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What is your favorite lens?

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Sam Scholes is a group administrator Sam Scholes says:

My favorite lens is the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. It works great for shooting concerts when I can get up-close. Provides excellent subject isolation with the wide f/1.8 aperture. Plus, at $100 it is one of the least expensive, but sharpest lens you can buy from Nikon.
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df1hx says:

Lens most used on D200 is the 18-70 that i got as kit with a D70 abt. 18 months ago.
It has good quality and it's a nice 'allrounder' when i mess arround without carrying the large bag...
However my favorite is the 12-24 Nikor.
When i shoot film with the F3 i use the 35-70
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hsu box says:

These days, it's the 70-200mm f/2.8 for its overwhelming optic quality (compared to all the other lenses I have), though I am trying to acquire a 17-35 f/2.8 and/or the 85 f/1.4 for unreasonably little amount of money :-D
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m_ i_ n _o_ r says:

I love my nikkor 12-24mm DX f4. It`s very sharp:
www.flickr.com/photos/esbozos/134932866/
www.flickr.com/photos/esbozos/132533883/

another lens I like is nikkor 18-70mm DX and 60mm micro nikkor. But first is my favorite
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ixaxn says:

I have two fav.I love my VR70-200 f/2.8, it just keeps giving very good quality pictures!

I recently purchased to Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8, good range plus the macro feature. I can get as close as sticking the subject to the lens.

This two are now alwas with me!
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OHcorgis says:

My favorite is the 70-200 mm VR and 50 mm f/1.8 and also 60 mm micro. I get wonderful bokeh with the 70-200 mm and 60 mm micro. I love to use the 50 mm for portraits.
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arnie700@sbcglobal.net says:

My favorite lens is the new 18-200 with VR. As I have gotten older I am less steady so this really helps. This has a good zoom range, excellent close up focusing and is pretty light weight. My second most used lens is the 70-300 and the third most used is the 24-120 with VR.
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Sharkfin6 says:

i dig my nikkor 50mm 1.4

its a old lens from my Nikon FE so a bit of a pain on my DSLR but i still like it the best.
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[grep] says:

i use the 18-17 more often than the other lenses, but my favorite is the 80-200 2.8 ED.
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living chess [deleted] says:

the 70-200mm 2.8 VR, hands down, although i suspect i will really like the 105mm VR micro when i finally get it.. love the 12-24 DX f4, too...
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RottyM says:

I just got the 50mm 1.8 and it rocks... probably my favorite lens already!!
beautiful
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rcoder says:

new fave: the 85mm f/1.8 i just picked up. great bokeh, fast focus, solid construction, and less intrusive for my preferred style of candid portraiture than the 50mm. my friends have become fairly well-trained to not flinch when i stick a camera in their face, but the tighter framing definitely makes it easier to grab a shot before the subject has realized i'm there.

in the mid-range apertures (f/3-6 or so) it's sharp without being harsh, and wide-open, it adds an almost dreamlike softness to shots. i'm still wishing for a split-prism viewfinder, but generally the autofocus has been pretty spot-on.

at some point, i'm sure i'll get bored of it, or want a wide-angle for architectural or a macro for close-up, but for pulling a face out of a crowd, this one's certainly a winner.

hilary
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alex.DC says:

What would you guys recommend as the best lens that offers a really shallow depth of field for portraits? The 50 mm f/1.8?
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starfish235 is a group moderator starfish235 says:

@ alex.DC

If you want the best, then go with the Nikkor 85mm f1.4. (I can't afford it yet). This is the order that I see the 4 most popular Nikkor prime lenses that are commonly used for portraits.

Nikkor 85mm / f1.4 Best
Nikkor 50mm / f1.4 Very Good
Nikkor 85mm / f1.8 Very Good
Nikkor 50mm / f1.8 Good and A Real Bargain

There's a comparison between the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 and f1.8 version at this link. For shallow DoF isolation of your subject it's aperture first and focal length second.
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violet coat [deleted] says:

Boy, that's a hard choice. I have 5 lenses, and it's a 4-way tie for first. I love my 50mm f/1.4D, 85mm f/1.8D, 105mm f/2.8D Micro, and 180mm f/2.8D all equally the same.

