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If you could only have ONE lens. What would it be and why?

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by kooliez, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Pixley

    Pixley Member

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    I cant pick one - has to be 2! Both Sigma lenses - the 85mm 1.4 and the newish 35mm Art series 1.4. Both so sharp and scrumptious!
     
  2. Transit

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    Your ONE lens: kit zoom
    Primary Use: cats and anything else
    Reasoning: sharp, versatile, always with me.
     
  3. spotted

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    Cuz if I only have one, I'd want it to do everything.
     
  4. Transit

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    until I get one, the DA21 ltd will do just fine :)
    (aps-c)
     
  5. methd

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    As much as I dislike the 24-70, it would be the go-to lens if that was the only option. It pretty much does everything needed and gets the job done for most situations.
     
  6. perz

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    Can't say I'd choose the 24-70.. because I don't have one! :lol::thumbup:

    My one go to lens if I had to choose one though, would be my Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART.
    It's a beautiful lens and super versatile.

    I just did a mini job for work yesterday and I only had that attached to my D610.
     
  7. cvidler

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    7D (so APS-C),
    I couldn't do what I do (cars & motorsports) without two lenses: 24-70L, 100-400L).

    Gun to head however, it'd have to be the 24-70. I have by volume more shots on this than any other lens, but I'd miss the reach to do on track shots of the 100-400.
     
  8. Pinkeh

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    holy thread necro!

    I'm still sticking with sigma 85/1.4 although i would grab the 85L if it comes across at a decent price.
     
  9. Unframed

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    Keep the necro running because it's a cool idea.


    Camera Format: S16/S35
    Your ONE lens: Arri-Zeiss 16mm T1.3
    Primary Use: Filming my day to day stupidity
    Reasoning: Gorgeous glass, super fast, built like a tank, declicked aperture, rear element focusing, FF gears
     
  10. lionman

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    Your ONE lens: 56mm F1.2
    Primary Use: documenting the family
    Reasoning: its what I bought it for...


    Pretty hard to give up other lenses though. The whole point in getting an interchangeable lens camera is to be able to use different lenses.

    I would be tempted into a fixed lens camera if I could only have one but they are all a little wide (35mm) to get close and personal to your subject.
     
  11. Nafe

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    Your ONE lens: 400 2.8 IS
    Primary Use: Motorsport
    Reasoning: it is my go-to lens for motorsport.
     
  12. BuD

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    i gerally only use 1 lens anyway so this would be my 85mm zeiss
     
  13. millsy

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    I think after my trip to NZ that the Nikon AF-S 35mm F/1.8 would be my new one, replacing the 18-105. Why?
    Weathersealing
    Low light
    Sharp as for the price

    :)
     
  14. Aus.Morgo

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    Probably my Canon 200-400 1.4x
    Likely with the 1D Mark IV
    I'm mainly doing sports and wildlife and this lens really does excel in this area :)

    2nd choice would be my Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II with the 5D III. Why? Because sometimes 260mm is just too much :)
     

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