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Old Oct 16, 2010, 4:36 PM   #1
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Default Which Lenses 'Live' On Your Camera ?

Taken from John's (GW's) comment in another thread. What lenses 'live' on your camera ? Not your favourites - just those you use the most.

For me : Tamron 90 Di macro, Pentax 55-300 and now two recently acquired lenses, the FA 50/1.4 and the F 28-80 (a surprisingly sharp little lens if the light is good) !

EDIT : Oh and I forgot the Sigma 10-20 I use a lot too.
Pentax : 15 Ltd, 77 Ltd, 43/1.9 Ltd, Cosina 55/1.2, DA*300/4, Contax Zeiss Distagon 28/2.8, Raynox 150/250, AFA x1.7, Metz 50 af1.

Nikon : D800, D600, Sigma 500/4.5, Sigma 120-300/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 - 21/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 - 35/2.0, Nikkor 85/1.8G, Sigma 50/1.4. Nikon x1.4 TC, Sigma x2.0 TC

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Old Oct 16, 2010, 4:51 PM   #2
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definately my sigma 18-50mm f2.8 macro - not true macro but can get pretty close none the less and covers most landscape needs - though i admit recently to have started using my 12-24mm more and then jumping to my 60-250mm - dont often seem to need the 24-50mm range much - regardless if i'm not going somewhere for something specific the lens that will be on the camera as i walk out the door will be the 18-50mm so i'm sorely tempted my the pentax 16-50mm
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 4:51 PM   #3
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Well, since this seems to be my fault...
I'll follow up with this note.
It all depends on what I plan on doing. As mentioned before, my most used all round nature lens is the DA 55-300. its not a very good macro lens but, still gets good close-ups in a pinch. The next most used would be a toss up between the DA 12-24mm and Tamron 28-80mm. Then there's all the other ones I play with, 50mm reversed on another 50mm, the Raynox 250 and on and on...

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Old Oct 16, 2010, 5:03 PM   #4
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The FA 50mm f1.4 and the FA 28-70mm f4 are most often found on my K10D. I only have a small set of lenses with me but the F 100-300mm f4.5-5.6 and the DA 10-17mm fisheye see use only if I have something planned for them.

The M 100mm macro will probably get lots of use when we get 24 hours of darkness since I will probably start shooting interior macro still life when I am at home.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 6:09 PM   #5
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Pentax DA 18-55mm and a Sigma 50-500mm Bigma.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 6:14 PM   #6
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since recently, the tamron 90mm SP 2.5 for macro or general 90mm use, the tamron 300mm sp 2.8 for birds, and the sigma 24-60 ex dg 2.8 for everything in between

I still love my cz primes, 29mm 50mm, and 200mm 2.8's but mostly use them for landscapes, which I dont do often, and the 200mm cz 2.8 is my favorite portrait lens, something I dont do much of
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 6:56 PM   #7
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6 months or a year ago it would have been a completely different answer. It all depends on what I am trying to do at the moment. Usually its a shorter lens. 12-24 or the 31. Really wide, well its the 10-17. Mildly wide angle, then the 16-45. Something out on the horizon, the 55-300 usually in the lower end. I have enough overlap that I can select the sharpest lens from the inventory and go with it. I never in my wildest dreams would of though I would have had so much really nice glass from which to select from. Almost an embarrassment of riches.

Been playing around lately with the shift lens. The more I use it, the more I understand it, and the smaller AFS-c sensor does not do so well with the modified (bent or shifted) light path generated with the lens when shifted. I am coming to the conclusion that its a real 135 sensor lens in order to have the sensor where the light lands when shifted. Then again, I believe that I have been over shifting to some degree, however have not found the best or optimal shift value - yet. What is really interesting to me is that I am finding that its strength (re the APS-c sensor) is not in shifted panoramas (or perspective correction) but in stitching a complete round of images (the 12 points of a clock face), which produces a result on the order of a 4x5 image (the 645D is ~7200x5400 and a 12 round stitch is 7000x7000) - actually its a tad larger. That is something that was totally unexpected and few have ever commented on anywhere.

Sorry for the diversion, but I tend to move from one lens to another....

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Old Oct 16, 2010, 9:50 PM   #8
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Believe it or not, for quite a while it was the DA 18-250 for me. Just general circumstances more than anything else. I found myself planning for days during which I would encounter many different types of shooting situations but really wasn't in a position to carry a number of lenses. Which is why I bought it, of course. More recently, it's been the DA* 16-50. But now that I just bought the DA 12-24, I'm sure that will spend the most time on my camera for a while as I learn how to use it properly and just celebrate what it can do.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 10:17 PM   #9
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I prefer prime lenses over zooms for some reason, though I have a good collection of both. So there's not one lens that I use more than others. Because of some physical limitations, my day-to-day camera bag usually has the DA35 Macro Ltd, 77 Ltd and either the DA*200 or DA*300 in it. Recently the 10-17 and Viv 105 have been spending some time in the bag, though I've noticed that I'm way out of practice when it comes to macro, and I really need to use flash for it. My flash is too big for my small camera bag and I can't carry either of my bigger ones at the moment.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 10:32 PM   #10
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I used to shoot exclusively with primes during the film era and I may begin collecting DA Limiteds this Christmas or early next year. I may jump on the new DA 35mm f/2.4 or just go all the way for the DA 35mm f/2.8 macro.
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