I don't much care for my 24mm f/2.8D on the D70s. I liked it on the F5, but I find the focal length awkward for the shots I like on the D70s. Not really wide, but not normal, it's just hard for me compositionally (which really means I should put it, and it only, on my camera for a month and train my eye).
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starfish235 is a group moderator starfish235 says:

Good point teece, I forgot the 105mm f/2.8D Micro in my list. What an oversight!! Unforgiveable. It should probably fit right under the 85 f1.4. The Nikkor 105mm f2.8 micro has extremely good optics. Nikon really worked hard to minimize 3rd order aberrations in the 105 micro.

The only down side with the 105 or 180 on a DX sensor is you may have to cut a hole in the wall of your portrait studio and take the picture from the shoe store next door. ;-0
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alex.DC says:

I want to add that I'm not likely to become a person with a huge collection of lenses... two or three max is what I want. So I'm looking for something that's all-around good but will accomplish what I want. The kit lens that comes with the D70 seems very good for most purposes to me, but it doesn't isolate the subject enough in portrait situations.
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starfish235 is a group moderator starfish235 says:

@ alex.DC

Take a look at the Globes very closely in the above link and see if the 50mm f1.8 provides the kind of isolation that you're looking for. Below is a link to the same data, just presented a different way. It probably tells you a little bit more about subject isolation for the 50mm f1.4 vs f1.8.
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alex.DC says:

thanks!
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violet coat [deleted] says:

Ha, I just realized I responded to this thread twice. Silly me.
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starfish235 is a group moderator starfish235 says:

@teece, you're not alone.
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alex.DC says:

I decided to splurge for the 50mm f1.4. I looked deep into my soul and realized that if I got the f1.8, I'd eventually want the 1.4, and that therefore this was a false economy....
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puzzling connection [deleted] says:

Tamron 19-35. A film lens I use on my D70, b/c of the sensor size.

But in dim light or for a short DOP, the 50/1.8 rocks my face!
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Andrew Hefter says:

My favorite right now is the 50 1.4. I've been borrowing it but will be buying soon. I don't have an extensive collection though, only an 18-70, but I'm please with the 50 1.4 due to the crisp images and good optics when used at f/2 and up.

I plan to get an 85 1.4 after that (should be great for portraits and a handy lens for indoor party candids) and most likely the Tokina 12-24 f/4 then. Last possible purchase would be the 70-200 2.8, which I may not need to grab for a while, as I have an older manual 70-300 3.5 Tamron SP, which I just need an adapter ring for so I can use it on my D200. It would still work as my macro lens, even if I got the 70-200 2.8, so it'll be a workhorse for a while. Optics are really nice on it. I'll have a nice lens arsenal soon I guess =D
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starfish235 is a group moderator starfish235 says:

@Alex.DC, After much soul searching ... another soul lost to Nikon Lens Syndrome (NLS) You'll be right at home with all the other lost souls trapped in here. ;-))
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DarrylW4 says:

The lens that use for the default is the Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G. The quality is superb for a lens of its price and range. The reason it stays on the body though is that it gives me the flexibility to shoot just about anything I might want without any notice.

As for image quality nothing I've used beats the Micros. When I'm looking for the close-ups I use the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro. Just for normal work, I use the Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Micro. Both have amazing color and clarity so I use them as I can. I really love using primes (single focal length lenses).

Unfortunately most of my shooting really works best with the zooms. From that end of the line I'm thinking that the 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor will quickly become my new favorite (I just got it last week and only have about 100 shots on it so far). The lens seems to be much sharper than the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED AF VR Zoom-Nikkor which I've been using for the last six or so years.
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Sam Scholes is a group administrator Sam Scholes says:

If someone has the time it would be interesting to add up everyone's favorites and post the results. We could then answer find out what lenses are the most popular.
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Ignacio LPM says:

AF 85mm f/1.8
MF 50mm f/1.2
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jameswashing10's photo dumping ground... says:

the 50mm f/1.4
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Spookygonk says:

My Nikon 85mm f/1.8 is (as said above) really creamy, my new Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 is great fun, but my favourite lens is my manual focus Nikon 50mm f/1.8. Very good to use and reverse the lens for a great way into macro photography (anyone know the focal length when you reverse a 50mm lens?).

