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What\'s your Favorite Lens?
Old 03-06-2003, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New poll. Please participate, just click one button and submit. What's your favorite lens when shooting glamour?



Favorite Lens?
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Re: What\'s your Favorite Lens?
Old 03-07-2003, 07:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I do not use a fixed lens. I like the Nikon 24-120mm zoom lens. It allows me to shoot full legnth to headshots from the same camera position. Most shots are in the normal range about a 45mm to 80mm.

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Old 03-07-2003, 03:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Zeiss 120mm f/4 Makro-Planar for Hasselblad (talk about sharpness!! and a very useful focal length) and the 24-70mm f/2.8 for Canon (speed and versatility in one package, though it's a bit heavy, manual override in AF is a nice feature) are my regular favorites, along with the 50mm f/1.4 for Canon (allows me to shoot in almost any available lighting condition and may well be my sharpest 35 format lens, 2 "L" zooms included). The nicest lenses I ever used were the 40mm f/4 Distagon for the Hasselblad, the 50mm f/1.0 for Canon, and 120mm f/8 Schneider Super-Angulon for 4x5, but I do not own or regularly use either.

Really, though, this is polishing the soles of your shoes. The best lens is the one that resolves sharply enough with enough contrast to be acceptable for your purposes, and otherwise suits your purposes (angle of view/perspective, speed, weight are the primary factors in my opinion). Your images can only be as sharp as your lens resolves them, but the vast majority of images are well below that for a variety of other reasons having nothing to do with your lens. Most modern lenses can produce a very sharp picture under ideal conditions, and no lens in the world can produce a sharp image if conditions are far from ideal.

Besides, sharpness is not always a virtue. In the end, it's the photographer that makes the photograph, not the equipment.
 
 
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Old 03-07-2003, 08:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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None of the above... Mine is the Nikon 28-70F2.8 AF -S followed closely by the 80-200F2.8 AF -S lens.

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Re: What\'s your Favorite Lens?
Old 03-07-2003, 10:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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150mm
120mm
105mm
85mm

are my favorite lenses........
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There are no simple answers...
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It depends on the camera I have in my hand.
I started with Minoltas, an SRT-101and then the XE-7. My favorite on those cameras is the Vivitar 70-150 F3.8 W/close focus.
For older Nikons (pre-autofocus), the E series 100.
For auto-focus Nikons, dunno. Haven't found it yet.
For the S2, I haven't a clue at this point. Probably something that would give me close to an effective 50-150 range.
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Fixed Tele\'s..
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Canon 85 and 135mm. The 85 is my workhorse.


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zeiss 85 1.4 for the contax rts series.
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Hi everyone.
Please be kind to me as this is my first posting. As far as a favorite lens, my vote goes to a, now dearly departed Vivatar 70-210 series 1. An extremly sharp, fast focusing "cannon" that just had a "feel" that I liked. It was good for news work, at the short tele end gave good results for head shots. Until recently I used MD mount Minoltas, but alas my XKs also died. I am in the market for "new" gear, but don't want Nikons (after using Minoltas and Canons the nikons are bassackwards)
I will be posting some shots soon, but I don't know when. I am an Air National Guardsman in WVa, got called up for 1 year home station support, time to do these things is hard to come by.
Thanks for listening
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MY fave lens of all lenses I have used...The 110 2.8 for the Mamiya RZ67 pro2..
it is just sooooo flexable....
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