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Old 25-08-2007, 11:11   #1 (permalink)
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Which Lens Would You Take?

If you could only take ONE lens with you per shoot, which lens would it be for each of these scenarios :

1) Landscape
2) Portrait
3) Children (yes, they're in a category of their own )
4) Macro (would you choose a short or long macro lens, e.g. 60mm or 120mm)
5) Architecture
6) Water scene
7) Sports + Action
8) Animals + birds
9) Low light or night photography
10) All purpose photography
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Old 25-08-2007, 11:31   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

1) Landscape - Canon 17-40

2) Portrait - Canon 50mm f/1.8

3) Children (yes, they're in a category of their own) - Something water- and bullet-proof

4) Macro (would you choose a short or long macro lens, e.g. 60mm or 120mm) - Sigma 150mm f/2.8

5) Architecture - Canon 10-22

6) Water scene - 17-40 again, depending on what sort of scene

7) Sports + Action - Either Canon 70-300 IS or 300mm f/4L IS

8) Animals + birds - As above

9) Low light or night photography - Nifty 50 again

10) All purpose photography - Tamron 18-200

11) Doorstop - Sigma 600mm mirror
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Old 25-08-2007, 12:11   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

Do you mean of any lens or from what you own? I presume the latter so....

1) Landscape - Sigma 10-20

2) Portrait - Canon 50mm f1.8

3) Children - Canon 24-105

4) Macro - Canon 100mm f2.8

5) Architecture - Sigma 10-20

6) Water scene - Canon 24-105

7) Sports + Action - Canon 100-400

8) Animals + birds - As above

9) Low light or night photography - Canon 50mm f1.8

10) All purpose photography - Canon 24-105
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Old 25-08-2007, 12:27   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

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Do you mean of any lens or from what you own?
Trying to get an idea of what lens members would choose for any given scenario. To make it as real a decision as possible, I'd suggest choosing one from your own collection, since these will be the lenses you are familiar with + have mindfully chosen for the hypothetical occasion

Sometimes if I'm taking my camera out but don't want to carry lenses, I battle to choose which lens to put on the camera. Hence my question here, to see what others do, depending on the type of photography and/or conditions prevailing
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Old 25-08-2007, 12:33   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

1) Landscape: Canon 16-35mm 2.8L MKII

2) Portrait: Canon 35mm 1.4L

3) Children: Canon 70-200 2.8L IS

4) Macro (would you choose a short or long macro lens, e.g. 60mm or 120mm) No macro lens

5) Architecture: Canon 16-35mm 2.8L MKII

6) Water scene: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L

7) Sports + Action: Canon 70-200mm 2.8L

8) Animals + birds: Canon 70-200mm 2.8L + 1.4 Telex

9) Low light or night photography: Any from my kit.

10) All purpose photography: Canon 24-70 2.8L
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Old 25-08-2007, 12:39   #6 (permalink)
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4) Macro (would you choose a short or long macro lens, e.g. 60mm or 120mm) No macro lens
Or substitute
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Old 25-08-2007, 12:43   #7 (permalink)
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Or substitute
24-70 I guess .....I keep meaning to purchase the Canon 100mm macro but something else always crops up
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Old 25-08-2007, 12:48   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

1) Landscape - Sigma 10-20mm
2) Portrait - Nikon 50mm f/1.8
3) Children - Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8
4) Macro - Never done it but would suggest Sigma 105mm Macro
5) Architecture - Sigma 10-20mm
6) Water scene - Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8
7) Sports + Action - No longer have long enough lens, but from old - Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
8) Animals + birds - No longer have long enough lens, but from old - Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
9) Low light or night photography - Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8
10) All purpose photography - Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8
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Old 25-08-2007, 13:14   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

1) Landscape - Sigma 10-20mm
2) Portrait - Nikon 85mm f/1.8 or 50 f/1.4
3) Children - Nikon 50mm f/1.4 or Sigma 30mm f/1.4
4) Macro - Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro
5) Architecture - Sigma 10-20mm
6) Water scene - Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8
7) Sports + Action - Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
8) Animals + birds - Nikon 300mm f/2.8 or 600mm f/4
9) Low light or night photography - Nikon 50mm f/1.4
10) All purpose photography - Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8

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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