Jon
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MerlinsMan says:

Its interesting to me that NO ONE mentioned one of the prime telephoto Nikkors as a favorite. My favorite lens currently is the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO Macro.
Perhaps this is because I can go from 1:1 macros:
center of a wild rose
to great detail shots:
Shapes of Chicago 3092
Without the macro capability its use would be to limited to be an overall favorite. Like many others I also love the 50mm f/1.8 and test shots at the photo store suggest my heart could be won over by the fabulous 20mm f/2.8 Nikkor. I've got 11-18 and 28-105 zooms but they don't stand up to the primes.
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sifis says:

Ihave many ,but my favorite one is the Nikkor 18-200 3,5-5,6 VR
Fast sharp lovely.The best for my D200.The other that I like a lot is the 28_105 Nikkor 3.5-4.5 Macro.Very sharp
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Tiger_Bee says:

@ sifis: I have the 18-200mm VR on order myself, but I fail to see how you can call that "Fast". You can shoot at a lower shutter speed due to the VR sometimes, but it's hardly a fast lens!
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Nachosan says:

well, I'm throwing in one that hasn't been mentioned yet: Nikon Telephoto Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D AF ED-IF Autofocus Lens
I love the sharpness and color quality of this lense, and for the $400 that I paid for it's not only my favorite but the best bargain of all my lenses.
I, like some others, am also addicted to my AF 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor but it serves a completetly different purpose.
Here are some samples of the 180
Jasper
angkor
tribute to William Van Alen
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Ben McLeod says:

My new favorite is my brand spankin' new Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro. So nice. So sharp. So fun!

A very, very close second is my Nikkor 85 mm f/1.4. So creamy...
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quarrresma / João Quaresma says:

For what i shoot mostly (whales, dolphins and birds) no doubt that my favorite lens is the 80-200 2.8 AF-S in a D200, if i could afford it now i would change it for the 70-200 2.8 VR!!
I also like the beloved 50 1.8, but it doesn´t get in any of my cameras in the last 3-4 years...
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mad_markd says:

My favorite is the Nikon 35mm. I tried the 50 but it was too zoomed in for my taste. The 35mm is fantastic though, great in low-light perfect for my around the house snapshot lense.
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Nanaki says:

I agree on the 50mm f1.8 nikkor.
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rainierexpress3 says:

I have three lenses, all Nikkor. The 17-55mm f/2.8, the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, and the 200-400mm f/4. Right now I'd have to say my favorite is the 70-200 since it is always on my camera. The 200-400 is a great lens, but it is only useful for certain situations. So ya, the 70-200 is really great.
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MerlinsMan says:

The 50 f/1.8 is winning me over with its ability to shoot hand held in really low light. None of my other lenses could have given me the 5 images that comprise this montage:
Quilt Square 4 - Rush scene
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Spiff Happens says:

I really like, and mostly use, my Nikkor 18-200 VR although I am using my Nikkor 12-24 much more. Next on my wish list ... the Nikkor 60mm Micro.
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Beyond Forgetting says:

I really do not have any in particular, but I like the ones with big apperture and long ones ... I just enjoy looking at them. Of course I adore the Hubble and its pictures of the Galaxies

heritage.stsci.edu/2006/46/big.html




Bren
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Baron Von Aaron says:

It would have to be a tie between Canon's 70-200 f/2.8L USM IS and Nikkor's 60mm f/2.8D Micro. My Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 APO EX DG Macro HSM keeps up as well.
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deueltl says:

My 18-200 sees the most shots, but the 105 macro is by far my favorite lens.
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LightsCameraAction says:

Whilst I love my 18-20mm VR, I find that the 50mm f1.8 is on my camera more, because a) it's lighter and smaller and b) it's much faster and can give me better DOF.

UPDATE: The 85mm f1.8 has leapt straight to the top of the pile since I bought one. Lovely lens.
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Aardvark For Freedom says:

My favorite is the Tokina 12-24mm f/4. Use it about 80% of the time.
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cgc0202 says:

In response to Sam's request:

"If someone has the time it would be interesting to add up everyone's favorites and post the results. We could then answer find out what lenses are the most popular."

I set up a Poll included in a new thread:

What lens do you use most in your photography?

This specific poll and the others planned, in the future, may help beginners find the optimal combination of lenses for their specific focus in photography. So, I hope you participate.

