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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2013, 02:55:27 AM »
Hmmm... out of the lenses I own/have owned

1) 17-55 f/2.8 IS
2) 24-105 f/4L

but i guess if i had a gun to my head and had to choose one, i would probably get the 28-300L for FF.
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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2013, 02:55:27 AM »

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2013, 02:55:39 AM »
One lens? That's easy, the 24-70 f/2.8II.

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2013, 03:23:01 AM »
Though I hate the idea of having to be limited to just one lens, I will vote as follows:
Crop:  EF-S Canon 15-85
FF: Canon EF 24-105
Both of these have been my trusted pick-one-for-this-thip lenses, as they cover a very useful range and perform well (if not brilliantly).
Pretty boring, I know. My favourite lens is by far the Canon 70-200 f/4.0 IS, but that would not do it alone.

PS: I have no experience with the much praised 24-70 f/2.8 II, so I did not consider that for this poll.
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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2013, 03:52:29 AM »
One camera and one lens forever: Canon EOS 3 (film) and Zeiss 50mm 1.4. Ilford HP5. No hesitation.
As I was reading OP, I thought about my EF 50mm F1.4. It is currently permanantly attached to my 7D.
It is not an L lens but, I love it. If I had to choose one-body-one-lens system.
I'll probably take the 5D3 and the EF 50mm F1.4.

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2013, 04:25:39 AM »
The lens is an easier choice. Zeiss distagon 2/35 ZE.

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2013, 04:41:03 AM »
hi

i've just bought canon 100D to complete my 5DII
it's just a miracle, because of the weight

if i had to keep just a kit, i would choose my 100D with a voigtlander skopar 20 mm

manual focus, to think about the result before taking the picture (and save space on the hard disk)

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2013, 06:23:26 AM »
Obviously, this is all hypothetical, since having interchangeable lenses is one of the main advantages of a DSLR, but if I had to choose:

1) EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
2) EF 70-200 f/2.8 II IS

When I get my EF 24-70 f/2.8 II in a month or so, I imagine it will make this list.

I mostly shoot family/kids and landscapes.
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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2013, 06:23:26 AM »

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2013, 06:28:59 AM »
Well, for crop it is indeed quite a no-brainer to choose the

1. EF-S 17-55 IS USM, because it's decent enough for crop photos.

For FF all this becomes harder, since the basic 24-70mm zooms and the 24-105L are quite bad in one way or the other.

2. Sigma 35mm would be my current choice, because it is amazingly sharp & 35mm is great for general purpose shots. I use this lens the most these days, unless of course I'm out shooting macro stuff.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2013, 06:31:32 AM by Dick »
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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2013, 06:34:51 AM »
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. 

You are kidding, right? :o
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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2013, 06:38:22 AM »
For FF 24-70 2,8 II on 5DIII

As I have to choose one system only - no crop for me
5D & 5D3  -  50 1,4  -  24-70 2,8L II  -   135 2,0L  -  70-200 4,0L IS  -  100 2,0  -  24-105 4,0L IS

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #25 on: June 24, 2013, 06:47:38 AM »
1. 15-85 IS USM
2.  50 1.4 canon
Canon 7D - 50 f/1.8 - 70-200 L f/4 IS USM - Canon 15-85

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #26 on: June 24, 2013, 07:00:26 AM »
FF   24-70 f2.8 L II

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2013, 07:21:53 AM »
For my 5D MKii, if we are talking about lenses we own, then the Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ...

Great post!

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2013, 07:21:53 AM »

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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #28 on: June 24, 2013, 07:30:01 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


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. 

Edit
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/


Well done Andy, your set of photos (also your flickr page) are an example of someone who knows how to use a lens well, good improvisation on the 'macro' lens.

The other day I was using my Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens, and I also really love the photos that I can achieve with this lens.
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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #29 on: June 24, 2013, 07:35:07 AM »
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.

+1

I see this kind of questions mostly coming from zoom fans. If the rule allowed 1 zoom or 2 primes, then it would be a different story (at least for me). Otherwise, why not RX1, X100s or EOS-M+22/2 ? :)
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Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« Reply #29 on: June 24, 2013, 07:35:07 AM »