1)Landscape: Sigma 10-20mm
2)Portrait: Contax Planar 50mm 1.4 on 350D body
3)Children: 18-55mm Kit lens
4)Macro: Canon 60mm EF-s
5)Architecture: Arsat 35mm TS
6)Water scene: 18-55mm kit lens
7)Sports action: Tamron 55-200mm
8)Animals/Birds: Contax Sonnar 135mm 2.8 on 350D or Tamron 55-200mm
9)Low light: Sigma 30mm 1.4
10)All purpose: don't really have one
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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

1) Landscape – Canon 17-40L or Sigma 10-20 (depends on the landscape)

2) Portrait - Canon 50mm f1.8 or Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS USM (if money and weight were not considerations)

3) Children – As above (depending on studio, reportage or candid)

4) Macro - Canon 100mm f2.8 (don’t have a macro lens myself but this would probably be my choice)

5) Architecture - Sigma 10-20 or Canon 17-40L

6) Water scene - Canon 17-40L or 24-105L IS USM probably

7) Sports + Action - Canon 100-400 if you like the push/pull zoom otherwise 70-200L f2.8 and 1.4TC or Canon 300L F4

8) Animals + birds - As above but probably the latter first

9) Low light or night photography – If no tripod then Canon 50mm f1.8 otherwise either Sigma 10-20, Canon 17-40L or 24-105L IS USM

10) All purpose photography – Canon 24-105L IS USM

And if I could only have three lenses they would be…
Sigma 10-20mm
Canon 24-105L
Canon 70-200L (F4) but with a 1.4x TC

I can’t see you covering such a good range, having so much versatility with such good quality while keeping everything light and affordable.

On saying that my fourth lens purchase (if I already had the above) would be the Canon 50mm F1.8
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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

Coo, I feel a bit out of this thread but I use my only lens a Canon 17-85 lens for Landscape & Portrait shots.
My next lens will be Canon 70-200 L or (Sigma 70-300 which @ the moment I borrow my daughters)
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Old 25-08-2007, 14:49   #13 (permalink)
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I think this is more of a 'reasonable' wish list of lenses you would chose for each shooting circumstance more than what lenses do you own and use currently. I know for certain that I will never own all the lenses my list.

Just join in Brian...it is fun to dream
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Just dreaming Steve
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Old 25-08-2007, 15:22   #15 (permalink)
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Coo, I feel a bit out of this thread but I use my only lens a Canon 17-85 lens for Landscape & Portrait shots.
My next lens will be Canon 70-200 L or (Sigma 70-300 which @ the moment I borrow my daughters)
Doesn't have to be a different lens for each scenario, Brian And all categories won't necessarily apply to everyone, e.g. I've never done sports. Could just put N/A where applicable, or just one general comment like "All for one + one for all" if you only have one lens

Steve, this isn't a wish list thread. I explained in my earlier posts the info I'm trying to glean from members + why
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Oh, OK then...err well in that case for all of the above situations I would take my Canon 17-40L, 50mm F1.8 MKII, 70-200L f4, Tamron 28-75 f2.8 XR Di, Kenko DG 300pro 1.4x teleconvertor and a set of extension tubes with me as I always do, since that is what I own. Together they cover most of the above situations just fine, but would obviously not be the best for all.

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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

1) Landscape - Canon 10-22mm
2) Portrait - Canon 24-105mm
3) Children (yes, they're in a category of their own ) - Canon 24-105mm
4) Macro (would you choose a short or long macro lens, e.g. 60mm or 120mm) - Canon 70-210 F4-f5.6 (semi- Macro) not a Macro lens but I do not have one.
5) Architecture - Canon 10-22mm
6) Water scene - Any of my lenses depend on the scene
7) Sports + Action - Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS
8) Animals + birds - - Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS
9) Low light or night photography - Canon 24-105mm or 10-22mm depding on scene
10) All purpose photography - Canon 24-105mm

The above is roughly what I might do. However, the reality is that I might use any of my lenses with any subject. I am frequently changing lenses and only by choosing an unusual lens/angle etc can you capture something different.
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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

1) Landscape - Nikkor 18-70
2) Portrait - Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro / Nifty (soon to be miiiiine )
3) Children (yes, they're in a category of their own ) - Tamron 90mm (get shots from further away
4) Macro - Tamron 90mm (long)
5) Architecture - Nikkor 18-70 (but don't like buildings :P) <gg>
6) Water scene - What is a water scene?
7) Sports + Action -Depends on how close, either Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6, or if closer Tamron 90mm f/2.8 for speed.
8) Animals + birds - - Sigma 70-300
9) Low light or night photography - Tamron / Nifty (or any of my lenses with my SB800 )
10) All purpose photography - 18-70, will eventually look into an 18-200.
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Of the lenses I own...

