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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2012, 04:40:02 PM »
I would probably choose my 100mm L macro, although my 70-200 f2.8 IS II comes in at a close second.

I don't have the eye for landscape photography, so I don't even bother with wide angles.

The 100L is quiet, ridiculously sharp, light, and very discrete. Sure I lose the versatility of a zoom, but I love having to physically move to get the shot. The color, weight, and size it make a lot less noticeable than my 70-200. 

I mainly shoot portraits and this lens is always my go to lens for the such shoots. It also works wonders for street photography because the focal length gives you plenty of working distance for those nice candid shots. I can also shoot macro if I happen upon a bug or spider. If I'm walking around bushes/flowers and whatnot, I tend to search for them as I move along.

The IS is a huge plus for me. Sure the focal length and lens is light enough for handheld, but the hybrid IS eliminates all of those miniscule movements. I've found it very useful when taking pictures in awkward positions that affects my balance.

My 70-200 II is a fantastic workhouse lens, but the size and weight isn't as practical for me. Plus, it sometimes scares people off when trying to do street photography.
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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2012, 04:40:02 PM »

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2012, 05:24:48 PM »
I'd just give up photography.  I've lived with one lens in my film days, I could not afford additional lenses, and ended up losing interest.

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2012, 06:03:15 PM »
I'd just give up photography.  I've lived with one lens in my film days, I could not afford additional lenses, and ended up losing interest.

Funny you say that.  I spent about 8 months with the 100L as my only lens (and on a crop body, to boot), but I didn't lose interest in photography at all - I somehow managed to take more than 15K photos during that period (and, according to my back up drive, apparently decided to keep 14,892 of them).
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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2012, 06:04:50 PM »
Canon 50mm f1.2 L hands down  ;D

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2012, 06:18:02 PM »
Interesting question...

Before I get to lenses, I'm going to touch on camera bodies first. I currently run an EOS 7D, having upgraded from a 40D when the former was released. If I had to operate a single camera body [and to heck with the expense] then it has to be the 1DX. My subject of interest include macro work, but also wildlife - particularly raptors (birds of prey) and for that sort of subject I'd be interested in the impressively high frame rate of the 1DX. My only real concern would be the bulk. I've not tried to work with one of Canon's full-frame, extended-body cameras, and I wonder how fatiguing that would be after a day of shooting...

So to lenses. I haven't tried the 100mm L Series Macro that you mention... At the moment my slowly growing collection covers the 16-35 f2.8,24-70 f2.8 (Mk I), 70-200 f2.8 (Mk I) and 100-400 f4.5-5.6 L Lenses... At the moment I'm very interested in trying a 35mm prime, but will wait for the anticipated Mk II to come along before I make the move. And if I could have absolutely anything? Well, I'd cheat, of course! I'd go with the 70-200mm f2.8 Mk II L Series (which by all accounts is absolutely cracking) and I'd perform near-field and closer work with extension tubes...

And now for the blasphemous bit... Having run a Powershot alongside my SLR for a few years (I started with the G9) I've come to love the compact portability and usability of Canon's smallest "serious" camera. I'm currently running a G12 (no current plans to upgrade) and this gets used both in 'round-town' environments such as days when I'm traveling on business and also, in Canon's own water-proof housing, when I'm indulging in some recreational scuba diving. It's stupendous for both tasks. And the blasphemy? Well, I just bought myself a Panasonic DMC-GX1. I was intrigued to see what all the fuss was about. And. Well. Wow.

It came with a stock lens (14-45mm - 24-90mm equivalent for 35mm) that is average, but I augmented with a 20mm f1.7 Panasonic branded lens and an all-manual Voigltander Nokton 25mm f0.95. That Voigltander is so sharp it would make your eyes bleed... Yes, it softens appreciably into the corners when it's wider than about f4.0-f5.6, but it's exquisite to work with. Oh give me something like that for my 7D and I'd be in heaven... These were my first experiences of primes, and I think I'm a convert. Hence the 35mm Mk II L-Series will go on the shopping list!   

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2012, 08:12:27 PM »
Smart choice would be my 24-105. Best must have lens, I get most of my best shots from it.

Favorite choice would be my 16-35. Less versatile and 'useful', but I do most of my shooting in this range with this lens.

Close runner up is my 70-200/2.8II. Wonderful lens, heavy as a rock. I don't like telephoto generally, as much as I like the lens I don't actually use it too much.

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2012, 08:36:41 PM »
100-400 on a crop body.
It was my first DSLR lens (on a 50D) and works well with our friendly Florida birds. I did spend $200 on the 28-135 kit lens too. If you let me I would add a full frame body to get a bit wider when I needed it.
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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2012, 08:36:41 PM »

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2012, 09:14:52 PM »
50mm 1.2L + 5Dc = My perfect one lens setup.

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2012, 09:31:28 PM »
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II!

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2012, 09:48:17 PM »
Well for my 7D, I'd pick my 16-35 II.   Sharp, reasonable fast, and wide to normal range.  Besides it my most used lens. 

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2012, 09:55:10 PM »
The 8-15mm fisheye.

I use fisheye more than anything else.  It adds a fun aspect to shooting and I always shoot some sort of board sport so that's my go to lens.

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2012, 10:20:37 PM »
For my 7D I'd pick  a 24-70 2.8 L if a zoom and a 35 1.4 if a prime. For my Elan 7 I'd pick the same zoom and a 50 1.2 for a prime.

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2012, 11:34:13 PM »
70-200 f/2.8 is all I use for shooting musicians. Even full stage shots. However, I have the advantage of daylight balanced LED's and flash.

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2012, 11:34:13 PM »

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2012, 05:15:19 PM »
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II!

My favorite too. What makes it so special to you? What type of photos do you take?

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Re: If you could only have one
« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2012, 11:15:53 PM »
Dont make me choose!
Most images for me occur between 15 & 70 mm
24-70
For killer portraits and sports
70-200II
For everything is beautiful in the world and everything can be shot honestly without changing perspective but offering out of focus goo without sacrificing focus speed 50 f1.2

But to answer you perfectly as you asked 24-70 and its only going to be easier to decide when the Version II comes out.
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Re: If you could only have one
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