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What's your favourite lens? (Show us your kit)

joshwa Plus
10 927 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2017 11:12AM
This weekend, my favourite lens has to be the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, as I found myself doing some gig photography / video, and the location was SO dark with almost the only light source a projection of some trippy video ( here's an example ).

saltireblue Plus
11 12.0k 75 Norway
3 May 2017 11:29AM
Fuji 35mm f/1.4 for the same reasons as you, Josh. Live stage work under low and/or poor lighting.
For everday use, the Fuji 10-24 f/4 is my standard lens.
Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
3 May 2017 11:57AM
This full frame 35mm Zeiss lens from Sony. It's small and discreet and great for all types of photography.

If I still had Micro Four Thirds then the the choice is easy, the Olympus M Zuiko 17mm f1.8. Buy that in silver and put it on a silver GX7 and you have a match made in heaven.

JJGEE 16 7.9k 18 England
3 May 2017 1:10PM
Currently the Sony / Zeiss A Mount 50mm f1.4

Followed closely by the Sigma 12 - 24mm zoom lens but being so wide does need suitable compositions and no verticals on the extreme frame edges !

In reality, though, all my A mount lenses are great, just have to select which one is best for the task in hand Smile

A recent shot with the 50mm

JackAllTog Plus
12 6.3k 58 United Kingdom
3 May 2017 1:39PM
Probably my my EF 50mm f1.8 STM - as its good quality and usable in a wide range of situations.
Although recently using a borrowed 40-150 from Olympus was really brilliant too.

bobby55 11 49 United Kingdom
3 May 2017 2:03PM
Has to be the very old Cosina 100mm f3.5 macro with 1:1 matched adapter aka the "Plastic Fantastic"

Not the prettiest to look at but it gives good (by my standards) results at a budget price
pink Plus
18 6.7k 8 United Kingdom
3 May 2017 4:34PM
My 30 year old canon EF 28-70L f2.8, always happy with the images from this lens, full of sharp detail and contrast, it never disappoints, over 30 years old and still going strong after many knocks and scrapes and rain etc, just goes to prove that quality does last.
Carabosse 18 41.6k 270 England
3 May 2017 6:27PM
Amongst the best lenses I've owned: the Olympus 12-40mm, with f2.8 available throughout the range (24-80 FF equiv). Usable for such a wide range of subjects.

Seen here on my Pen-F.


But I have to say my Panasonic GM1S + 12-32mm has taken the place of the compact I always carry around. Got to be my favourite lens for casual use. I also have the tiny Panny 35-100 (FF equiv=70-200) which I can carry in another pocket - no camera bags needed! Wink
SlowSong Plus
13 9.7k 30 England
3 May 2017 7:35PM
Using my Canon dslr I love the Tamron 90mm macro 2.8 VC, etc. all the figs and numbers.

Using my Panny GH4 or G5, I love the 14-140mm Lumix zoom. I have both the older and new versions. The 20mm 1.7mm prime is also awesome.

Depends on the subject which I prefer.
StrayCat 17 19.1k 3 Canada
3 May 2017 8:15PM
My favourite lens/camera at the moment is the Panasonic FZ1000, mainly for its amazing versatility in one package. There is compromise involved in almost all that we do in photography, and we just have to learn to work within the limits of our equipment and ourselves, and find what gives us the most enjoyment, and that's where I am now. Here's one taken 2 days ago, and cropped very deeply in LR, and the RAW file developed in LR:


My most used and memorable lenses were: Nikon VR 80-400mm, Olympus 35mm f3.5 Macro, Nikon 18-70mm, Panasonic 100-300mm, Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro, Sigma 150mm f2.8 Macro for Canon, Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro, Olympus 17mm f1.8, and the Olympus 45mm f1.8. However, because I do almost exclusively Wildlife, 2 lenses saw probably 90% of the use; the Nikon 80-400mm and the Panasonic 100-300mm.
petebfrance 9 3.1k France
3 May 2017 8:28PM

Current favourite for wandering around the garden.

great for marigolds

but not quite got the focussing / DOF sorted for the little 'uns.

and I find it needs some sharpening in post, but maybe that's just technique.....
User_Removed 7 328 United Kingdom
4 May 2017 4:38PM
Don't have a favourite lens as such - most used is probably our 300 f2.8 with and without tc's and the excellent Tamron 90 macro (non VC)

Favourite camera Nikon D300s died last year after 6+ years and 350k (ish) shots.

Favourite camera now, despite being long term Nikon shooters, Canon XF305 video camera - which is quite a challenge to use, and more so to carry Smile
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
4 May 2017 9:16PM
The 40mm f/2.8 found on the old Olympus Trip, the 42mm G Zuiko found on the old 35SP, both very good, even by today's standards.

The dirt cheap 50mm AIS Nikon pancake, even the angry photographer likes this one Smile

M4/3 the 14mm, the 19mm, the 45mm and the 60mm, all reasonably priced and perform well.
StrayCat 17 19.1k 3 Canada
4 May 2017 9:58PM

Quote:and I find it needs some sharpening in post, but maybe that's just technique.....

It is my understanding that this is an inherent requirement for digital images, especially raw. In fact, I prefer to do the sharpening in post, and have as much as possible turned off in-camera.
GazzaG2003 18 366 England
5 May 2017 10:18AM
I have many favourites but the one lens that stands out for me and never lets me down is my Sigma macro 150mm its amazing on my 7D as well as my 5D mkIII i must have got such a good copy as its razor sharp, its a very old lens now as they have the same lens with image stabilisation



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