1) Landscape - Sigma 10-20

2) Portrait - Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 (or Canon EF50 f/1.8 - Subsitute, but will own one soon)

3) Children - Tamron 28-75 f/2.8

4) Macro - Canon 100 f/2.8 Macro (Subsitute)

5) Architecture - Sigma 10-20

6) Water scene - Sigma 10-20

7) Sports + Action - Canon 100-400L IS

8) Animals + birds - Canon 100-400L IS

9) Low light or night photography - Sigma 10-20

10) All purpose photography - Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
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Re: Which Lens Would You Take?

Easy for me as I only have 3 lenses only 2 actually fit the body directly.

1) Landscape - 17-55

2) Portrait - 70-200 (group shots 17-55)

3) Children - As above

4) Macro - Bellows with 50mm Carl Zeiss F2.8

5) Architecture - 17-55

6) Water scene - 17-55

7) Sports + Action - 70-200

8) Animals + birds - 70-200 /+ 1.4TC

9) Low light or night photography - 17-55

10) All purpose photography - 70-200
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1) What is a water scene?
Lakes, rivers, waterfalls, seascapes ... any water/reflection types of scene. It really fits in with landscape shots. I just wondered if anyone advised specific lens requirements for landscapes with water as the subject
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I see, well then I guess I'd just use me plain old 18-70 then
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1) Landscape - Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 or canon kit lens
2) Portrait - Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
3) Children - Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
4) Macro - Canon 50mm f/1.8 (with kenko extension tubes!)
5) Architecture - Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
6) Water scene -Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
7) Sports + Action - Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 (non IS)
8) Animals + birds - Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 (non IS)
9) Low light or night photography - Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
10) All purpose photography - Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8

I'd probably stick with the kit lens for the landscape shots, purely because it's the widest I've got. I'd eventually like to replace that with the Sigma 10-22mm or Tokina 12-24mm. For Portrait, Sports&Action, and Animals&Birds I would eventually like to upgrade to the Canon 70-200mm f/4 (and then again down the line to the f/2.8).

No shock that the Tamron is my FAVORITE lens, eh? I'd say it's on my camera 90% of the time.
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What a lot of fab responses, thank you all

Gonna print this out + study the trends. I find this info useful, + it also got you all thinking about which lens is best suited to which occasion, if it comes down to taking just one lens out on a job
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I see that the Sigma 600 is unchallenged in the Doorstop category.
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Hmm haven't seen many doorstop shots lately ... Nope, I think you have it there silkstone

The Sigma 10-20 wins hands down for the landscape category
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But is the data not flawed as you have not taken into account crop factors? You say the 10-20 is unchallenged but maybe thats because the majority of users here are not full frame
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'Flawed' doesn't come into it. I just wanted an idea of what single lens others would choose if they could only take one lens with them on a shoot. Seeing as one would use a different type of lens (wide, long, zoom etc.) with different subjects + shooting conditions (or combinations thereof), I listed the situations I thought of at the time It's just a little informal exercise for my own personal information, which I hope others might find useful and/or interesting as well; there's no right or wrong answer, just what different members would do in a given situation, that's all.
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But is the data not flawed as you have not taken into account crop factors? You say the 10-20 is unchallenged but maybe thats because the majority of users here are not full frame
For full frame, I think I'd want the Tokina 12-24mm f/4. Since my next big purchases are all lenses, I'm content not worrying about going for a full frame compatible wide angle. If I start making enough sales with Alamy, to get beyond the lenses I want, I'll start considering a new body.

I'd eventually like to upgrade to whatever happens to be the latest in their D series. I'm hoping for sooner rather than later, but you gotta be realistic They'll probably be on like the 60D by the time I'll have the spare cha-ching to get upgrade.
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Unfortunately the Tokina 12-24 is not a full-frame lens - it's designed for the 1.5x or 1.6x crop factor sensors.

AFAIK the only full-frame zoom in this range is the Sigma 12-24 - aka Popeye because of the huge front element which prevents fitting conventional filters. I have one of these which I bought for the 10D when there was no alternative, but it is a little soft at the edges.
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