Your favorite lens? why?

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by tdigi, May 6, 2008.

  1. Thought this would be fun and interesting to hear.

    What is your favorite lens and why? What do you mostly shoot with it?
  2. 17-40 on a 5D usually on 17. Landscapes ,objects etc... I just like the wide view!
  3. Canon 50 1.8. Mostly, I'm chasing my girls around, and I can always count on this lens. I was in Vegas back in January, and my wide angle failed me (very old), and I relied almost solely on my 50 1.8, and actually came back with some nice shots. I also like it because it forces me to think more and move more than using a zoom, so I feel that my photography improves. Guess it's time to look at a couple of more cheap primes.
  4. My favorite lens that I own is the 100-400mm IS zoom.

    My favorite lens that I use (too occasionally) is split between the 300mm f/2.8 IS and 500mm f/4 IS.

    I like them all for the same reason: they work great for action and aviation photography.
  5. 24-105 on a 5D. It's just the best compromise I've ever found between image quality, zoom range and weight, and the IS puts it over the top (for me, of course). I almost never take it off the camera.

    I use it to shoot almost everything, though in truth, aside from travel photos, I mostly take pictures of my dog...
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  7. I have four main lenses... and choosing between them is like choosing my favorite kid. Sure you have gripes with all of them, but you'd never tell them and hurt their feelings.
  8. Canon 70-200 IS (i have the f4 flavor)

    On my 40D good for street photography, picking out details and even some wildlife.
  9. TS-E 24mm f/3.5L
  10. Tamron 17-50/2.8 on 30D - perfectly serves my needs for landscape and casual use.
    Fast, sharp and very reasonably priced ...
  11. The 85/1.8 is my personal favourite (but not my most used lens). Its a very decent portrait lens.
  12. I have four lenses, a couple already mentioned above. I guess my fave is the 16-35 because half of my photos are shot with that lens.
  13. 85mm f/1.8, seldom used as usually have my 24-70 f/2.8 L attached. Great lens for pictures of my daughter. A very satisfying lens to use.
  14. 70-200 IS 2.8 But the 15mm fisheye is fun on my 5D
  15. 70-200 f/4 L on my 1.6x cameras. Just love how superbly the lens separates the subject(s) from the background and make the former stand out. Being a hobbyist on a limited budget, this is the most expensive lens I've ever bought, and it's turned out to be a fantastic purchase.
  16. Only own a 30d, so that narrows my [practical] selection considerably. For me, it's the
    Sigma 30mm 1.4.

    If I had a bunch more money, I imagine I'd rather enjoy the 24mm 1.4L, as I've seen
    and used it a bit on a 5D, and it absolutely lives up to its hype. I wish there were more
    wide 1.4 options for cropped cameras.
  17. On my EOS 1: EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Portraits with B&W. Incredibly sharp and
    great back-ground blur.

    On my 20D: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM (no longer own either) After you correct, for the
    CA. Great Contrast. Very nice walk around lens. Nice for snap-shots, Landscapes
    and a portrait here and there.

    On my 5D: EF 17-40 f/4L USM Incredible lens for Landscapes. Sharp and great
    contrast. CA performance is very good.
  18. it must be the Carl Zeiss 24-85 converted for my 350D because it is on my camera most of the time.
  19. 24-105 F4 on my aging 300D. It stays on the camera 90% of the time, provides a broad range with excellent IQ, with IS as a bonus!
  20. EF 35/1.4. It's not the most useful lens in the bag, but on average I like more of the shots with it than with any other lens. It's probably a combination of the availability of an extremely short depth of field and the potential to get natural light shots with very little available light. It also forces me to get closer to the subject than I would normally feel comfortable with. I think that slight discomfort on my part is actually helpful.
  21. Its amazing how so many people use such a different array of lenses. I think I
    expected more 17-55's and 24-70.

    For me the 1 lens I always fall back on is the Tamron 28-75 2.8. Fast, good for most
    anything except wide angle on my 40D but a good performer that is pretty versatile.

    I always consider upgrading to the 24-70 but can never pull the plug on it. I think I will
    always keep it as a good walk around or backup lens.
  22. Chris, I think thats a great point about how you have to move around with the 35 1.4.
    Everyone should own at least 1 prime, it changes your approach on how you should
    take a photo.
  23. It has its drawbacks, but I find that I shoot more with my 17-85mm IS lens than with any of the other lenses I own. It, like the 28-whatevers on the full-frame cameras, it is just so handy.
  24. Canon FD 200 macro lens on 10d and tripod, via eos-fd macro adapter. (just one of my favorites ;) )
  25. My favorite is the 24-70mm on the Canon 40D. I like the range, fast, good for most situations, especially portraits and event photography.
  26. My favorite is the EF35mm 2.0 on a EOS350D. It makes you think about composition and perspective, because you have to walk to get the framing you want. And the 2.0 aperture makes you night-proof.

