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What's your favourite lens …….. and WHY?

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by Done_rundleCams, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    I got the idea for this after reading an 1994 issue of Shutterbug
    and one of the respondents was a young(er) Roger Hicks ;), who
    chose a Leica 35mm focal length lens with, I believe, an f/2 opening.

    So whaddya like and why?


  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Although I have not mastered it yet I don't regret buying the Canon 24 TSE. It is so much better than trying to use the 17 mm end of a 17-40 and half-a-frame. I use it on a 5D, I wait with interest to see a review of the new 50 MP canons with one.
  3. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus In the Stop Bath

    I refuse to practice this foul lensism and am proud to be an equal opportunities lens deployer! :D

    Seriously, I get a great deal of pleasure from using as many different lenses as possible. Each provides different opportunities and challenges and I am as happy with a 50mm as a 14mm or a 500mm...

  4. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Whatever lens is on the camera.... Or more realistically unless it's a special purpose a general zoom say 18-135 or 70-300
  5. Olderbutnotwiser

    Olderbutnotwiser Well-Known Member

    The last one I bought.... because it's new (to me) so is filling a gap that I had identified.
  6. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    My Nikkor 200mm
    Because what comes out is what I saw.
  7. jchrisc

    jchrisc Well-Known Member

    The Fujinon Super EBC XF 18-135mm 1:3.5 - 5.6

    Given my state of health, it allows me to do most of what I want to do using only one (not too heavy) lens. It is image stabilised and helps with my shakes. It is weather resistant and when mounted to the Fuji X-T1 relieves some of my "will it rain"? worries.

    And it takes pretty good pictures . . . . . :D

  8. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member


    Lenses, like horses, for courses.

    Although they won't, of their own accord, get the photograph.

    Noticing that next month's APOY topic is "The Wider Perspective", yesterday I put an 8mm fisheye on one body and a 14-24mm on another body and set out in search of inspiration. I drove 270 miles, (ending up possibly closer to Kate's home than my own) but the haze never lifted and I didn't take a single shot.

    Lovely day out, though, and got lots of ideas for the next time.

  9. LargeFormat

    LargeFormat Well-Known Member

    24 - 70 CZ. Covers a good range and the quality isn't bad. If I could only have one lens this would be it although I do enjoy the wider angle of my 16 - 35 CZ.
  10. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear Jack,

    Nope. It was a 35/1.4 Summilux. I still have it. I'd sold the 35/2 Summicron by then, because I so seldom used it as compared with the Summilux. At f/5.6 they were pretty close; the Summicron was better and better up to f/2; and at f/1.4 there was no contest. As I rarely use apertures between wide open and f/5.6, the Summilux won. Nowadays I'm as likely to use a 50/1,5 C-Sonnar.

    Both fast, compact, unobtrusive, light, easy to use.

    But increasingly I ask, "Favourite lens for what?" For 8x10 inch portraiture, for example, it's a 21 inch uncoated f/7.7 Ross from maybe 90 years ago: "instant Hollywood".


    Last edited: Apr 11, 2015
  11. brumtog

    brumtog Member

    The Leica fixed to my Lumix FZ200 cos it's the only one I've got. :eek:
  12. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    ALWAYS the best lens!

    Use it in health!


  13. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    For me it's the Olympus ZD 50mm f2, just because its just does the biz. Sharp from corner to corner and with great DOF (that's because of the 4/3 format) it is usable wide open. I have more distinguished lenses (certainly more expensive) but if I want to copy documents or do any close up work it is the one I reach for. Critics say that it it is slow to focus but for what I use it for, and on an E5, that seems irrelevant. It just works without hastle
  14. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    The deeply flawed Fujian 35mm f1.7 CCTV lens is probably the one I'd miss the most. So much character...
  15. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    My favourite is the 8-15mm fisheye zoom - circular fisheye at one end, diagonal fisheye at the other on full frame, diagonal fisheye on APS-C in the middle.

    Certainly not my most-used or most useful lens, but the one that always makes me smile when I it it.

    Mind you, I've lots of other favourites for all sorts of cameras.
  16. AlexDenny

    AlexDenny Well-Known Member

    For me, definitely the Tamron SP AF150-600m f5/6.3, probably because I only recently bought it (second hand) but mainly because it lets me take photos that would otherwise be completely impossible...
  17. miked

    miked Well-Known Member

    Right! - let's get trite: it's the one in each eye. Images don't get any better.
  18. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Ah, well. Favourite as in "lens that gives me the most amazing effects" is my 90/2.2 Thambar at f/6.3 to f/9.


  19. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus In the Stop Bath


    "The eyes have it"...


  20. Olderbutnotwiser

    Olderbutnotwiser Well-Known Member

    Well the one in my left eye is ok but, sad to say, the one in my right eye has been letting the side down for years...

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