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What lens do you use most?

28 Jan 2013 9:12PM
Are zoom lenses taking over from prime lenses?
I always loved my standard 50mm lens. Always thought they didn't get the credit they deserved

Now, I find myself using 18-55mm most of the time for convenience

What's your favourite and why?

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arhb Plus
10 3.3k 68 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 9:16PM
24-70mm and 70-200mm about the same amount.

Both cover my needs for focal length.
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
28 Jan 2013 9:19PM
Similar to above.

For general photography, it probably works out at:

Most frequent: 24-70mm f/2.8
Next: 70-200mm f/2.8
Third: 14-24mm f/2.8

I do use prime lenses occasionally for specialist purposes, my favourites being 50mm, 20mm and 105mm Micro plus an old manual focus 600mm f/4 for wildlife.

But I think you are right - zooms have pretty well taken over for general use.
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
28 Jan 2013 9:22PM

Quote:Are zoom lenses taking over from prime lenses?

In short... Yes. Smile

I too used to think in 'Prime' terms but.... **sigh**

For me? I have two.

On my IR-modified Nikon I use the the 18-70mm Nikkor (It's calibrated to the IR sensor in terms of the auto-focusing)

On my D300, my Tokina 12-24mm 'rules' the roost.
StrayCat Plus
13 19.0k 3 Canada
28 Jan 2013 9:25PM
Panasonic 100-300mm f4.0-f5.6 90%

Olympus 14-42mm II 10%

However, soon to change drastically when I get the Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro.
Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
28 Jan 2013 9:26PM
With my old E3 it was the 14-54 f2.8 and 35-100 f2.

Now with my OMD, its the 12-50mm, early days yet so I might add another at some point.

Modern Zooms are so much better than those made for film camera`s 20/30 years ago.
28 Jan 2013 9:31PM
canon 100-400 L lens for my wildlife, easy to handle and more than enough reach on my 7D crop sensor for what I need, and when on holiday the plain ol nifty 50mm 1.8 cheap n cheerful but sharp as a tack, excellent for head n shoulders and full body shots by the beach.
Sooty_1 Plus
7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 9:32PM
On digital, I use a 12-24 and 18-70 (mostly at the wider end) more than longer lenses, but it really depends on what I'm shooting. On rangefinders, I use 35, and more recently a 15.
I prefer wides, and used to use a 20 a lot with film, mostly b+w with a red filter.

I still find myself using zooms at their extremities and moving myself for framing. Not that I'm a luddite, or anything like that.....

28 Jan 2013 9:33PM
I must admit, the Nikkor 18-55mm lens is much better than the old 35-135mm I used with my Minolta X300 and X700 cameras
and the 55-300mm is a great lens
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
28 Jan 2013 9:38PM

Forgot to say that with my E-P1 and E-PM2, its the standard 14-40 and my Nikkor 10.5 'fisheye'.

Come to think of t... can't remember when I last used my D300... Sad
Canon 85mm 1.8, my favourite lens by FAR! But for general use it's normally my 17-40
Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
28 Jan 2013 9:43PM
I could imagine using this a lot if I had one Smile

dathersmith Plus
10 558 12 England
28 Jan 2013 10:19PM
70 - 200 as often as I can, 24 - 70 after that.

richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
28 Jan 2013 11:09PM
Sigma 24-70 F2.8 EX DG Macro
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 11:17PM
I just sold my Siggy 24-70 on eBay, fantastic lens. I have the 24-105 L f4.0 and that gets loads of use (on my 5DII which is a 'full frame' body)

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