View Full Version : Which lens graces your camera..

02-04-2009, 03:07 PM
Most often? And why? :D

Right now mine is a Nikon 35-80mm f/4-5.6D... but I just bought a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 and that should be arriving today! I'm assuming that'll be on my camera most for a general "everyday" type of lens... :goodvibes

Ben H
02-04-2009, 03:15 PM
"It depends." ;)
Depends on where I am, what I doing etc.

But hey, I'm pretty new to all this, and only have three lenses (wide, telephoto and a prime) so it's not exactly like I'm too spoilt for choice. I do like the nifty fifty a lot though...

Mad Aussie
02-04-2009, 04:12 PM
I (we, my wife is learning to shoot also now) also only have 3 lenses but on two camera's.
One has a Canon 24 - 70mm 2.8L and the other has a Canon 100-400mm 4.5L

We also have an EF 50mm 1.8 Prime, so cheap yet so effective.

In my hands I guess the 100-400 gets more of a work out usually but the 24-70 gets plenty of attention. The 50mm a bit more rarely. I take all sort of shots so the lenses varies.

This weekend I'm shooting an all night Mountain Bike event on the Gold Coast so the 50mm and the 24-70 will feature mostly until the sun is out enough in the closing stages of the race where I might use the 100-400.

02-04-2009, 05:25 PM
The one that's attached. Saving for my first DSLR and currently shooting with a Canon PowerShot SX110


02-04-2009, 05:38 PM
i just got my d80 this past summer, and upgraded the kit lens to the nikkor 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6. so thats always on my cam as its my only option at this point. im hoping to get my hands on the 50mm 1.4 or 1.8 right away...

02-05-2009, 05:11 AM
Well, on one d90 I have the kit lens. I actually really like it. On another, I have a 50mm 1.4D and will have a 50mm 1.4G on the other one as soon as it gets off of backorder.

02-05-2009, 07:21 AM
Hmm good question.

Usually the 17-85mm (4.5-5.6) on my canon 30d. Gives me a nice range. Sometimes I'll switch to the 10-22mm wide angle (3.5-4.5). I also have a 50mm 1.8 but that doesn't get as much use as it should.

02-05-2009, 01:15 PM
The Nikon 50mm 1.4D is so cheap (as in $$$ not quality) that every Nikon shooter should have one. The G is a little more but a lot of people are getting rid of their D in auctions. I love this lens.

The Nikon kit lens for the d90 is my "always on in case something happens" lens. One, both of them are covered by a good warranty. Drop it and it breaks... covered. My other lenses are not covered.

02-05-2009, 01:50 PM
My go to lens is my 24-70 Canon L f/2.8. It has very crisp optics, I find with my camera crop it gives me most of the ranges I shoot at. That being said I never go out to shoot without at least 3 lenses.

02-05-2009, 01:50 PM
On my Pentax K110d, Im using a Tamron 70-300 with the macro function. It is really sharp for some applications, but others it is not so good. It is more of a utility setup, that I'm willing to let get beat up.
The other is a Sony Alpha 100. It is using the kit lens, 18-70. Have not really found it necessary to jump out and get new glass for it. Since I usually carry both cameras with me, I can hit pretty much everything. Wide angle, telephoto, and then two versions of macro. Its nice to be able to go from 18-300 without switching lenses. If you cant get a shot with those selections, then I should reconsider this hobby.

02-05-2009, 02:11 PM
I have the Nikkor 18mm-135mm f3.5-5.6G and the 50mm 1.4D

I have lots of hockey and animal life I would like to start shooting so looking at another lens to better suit that. Any suggestions..would love to hear them!

Acutally, next purchase will be a flash and Lightroom 2. :)

02-06-2009, 04:31 AM
I have the Nikkor 18mm-135mm f3.5-5.6G and the 50mm 1.4D

I have lots of hockey and animal life I would like to start shooting so looking at another lens to better suit that. Any suggestions..would love to hear them!

Acutally, next purchase will be a flash and Lightroom 2. :)

I don't know anything about nikon lenses so can't recommend anything specific, but for animals/sports, I'd probably suggest a longer zoom (200mm or more) to be able to fill the frame with the subject.

02-06-2009, 12:58 PM
If you want to shoot hockey at a distance, you'll need something fast no matter what. Probably @200 to 400mm. I would get a prime just because of the price at that level. You can get really fast primes - problem: you will miss some shots because you will have to move your body and not the zoom.

You can probably shoot animal life with the same lens. I shoot sports and animals from a tripod no matter what. Sometimes I have to drop a tripod for sports and go with a monopod because of restrictions or space. The monopod matters but I think getting a good ball head is even more important.

Keep in mind that you will spend upwards of $1500 and easily more on these lenses. Double it for the VR. I think a 300mm 2.8 VR is around $8,000. Now, there are others. You can spend $300 (probably way less) on a Tamron 70-300... but you are trying to get that 2.8 not a 4.5.

Back to the subject matter. I realized something about my 50mm 1.4 - when I put that on one of my D90's it has never come off. What is so perfect about the lens. The Bokeh pattern is beautiful. I hit 1/2000 shutter speed at 1.4 on a cloudy day in the shade. So yeah, it has never come back off. When I only have one lens to go to, that would be it. But then again, I always shoot people.

02-06-2009, 01:12 PM
Thank you Mindforge! I knew with this lens that I am going to be putting in some money..so we'll get other things first and make sure I get exactly what I want!!!!

02-07-2009, 12:06 AM
My 'go to' lens is the Nikkor 24-70 2.8.