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  • What's your favourite lens?

    Do you have a really favourite lens? A lens that stays on your camera the most, for example? What is it that makes this lens special for you?

    This is a question that is quite difficult for me to answer as so many cameras and lenses pass through my hands because of the nature of my work. However, I did enjoy using the Olympus Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f/4 super wide angle lens at the Paralympics - this is equivalent to a full frame 14-28.

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    Re: What's your favourite lens?

    Originally posted by Ian View Post
    Do you have a really favourite lens? A lens that stays on your camera the most, for example? What is it that makes this lens special for you?

    This is a question that is quite difficult for me to answer as so many cameras and lenses pass through my hands because of the nature of my work. However, I did enjoy using the Olympus Zuiko Digital 7-14mm f/4 super wide angle lens at the Paralympics - this is equivalent to a full frame 14-28.

    Ian

    The lens that lives on my Pentax K20D is my favourite - that's the Pentax 50-135mm f2.8 DA*.

    It's superb across the entire range 50-135mm - so much so that I've even managed to get some excellent crops when the reach wasn't as much as I'd have liked at the time.

    Pol

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    • #3
      Re: What's your favourite lens?

      The most use probably gets Olympus ZD 35mm. It has better quality than the other 2 kit ones I own and focal length is ok for everyday shooting. It could be a bit wider and brighter but for the price it has - there is nothing to complain.

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        Re: What's your favourite lens?

        Originally posted by Pol View Post
        The lens that lives on my Pentax K20D is my favourite - that's the Pentax 50-135mm f2.8 DA*.

        It's superb across the entire range 50-135mm - so much so that I've even managed to get some excellent crops when the reach wasn't as much as I'd have liked at the time.

        Pol

        Here is a 7-14 shot @7mm from the Paralympics - in mono:



        I think you make a very good point about cropping. While the text books will say frame tight, which is good advice, I do find that I get very acceptable results when cropping even severely when you can't get any closer. But you do need a decent lens to achieve this. Here is one example, again from the Paralympics, where the original frame is 16 megapixels and around 10 megapixels has been cropped out:



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          Re: What's your favourite lens?

          Originally posted by throt View Post
          The most use probably gets Olympus ZD 35mm. It has better quality than the other 2 kit ones I own and focal length is ok for everyday shooting. It could be a bit wider and brighter but for the price it has - there is nothing to complain.
          That's the 35mm f/3.6 Macro? It's one Olympus lens I haven't used much. The 50mm f/2.0 Macro has had a lot of use though.

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          • #6
            Re: What's your favourite lens?

            Iv'e got rather attached to or should i say my camera has. a new Nikon AF-S 35mm DX 1.8, nice sharp and great for portraits or landscapes.

            My wife outside Wells Cathedral

            And a Streetscape

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                Re: What's your favourite lens?

                My favourite is unquestionably my Zeiss Biogon 35mm f2 on the Leica M8. It's the equivalent of the traditional 50mm full frame and if I take only one camera body and and one lens it's M8/ and Zeiss 35/2

                However in the bang for buck league it has to be the Panasonic 14 - 45 on the Panasonic G1.

                This shot is the kit lens on auto focus, auto exposure and no fancy pp

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                • #9
                  Re: What's your favourite lens?

                  Hehe - a Zeiss on a Leica - isn't there an obscure law against that sort of thing

                  There are horrid kit zoom lenses and there are rather good ones - the Panasonic one is definitely in the latter category. Nice shot! Damselfly I am guessing?

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                    Re: What's your favourite lens?

                    Originally posted by Mike Parr View Post
                    Iv'e got rather attached to or should i say my camera has. a new Nikon AF-S 35mm DX 1.8, nice sharp and great for portraits or landscapes.

                    My wife outside Wells Cathedral

                    And a Streetscape
                    Ah, the good old standard lens Often inexpensive and rarely disappointing - and they make you work on the composition, too.

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                    • #11
                      Re: What's your favourite lens?

                      Originally posted by greenguru View Post
                      Some versions of the Series 1 70-200 are renowned but I'm not that familiar with the 70-300. Marvellous camera fodder those Meerkats

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                          Re: What's your favourite lens?

                          Must be my Oly Zuiko ED 70-300mm 1:4-5.6. It's on my Oly E-420 98% of the time! on 2nd place my Chinon 500mm mirror 1:8-16 Telephoto legacy lens, 3rd place my Delemax 650-1300mm 1:8-16 Telephoto legacy lens, 4th place my Oly Zuiko ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 Mk.II and on 5th place the Oly Zuiko 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 kit lens.
                          Due to the nature of my hobby, aviation photography, I mostly use the 70-300mm. Although in some cases even 300mm isn't enough. Then it's bigger is better.
                          In These cases I resort to my trusted legacy lenses. Manual operated, maybe not as sharp and fast focusing as a AF digital lens but adequate enough for the job. And... I use all lenses handheld (with a custom made shoulder mount. Similarto the shoulder mounts you could buy in the 1970's and 1980's. Looking like a butt stock of an stengun that is screwed underneath the camera but without the pistol grip).
                          André de Wit
                          The Netherlands

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                          Oly E-420
                          Oly Zuiko ED 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
                          Oly Zuiko ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6
                          Oly Zuiko ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
                          Samyang/Delamax 650-1300mm 1:8-16 Manual Telephoto Lens
                          Chinon 500mm 1:8-16 Mirror Manual Telephoto Lens

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                          • #14
                            Re: What's your favourite lens?

                            My favorite lens, without a doubt, is the Zuiko Digital 50-200mm Mk I. It is usually on either my Olympus E-520 or E-3, often with the Zuiko Digital EC-14.

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                              Re: What's your favourite lens?

                              Here are a couple of images that I captured using the ZD 50-200mm Mk I.

                              With the teleconverter and E-3...


                              With the E-520 and no teleconverter...


                              Thanks for looking,
                              Dan
                              Last edited by Dan in NC; 11-09-12, 04:10 AM. Reason: Getting the images posted correctly

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