    But to be honest, recently it is getting competition from the EF 17- 40mm 4.0.
  27. The Canon 24-70 (on 5D), is my main lens, used almost 24-7 ;)

    Great zoom range, fast, near-macro in a pinch, good sharpness/contrast.
  28. Which hammer is your favorite?
    Which knife?
    Or fork?
    Or dinner plate?

    You get my point, don't you?

    My favorite lens is the one that can get the job done.
  29. I own a 70-200mm f/4 L which is alot of fun to shot with and is not too big.

    I rented the 24-105mm f/4 L IS lens a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely, it would probably be my favorite if i owned it.
  30. Nikkor AF zoom f/2.8-4D IF - and Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 "the beauty lens" as they call it .
  31. Oooppps - i am sorry i just saw now the forum is about Canon lenses

    ....sorry again .
  32. sigma 10-20, coz it's a challenge to use it well, but when I do get it right it produces very
    satisfying results
  33. No ONE favorite lens, but a number of horses for courses... Some are not often used but they make all the difference when I need them.

    85/1.2 L

    28-105/2.8 Tamron SP

    180/2.8 APO Macro Sigma...Becomes a 402/4 on a crop body with the Canon Life Size Adapter :-D but no infinity focus with the LSA in use :-(

    70-200/2.8 L

    24/1.8 Sigma

    15-30/3.5-4.5 Sigma

    50-200 and 100-300 L lenses

    Not the only tools in the box, but the ones I most depend on

    And oh, yes, the 600/5.6 Canon Lens Set R but good luck finding one. Also works on my Canonflex bodies.
  34. The 70-200/2.8 L IS on my 5D. I use it more than the 16-35 and the 24-70 put together. I'd guess it is because it it how I see the world around me, (landscape, travel and family snaps)...and it just is a great lens. If my photos suck, it ain't the lens' or the camera's fault :) -jeffl
  35. for sports / racing / pro shooting

    70-200mm 2.8 L IS
    300mm f4 IS L
    24-70mm 2.8L

    for a walking around / traveling lens, my new favorite is the Tamron 28-300 DI VC, this is coming from using both the Canon 70-300 IS USM and also the Canon 70-300 DO IS USM, i sold both Canon lenses and picked up the Tamron.

    just for kicks i took the Tamron and my 1dm2 to the Lakers vs Utah game and sat in the crowd shooting at 300mm hand held, this is one of the many shots i was able to take.
  36. I love my 100-400 and use it for at least 80% of my photos--mostly of boats. It
    gives me plenty of reach on my 5D, and a really nice range. And I find, too, that
    when I get my focus and exposure right, and hold steady enough, it's beautifully

    My second most useful lens is my 24-105. It's great when I can get closer or want
    wide angles.

    Beyond that I have a 17-40 and a 15mm fisheye. And though I don't use them
    much, I'd never want to give them up! When the opportunity presents itself, they're
    an awful lot of fun.
  37. 28-300IS. one lens do it all. Never miss a shot except at night. Then the 24 1.4 shines.
  38. Most fun lens - 100 f/2.8 Macro

    Most used lens - 70-200 IS f/2.8

    Best lens - 400 IS f/2.8
  39. Most used lens is the 24-105 f4L USM, followed by the EF-S 10-22 f3.5-4.5 USM.

    Probably the most fun lenses are the Canon 35 f2, the 100 f2.8 macro and the Pentax M 150 f3.5. (I feel like a real photographer when using a prime).

    The Pentax M 150 f3.5 is extraodinarily fun to use. It is about the same size as the 35 f2, but gives a 240 mm equivalent on a crop camera and has the wonderful all metal build and silky smooth manual focus of yesteryear.
  40. On th last two trips I used the Canon 17-40, 50 1.4, and the 70-200 f4 IS. They cover the range I want with only two insignificant gaps and do it with glory. Just keep the insides of the camera clean. That is no small job in a dusty city or landscape. The only lens that beats them all is the Leica 35mm on an M7. But someone has to explain to me the justice of buying a Leica M8. If I were going to do a safari I would take the 100-400 and the 50mm 1.4 for early and late shots.
  41. nikon 17-55 2.8 on a d300.... perfect for everything
  42. Amazing variety.
    For me my 50mm Canon ones. They're very usefull...
  43. favorite lens = 1 favorite i.e., singular, you can only choose one favorite. Listing 5
    lenses does not answer the question.
  44. Canon 85mm 1.2...perfect for that close portrait with low's slow to focus (maybe the 2nd generation version is faster) but it delivers...i have nothing else quite like 24-70 is a great all purpose lens but the 85mm is the one...
  45. Canon 200mm f2.8 EF

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  46. I like all my lenses, but, if I could only keep one lens it would be my 70-200 f/2.8

    It is sharp!

