What lenses and why?

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9 years 1 month ago #9144 by Doug
Doug created the topic: What lenses and why?
I thought it might be worth while to start off a thread on what lenses everyone uses, what lenses you would love to own and why and what applications you use them for. It might be a useful thread for those who are starting out looking at new lenses and are not sure what to buy.

I will start off by mentioning my setup, why I own each lens that I do and lenses I would like to own.

My first ever lens was the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-F4.5 DG Macro. I went for this for it general landscape value as well as being able to do macro photography.

Secondly I bought a Canon 100-400mm IS USM L F4.5-5.6 zoom. This is a very nice lens and has IS (image stabalization) built in. I went for this due to the fact that if you have no other birding lens, a nice zoom if a very versatile thing. This having been said if you compare the sharpness of a prime like the Canon 400mm F5.6 it is clearly a better lens than the zoom. Only having a prime though can be very limiting as you would have absolutely nothing between the 70mm end of the Sigma lens and the 400mm fixed.

Finally I recently bought a combination of two old manual lenses.... a Canon FD 300mm F2.8 L and a Canon FD 500mm F4.5 L. Both awesome lenses and the 500mm gives me huge reach. I almost never use the 300mm F2.8 ad the 400mm zoom at 300mm is almost as good but I have IS and autofocus.

Overall my ultiimate setup would be as follows:
Sigma 10-20mm wide angle (ultra wide landscapes etc)
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-F4.5 as an overall holiday snap lens.
Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro - for top end macro photography!
Canon 70-200mm F2.8 with 1.4 and 2.0 TC. Apparently a much sharper zoom than the Canon 100-400 still giving me good versatility
Canon 500mm F4 IS USM - ultimate birding lens.
And an optional extra I saw in Fourways the other day...
Canon 600mm F4.0 IS USM but then the saving on the 500mm F4 with a TC would easily match the 600mm F4.0.

Overall when talking zoom versus prime - Prime is always better and sharper and often focuses a little faster than a zoom BUT.... if you do not have a zoom, only having a prime will drive you mad at being stuck with one focal length only.

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9 years 1 month ago #9157 by Birdlover
Birdlover replied the topic: Re: What lenses and why?
I only use two lenses.
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-F4.5 DG Macro ( General photography )
Sigma 50-500mm ( Mostly birding )

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8 years 11 months ago #9767 by mattks
mattks replied the topic: Re: What lenses and why?
Four lenses for me:
1) Pentax DA II 18 -55 (General Photography)
2) Pentax 12 - 24 DA ED (Wide Angle for landscapes, buildings.etc)
3) Pentax 75 - 300mm (Paper Weight)
4) Sigma 50 - 500mm (Wildlife, Birds)

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8 years 11 months ago #9771 by sulamk
sulamk replied the topic: Re: What lenses and why?
manual lenses 50mm 1.8
28mm 2.8
300 mm 5.5
400 mm 6.5 main bird lens but as Doug says primes can drive you mad!
These are all m42 lenses used on my Sony's with an adapter.

I also use a manfrotto monopod and head.


Auto focus Sony 18- 70
Sony 70-300
Sigma 28 300 lovely carry on holiday lens!
would love a 50 - 500 but cant afford it,

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8 years 11 months ago #9849 by Rudolph
Rudolph replied the topic: Re: What lenses and why?
I have the Canon 400D, the lenses I use are:

18 - 55mm : The lens that you are punished with for buying a Canon, however it is useful for familly photos.
100 - 400mm : For all birding, animal, family and macro photography - it is realy versitile

When my ship comes in I will most probably expand the range to take the presure off my 100-400mm

Cheers
Rudolph

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8 years 11 months ago #9860 by gordon
gordon replied the topic: Re: What lenses and why?
75-300mm Pentax
50mm F2.0 Ricoh manual focus, manual aperture for landscapes.

About to add:
150-500mm Sigma with HSM

Dream lens:
Pentax 600mm F4.0 Prime.... but at US$8500 it will have to wait a while... :-)

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8 years 11 months ago #9888 by Birdlover
Birdlover replied the topic: Re: What lenses and why?
Gordon i you sure the HSM in the lens is going to work in the Pentax mount ?

Just asking.

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