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12/06/2010 09:32:49 PM · #1
For all those Canon users out there... if you could choose 3 lenses to keep in your bag, what would they be? I'm just looking to see what everyones favorite 3 lenses are.
12/06/2010 09:35:47 PM · #2
My 85mm Canon USM is one, for sport photography at night or indoors.. Works very good

50mm 1.4, maybe I can get one next year

70-200 f.28L IS USM (only a dream for me)
12/06/2010 09:43:28 PM · #3
Originally posted by jrod1984:

For all those Canon users out there... if you could choose 3 lenses to keep in your bag, what would they be?


Well that would be one answer...

Originally posted by jrod1984:

I'm just looking to see what everyones favorite 3 lenses are.


...and that would be another answer entirely, LOL!

Seriously, if I had to keep just three lenses, I would be looking at versatility, so I might choose:
1.) Canon 24-70/2.8L
2.) Canon 70-200/2.8L IS
3.) Toss-up between Canon 400/5.6L or Canon 100/2.8 Macro, or perhaps Canon 15/2.8 Fisheye

Now, when you talk about *favorite* lenses, then the list looks somewhat different!
1.) Canon 135/2.0L
2.) Canon 24/1.4L
3.) Canon 70-200/2.8L

All in all, the second list would not make a good kit, but those are my top favs.
12/06/2010 09:51:01 PM · #4
A) 10-22, 70-300 DO and 17-40 for travelling light (read compact)
B) 10-22, 28-135, 100-400 for the most coverage (and if weight and size wasn't an issue)
C) 10-22, 70-300 DO if the midrange is not required or I'd throw in the 50mm 1.8 for the middle bit
12/06/2010 09:54:32 PM · #5
10-22
100mm macro
lensbaby composer (i know, not a canon lens but it's on my camera more than any other lens)
12/06/2010 09:55:59 PM · #6
10-22mm
100mm macro
100-400L
12/06/2010 10:02:25 PM · #7
1. 35mm/f/1.4L
2. 50mm/f/1.2L
3. 70-200mm/f/2.8 This one I own.
12/06/2010 10:53:47 PM · #8
I'll chose your 'B' option. Those 3 are with me all of the time. The 100-400 being used the most.

Originally posted by cpanaioti:

A) 10-22, 70-300 DO and 17-40 for travelling light (read compact)
B) 10-22, 28-135, 100-400 for the most coverage (and if weight and size wasn't an issue)
C) 10-22, 70-300 DO if the midrange is not required or I'd throw in the 50mm 1.8 for the middle bit
12/06/2010 11:06:15 PM · #9
These are the ones I carry...

16-35mm f/2.8L mk II
24-105mm f/4L IS
100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS

Though I gotta admit I don't use the 16-35 much now that I'm on full-frame, 24mm is wide enough most of the time.
12/06/2010 11:18:03 PM · #10
Depends on the situation. When I need the widest range, I carry a 10-22, 24-105 and 100-400. If weight is an issue, I'll use a 70-200 for the long lens and throw in a 1.4xTC. For portraits or low-light situations, I swap the first two lenses for an 85mm f/1.8 and Tamron 20-75 f/2.8 (can't afford a Canon 24-70), and of course macro work demands the 100mm.
12/06/2010 11:20:09 PM · #11
16MM-35MM F2.8

70MM-200MM F2.8IS

300MM F2.8 IS.

12/06/2010 11:21:33 PM · #12
24mm f/1.4L (I don't own this lens, I use a Zeiss 25mm f/2.8)
50mm f/1.4
100mm f/2.8L IS Macro

12/06/2010 11:38:58 PM · #13
600 f4L
70-300 f4-5.6L
24-70 f2.8L

If only I could win a lottery!
12/06/2010 11:51:13 PM · #14
1) Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM -- This lens make me feel like a king. I can shoot things with this lens that no other lens will allow me to.
2) Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM -- A must-have lens for whomever that does portraits
3) Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II -- Need my wide angle lens

Message edited by author 2010-12-07 12:12:30.
12/07/2010 04:56:47 AM · #15
My backpack almost always contains these three lenses...

70-200mm f/2.8L
17-40mm f/4L
100mm f/2.8

I also carry the 1.4x and 2.0x TC's, and both Canon extension tubes for bringing things closer. I don't think any of these count as lenses through.

I'd like to add a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L to fill-in the 40mm-to-70mm gap, and the new Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM sounds like an awesome lens for adding extra reach without totally breaking the bank.

12/07/2010 05:13:55 AM · #16
Originally posted by FocusPoint:

70-200 f.28L IS USM (only a dream for me)

You need to upgrade your dream. There's a newer version now... :)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

If this new version is worth the extra $969.00, then it must be one fantastic lens because the original is a great piece of glass.


12/07/2010 05:24:49 AM · #17
Hmm..

Probably the 600 f/4L, the 1200 f/5.6L, and the Sigma 200-500 f/2.8, that way whenever I happened to need a car, or a house, I could just sell a lens and buy what I needed...

Otherwise, if I was actually shooting with them....
Dream:
300mm f/2.8
85mm f/1.2
100mm f/2.8L IS Macro

Reality:
100-400mm L IS
15-85mm IS
100mm Macro

In truth, that could really just be pared down to the 15-85mm, as it pretty much does everything that I "need" a lens to do... And does it pretty darn well...

12/07/2010 06:08:52 AM · #18
24-70 f2.8
70-200 f2.8
17-40 f4 (10-22 if it was with a crop sensor)

Message edited by author 2010-12-07 06:09:38.
12/07/2010 06:38:02 AM · #19
I only have two lenses for now, but they are almost always enough, and if I had to, I hope I can replace them, I'd definitely choose them again.
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

When I get to choose a third I'd want a macro possibly the:
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
or prefer:
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro MF

or if its a gift maybe a nice long glass
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS USM

but the Sigma is very impressive non fishy super wide as seen in DPC images.
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX Aspherical DG for Canon

or maybe a tilt-shift...
12/07/2010 08:51:54 AM · #20
WAY too early in the morning. I thought this said "If you could choose 3 canoe lessons..." and figured it one of Leo's challenge suggestions...

24-105 f4/L
10-22
And one other. :-)
12/07/2010 08:59:53 AM · #21
If I had only one it would be my 50mm 1.2
12/07/2010 10:41:47 AM · #22
although many are opting for versatility i dont think i would take that route.

1) either 50mm 1.4 or 1.2
2) 35 1.4 or 24 1.4 depending on your style
3) 70-200 2.8

for versatility i second Jminso's plan.
12/12/2010 01:12:55 AM · #23
I'm very happy with my 50mm 1.4, this thing is a beast. I think the next would be a Tokina 11-16mm.

12/12/2010 02:49:59 AM · #24
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12/12/2010 09:21:01 AM · #25
I have started down the route of purchasing some L glass.

1) 17-40 - From Santa this year...woohoo!
2) 24-105 - I like the range of my 28-135, and this would be a comparable replacement for that focal length while a big improvement in quality. I think this would be a great walkaround lens.
3) 70-200 - Someday!
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