    It is built like a tank.

    Autofocus at lighting speed - even in poor light.

    It is SHARP!

    It is easily the most versatile lens I own (I also have the 10-22, 17-40, 28-135 and the 85 1.8).

    The 70-200 is a great portrait lens (sometimes better than the 85).

    I use the 70-200 + 500D for flower and bug close-ups.

    In some situations it is great for landscapes.

    With the T.C. 1.4 it does a pretty good job as a large bird and animal lens - if there is enough light.

    A little on the heavy side, but, for years I used it as a walk-about lens on my film cameras.

    Oh Ya...did I mention that it is sharp?

    ;~)) Cheers! Jay
  47. I love my 20mm f2.8 ultra wide! I shoot with a 40D and this lens gives me a great field of view, great perspective, and is exceptionally sharp!
  48. Canon 17-40 4L - I like landscape and nature.
  49. 15 fisheye de-fished to 12mm on 5D. Awesome considering Canon nor Nikon makes a full frame 12mm lens..
  50. Summicron f/2.
    Sharp, contrasty. I can use it to effect like a tele or a wide when I need to by just changing the angle; working distance is just optimal--not too wide so I don't have to hug my subjects, not too tele so I don't appear impersonal. I can hand hold to 1/4 second on my M6 without appreciable camera movement. I have not yet found a situation (I don't shoot wildlife or sports) where this lens does not work.
  51. Summicron 50mm f/2.
  52. EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM, I love it when people look at me
  53. My favorite, mostly used, walk around lens is the Tamron 28 - 300 MM with IS. It
    has a quasi macro function and it is tack sharp. It focuses fast for action/nature
    shots of birds. Previous to the 28-300 I had the Tamron 15 - 250 MM without IS.
    extremely good lens.

    I have the 100 - 400 MM Canon. The jury is still out. It is extremely quiet when it

    Joseph Martines
  54. 1) EF 300mm 2.8 IS - also gives me a workout during use, but the IQ, sharpness, fast focus and color rendition are absolutely unbeatable. Love this lens for landscapes and wildlife. Absolutely worth the money. Also in combination with the 1.4x tc and a full frame as well as a 1.6x crop sensor, this prime becomes very versatile.

    2) tie between the EF 70-200 2.8 IS and the EF 100-400 IS

    3) tie bewteen the EF 24-105 4.0 IS and EF 17-40 4.0 IS
  55. I meant the 17-40 4.0 L (not IS) in my last post...
  56. isa


    135 2.0 Canon usm L EF
    Never used in reflex another better than it.
  57. The 85 f1.2 II for the unique shots you can get at extreme shallow depth of field with exeptional low light capabilities.

    The 35 f1.4 pairs nicely with it.
  58. canon 100-300 L , not heavy, looks cheap, but takes fantastic photos
  59. Howdy!

    70-200mm f2.8 IS and 17-55mm f2.8 IS, each on a dedicated body so the sensors never get dirty.

    Also have a 50mm f1.8 and an 85mm f1.8, but they hardly ever leave the bag.


  60. Of all the lenses that I have the Nikon 50mm, f1.4D is my personal favourite. The kind of narrow depth of field it provides and the flexibility of shooting in almost any illumination is simply marvelous.
  61. the subject should be one lens only... that will clear up the confusion of having 5-6 lenses to choose from....
  62. On a Canon EOS 1d Mark 3 and 1Ds Mark 2 it is a tie between the 35mm f/2, the
    50mm f/1.4 and an 85mm f/1.8.

    On A Nikon D3: 24-70mm f/2.8, and 70-200mm f/28G VR. On A D300 the 17-55mm
    f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/28G VR.