Thanks

Cornelio
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digital kid2007 says:

Hmm

Hard to say, the 50mm F1.4 is perhaps the one that takes my breath away most, but then the 80-200 f2.8 is a true rival. My work horse lense that i've had the longest is my 18-70 and this baby is so underated but perhaps the best all-round lens i have that has never let me down is my 70-300 sigma lens. This lens is perhaps the best value for money lens that just totally consistant and served me will on my D70s and now with my D200.
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LebronPhoto says:

Wow! That's a tough question. I would have to say my favorite lens is the one that gets the job done in any given scene.... and that varies of course. But if I have to pick the one lens that I have the most fun with, I would have to say it's my Tokina 12-24.
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Little Egret says:

Tricky I like them all for different reasons. I've had the 50mm f2 AI for almost 20 yrs and still love it, beautiful build quality and the sharpest lens I've found, but the 80-200 f2.8 does come a very close second.
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instinctive humor [deleted] says:

It varies in what mood I am but the Tamron 12-24mm gets a lot of use, night or day. But the Sigma 30mm is great for candid shots in low light and I prefer the wider view of it over the 50mm.
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R Landry says:

The fiddy one eight is the shiznit
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ScreaminScott says:

Since I do a lot of macro, & AF/VR is of little to no use @ 1:1 or greater...My Lester A Dine 105mm F2.8 MF Macro is my favorite...
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John Chukwuma says:

Nikkor 85mm F1.4

Nuff said.
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absent exchange [deleted] says:

I dont have many lenses right now. Carrying a 105mm VR and an 18-135. I must say I love the 105mm. Cant leave it!!

Tried the 50mm, a friend's and its a great lens I agree.

This is a shot from 105mm
after a long wait... (by You)
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OldUncleMe says:

Depends on the day -- some days it's the 12-24/4.0Nikkor and some days it's the 35/2.0AI-s reversed; on still other days, it can only be the 70-200/2.8VR.

/..

Giant Panda Asleep in Tree
Then I sometimes have one of those Sigma 150/2.8 Macro days.
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Itchy Index says:

I'm gonna have to pick two: Nikon 50 1.8 and the Tokina 12-24 f4.cant really decide which is favorite lens, I use my Tokina 12-24 f4 on one camera and alternate the 50 1.8 and a tamron 28-75 2.8 on another. Both bad ass lenses. Makes me wanna buy more primes


WELL PEACE OUT!!!!!!
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John Dunahoo says:

aside from the 18-200 VR its tough... i'd say the 70-200 2.8 or 17-35 2.8 .... im leaning on the 70-200 2.8
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Beyond Forgetting says:

I have more shots with this than any other lenses I have -


Sigma 17-70mm F2.8 Macro
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Bluesguy from NY says:

Tokina 12-24mm
Nikon 50mm 1.4

Ken
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Itchy Index says:

To Baron Von Aaron:
Hey man are you from lubbock??? I'm in Amarillo and thought it was wierd to see someone from this area. Totally off topic I know........
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canadianchristian says:

My favourite lens has to be the Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 micro. I've yet to find a sharper piece of glass. A close second would be the ultra-handy Nikkor 18-200VR. It's almost always on my D70s' body.

I also have the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, it's a great deal!
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exuberant board [deleted] says:

Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 followed closely by Tokina's 10-17mm fisheye - great fun!
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lotherington says:

50 1.8. i only regret not having it on my east coast trip
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Chaz Boyd says:

it used to be my 10.5mm fisheye, but i stupidly sold it. right now my fav. is my 50mm 1.8. to this date, my sharpest picture came from that lens.
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Ivan JRG says:

I have 50mm f1.8, few months ago I bought nikkor 70-300 VR and it was amazing lens, but after few weeks of using it I realised that it's not what I need, so I sold it and got Sigma 10-20. I'm pretty happy about it.
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lavish bells [deleted] says:

58 months ago was the last reply? I feel silly replying to this but what the heck. I just joined the group and must say my fav. lens is my 14-24mm 2.8. Amazing quality and sooo much fun to use. I had to send it off to Nikon as a precaution because I thought I had damaged the Bayonet and really missed it for the six weeks it was gone.
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Rafael CA says:

My 8-20mm nikkor switch a lens zoom
grandpa and the kids nikon nikkor 8mm 15mm 16mm 20mm
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Woof. says:

300/4 AF
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benkuhns says:

I'm a total sucker for that 85mm f/1.4D.
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SeanEsopenko says:

Probably the same answer as a lot of other folk: most used is the 24-70 and favourite is the 14-24.
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gadgerz1 says:

I picked up a 50mm f1.8 for my D100 and it is already my favourite - it might even convince me to stick with Nikon when I eventually upgrade the body.
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