Time for a playful topic! What's in your two lens bag?


Logan Mat Cutters at 20 paces!
Dec 17, 2013
I dropped my 35 IS (my first broken lens since I started with ILC's...1983) so now my two lens combo is 40/135 or 24-70 and 135.


Gear limits your creativity
Jan 8, 2016
helpful said:
Thanks, this is an awesome topic. Too many photographers limit themselves with too many lenses and zooms. Two classic primes, chosen to be right for the job, are very freeing.

It really depends on the job completely, but for many, many jobs, I find these to be the best:

35mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.4
This is exactly what's been in my bag for the last week-and-a-bit.

The week before that had an additional 17-40 and 100-400, of which only the latter was used (wide angle lenses aren't much use above the tree line around here). Before that I had only the 35+85 for months!
Jun 13, 2012
Crop body bag: 100mm f/2.8L IS macro and 10-22mm

Full frame bag: 100mm f/2.8L IS and 24-70 f/4L IS

If I know I’m going to shoot people, then I replace the macro with a 50 f/1.8 STM.
Nov 12, 2016
For the type of low light, nighttime shooting I normally do.

50mm 1.2L
85mm 1.2L

If I'm on a trip and may be taking photos of anything and everything.

24-70 2.8 II
70-200 2.8 II

However I might swap out the 24-70 for the 11-24.

If I'm in a situation where there's going to be almost no light.

50mm 1.2L
50mm 1.0L

The 1.0 is super soft and so it's not something I would want to use all the time, but sometimes it's the only thing that will take the photo.
Apr 3, 2013
Isle of Wight
Hi Folks.
The only bag with 2 lenses in is my work bag, 40D with 17-85 for documenting work and a 70-300 non L just in case I see something around at lunch or on the way to / from work. Hmm that hasn’t happened yet .
Does going our with a camera with lens attached and the bulk storage bag that only has 2 lenses that fit FF count?
If so that would be the 70-200 2.8 LII and 100-400 LII in the bag! (24-105 L on the camera)!

Cheers, Graham.
Dec 3, 2011
I guess I have two "bags".

Nature bag: 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro & 16-35mm f/2.8 L II (probably soon to be 16-35mm f/4 L IS)
Bird & Wildlife bag: 300mm f/2.8 L II (if rented), 600mm f/4 L II (owned)