What lenses do you own?


Aug 17, 2010
Hmm lots of lenses, 35 years and some tips.

1. Lenses that I use a lot...

Zeiss - 21/2.8, 25/2, 28/2, 35/1.4, 50/2 MP, 100/2 MP.

Canon - TS-E 17, 70-200 II, 400/4 DO

Occasional use - OM 55/1.2, 8-15L, OM 16 FE

2. Time behind the eyepiece - 35 years.

3. Tips

a. Get a full frame camera
b. Get a 28mm manual focus lens (say an OM 28/2.8 ) and a really good adapter. Fotodiox Pro is the one to spring for.
c. Learn to visualise what's going to be in the field of view, how to estimate your exposure and how to position yourself to get the best composition. Once you can do these things without thinking, you are ready for a second lens. I'd get a really good 50mm - Zeiss are bringing one out in about a year - that's about the right time frame.

d. It takes time to learn what a lens can do. DONT buy too many lenses at one go, even if you can afford it. One or two lenses a year is probably about right.
e. Take lots of pictures, take notes too, read them from time to time.
f. ETTR about 1 stop and pull it back in post.

g. Start a flickr page and use it to see how your technique is improving.
h. Look at other photographers images and see whether you know how to do what they've presented.
i. Learn to use Lightroom, buy the Nik Software bundle.


Oh yes.... FART before you press the button...

F ind a subject that catches your eye
A nalyse why it works for you
R efine your composition, exclude the garbage
then Trip the shutter.

Aug 6, 2012
It depends on your budget. 100mm F2.8 non-L or 100mm F2.8 L or better yet, MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro. You can also try EF 180mm f3.5L Macro USM. I'm using the 100mm F2.8 non-L and I'm really enjoying it. I thought of getting the L version but I can't think of one good reason enough for me to get it. IS might be it but I almost always use flash because I want to blacken the background most of the time. For much more serious macro work, I think the last 2 I've mentioned will satisfy your needs.

For my cheap line-up:

1. 28mm F1.8 USM
2. 50mm F1.8 II
3. 100mm F2.8 USM non-L
4. 55-250mm IS

1. 17-40mm F4L USM
2. 70-200mm F2.8L USM (IS) (maybe after going FF)
3. 8-15 F4L fisheye. (maybe after going FF)

I'm also planning to get a 5D3 or 5D2 or 6D depending on what's better for my money after I finish on my lenses wish list.

rpt said:
40 2.8

I am lookin to get a macro...


Feb 24, 2012


I'll play.
These are for a gripped 7D for now, probably a FF added later.

Sigma 8mm fisheye, use for a 360 deg .mov files on a nodal bracket, want to replace with Canon 8-15 soon!

EFs 10-22, good UW glass for a crop

EFs 60 macro, use it as a prime, nice glass

EF 24-105 L, great walk around lens with IS!

EF 70-200 2.8 mk II, nuff said....

1.4 and 2.0 mk III extenders for the extra reach

Wants for my crop: TS E 17
After adding a FF body: 16-35, TS E 24 and the 24-70 mk II
Someday a f2.8 supertele and the usual range of sub f2 primes......


EOS 5D Mark IV
Sep 20, 2012
Houston, TX
1) What lenses do you own and why do you love/hate each of them?

EF-S 10-22mm: Love the lens. Still fondly remember the day I bought it, and my life has changed ever since :p.
EF-S 17-55mm: Very nice lens. Had a lot of thought before biting the bullet due to the price and adverse comments on the net. Buying it has taught me to try out for myself instead.
EF-S 18-55mm: Bought it to substitute for the 17-55 in less than ideal weather, but have used it very little. Nice decent lens, but the ergonomics annoy me (have to change to MF and turn down the barrel after using it). Will sell it pretty soon.
EF 50mm: Very nice lens. My copy is as sharp as I need wide open, and it made me to sell my 50 1.4 when I compared the two at similar apertures.
EF 70-200mm 2.8 Mark I: I loved the Mark II when I rented it, but cannot afford to buy it- so settled for the Mark I when I got it for a really good price. Turns out, it is all I needed :)
Tamron 70-300mm VC USD: Very nice lightweight telephoto. Plenty sharp, quick, silent and precise AF.

2) How long have you been into photography?
I got my first dSLR, a 50D, in 2009.

3) Any random tips for a noob like myself?
I consider myself pretty much a newbie- my first priority is to understand ambient lighting- what to look for, what to avoid, and how to utilize what I have. The only way to learn is to take lots and lots of photos, and review what could be missing. I hope I can post some in this forum and ask for suggestions from the nice gentlemen who inhabit these lands.
Aug 21, 2012
Canon 10-22 3.5-4.5mm
Canon 24-70 2.8 L
Canon 50mm 1.8
Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS II L
Canon 300mm 4 L

Use these with a 7d- 1.6 crop and 1d mk iin- 1.3 crop.

