What lens do you use the most?

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by cristian_a, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. So as the title says i was wondering if you could share what is your most used lens and for what type of photography? Any extra information is welcomed :)
  2. 50mm f/1.4D
    35mm-70mm f/2.8D
    Both mounted on a F100 for general candid shots, mostly of my friends' children.
  3. 80mm f/2.8 Zeiss on a Hasselblad. Just about all types of photography.
  4. Ray House

    Ray House Ray House

    18-135 DX. I gave away all my film equipment including lenses and now all I have are the 18-135 and 70-300 zooms.
  5. 100-400mm Canon. Airplanes.
  6. 35mm on full frame body....street photogrraphy
  7. 24-105mm f4L I use it mostly for landscape pics.
  8. Nikon 105mm f/2.8 vr micro...macros and portraits...not a huge portrait photog, but I like how it handles them.
  9. Cristian -
    Lens most often used now is 35-70 2.8-D. Favorite lens is 35 2.0 on M-6. No longer have the camera that used my all time fave, all around lens, that was a 40 2.0. Wide enough to be more encompassing and interesting, but not so much as to seem distorted or exaggerated. Wish one was available for my M-6 now, I'd be all over it.
  10. 35 f/1.8 on my nikon d40, everyday for my project 365.
  11. I use the 14-24mm f/2.8 a lot with my Nikon D3. It is a great lens for EP. My second lens I use alot is the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR.
  12. With the D2H, a midrange zoom, probably an even split between the 35-70/2.8D AF and 18-70 DX Nikkors.
    With film, usually whatever is the "normal" focal length for that film format: approx. 35-50mm with 35mm, 75-80mm with 6x6 MF. It's all I could afford for the first 10 years I was in photography and now many years later I still tend to visualize photos from the perspective of a normal lens.
  13. EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, I shoot birds at least 3 times a week :)
  14. 35mm-70mm f/2.8D then 50mm f/1.4D - on a D300.
  15. 1. EF 100-400 on 40D, 50-500 (Bigma) on E3. I shoot mostly birds and wildlife.
    2. EF 50 1.4 on 40D, ZD 14-54 on E3 for portraits
    3. But with my latest acquisition: EFS 10-22 on 40D, I will do a lot of landscape and architectural.
  16. 300mm F4 AF-S Nikkor + TC14E... wildlife photography
  17. EF 50mm f/1.4 USM on 5D Mk II, just about everything from landscapes to flower close-ups.
  18. Canon 20mm f/2.8 for everything, followed by the Canon 85mm f1.2. That's bascically it, just two lenses!
  19. EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM (on either 5D or 50D depending). Walkaround, general purpose, travel and whatever strikes my whim.
  20. I tend to use a 'semi-wide' lens most of the time, and a 'normal' the rest of the time. The focal lengths I use wont mean much to most people here because I primarily use large format (4x5 and 8x10), but you get the gist. It all depends on your subject, vision, and budget really...
    My primary subjects are abstract close up views of things, so I tend to use a fair amount of bellows extension (like using extension tubes with smaller cameras) which necessitates a shorter focal length lenses if I am to not run out of bellows (120-135mm focal length for 4x5 for example). Despite the fact that I have a lot of bellows draw to work with, I still prefer to work with shorter focal lengths because it allows me to get larger magnifications. I do use the 'normal' focal lengths for close up work as well, but it really depends on how wide a view I want, and how close I will be working to the subject...
    When I shoot larger subjects (like landscapes or entire subjects rather than selected bits of them) I tend to use a 'normal' focal length for the format I'm using (150-200mm for 4x5 for example), and only occasionally something a little longer than 'normal'. The reason behind this is that these focal lengths allow me to selectively choose what will be in the frame while still keeping a good sense of place, where a long focal length ("telephoto", if you will) tends to isolate the subject too much. The wider focal lengths tend to show too much for my tastes much of the time, so this seems to be how things play...
    I no longer own anything that could be considered a 'long' focal length for any of the formats I use because they took up too much space and added too much weight for something that never got used. The longest focal length that I have for 6x7 is a 140mm, and the longest focal length I have for 4x5 is a 203mm. For 8x10 I have a convertible lens, but I never use it converted, so it works most of the time as a 12" focal length...
    - Randy
  21. 28-90/2.8 Vivitar S1 (MD mount) on film and 35/1.8G Nikkor on digital.
  22. Its a toss up between my 50/1.4 and 28/2.5. The 50/1.4 gets a lot of portrait work with my son (18 months) and the 28/2.5 gets some work with people pictures and plenty with landscapes and architecture pictures. A distant 3rd would probably be a toss up between my 85/2 and my 24/2.8. Of course my 50/1.8 gets a lot of use as well for beach pictures on a 2nd body (I worry less about gumming them up with sand).
  23. I use a 17-50 f/2.8 almost exclusively for street/urban photography.
  24. Checking my LR metadata
    50 f/1.4 and 17-55 f/2.8 EFs for corporate events, grab and grins, and landscape.
    100 f/2.8 and 135 f/2L product photography, portrait and fashion.
    55 f/2.8 on Mamiya for landscape.
    FD35mm f/2.8 T/S (converted to EOS) Most used novelty lens
  25. 17-55 f/2.8 on a D300 probably 99% of the time. I shoot darn near anything and everything - no particular specialty - and the 17-55 gives me a lot of latitude. It also gives me a good workout for my arms.
  26. 28-70/2.8 on my 5D.
  27. For 1.5x digital, 12-24mm. And, of course, for 35mm film a 17-35mm is mounted 95% of the time. If traveling light is a concern I'll go with a 20mm prime for film.
  28. lwg


