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06/19/2007 03:07:00 PM · #1
In an effort to help ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' bdenny out I started this thread so we wouldn't hijack another.

Please list your favorite lenses and what you like to shoot with them.

I will start:

My Canon 85mm f/1.8 is an awesome portrait lens. Great bokeh and a very sharp lens for around $350

My Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 is very sharp for portaits and can get some good macro shots for around $300
06/19/2007 03:09:12 PM · #2
Canon 17-55 F2.8 - Amazing lens with great flexibility. Good for "walk-around", portraits, etc. Lovely low light capability. Sweet bokeh. Sharp as a tack!! Around $1,000.
06/19/2007 03:09:26 PM · #3
From the looks of the stuff in his portfolio he could use a decent macro lens to do his work. The Sigma 105mm f/2.8, Canon 100mm f/2.8, Sigma 50mm f/2.8, and (if EF-S compatible body) Canon 60mm f/2.8.

Second (of course) the Tamron that rex mentioned.
06/19/2007 03:09:34 PM · #4
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II great for portraits or indoor events... the best is it's only like $80 bucks

Message edited by author 2007-06-19 15:10:59.
06/19/2007 03:11:17 PM · #5
Let's not forget the 50mm f/1.8 - the biggest bang for the buck in Canon's stable. Hell of a portrait lens and later can be used reversed for kick-a$$ macro :-)
06/19/2007 03:15:27 PM · #6
mine changes constantly, but currently:

Canon 200mm 2.8L

Backyard Birds, Sports, Outdoor Portraits, Outdoor Candids, Awesome Close-Up work with an extension tube, Nature, great Zoo lens

:)

Message edited by author 2007-06-19 15:15:55.
06/19/2007 03:18:39 PM · #7
Keep 'em coming!

Thanks Rex!
06/19/2007 03:20:19 PM · #8
where's my Nikon folks? Pentax? Come on let's give the guy some choices. Can't we all just get along?

Brian I just realized where you are at.

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Message edited by author 2007-06-19 15:23:36.
06/19/2007 03:20:25 PM · #9
I found the Tokina 12-24 to be really handy for wide shots at weddings. I also agree with Rex about the Tamron 28-75; it's awesome for portraits.

I had good results with the Canon 75-300 IS USM for zoo shots and the like...a decent, inexpensive alternative to the superior 70-200 L lenses if you are short on cash.
06/19/2007 03:22:55 PM · #10
I love my Canon 75-300 USM
Great quality and affordable.
DP Challenge Canon 75-300
06/19/2007 03:24:02 PM · #11
Originally posted by rex:

where's my Nikon folks? Pentax? Comeon let's give the guy some choices. Can we all just get along?


Wanted to give you all some time before suggesting Pentax, vast range of lenses and with the K10D and K100D, plus an adapter you can use any Pentax lens ever made, plus the entire range of M42 screw thread lenses, including Leica, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Zeiss, the list is endless, and you can get them cheap on ebay and at camera shops!

Message edited by author 2007-06-19 15:24:26.
06/19/2007 03:26:27 PM · #12
Originally posted by formerlee:

Originally posted by rex:

where's my Nikon folks? Pentax? Comeon let's give the guy some choices. Can we all just get along?


Wanted to give you all some time before suggesting Pentax, vast range of lenses and with the K10D and K100D, plus an adapter you can use any Pentax lens ever made, plus the entire range of M42 screw thread lenses, including Leica, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Zeiss, the list is endless, and you can get them cheap on ebay and at camera shops!


I'd almost call that a digital b***h-slap :-)
06/19/2007 03:29:47 PM · #13
Pentax FA 50mm f1.4 both on it's own and in tandem with a 2x macro teleconverter.

Still playing with Sigma EX DG 10-20mm

I do, also, like picking up ebay bargains like a manual focus 28mm f2.8 for £9 ($18) to play with :)
06/19/2007 03:32:50 PM · #14
Originally posted by rex:

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Woohoo! Even my dog is a gator fan...she loved chewing on our friends hat signed by Urban Meyer :)
06/19/2007 03:34:04 PM · #15
Originally posted by formerlee:

Originally posted by rex:

where's my Nikon folks? Pentax? Comeon let's give the guy some choices. Can we all just get along?


