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Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2012, 08:16:32 AM »
Sigma 85 1.4. Love the field of view, bokeh, quality, everything. Challenges me to make a photo worthy of this lens.
This one for me too
Also I find the 600 fd a lot of fun too lately
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Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2012, 08:16:32 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: July 24, 2012, 08:30:13 AM »
Telephotos don't really heighten my sense of creativity but wide-angles do. Obviously, the subject often dictates the appropriate focal length but, that aside, a wide-angle perspective is, to my eyes, usually more interesting than a telephoto perspective. So, from my limited selection, the Sigma 12-24 is the lens that imbues most inspiration in me.

I think I'd suffer inspiration overload if I were fortunate enough to have a TS-E 17mm.
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Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« Reply #32 on: July 25, 2012, 08:09:01 PM »

I think I'd suffer inspiration overload if I were fortunate enough to have a TS-E 17mm.

Love it.  Made me laugh.   :)

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« Reply #33 on: July 26, 2012, 03:59:37 PM »
200/2 because it costs too much, but its value is amazing.
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Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« Reply #34 on: July 26, 2012, 05:18:23 PM »
I've been a firm believer that upgrading one's gear usually doesn't improve one's photography. However, I recently picked up the Canon 85 f/1.8, and I must say, this lens has definitely improved my work. Why? Interestingly, it's due to more than the image quality. Yes, it's a great, sharp lens, but it's really not head-and-shoulders above some of my other lenses.

So if the image quality of the lens isn't leading to noticeably better images - what's changed? Inspiration. For a number of reasons, when I shoot with the 85 I feel inspired.

First, the focal length. I spent most of last year shooting with a 50mm, so the focal length is a little longer, and it inspires me to shoot from different perspectives.

Second, the feel. The size and weight of the 85 on a 5D feels just right to me. It's light enough to not wear me out after a full day of shooting, but it's also solid enough that it doesn't look or feel like a toy.

Third, the image quality. There's no denying, this is a sharp, impressive lens. It may not produce quite the background blur of the 85 f/1.2, but the image quality is still pretty awesome. If I nail the exposure, focus, and composition, I can be quite sure that the lens will do the rest.
The 85/1.8 is a pleasure to use; great value, too. Nicely-built, and it gives great bokeh. I enjoyed it on my 7D, and I still enjoy it on my 5D3. It just feels nice!

Next on my list are the 2X TC and then the 85/1.2. That second one might take a few months though.

I just paid for a used EF 85mm f/1.8 from Lensrentals and I am anxiously awaiting its arrival.  For $290 it was the lowest price I've seen for this lens, and thanks to a Feb 2011 contest here at CR (thanks, Craig) in which I won a $50 GC, I only paid $240 out-of-pocket.  I'm looking forward to trying it out.
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Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« Reply #35 on: July 26, 2012, 05:35:12 PM »
I guess I'd say my 85 1.2L. I don't get to use it that often and I forget how amazing it is. Then the occasion will come up where 85 is the right focal length. I'll look at the results and try like heck to find shots to take with it.

The same thing will happen with the 35 1.4L but not as often as the 85 because I do shoot with the 35 much more.

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« Reply #36 on: July 26, 2012, 05:44:57 PM »
Canon 24L MK II

Not my most used lens, but definitely one that allows endless possibilities and gets me thinking about my composition almost every time.
+1 to have very wide angle and very shallow dof is something you only get with TS lenses and the 24 f1,4 and they kick ass all three.
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« Reply #37 on: July 27, 2012, 02:14:27 AM »
1.  EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II is my go-to lens
2.  the 200mm f/2.0L IS inspires me
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« Reply #38 on: July 27, 2012, 11:22:26 AM »
Seems like there is a consensus that those who own 200mm f/2L IS lenses are inspired by them.  For anyone who wants inspiration (and doesn't mind owning a lens that is in less-than-pristine condition), it is available in 7/10 condition at lensrentals for $4400 shipped:

http://www.lensrentals.com/buy/canon/canon-200mm-f2l-is-serial-number-13206
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« Reply #39 on: July 27, 2012, 01:24:27 PM »
Kyle,

A lot of these guys are shooting full frame..  you can get similar results on APS-C for a lot less (I note you are using a 30D)

Check out the 200mm f2.8 L II (behaves like a 320mm f2.8) and is an excellent sharp lens on APS-C.

Also check out the 100mm f2.0 USM  (behaves like 160 f2.0) and is also an excellent sharp lens on APS-C.

At vastly cheaper prices than the big boys.  Don't get me wrong the big boys are brilliant and better... but you don't have to remortgage the house to get some very very nice canon glass, especially if you are shooting on APS-C!

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« Reply #40 on: July 27, 2012, 01:58:24 PM »
Kyle,

A lot of these guys are shooting full frame..  you can get similar results on APS-C for a lot less (I note you are using a 30D)

Check out the 200mm f2.8 L II (behaves like a 320mm f2.8) and is an excellent sharp lens on APS-C.

Also check out the 100mm f2.0 USM  (behaves like 160 f2.0) and is also an excellent sharp lens on APS-C.

At vastly cheaper prices than the big boys.  Don't get me wrong the big boys are brilliant and better... but you don't have to remortgage the house to get some very very nice canon glass, especially if you are shooting on APS-C!

Thanks for the advice, Paul.  I'm an amateur photographer, and a camera and lens repair hobbyist.  What is normally a fairly expensive hobby (photography), I have managed to get into pretty cheap by buying really good deals, and repairing broken equipment.  I'm not looking to get any L lenses right now, but I definitely appreciate the beautiful images they can create.  That's why I'm so excited about my 85mm f/1.8 that's on it's way now, it's an inexpensive and fast lens that has nearly-L image quality.
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Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« Reply #41 on: July 27, 2012, 05:57:33 PM »
I don't think theres any nearly about it!..  I've got the sister lens the 100 f2.0.  I'm sure you'll enjoy!!!

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« Reply #42 on: July 28, 2012, 06:33:51 AM »
Seems like there is a consensus that those who own 200mm f/2L IS lenses are inspired by them.  For anyone who wants inspiration (and doesn't mind owning a lens that is in less-than-pristine condition), it is available in 7/10 condition at lensrentals for $4400 shipped:

http://www.lensrentals.com/buy/canon/canon-200mm-f2l-is-serial-number-13206

thanks for the heads up! now to convince them to send it to australia! last time they said they wont sell to oz :(
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Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« Reply #42 on: July 28, 2012, 06:33:51 AM »

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« Reply #43 on: July 28, 2012, 08:19:55 AM »
I usually don't change lens,s a lot as I don't see any difference at the sizes I print  but got a great offer for my used 70-200 f2.8 is L so took a punt on a used new model. It's now my most used lens, never without it in the bag. No image difference I can spot when stopped down but wide open it's excellent, better than the old one. Focus,s a bit faster and the I.s is out of this world. Not quite as sharp as my sigma 1.4 but all in all,  very amazing lens and I must say, a great upgrade, especially what I paid.

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Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« Reply #44 on: July 30, 2012, 02:45:17 AM »
Lens28 - 84mm F/3.5

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