    135mm Rodenstock Sironar S for 4x5
  29. Not my favorite lens but the one I use (very practical) the most. 70-200mm 2.8 VR Nikkor
  30. nikkor 70-300/4.5-5.6 VR for wildlife -- usually birds -- on DX; nikkor 35/2 AI on FX.
  31. Canon 50mm, 1.2L. Paintings, everything.
  32. i been using the canon 85mm f1.8 a lot recently for portrait and concert work and the sigma 30mm f1.4 for concerts and general walkaround lens and finally the sigma 10-20mm for event and walkaround use.
  33. 70-200 2.8L IS on a 5D for landscape, travel, and general walk around. The 16-35 and 24-70 don't get used half as much between them. -jeffl
  34. 80-160 on a Pentax 645. 55mm in 135 format or smaller.
  35. stp


    24-70 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/4 on my Canon digital full-frame. No particular favorite on my Pentax 645 or Mamiya 7II; depends on what's called for. I photograph landscapes primarily. When photographing people, the 85 f/1.2 is quite amazing.
  36. Nikon 18-200 VR. It's a great general purpose lens.
  37. On a Nikon D700:
    35mm f 1.4 AIS in the city
    50mm f 1.8 AF elsewhere
    70-200 f 2.8 AF-S for equine photography (very rarely use anything else for horses)
  38. On the Hasselblad 500c/m, 80mm f/2.8.
    On the Nikon D80, Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8. My favorite AF glass, by leaps and bounds.
    On the Nikon F100, Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8. I shoot landscapes with slide film most of the time on the F100.
    On the Nikon F3, currently the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Macro AIS, but only because it's my new toy. Normally it's a mid range prime.
  39. Canon 28-105mm 3.5/4.5.
  40. Nikon 28-70 mm F2.8 and 80-200mm F2.8 on a D3 , best regards // Salvador
  41. Absolute favorite for daylight shooting is Nikkor 70-300/4.5-5.6 VR but also like the 80-200/F2.8. The 80-200 takes sharper photos and has good bokkeh, but is just too short for my liking when it comes to baseball. I think I'd be happy if I could afford a 70-300/f2.8 ... oh well.
  42. Nikon 70-200 on FF for portraiture. Nice balance of range on FF, speed, IQ and bokeh. In spite of the weight and size, I dont leave home or studio without it. Considering Sigma 50 1.4 to compliment it.
  43. It depends on what type of photos (portrait, landscape, etc.), but over the past couple of years, I've been using my Nikkor 24mm/f2.8 AF the most.
  44. Canon 28 1.8 or 50 1.8 indoors, depending on how much rooom I have to work in. Signa 70-200 2.8 outside most of the time.
  45. My most used lens in each format is what is considered its "normal" focal length: 50mm, 75mm, 150mm.
  46. Ona full-frame DSLR or 35mm SLR, I mostly use a 35mm F1.4 and 50mm F1.2.

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