Damien Franco 11:41am, 22 April 2010
A couple days ago I was having a conversation on twitter with a few folks where we discussed our favorite lenses.

I thought it would be good to open that discussion here, especially since we're not quite as constrained to character limits!

So...what's your favorite lens and why?
gigantic rock [deleted] 9 years ago
My 50/1.1 Voightlander Nokton. It's soft wide open and doesn't start getting sharp until f2, but I love shooting in available light.

The 50mm focal length is also extremely versatile.
pass_lake 9 years ago
I really like my 35mmf/1.8 on a nikon D80.
Today I received a D700 and nikkor 24mmf/1.4. Although I have not taken a shot, just know it will be my favourite lens. I think it is destined to be a classic
softfocus9 9 years ago
LOVE my lensbaby composer lens - probably will not stop till I have all of the different optics!! recently got the super wide - so now I can get super wide and super close - incredible.......
jumpy calculator [deleted] 9 years ago
It would have to be the Nikkor 16-85mm VR. It's versatile, extremely sharp, and the VR is amazing, even from a car/train at highway speeds. I find most of the time I end up shooting at 16mm.
evan bey 9 years ago
i havent used much but i absolutely fell in love with the 85mm 1.8. so fast, so naturally artful, especially on a crop body, its so tight it just makes for some great comps almost by accident.
poppaJ 9 years ago
This is a tough question, I guess I'd have to say my Canon EF85 f/1.8 but I have been shooting a lot recently with my Sigma 30 f/1.4. I also cheat so to speak as I have two bodies and so no changing lenses just pick up the body with the focal length I want or need.
fluffy order [deleted] 9 years ago
As I only have one lens it would have to be my Nokin 50mm 1.8.

It is proving rather constricting at the moment though. Really need to invest in a new one!
Scott Thomas Photography Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Scott Thomas Photography (member) 9 years ago
My favorite lens is the NIkon 18-200mm VR DX Zoom lens. I use it 90% of the time for its versatility, zoom range (wide angle to telephoto) and the VR technology allows me to shoot at 1/15th of a second easily.

I know a lot of people say this is not a sharp lens and such but, if used correctly, can create stunning photos under conditions I never would have tried before.

Oh, and it's the perfect travel lens which keeps my bag light. A prime concern in today's world of travel.

I sure hope the rumors of Nikon bringing out a 28-300mm for FX is true so I can have this kind of lens for my future camera.
joel8x 9 years ago
Definitely my iPhone's lens ;)

On my Nikon I've been relying on my my Tokina 11-16 DX a lot lately.
MiguelCarvajal 9 years ago
My favorite lens is the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens. I used to own a different macro lens before, which helped me discover things I wasn't able to notice before because of their tiny size.
The new lens, which has the Image Stabilization feature and a nice wide opening for a macro lens, makes it easier for me to take sharp photos when I'm unable to use a tripod.
Craig - S 9 years ago
Easily my Tokina 11-16mm. I rented it first......loved it......bought it......haven't regretted it. It's a great wide angle.
Wayne Turner 9 years ago
It is definitely my Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens. Pin sharp and a great lens for portraits.
Blaidd0905 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Blaidd0905 (member) 8 years ago
I love my 100 f/2.8 macro and my 17-40 f/4L.

Edit: I just picked up a Lensbaby Composer and so far love it. It may be a passing fancy but it's so much fun and spurs the creative mind.

Edit again: I picked up a 24-105 f/4L and it's on now most of the time followed by the 100 f/2.8 macro.
cajohnsonphoto 9 years ago
I find myself mostly using the Canon 70-200 2.8IS
bmorrisdafydd 8 years ago
I find my kit lens (canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6) more than ample, although I only have 2 lenses to choose from :P. I have a new lens in the post though, sigma 17-70mm f2.8 :D
Dina Michele 8 years ago
very imformative to a new photographer!!! Thin this may be my new fav site for info!!
vivians photos 8 years ago
I use mostly the Nikkor 55-300 VR and also my 18-55 VR on occasions where I need a closer lens. I also have the 55-200 VR that came with the camera in a bundle deal but rarely use it now. My favorite is the 55-300 because I can capture wildlife with out disturbing them and get great distance shots where details count.
energetic button [deleted] 8 years ago
My favorite would have to be my Nikkor 17-55. Even though it is heavy and no VR, It is versatile and built like a tank.
Odd.note 7 years ago
For me, it's my Nikon 50mm 1.8G (the new one). Can't tell you how much I appreciate the DoF the thing has
I love my Tokina 11-16. It is my favorite lens, but I find that I use my Canon 15-85 more often because of the range.
argg 7 years ago
Keep falling in and out of love with my 50mm f/1.8. Bokeh it produces still excites me.
pass_lake 7 years ago
Just as an update from 24 months ago, the 24mm f/1.4G has become my favourite lens. It rarely leaves my D700 unless I am doing some closeup work
Lars Anderson 7 years ago
Easy one: my Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8. Heavy, but solid and SO versatile. This thing has been my workhorse for the last three years.
Joshua Daniel O. 7 years ago
Fish-eye, ITS SO FUN!
Can Make kids and people more comfortable with a camera!
alwyncooper 6 years ago
Canon EF 17-40mm L on my 5D classic.
Awesome for landscapes and architecture - can also be used for portraits at a pinch!

Before this I had a Sigma 10-20mm on a 450D; I loved that too.
wolf_breath 6 years ago
Old thread, but I'm always down to talk about gear.

Nikon 105mm f/2 DC lens any time.
Vjeran Pavic 6 years ago
Same here wolf_breath :D

I cant ever point out that one lens as my favorite... each has its own pros and cons... but i love working with wide angle lenses!

16-35mm L is my pick!
tightfisted cover [deleted] 6 years ago
My favorite from my collection is my Tokina 100mm 2.8 AT-X Pro D macro lens. My second favorite was my 28-80 Nikkor that broke when I dropped the camera that it was attached to :( It's a pretty cheap one but it took some nice sharp photos. I should get that one repaired.
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