    The why is easy; these are the lenses I end up using most and they all yield
    excellent results.
  63. Boy, this forum can sure give a person an inferiority complex if he only owns NIKON cameras and lenses. Cheesh! To the newbies to photography, it looks like CANON is the only camera anyone uses!
  64. Nikon 50 f/1.4 -- Beautiful bokeh, and it lets me get some amazing shots that even a 2.8 can't pull in. Not a fan of the fuzziness at 1.4. But I love the extreme shallow focus with close subjects at f/2 and the way I can craft photos where focus is such an active part of the composition. (Maybe I neet to get a view camera...)
  65. I like the 50 1.8, Its quick and cheap, and it takes really good pictures. And if I drop it, I'm out $80 or $90 (its gone up since I bought it for $60)
  66. 135/2 L The best one to me.
  67. Leica Summicron 35mm f/2.0
  68. Canon 24-70 2.8 L, used on my 40D its just perfect for most shots great build, good size.

    I really like the 50mm f1.4 too its a great deal

    I had the 70-200 2.8 L IS but didnt like the range....
  69. Maybe the reason mostly Canon lenses are mentioned is that we are in Community > Forums > Canon EOS > EOS Lenses >
  70. Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR AF-S with nikon D300 .
  71. Sinh Nhut Nguyen , May 07, 2008; 04:48 a.m.

    EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM, I love it when people look at me

    It does not count if you dont' currently own this lens...haha
  72. Nikon 18-200mm. This lens is great for the city, where I shoot most. You can really get the big picture with the wide 18mm and then capture a well cropped close shoot tacked out at 200mm with everything in between. It also has VR which is great since in most city photography cases one does not carry a tripod for those instantaneous shoots.
  73. Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS. Sharp as a tack, excellent bokeh, easy to operate, great range,
    terrific under low-light, fast-focusing, and image stabilization is dead-on. Works great
    with my 1D-Mark III or 40D.
  74. In the days before auto focus and digital, I relied on the 35mm slightly wide f2.8 nikor on my Nikon. It was just wide enough and had depth of field sufficent to cover my focus problems when set at f5.6 or f8. I always liked the photos I took with that lens. Plus when on a Nikon FE it seemed to weigh almost nothing compared to the other nikon cameras and lenses.
  75. Toss-up between two lenses:
    Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor D 18 - 200 mm f/3.5 - 5.6G DX ED IF VR
    Sigma 10mm - 20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

    If I had to choose one or the other as a walking around lens, I'd be seriously hard-pressed. Sure, the 18-200 has a huge zoom range but that 10-20mm is like looking at the world through a crystal ball.
  76. Nikon 50mm f1.8D. Crisp clear images!
  77. canon 50mm f1.4. Sharp + perfect since im shooting B&W 35mm film. Primes make me feel like i have to get more involved with what im shooting.
  78. The 50/1.8 used to be my walk-around lens, but an acquaintance got me interested in the Tamron 28-75/2.8 a year ago, and now it's what's on my 30D most of the time. The sharpness in glass, the constant 2.8 and the flexibility in range give me what I need most of the time. The fact that Tamron makes it affordable (compared to the Canon equivalents) sold me on it. I wish only that it had image stability.
  79. Sigma 17-70 mm macro is the lens that I use frequently with Nkon d200
  80. Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 AF it's a true workhorse and tacks a licking and keeps on ticking.
  81. 17-40L on my 400D, 24-105 on my film SLR :)
  82. I'm with Luis - 24mm TS-E (w/ 5D). Amazingly versatile. I've wanted all the TS lenses since I was a kid. OK, I still want 'em all - only have the one so far. Worth the wait. It keeps me interested in wideangle shooting in the first place; otherwise I tend to macro and tele. The shift is handy for 2-frame superwide composites and for panoramas with the horizon off-center, and the tilt allows you to do really fun things with the focal plane. The image quality is superb all around - I don't know why so many reviewers bash this lens, unless I got the only good copy. On the downside, it makes your handy-dandy SLR as balky and cranky as a view camera. :) But as others have pointed out about primes in general, it makes you think before you push that button.
  83. No question, my Nikon 300mm f/2.8 ...

    It's fast, sharp ... takes great wildlife shots even handheld ... even with Nikon TCs.

    My most used lens.
  84. Personal Fav: Sigma 105mm f 2.8 EX-D AF macro.
    Personal 2nd Fav: Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
  85. Personal Fav: Sigma 105mm f 2.8 EX-D AF macro.

    Personal 2nd Fav: Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
  86. Sinh Nhut Nguyen , May 07, 2008; 04:48 a.m.
    EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM, I love it when people look at me
    Anson Ko , May 07, 2008; 05:29 p.m.
    it does not count if you dont' currently own this lens...haha

    A reasonable/normal person would know right away that that was joke, of course I don't own the lens, only a handful of them was made

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