Wanted to give you all some time before suggesting Pentax, vast range of lenses and with the K10D and K100D, plus an adapter you can use any Pentax lens ever made, plus the entire range of M42 screw thread lenses, including Leica, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Zeiss, the list is endless, and you can get them cheap on ebay and at camera shops!


That actually sounds enticing! Someone, slap some sense into me...
jk...I don't know enough to judge brands. I just know Canon is best.
06/19/2007 03:35:00 PM · #16
Indoor sports: Canon 85 F1.8 or Canon 135 F2.0

Good light indoor sports: Can 24-70 F2.8 or Canon 70-200 F2.8

Macro: Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro

Outdoor sports day or night: Canon 70-200 F2.8 Sigma 120-300 F2.8

Camera:Canon 20D/30D or just about any 1DMK series(not 1DsMK)

MattO
06/19/2007 03:35:51 PM · #17
Canon 28mm f1.8 - Sharp, fast, roughly a "normal" lens for APS-C sensor cameras.
06/19/2007 03:37:56 PM · #18
Originally posted by bdenny:

Originally posted by formerlee:

Originally posted by rex:

where's my Nikon folks? Pentax? Comeon let's give the guy some choices. Can we all just get along?


Wanted to give you all some time before suggesting Pentax, vast range of lenses and with the K10D and K100D, plus an adapter you can use any Pentax lens ever made, plus the entire range of M42 screw thread lenses, including Leica, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Zeiss, the list is endless, and you can get them cheap on ebay and at camera shops!


That actually sounds enticing! Someone, slap some sense into me...
jk...I don't know enough to judge brands. I just know Canon is best.


Check out DPReview.com for both cameras, the K100D is a Highly recommended 6 megapixel camera that outshine many other brands with 8 megapixels.
06/19/2007 03:42:37 PM · #19
Not to hijack my own thread but.....Look at the color of those braces.

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My daughter chose her colors on her own.
06/19/2007 04:28:39 PM · #20
I shoot a lot of low-light events at and for my church, both the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM perform very very well. I know these two beasts would last me a very long time, so thanks God and the government for student loan. OH and if I ever have the gut to try out wedding photography in the future, choosing lenses will be one less thing to worry about.

I think pairing these two lenses together would make an ultimate general purpose kit. If you're willing to spend, go for these two lenses, you won't regret. I know they're heavy, but we choose to use DSLR over P&S not because they're are convenience.

Two of my close friends are using the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, this is also a great lens for general purpose.

Nathan
06/19/2007 04:34:28 PM · #21
Holy cow! The 70-200 is massive!
06/19/2007 04:44:10 PM · #22
I just bought it (the 70-200 2.8 is) a couple hours ago. Now I'm wondering how I'm going to afford the inevitable shoulder surgery...

Message edited by author 2007-06-19 16:45:44.
06/19/2007 04:44:54 PM · #23
Originally posted by bdenny:

Holy cow! The 70-200 is massive!


The two f/2.8s are huge but not the f/4s

Talking about f/4...Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM and + EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM would also make a very nice general purpose kit. The cost is still high, but the weight is not a problem in this case.

I don't like pairing the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM with the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM because the 24-105 f/4L costs as much as the 24-70 f/2.8L

Optically all the EF 70-200s are excellent, but IS gives me more keepers.

Nathan.
06/19/2007 05:14:33 PM · #24
Originally posted by bdenny:

Holy cow! The 70-200 is massive!


You might think so until you hang out with some sports photojournalists and your 70-200 is at least half the size of their lenses. :)


06/19/2007 05:15:41 PM · #25
Originally posted by routerguy666:

I just bought it (the 70-200 2.8 is) a couple hours ago. Now I'm wondering how I'm going to afford the inevitable shoulder surgery...


I would almost sell the 20D and the Alien Bee light setup to buy a 2.8. Maybe one day.
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