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The best of 2018 in gear as selected by our readers

neuroanatomist

I post too Much on Here!!
Jul 21, 2010
24,171
1,441
Definitely agree with the EOS R as a top pick, a significant move for Canon.

I think the M32/1.4 is also a significant move. Fast primes and zooms are almost de rigueur for a new FF system, as is recapitulating the popular FF kit lens – nice, but no surprise. A fast prime for the APS-C M series was a surprise, and perhaps indicates a bigger commitment to the line. Plus, it's a great lens!
 

Frage

EOS T7i
Dec 21, 2012
94
3
I voted for the M50. I think is the better camera for the money and at the moment the system with the most lens options. Also the 70-200 F4 II is a lot of lens for the money and will be far more reachable (will produce more imagery) than many of the other options.
 

CanonFanBoy

EOS 5D MK IV
Jan 28, 2015
3,302
917
Irving, Texas
Surprised to find RF35 dead last on the lens chart.
Considering my perception of the demographics (Money and what most seem to shoot) of most of the crowd around here, it doesn't surprise me. From my own personal experience with 35mm, it doesn't surprise me either. I have a 24-70mm and a 35mm. The 24-70 is so good that I am hard pressed to find an occasion where my 35mm is called for. A mentor of mine challenged me to use it throughout two days of model boot camps once, and that is really the only time I've fooled with it. Got some great images, but it will never be my first choice. However, I'm just one guy. The zooms are getting so good a short prime would be very hard for me to justify anymore. I don't pixel peep and nobody has ever told me the corners aren't sharp enough. An RF 28-70mm f/2 USM? Beautiful as far as I am concerned. I'd not even consider an RF 35mm f/1.8 STM prime to be a competitive lens against that. I can see zero reason to choose the 35mm over the 28-70mm. Seriously thinking of selling my EF 35mm f/1.4 II to get the EF 85mm f/1.4 IS.
 
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bhf3737

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Sep 9, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Interestingly, it seems that in the two lens categories pragmatic aspects (i.e. usability particularly in mid range focal length and relatively brighter lenses) have collectively received more votes than innovative aspects (i.e. never done before lenses) and price point. I guess this says a lot about the CR readers who embrace usability and practicality of the tools. No surprise here.
 

Larsskv

EOS 7D MK II
Jun 12, 2015
758
176
Considering my perception of the demographics (Money and what most seem to shoot) of most of the crowd around here, it doesn't surprise me. From my own personal experience with 35mm, it doesn't surprise me either. I have a 24-70mm and a 35mm. The 24-70 is so good that I am hard pressed to find an occasion where my 35mm is called for. A mentor of mine challenged me to use it throughout two days of model boot camps once, and that is really the only time I've fooled with it. Got some great images, but it will never be my first choice. However, I'm just one guy. The zooms are getting so good a short prime would be very hard for me to justify anymore. I don't pixel peep and nobody has ever told me the corners aren't sharp enough. An RF 28-70mm f/2 USM? Beautiful as far as I am concerned. I'd not even consider an RF 35mm f/1.8 STM prime to be a competitive lens against that. I can see zero reason to choose the 35mm over the 28-70mm. Seriously thinking of selling my EF 35mm f/1.4 II to get the EF 85mm f/1.4 IS.
I have the opposite approach. The more experienced I get, the more I value the possibility to use large apertures. For most of my use, I find the flexibility in aperture more important than the flexibility in zooming. Therefore I like and use prime lenses much more than zooms.

And yes, modern zooms offers fantastic quality images.
 

CanonFanBoy

EOS 5D MK IV
Jan 28, 2015
3,302
917
Irving, Texas
I have the opposite approach. The more experienced I get, the more I value the possibility to use large apertures. For most of my use, I find the flexibility in aperture more important than the flexibility in zooming. Therefore I like and use prime lenses much more than zooms.

And yes, modern zooms offers fantastic quality images.
Yeah, but f/1.8 vs f/2.0... not a big deal. Especially considering the flexibility in focal length. Shall I choose a strict 35mm f/1.8 vs a 28-70 f/2.0? No brainer.
 

Viggo

EOS 5D SR
Dec 13, 2010
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462
I am really surprised that the majority of people favored the RF 50mm f/1.2L. It's a lens that's been done before...several times by Canon. The 28-70 f/2 has never been done by anyone else in history and is a significant engineering accomplishment.
The 28-70 is of no interest to me as it’s too heavy and too expensive, but it was my second pick for sure.

Maybe it’s because they’ve made it before that people have a relation to it, and when they made the RF a hundred times better people appreciate the effort.

And I’ve, at least, waited for a 50 L since 2006 when I bought and hated the EF version. And it’s an instant classic, even the feel and quality makes my 85 IS look and feel very cheap..
 

Del Paso

M3 Singlestroke
Aug 9, 2018
424
389
Isn't it nice to have such a wide choice of great lenses to choose from?
World's best 1,2/50, superb 28/70 F 2, 1,4/32 M, etc...
Different needs, different preferences, and Canon gives us more choices than anybody else !
 
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Pooshoes

I'm New Here
Sep 1, 2018
22
14
Yeah, but f/1.8 vs f/2.0... not a big deal. Especially considering the flexibility in focal length. Shall I choose a strict 35mm f/1.8 vs a 28-70 f/2.0? No brainer.
Specs are one thing, the 28-70mm is beautiful and the top in that department. If you're aiming for a comfortable lens that you would take anywhere, all that glass is a burden to hang around your neck all day. the EOS R + 35mm is so light and compact, it might be hard to find a better FF package to compete with the portability, features, Images and video (IS is important to me for that reason).
 
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CanonFanBoy

EOS 5D MK IV
Jan 28, 2015
3,302
917
Irving, Texas
Specs are one thing, the 28-70mm is beautiful and the top in that department. If you're aiming for a comfortable lens that you would take anywhere, all that glass is a burden to hang around your neck all day. the EOS R + 35mm is so light and compact, it might be hard to find a better FF package to compete with the portability, features, Images and video (IS is important to me for that reason).
Yeah, but I tend to have a 70-200 around my neck all day.
 

canonmike

EOS T7i
Jan 5, 2013
98
42
I am really surprised that the majority of people favored the RF 50mm f/1.2L. It's a lens that's been done before...several times by Canon. The 28-70 f/2 has never been done by anyone else in history and is a significant engineering accomplishment.
What I would really like to see is how many voted for these two lenses without owning either one????
 

Yasko

EOS 80D
Jun 9, 2017
110
18
The 28-70 is of no interest to me as it’s too heavy and too expensive, but it was my second pick for sure.

Maybe it’s because they’ve made it before that people have a relation to it, and when they made the RF a hundred times better people appreciate the effort.

And I’ve, at least, waited for a 50 L since 2006 when I bought and hated the EF version. And it’s an instant classic, even the feel and quality makes my 85 IS look and feel very cheap..
Well, I suppose for an extra 1000€ (here in Europe) it should feel a bit more luxury than the 85 f/1.4. Besides, 2500€ for a prime lens isn‘t quite a bargain and I guess there are some psychological aspects to the „very cheap“ look and feel of the 85 f/1.4. We all love our new tools ;-).