Been into photography for 5 years. Make sure you back up everything up.


May 31, 2011
jdramirez said:
Right now I have a 50mm f/1.4 and a 24-105mm. I have 1700ish saved up and I'm looking to buy a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. What's next on my list after that is the 100mm f/2.8L macro, but I imagine that will take quite a while to save up the sheckles for that.

It's time to revise this. Still have the 24-105mm and the 50mm f/1.4. But I bought a 100mm f/2.8L macro and a 70-200mm f/4L USM... and I love the 100mm macro... but I was unimpressed with the 70-200... so I sold the latter and then upgraded to the 70-200mm f/2.8L USM. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I love it... but who knows.


May 16, 2012
Wadsworth, OH
16-35L II
24-70L II Pre-ordered
50 f/1.4
Nifty Fifty
70-200L II IS
85 f/1.8
85 f/1.2L II
100 f/2
135 f/2L
200 f/2L IS
300 f/2.8L I IS
400 f/2.8L I IS

That's it.


Capturing moments in time...
CR Pro
Mar 17, 2012
70-200 2.8 is ii
40 mm pancake will own tomorrow
600 ex

Had 70-200 f4 is
50mm 1.4
430 ex ii
270 ex ii
320 ex
17-55 2.8

Getting 24-70 ii when available.


M.R.S. Fotografie www.mrsfotografie.nl
Jul 13, 2012
The Netherlands
5D2, 7D, 400D.

35mm Prime:

Sigma 20mm F1.8 DG Aspherical RF
Voigtländer 40mm f/2 Ultron SL-II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1

35mm zoom:

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 II
Tamron SP AF 70-300 F/4-5.6 Di VC USD

APS-C zoom:

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2,8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II


Canon Extender EF 1.4x II


EOS M6 Mark II
Sep 7, 2012
I shoot with 60D and 5D3

1) What lenses do you own and why do you love/hate each of them?
EF50mm f1.4 - I like the size and weight and lowlight ability. I hate the picture quality at f1.4
EF24-70L - Very good picture quality at all focal lengths, particularly for portraits. It focuses lightning fast even in low light. I don't like the weight and the reversed zoom, it's counter intuitive.
EF70-200L ISII - Sharpest lens I have but I rarely use it due to weight and size. You know what they say, the best camera is the one you carry with you, well it applies to lenses too. But it's still a very good purchase.
EF70-300L - very sharp at 70-135mm, I use it for portraiture as well as landscapes. It's much easier to carry than the 70-200/f2.8. It fits easily in my bag occupying only one lens space.
Samyang 8mm fisheye - the only crop sensor lens I kept for my 60D. I hate the chromatic aberration for high contrast scene and the flaring when pointed to the light-source.
Planning to get the TSE24mm and EF16-35LII soon

2) How long have you been into photography?
About a year now.

3) Any random tips for a noob like myself?
Don't buy cheap square filters, go for Lee, you'll save money in the long run. Singh-ray filters are over-priced cheap filters, avoid them!!!


M.R.S. Fotografie www.mrsfotografie.nl
Jul 13, 2012
The Netherlands
So far I'm the only one listing the Sigma 20mm F1.8 DG Aspherical RF (see my list in previous post above).

I absolutely love this lens for hand held indoor use on FF when the light gets really low. I've a good copy and sharpness is usable (large apertures) to excellent (slightly stopped down). Build quality is very good. Makes a great 35 mm (ok, 32 mm) equivalent on APS-C for the same use. Most underrated lens. Has a wonderful bokeh if you get up close, which you can with this one. It's a unique piece of glass.


Apr 11, 2012
70-200 2.8L II (had the F4)
100 2.8L macro
16-35 2.8L II
24-70 2.8L II (just recently purchased)

Hopefully Canon will release a 14-24 then I will replace the 16-35
Will look at the new 400 F4 when it comes out
Might pick up a 1.4 or 2X TC


Canonet QL17 GIII
Sep 22, 2012
St. Paul, MN
Most used:
EF 70-200 f2.8L USM IS Mark II – always on my 7D, my favorite combo
EF-S 17-55 f2.8 USM IS – almost always on my 60D
EF 35 f2.0 – favorite low-light "short" lens before getting the 17-55
EF-S 18-135 f3.5-5.6 IS – shares time on an old XT along with the 35 for the kids to use

EF 50 f1.8
EF-S 17-85 f4-5.6 USM IS
EF 70-300 f4-5.6 USM IS

Definitely retired:
EF 28-80 f3.5-5.6 USM V
Tamron 28-200 f3.8-5.6
FD 50 f1.4
FD 50 f1.8
FD 35-70 f3.5-4.5
FD 70-210 f4.0