If you could keep just one lens........

Brumjam

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HiFi Trade?
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Assuming you have more than one lens of course, which would be the last one you got rid of? For me it would be the 35mm f/1.4L. Just a great lens - super fast, delicious bokeh, epic colours. This is on my camera about 75% of the time.

What would your one lens be? Don't think about versatility, just the lens that makes you go 'ooh wow' more often when you download/develop your images.

 

topoxforddoc

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HiFi Trade?
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The one lens you would have to prise out of my dead fingers would be my Leica 180/2 Summicron R. Hooked up to a R9/DMR, it produces unbelievable images when I’m shooting gigs and low light stuff. When it’s opened up, it is razor sharp with lovely OOF highlights (bokeh). This is the sort of thing I get out of this hefty hand held babe.

Paul Simon @ F2.0

http://topoxforddoc.zenfolio.com/p654085632/h18abf250#h18abf250

Dionne Warwick @ F2.8

http://topoxforddoc.zenfolio.com/p915124627/h5e765ffc#h5e765ffc

Laura Mvula @ F3.4

http://topoxforddoc.zenfolio.com/p692044106/h5e7c2468#h5e7c2468

Charlie

www.charlie-chan.co.uk

 

tkimages

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HiFi Trade?
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The one lens you would have to prise out of my dead fingers would be my Leica 180/2 Summicron R. Hooked up to a R9/DMR, it produces unbelievable images when I’m shooting gigs and low light stuff. When it’s opened up, it is razor sharp with lovely OOF highlights (bokeh). This is the sort of thing I get out of this hefty hand held babe.Paul Simon @ F2.0

http://topoxforddoc.zenfolio.com/p654085632/h18abf250#h18abf250

Dionne Warwick @ F2.8

http://topoxforddoc.zenfolio.com/p915124627/h5e765ffc#h5e765ffc

Laura Mvula @ F3.4

http://topoxforddoc.zenfolio.com/p692044106/h5e7c2468#h5e7c2468

Charlie

www.charlie-chan.co.uk
Some really nice images there Charlie, I particularly like the monos of Donne Warwick.

 

stickman

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Some really nice images there Charlie, I particularly like the monos of Donne Warwick.
Sublime!

Personally, as I started photography with Nikon, I'd go for the 20-35 f2.8 AF-D.

 

Brumjam

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Great shots Charlie. Some pics to show why it's your favourite lens is a good idea.

 

HoopsOnToast

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I only have the one so far.....

Bring on a Pentax FF and this FA43 would be the perfect walk around lens!

 

i_should_coco

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Probably the 50mm f/1.0. Although soft and not really any use about f/1.4 (even cheapy 50s are sharper) everytime I convince myself to sell it, I take some more photos and discover I can't bring myself to do it.

 

Vinyl Art

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Feb 13, 2010
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HiFi Trade?
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Well I ditched all my Nikon kit, so no lens in that line up and there were some bloody good ones there (80-200 f2.8, 18mm f3.5, 35-70 f2.8(aka the beast!), 24mm f2.8 CRC, Siggy50 f1.4 & 10-20 f4). Flirted with Leica on the M9 but hated the piss poor iso, niow a fixed lens Fuji with a weather eye on the M240. The only lens tucked away in the cupboard is a 50mm Summicron, one day, one day.....

 

Tons of Fun

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My recently arrived Sigma 17-50 2.8. It is a fine all rounder and can take some lovely shots. I'm delighted to say that all three of the lenses I've purchased haven't disappointed though and I would miss the incredible flexibility of my Sigma 18-250 at times.

 

chrisB

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It'd be my canon 16-35 F2.8 L II.

Fast, sharp, great color and W - I - D - E!

 

The Strat

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HiFi Trade?
  1. No
Pretty much redundant now but my Zuiko 85 F2. Fantastic rendering on just about everything. On Velvia just about as good as it gets.

 
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Pretty much redundant now but my Zuiko 85 F2. Fantastic rendering on just about everything. On Velvia just about as good as it gets.
loved my 85/2 on my Canons via an adapter

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liked my 21/40/85 Zuikos all small light and fantastic, Do miss my 40 the most, superb walk around focal length on FF

 

rabski

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Difficult, but assuming I stay with crop sensor, then it'd have to be my Sigma 10-20mm. Fantastic for landscape shots and even just a couple of stops from wide open it's diamond sharp and has superb colour rendition.

 

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