:28 AM »
I'd keep a 17-55, a 70-200, and a 100L. I'd give three lenses to Fluffy the cat and three lenses to Lucky the cat, and trade lenses with them as needed.....
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #54 on: June 03, 2013, 10:14:15 AM »
What camera do we get with our imaginary three lenses? Can we have three bodies too?

1DX + 135L or 70-200 II (speed)
5D3 + 24-70 II (everything)
6D + Sigma 35 1.4 (low light)

I bet someone here owns that exact kit!
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #55 on: June 03, 2013, 10:44:19 AM »
It's a bit brutal having to choose three lenses that cover video and photography.  I think, for example, that the 24-105 is a great lens for video but pretty horrible for stills.   My main lens for stills is the 85 F/1.2 II but it's really not much use to me for video.  I really like having IS for video.

Video me would go for:
16-35 F/2.8L II
24-105 F/4L IS
70-200 F/2.8L IS II

Stills me would go for
35 F/1.4L
85 F/1.2L II
200 F/2.0L IS  (I haven't got this one but still have two near-mint kidneys if anyone is up for a swap)

650D . 60D . 5D2 .  6D . 5D3
14II . 24II . 35 . 50 . 85II . 100 . 135 . 300
16-35II . 24-70 . 24-105 . 70-200II   .   15  . 12-24

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #56 on: June 03, 2013, 10:47:12 AM »
24-70 f/2.8L II
70-200 f/4L IS
300 f/4L IS
5D2, 17-40 4L, 24-70 2.8L II, 70-200 4L IS,  300 4L IS

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #57 on: June 03, 2013, 11:34:33 AM »
Out of my current kit, I would take the:

Tamron 24-70 VC
Canon 70-300L
Canon 135L

Between an extension tube or two and an extender, you could pretty much do everything.

I haven't yet extensively used the 70-200II, so that might replace the 70-300L.

If I could only have one lens out of my kit, it would actually be the Tamron (the only non-Canon modern lens I own).  It does everything competently enough (from landscapes to portraits to narrow depth of field art shots to video) to get by with.  Nothing else I own matches its versatility.
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #57 on: June 03, 2013, 11:34:33 AM »

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #58 on: June 03, 2013, 12:32:43 PM »
24-70/2.8 II, 70-200/2,8 II, 35/1,4L.
1D MKIV, 5DMk III, lot of lenses, flashes etc
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Fuji X- E2, XF 23 1,4, XF 18- 55 2,8-4

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #59 on: June 03, 2013, 12:51:43 PM »
If I could...

8-15mm f/4 L, 24-70 f/2.8 II L, 85mm f/1.2 L

more into reality...

10-22mm f3.5-4.5, 24-105mm f/4 L, 28mm f/1.8

what I got... let's not talk about it. 

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #59 on: June 03, 2013, 12:51:43 PM »