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What's in your lens collection, and why?

cymroDan 11 174
20 Sep 2012 7:16AM
Thanks all for the responses, it is interesting to see. From those who are like me and have 2-3 lenses to try and cover most situations, to those who've had more time / money to accumulate a vast array of lenses. I've always been tempted by 2.8 24-70mm - how much you think I would be looking at paying second hand? I'm also thinking if I was to buy that, then it may make me feel like I get less use out of my 18-200 that I currently own. Hmmm food for thought anyway!

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randomrubble 13 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 8:18AM
I prefer the flexibility of a longer tele end, over the 2.8 aperture. My wife has a 24-105/4 IS to my Mk 1 24-70/2.8 and given that (once software corrections are applied) there's not much between them in final images, I prefer the lighter, more flexible 24-105.
cymroDan 11 174
20 Sep 2012 9:39AM
what aperture are you at when you get to 70 or even 105 on that lens randomrubble? appreciate your feedback
bainsybike 8 327 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 5:35PM
My most used lenses are a Canon 10-22, Canon 15-85 and Sigma 30mm, mostly paired with a 50D although the 10-22 goes very well with a 400D (smaller and lighter) when my wife drags me up mountains. The 15-85 is a great travel lens, and will cover most situations when I can get it off my daughter. My favourite for everyday use is probably the Sigma.
Scutter Plus
10 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 5:58PM
Well not quite as bad as Snapbandit but:

Nikkor 18-80 mm f3.3-4.5 - came with my old D70 and not worth selling (comes in handy when feeling lazy/weak)

Samyang 8 mm f3.5 - cos its fun!

Sigma 10-20 mm f4.0-5.6 - standard landscape lens

Nikkor 50 mm f1.8D - cos its fun!(...................but I don't use it much Sad)

Sigma 105 mm f2.8 EX Macro standard macro lens

Nikkor 17-55 mm f2.8 AF-S standard walkabout (when I'm feeling fit!)

Nikkor 70-200 mm f2.8 - like Kevin amputation or even death before I part with this!

Sigma 150-500 mm f5.6-6.3 - humm! Well I won it in a competition but I haven't used it much (yet)

all on a D300 body (but not at the same timeTongue). The 10-20, 17-55 and 70-200 all share a 77mm filter holder
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
24 Sep 2012 2:28PM
in order of use:
Micro Nikkor 200mm for the favourite stuff
300mm Tamron MF for all sorts of things, flowers, birds dragonflies.
600 5.6 MF Nikkor lighouses, dragonflies, birds, waterlilies Smile
14-24 Nikkor AF real estate
50 1.2 MF real estate and portraits and loads of night shots.
70-300 VR AF (i never use the AF) to walk around town , holiday and Land rover meetings
85 1.4 MF night shots
35-135 old Tamron zoom which is surprisingly sharp - the lazy lens.
sitting around: a 20mm 2.8, a 35 2.8 PC , an 18mm 3.5 a broken Tamron 180mm and two dx lenses.

newly acquired: 85 2.8 PC Nikkor Yes you got it right it's all old stuff apart from the wide angle zoom
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 7:01AM
Part on and part off topic, when you buy photo gear try to buy wisely for what you need rather than want you want.
49 years ago I started with a compact film camera bought as a 21st birthday present.
I scrimped and saved for a Pratika SLR - and took out a loan for a 135mm f3.5 lens.
As earnings increased I upgraded to Olympus about 30 years ago, and switched to Nikon (for AF) 13 years ago.
To some extent photography is traditionally a middle aged and older mans hobby as often there is not much spare disposable income while the mortgage is large and children are at school - and wives like mine prefer shoes to cameras Grin
After 49 years in photography the good pictures I took with what I could afford at the time, kept safe, and now show to others, are the important ones.
keith selmes 14 7.3k 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 10:12AM

Quote:To some extent photography is traditionally a middle aged and older mans hobby as often there is not much spare disposable income while the mortgage is large and children are at school -
That is one aspect I know is true. Another is that when I was younger I tended to do things, and later when I was less able to do things I spent more time photographing things.

