Well, that must be my most used lenses: On the F5, the 20-35/2.8 and the 85/1.4 On the D2H, the 17-55/2.8
An F5 with the above lenses feels "just right", while I feel the 17-55 to be a bit heavy and large. And it takes some time to get used to the hood. I wish it would have been a bit smaller, cuz I like to have it attached all the time, also in my bag for quick use. That's why I am using a backpack for the D2H and a Domke F-3X for the F5.
Toss up between the AF Nikkor 28-105D f/3.5-4.5 and the AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D.
The 28-105 Nikkor has great range, great color reproduction, and when used properly, can take a pretty good architecture shot.
The 24mm f/2.8 is small, light weight, has CRC for that near-far relationship and it's incredibly sharp. Not as wide as the also excellent 20mm, but it doesn't really leave its signature on an image, either. Great hand held, too as the following low light images demonstrate:
My favorite lens tends to be the one that was left at home for one reason or another and I come across a situation that the particular lens would be perfect for and I end up saying "darn, I wish I had my XXXmm" but usually in more colorful language
>Ever felt that you cherich or have a stronger preference >toward on lens more than the others? And it is not always >the newest one...
My strongest preference is for my Tamron 300XR. It stays on my D100 at least 90% of the time, and because of that I don't have to spend much time scraping dust-bunnies off of the CCD. It would be nice if it was wider... but it would be nice if it was even longer, too.
My favorite, although not the most used, is my 200MM F2 AIS. It can do things many others can not, and that crisp clear viewfinder is something to behold. However, lately I'm growing more attached to my 105MM DC. On the wide side its the 17-35MM or the 20MM prime.
Nothing comes close to it. Its color and sharpness are awesome. I could talk for miles and miles at the possibilities this lens creates.
If I had to pick a second favorite, I would be totally vexed. Lately, I have been falling more deeply in love with my 135mm DC, where I usually would grab the 85 f/1.4D. The 20mm f/4 is so wide; yet so small as to be unnoticeable. Then there is the 400mm.....UGH!!! I can't do it! These lenses are my substitute children. They all have a personality and ability that makes them wonderful. So with that symbolism, the 28mm would be like my daughter. Anybody that wants to get to know her better would have to pass mustard with me first. And if I ever caught someone handling her rough or got her knocked-up, they might as well schedule themselves for the morgue because they are dead meat when I get a hold of them (unless, and I don't have any children yet, it was my real daughter doing the damage. Then I would just have to suck-it-up and go buy another one)
I took a class from a working pro who used Nikon equipment and asked him the same question. His response was "whatever lenses I need to do the job". Appropriate response for a pro. By the way, he used F3HPs - no auto focus for him.
I thought I was the only "odd" person here that's why I sort of hesitated to reply in the beginning...but just like Kent, I carry my 70-180 micro on my F100 all over the place! Of course, if I am feeling a bit sluggish and not up to "weight" lifting exercises, I use my ever reliable 28-105 instead.
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I only have 3 lenses right now, all E's. The 50mm, 100mm and 135mm. They are all good, but I'm sure if I had say a 28mm, 105mm and 180mm, they would be good too. My favourite? The 50mm E. However, I'm sure the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 and 45P are slightly better. I'm leary of the 50mm F1.4 because I used to have one on my old FM, and I didn't like it as much as my old Yashica 50mm F1.4 (on my Yashica FR). So, I'd have to say the 50mm is my favourite, but this doesn't mean I use it all that often; that would have be my 100mm.
My favorite is the 85 1.4 af. I also use the 50 1.4 frequently. I was trained on the Minolta SRT 101; a totally manual camera with a 50 1.4 Rokkor. I learned to use aperature and shutter speed on this lens. As I get older I find that the af is really an aid for my aging eyes. I would not want to go back to manual lenses again.
>Ever felt that you cherich or have a stronger preference >toward on lens more than the others? And it is not always >the newest one... > >What is it? tell me which one you prefer. >Is there a history behind it? or just the quality that amaze >you? > >I personally love the 50mm f/1.4 >maybe it is because i grew up with it
Mine has to be the 35-70 2.8 Zoom. After that it is probably my Sigma 70-200 2.8 Zoom...
My favourite would have to be my most used. If I'm heading out with 1 body and 1 lense, not knowing if I will take any pictures, and even then having no idea what they will be, it's always the same lense. A 35mm/F2 (AIS). Purchased from a dealer second hand for $40. Sticky aperture, many dings in the barrel, but absolutely flawless glass.
