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If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« on: June 23, 2013, 09:27:17 PM »
Alright everybody, here's the hard question.  Someone's gonna ask it!   :)

You can only pick 1 lens for the rest of your life from today's current lineup.  What do you do?


Take some time and think about your answer for

1.  A Crop Sensor camera

2.  A Full-Frame camera

Also, let us know what you normally shoot (weddings, landscapes, macro, etc.)


I'll start it off:

(I shoot Weddings and Events, primarily)

1.  EF-S 17-55mm f2.8

2.  EF 70-200mm f2.8 II (amazing lens)
5DM3, EF 50 f1.4, EF 24-70 f2.8 II, EF 70-200 f2.8 USM IS II, EF 24-104 f4, Siggy 12-24 f3.5

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If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« on: June 23, 2013, 09:27:17 PM »

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2013, 09:36:29 PM »
I have a selection of Canon lenses that I use on 1.3 crop and FF. If I was forced to choose just one then it would have to be my 800 F5.6 L IS. I know this is a VERY specialized lens but it is the one I use most so it would have to stay. Of course if I could trade it for a 600 F4 Mk2................

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2013, 09:40:35 PM »
My 24-70 II.

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2013, 09:41:30 PM »
My 24-70 II.

Jim

Agree. Versatility and excellent optics.

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2013, 10:18:51 PM »
I hate this question.

I  did use a 50mm  f 1.8  exclusively for a while...

I  like,  but don't love my 24-105.   Well it is more than like,  but it is my goto lens when I'm not sure what I'll be shooting. 

I guess I'd also go 24-70 mkii  as well,  but I've never used it...  so I'm relying on other people's opinion. 

Fine...  I'd opt for a 8 mm  fisheye...
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

XS->60D->5d Mkiii:18-55->24-105L:75-300->55-250->70-300->70-200 f4L USM->70-200 f/2.8L USM->70-200 f/2.8L IS Mkii:50 f/1.8->50 f/1.4->100 f/2.8L->85mm f/1.8 USM->135L -> 8mm ->100L

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2013, 10:35:09 PM »
FF

ef 50 1.2

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2013, 10:39:18 PM »
Crop, 28mm F1.8
FF, 40mm F2.8

Why?  I want a lens I can take anywhere light enough and small enough for me to enjoy other things in life.  If I can have another lens beside that, I'll take the 70-300 L for both.

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2013, 10:39:18 PM »

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2013, 10:58:54 PM »
Maybe the recent Canon 35mm f2 IS -- for FF and standard sensors.

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2013, 11:08:37 PM »
FF

For wildlife, 200-400, followed by 600 and then 70-200

For macro, 180

For lens scape, harder call, probably 24-70

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2013, 11:44:48 PM »
I don't really see the point of having a DSLR if you could only have one lens... so this thread is very much hypothetical for me, as I use different lenses for different purposes.

However I'll share my thoughts below, pretending a 'only allowed 1 lens' scenario were reality. (My main photography interest is landscape.... but I take lots of types of photos - so an 'all round' lens fits the bill best for me).

- APS-C (crop sensored DSLR): Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM would be the second 'all round' preference).

    I would really miss the reach of my Canon EF 70-300mm L f/4-5.6 IS USM for wildlife, etc. as well my UWA landscape shots (with eg my Sigma AF 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM on my APS-C)

- FF (Full Frame DSLR) Canon EF 24-105mm L f/4 IS USM (with the Canon EF 24-70mm L f/2.8 USM and the Canon EF 24-70mm L f/4 USM IS [semi-macro] as my alternate preferences on FF for 'all round' lenses).

Again I would miss my true macro shots - or a bright prime for shallow depth of field.

Other options for a 'one-only' lens on FF would be the Canon EF 70-200mm L f/2.8 IS USM vII, or the Canon EF 28-300mm L f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - but these are large, heavy lenses to lug around all the time.

Regards....

Paul
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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2013, 11:58:43 PM »
One camera and one lens forever: Canon EOS 3 (film) and Zeiss 50mm 1.4. Ilford HP5. No hesitation.

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2013, 12:50:55 AM »
Crop - ef-s 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. Very versatile lens though I would like a longer reach. The 10-22mm was also a great lens on crop but limits me to WA focal lengths.

FF - that's tough. I could get away with just the 24-105L but that seems like a boring answer. I think the 135L would be my choice. Sure I'd miss out on landcapes but I'm more of a portraits and wedding guy these days. Then again I could also live with just a 24mm f/1.4 and be quite happy!

5D II | 17-40L | 24-105L | 70-200 f4L IS | 135L | SY 14mm f/2.8 | Sigma 50 f/1.4

EOS M | 22 f/2 | 11-22 IS

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2013, 01:28:59 AM »
24-70 II F2.8L  without any doubt over all my primes...

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2013, 01:28:59 AM »

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2013, 01:48:51 AM »
For my 5D MKii, if we are talking about lenses we own, then the Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro. 

You can use it for landscape



You can use it for portraits



You can use it as a telephoto



You can use it in low light



You can use it for macro (duh)



You can use it for product photography




You can use it for movies

Nature Small | Large



I've thought about it a lot and a good 100-105mm macro lens is on of the most versatile lenses you can have in your kit even though it is only designed to do one job.  The are very sharp, a great focal length, cheap, I got mine for $300, light weight, and have great focusing rings. 

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All of the photos above were taken with my Sigma 105mm, also here is an album of some of my favorite shots I've taken with the lens, http://www.flickr.com/photos/66627224@N02/sets/72157633893629528/
« Last Edit: June 24, 2013, 01:56:15 AM by Andy_Hodapp »
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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2013, 02:36:24 AM »
Only one lens?

Hmmm.

15-150/f1.4

Oh, you want it to be from TODAY's lineup...

None of them.

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2013, 02:36:24 AM »