Quote:I scrimped and saved for a Pratika SLR - and took out a loan for a 135mm f3.5 lens.
When I first had a Praktica it was already old and vey pre-used, but all I could afford at that time. Later I scraped the money for a 135, and a flash unit. It is true, some of the family pictures I took with the 50 and 135 on the Praktica are much appreciated now.
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
25 Sep 2012 6:22PM
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has helped to restore the fun in my hobby; so far I have 2 lenses; the kit Olympus 14-42mm II, and the indespensible Panasonic 100-300mm. I have kicked around the idea of getting the Olympus 40-150mm to fill in the gap between the 2 I have now, but that would mean removing the Panny from the camera, can't do that.Grin The only time I use the 14-42 is in the house when the Grandchildren visit, the rest of the time the Panny does yeoman service. I think for next spring and summer I will have a dedicated macro lens, and that will do it. So far I don't have any use for TCs because I don't have a fast lens on which to use one. Off topic, but I'm shopping for a used fl36 flash.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 7:06PM
For everyday use:

the 12-50 kit lens that came with my EM-5 +
oly 9-18
Panasonic 45 f2.8 macro
oly 75-300
with the panasonic 35-100 on pre-order (if the price is right)

For mucking about, a couple of cheapies

sigma 400 f5.6 APO HSM macro
sigma 180 f5.6 macro

Shame you are in Canada Denny, I have a used FL 36 I shall be selling
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
25 Sep 2012 7:10PM
Thanks Brian, I have a bid in on one ending tomorrow night.Grin
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 7:22PM
Good luck
Leif 13 722
3 Oct 2012 9:37PM
Nikon 14-24mm F2.8 AFS - used for wide angle close ups of fungi, and general use.
Nikon 24mm F3.5 PCE - used for wide angle close ups of fungi, and general use.
Nikon 60mm F2.8 AFD micro - rear element delaminating.
Nikon 60mm F2.8 AFS micro - my mushroom lens. Very nice optics.
Nikon 85mm F2.8 PCE micro - my other mushroom lens. Superb optics.
Nikon 105mm F2.8 AFD micro - insect with flash lens.
Nikon 200mm F4 AFD micro - insect lens, gorgeous.
Nikon 200mm F4 AIS micro - insect lens, poor bokeh, not as good as the above lens.

Oh and a Sigma 400mm AF F5.6 APO macro somewhere, used for active dragonflies. Very very good value on the second hand market. Not as good as a Nikon, but worth having.
Keebsuk Junior Member 5 32 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 5:13PM
All Canon fit.

Sigma 70-200 EX DG OS HSM f2.8 - I use this when I am looking to compress a certain area of landscape. This is an excellent lens but heavy.
Sigma 17-70 DG OS Macro f2.8-4 - I bought this as a walkabout lens rather than buy my 60D with the iffy kit lenses. A very good walkabout with a useful macro setting when needed.
Sigma 10-20 DG EX HSM f3.5 - IMHO this is the best wide angle lens for Canon crop bodies. Absolutely love this lens and use it for 90% of my landscape work.
Sigma 50mm DG EX HSM f1.4 - I bought this to replace my nifty fifty. Got it 2nd hand and it had never been used. At f 5.6 it is stunning.

As you can see, I like Sigma lenses and the 4 I have are very good. I have also had some seriously bad , early Sigma lenses but I would rather forget those!!

User_Removed 6 112 Wales
5 Oct 2012 5:36PM
Canon 17-40L - Landscape & some wedding work.
Canon 24-105L - Same as above but more for wedding work as you can get close without getting too close plus great for low light as it's IS as well, I know the 24-70 has 2.8 but F4 gives you nice bokeh as well IMHO currently my main/ walkaround lens
Canon 70-300L - Some wildlife and back of the church/venue shots at weddings, also did some sports photography last week - just playing but got a shot published in the local paper Smile

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