The AF 1.8/85. It´s my "if I could have only one lens...", with the AF 2/35 a close second. I like the perspective of the 85 for portraits and learned to love it in my PJ days. Fast enough for low light, tack sharp for portraits and compact enough not to be bothersome, it´s my "don´t leave home without it" lens.
Sharpness is a bourgeois concept. Henri Cartier-Bresson
I've been looking at this thread, trying to make up my mind. I STILL can't! The 24 2.8 sure is nice. Don't forget the 80-200. Also the 300 4.0, love my Tamron 180 macro DI, but that 28-105 is always there..........ah, you know what I mean.
I don't have many lenses (4 to be exact; 2 Nikkors, 2 Tamrons) and I enjoy using them all on my F80.
The one that always gives me a warm glow inside is the Tamron SP90 macro (mainly used by me as a medium telephoto portrait lens). Why? Simply because it always delivers! Razor-sharp, AF locks on great (at normal distances, not macro) unlike my Nikkor 70-300 ED, which sometimes "misses" and is rather slow. Any problems when the films come back are down to me, not the lens. It has great colour rendition and bokeh, too.
Basically, if I didn't already have it, I'd HAVE to buy it!
It's a close call between my two remaining zooms - the Tamron SP17-35 is exquisite, but I also like my 28-105 Nikkor, although that "sombrero" lenshood is a bit much, it DOES vignette slightly and its "feel" when focusing manually is distinctly unpleasant…
>What is it? tell me which one you prefer. >Is there a history behind it? or just the quality that amaze >you?
Its intresting, the most of you prefer an oObjektiv with fix focal distance and with wide open aperture. In my case it´s the 1,8/85mm. Why?
1. I have a bright seeker. 2. I see things often in the same proportion like what i see with my eyes when i focused details in sort distances. Some say its the 50mm Objektiv. I disagree, your eye is everytime looking for details. Because in history we were hunters, go plundering - like a photographer.
HI ALL, What a fun and interesting thread. This is kind of like a favorite movie poll I saw where 100 people listed their top 10 films. There were very few repeat mentions. And mine were different too. I suspect there are many different photographic goals and styles represented here.
Favorite lens. Very tough call. Depends on the photographic situation and the camera around my neck.
With my F3T, it would be the 24 f2.8 and 85 f1.4. With my N80, the 28-200G and the 18-35D. With my D100, the 12-24G and the 24-85G. With my F5, the 17-35 AFS f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8 VR.
But in truth I'm a wide angle sort of guy. I just love the 12-24, 17-35, and the 18-35. They are so versitile that they teach me something almost every time out.
Opps! Edit to add a completely off-the-wall lens. The 200 f3.5 ED AF lens issued for the F3AF is a fantastic lens fully competitive with the 180 2.8 ED. Incredibly sharp with outstanding color rendition. But nobody knows about it. And, really, who cares? Except, when you can find it, it is an inexpensive 200mm ED lens. It can be used manually if you wish.
Got the 70-200 VR a little bit ago. What a lens (still learning how to get the most out of it). Optics are as good as my 180 2.8 AF-D (now relegated to my " light weight" kit) and it is AF-S. But my favorite is the 12-24 DX.
I have been using the 35mm focal length as my standard lens for a couple of decades. I now use Nikons and Leica M cameras, and a 35mm is the core lens for both systems. I have used every Nikkor in this focal length from the first f/2.8 version (pretty average), through the f/2.0s (both AIS and auto-focus) and ultimately, I now use the f/1.4 AIS.
Is there a history behind it?
In the pre-internet days, we actually had to go to the library and study the work and teaching of others. Unlike the Internet where you get a thousand anonymous pieces of advice from sources that might have nothing in common with you, the good thing about an active pursuit of knowledge is that you can choose to be selective. I studied only those photographers that I was both interested and impressed with. The 35mm lens came up over and over as the lens that these shooters used most often.
Many reasons were given, such as deeper zones for a given aperture (over the 50mm), one extra stop worth of hand-holding in minimal light (again, over the 50mm based on the one-over rule) and a very easy to use rule for candids that allows nicely composed images without viewing based on the distance and angle of view.
Today, I can see a 35mm frame around things as I walk about. This lens is burned into my mind’s eye.
For me it’s my Nikkor AF20mm f/2.8. This lens is always in my bag and the majority of the time found on one of my two cameras. The reason for choosing this lens you ask? Because it is so much fun experimenting with different composures that are just not possible with other lenses.