Jun 24, 2016833 views

What's your go-to lens?

What is that lens you can't live without?
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I would say that the lens I use the most often is the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8. It offers great flexibility with a very nice aperture (low and constant through the focal range). When I first got this lens, I thought it was huge for a m4/3. But compared to the 40-150 F2.8 it is compact. The ”M.ZUIKO PREMIUM” primes are a great value if you are looking for a F1.8 lens, and don’t want to splurge for the “M.ZUIKO PRO” primes. (by the way I tend to prefer the Oly lenses)
I've got an old Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 that I just love! Very sharp despite its age, and practically no distortion. On APS-C it's pretty close to a 35mm equivalent, which is probably the most useful focal length there is IMHO. It's also really tiny, so I often use it when I can't (or don't want to) carry around a big lens.
Panasonic 20mm f1.7 for m4/3rds. Lovely little prime - 40mm equivalent, sharp and fast. I just wish it could auto-focus as quickly as my Olympus 12-40 pro. No matter what, the small 20mm is in my bag and spends a lot of time on body.
My go lens is my 55-200mm Nikon lens. It works GREAT and it gets a good wide angel and has some good zoom!!!
Canon 16-35 f4L IS seems to be the lens I always grab when bringing just one.
When just walking around everyday with a rangefinder, 35mm f2.0 Summicron is my go to. I can crop tighter to focus on one part if necessary, but the whole system is very compact and unobtrusive. When I was shooting Sony a7rIII I used the 35mm f2.8 prime and it too was a small compact setup. Both can go into a large jacket pocket or stow away into a shoulder bag easily.
Panasonic Leica 15mm 1.7
Two lens that never leave my reach: Tamron 17-35mm and Canon 18-135 is .
35mm (equivalent) on Leica X
Canon 24-70 f/2.8 or 70-200 f/2.8
14mm - I love the dramatic perspective I can get with it and honestly can't live without it.
12 years old Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 cuz it's my only lens... XD
Leica 50mm Summilux
Have to say it's my Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens; it's an excellent all-around lens!
Samyang 135mm F/2.0
Tamron B016 16-300 F/3.5-6.3 - I do a mix of close up family event shooting and longer range church/school event shooting (often from church balcony) and it does it all well.
Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM A perfect universal lens you can use for almost everything...
Additionally a EF 50 f/1.8 STM is always a no-brainer, nothing quite as nice you can get for that price
+1 as these are the only two lenses I have for my Canon 6D anymore. covers just about everything i need.
Zeiss 35mm 1.5 superspeed. Love it
Sony 17-35 Ultra Wide. I do MUCH weather photography,(Certified Skywarn Spotter here), and it's absolutely my fave for getting the WHOLE thing in a single shot. It's fast enough, CLEAR depth, and is also a very nice way to shoot in the video mode at night for catching ever-unpredictable lightning across a very wide night-sky storm! I almost NEVER change it for anything else, it stays on the a9 pretty permanently.
Nikon 18-105, the only issue it has is it zooms out when I'm walking because it doesn't have a zoom lock and is several years old now.
I love my 70-200 2.8 lens.

Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX

Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8. Absolutely amazing lens.
Leica 50mm f1.4 Summilux. Love the feel and the size.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
Nikon 50mm 1.8
As a portrait shooter I couldn't live without my 70-200 2.8 IS.
Mine would be the 24-70 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8.
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Goodness, that is such a good combo.
Of course; specifically the Tamrons in each length!
Cheapie Nikon 17-70mm. Beater lens I use on D2X that I got with D70! One lens to shoot 85% of what I need. If I could justify it, I'd love to own the Nikon 18-35mm. Have rented it several times and it is so sharp and useful. 12-24mm would be a fun one too...I always want to capture more of the scene, share more of the experience. (I'm a Nikon digital guy because I was Nikon film camera user. Lots of interchangeable gear.)
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Is the 18-35 much different to the 18-55? I have been thanking about renting the 18-35. Should I?
Yes, I totally recommend renting lenses to see if you like them...that also give you good reason to get out and take a lot of pics that weekend! For rentals, usually 3 days = a week. You get a discount if at least 3 days- ask the rental department. :)
For the casual walk around town: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM For a full day of shooting: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L