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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #60 on: June 03, 2013, 01:03:23 PM »
If I didn't have to pay for it, I'd take three 1200s and retire a lot sooner!     ;D

I used to carry the 16-35 II/50L/70-200L II combo.  The 16-35 II was the least favorite/used out of the three, but it's range is versatile.  The three lenses covered a wide range of photographic situations, but after trying the 24-70 II, that trio will have to be broken up to include the 24-70 II.  The 70-200 II stays, so the question is what is the third lens -- fast prime or ultrawide (i.e. TS-E 17).  I tend to use fast primes more, so now I would pick the 24-70 II, 85 II and 70-200 II.

If Canon made a 50L II that rivaled the 24-70 II, then I'd opt for that over the 85 II.  I tend to use the 50mm focal length a lot more...

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #60 on: June 03, 2013, 01:03:23 PM »

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #61 on: June 03, 2013, 01:20:53 PM »
So, I had to think of this 2 ways:

From my current kit, and still on crop: 85 1.8 (current favorite lens), 35 2.0 (old version), 20 .28 (not the best lens but the widest prime I have right now.

Planning on upgrading to the 6D in the near future when the piggy bank is full, so the realistic 3 after that would be: 24-105 4.0L, 85 1.8, and a tossup between the 35 and the 20, though if I can swing the 200 2.8L for the long end, I'd love to go with that.

I can't even think of what the 3 would be if there were no restrictions.
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #62 on: June 03, 2013, 01:45:40 PM »
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

+1 to your selection.  The new Canon 24-70 is really a joy to use.  Since I'm mostly a landscape guy, I would probably substitute the Nikon 14-24mm with the lens converter because I often do manual focus anyway.  For any one interested, my favorite Nikon lenses are the same three Nikon focal lengths and using the 14-24 as much as I can whenever I limit my selection to just three.  If you had said 4 lenses I would add the 300mm lens as the next most used lens.

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #63 on: June 03, 2013, 03:21:22 PM »
If you could only have three lenses to shoot video AND general photography on FF cameras, (including sports, portraiture with or without flash, macro, etc.), which would you choose?
Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II ... for landscape
Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC ... for handheld video
Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II ... for sports & portraiture
Luckily I have all 3 of them
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #64 on: June 03, 2013, 03:52:23 PM »
For my action sport needs:

15mm 2.8 Fisheye
16-35mm 2.8 L II
50mm 1.2 L

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #65 on: June 03, 2013, 04:33:43 PM »
Currently I carry these three with me all the time:
  • 17-40mm 4.0
  • 24-70mm 2.8 II
  • 70-200mm 2.8 II

As you can expect I'm very in love with the 24-70 and the 70-200. I had the 16-35 2.8 II, but I didn't like it's fuzzy borders on a full frame, so I replaced it with the 17-40.

Here is hoping for a new super wide-angle @ f/2.8.

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #66 on: June 03, 2013, 05:05:07 PM »
Well, I only have 4 lenses... but always carry 3 on my bag all the time  :)

35L, 85L and 135L

the 70-300L stays in home almost all the time
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #67 on: June 03, 2013, 05:11:26 PM »
For me it is the Canon 17-40L, Canon 24-70 2.8L and the 70-200 2.8L IS II, but shhhhhh will try to sneak the 100 2.8L when noone's looking.  :-X
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #68 on: June 03, 2013, 06:03:37 PM »
These three are my most used lenses.

24-105 f/4.0
70-200 f/2.8 II
135 f/2.0

I will purchase a 24-70 f/2.8 II soon and expect that lens to replace the 24-105 on this list.
Bodies:  6D, EOS-M (22/2 and 18-55)
Lenses: Rokinon 14mm 2.8, 35mm 2.0 IS, 85mm 1.8, 100mm 2.8L IS Macro, 135mm 2.0L, 24-70mm 2.8L II, 70-200mm 2.8L IS II, Extenders: EF 1.4xIII, EF 2xIII ; Flash: ST-E3-RT, 600EX-RT (x3)

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #69 on: June 03, 2013, 06:28:57 PM »
These three are my most used lenses.

24-105 f/4.0
70-200 f/2.8 II
135 f/2.0

I will purchase a 24-70 f/2.8 II soon and expect that lens to replace the 24-105 on this list.

Not so fast, the 24-105 is a great range, albeit at f4. However in studio shoots, one is usually at F5.6, 8 or narrower... and the zoom range of the 24-105 comes in handy to provide the portrait range of 80-100.  24-70 is a great lens but don;t give up so fast on that 24-105.. plus it has IS!!!

My best three?.. well, two that I;m certain of:

16-25mm zoom
70-200mm zoom..

The third.. I'd say the F1.4 50mm... its good to have a prime lens there that stops down to F1.4...

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #70 on: June 03, 2013, 06:32:20 PM »
If you could only have three lenses...

...I'd freak out. Totally.  :o

LOL!!! Ditto.

My 3 favorite lens, however, seem to be my 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro, 50mm f/1.2L USM, and 500 f/4L IS USM.

Were there a disaster, they would be the first three I'd re-purchase.

But I also love my 70-200mm f/4L IS USM and 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. My 17-40 f/4L USM I tend to use less.

Gah! I hate these questions...  ;)

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #71 on: June 03, 2013, 06:34:14 PM »
Of the lenses I currently own:

24-105 f/4L IS
100 f/2.8L Macro
50 f/1.4

If I could only have any 3 lenses and could get anything I wanted:

24-70 f/2.8L II
135 f/2L
200-400 f/4L 1.4x IS

Although it's a close call between the 135 and 100 macro....
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #72 on: June 03, 2013, 09:53:17 PM »
Prime Trinity:
EF 24mm 1.4 II L
EF 50mm 1.2 L
EF 100mm 2.8 IS L

Zoom Trinity:
EF 24-70 2.8 II L
EF 70-200 2.8 II L
EF 200-400 4.0 L

My real-life, workaday, weather-sealed IS trinity:
EF 24-105 4.0 IS L
EF 70-300 4-5.6 IS L
EF 100 2.8 IS L

(came in handy this past weekend)
5D III | 5DII | Fuji X-E1 | EF 17-40 | EF 24-105 | EF 35 IS | EF 50 f/1.4 | EF 100L | EF 70-300L | EF 100-300L | EF 300 f/4 IS

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #73 on: June 03, 2013, 10:42:32 PM »
My main 3 lenses are the 24-105 f/4L, 70-200 f/2.8L, and 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L. Do about everything with those, though I do have the 50 f/1.8 and 85 f/1.8 as well.

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #74 on: June 04, 2013, 01:07:06 AM »
Well, i would love to have:
1) 24-70 II
2) 70-200 F2.8 II
3) 85L

That's only because i do mainly portraits and almost never landscapes…but the 24-70 should really be all i need 90% of the time..that's actually the ONLY lens i bring out these days.

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Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« Reply #74 on: June 04, 2013, 01:07:06 AM »