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Old Sep 27, 2009, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default Which lenses can't you live without?

As the title suggests. Is there any perticular lens you CAN NOT live without.

I made this thread so that you'd share with everyone which lens helps you out alot. It could be a macro or zoom or anything.
Another reason why I made this thread is because I'm currently looking around almost everywhere for a new lens (mostly macro) and I have no idea of which one to get.

But this thread will also help me see if there's something that I've missed and maybe would like too

The lens I can't live without is the standard 18-55 (non VR). I use it for 98% of my shooting.
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Old Sep 27, 2009, 12:11 PM   #2
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My new favorite: Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D. [See Dr. Cesar Parra Dressage Clinic, Sept. 15-16 at Chimney Hill Farm ]
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Old Sep 27, 2009, 12:47 PM   #3
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well, not for nikon, but anyways..

but i could not live without my tokina 12-24 f4 and my canon ef-s 60mm 2.8 macro. with these 2 lenses in my bag, i can do a heck of a lot.
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I do about 90% of my photography with the Sigma 24-135mm f/2.8-4.

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Old Sep 27, 2009, 8:50 PM   #5
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The Tamron 28-300mm is the lens that stays on my camera 95% of the time because I photograph fire-rescue related stuff the most and I need the zoom range plus its not the best time to change lenses with smoke and blood and water etc.

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Old Sep 27, 2009, 10:36 PM   #6
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I use mostly a Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF].
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Old Sep 28, 2009, 12:58 AM   #7
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Not Nikon, but the ideas are the same:

100 mm f/2.8 Macro.

It is my macro, semi-macro, casual portrait and general purpose walk around lens.

Looking through my files I would estimate 75-80% of my last 1000 shots were done with the 100 mm Macro


The remainder, with the exception of one, was done with 16-80 CZ.

The exception was done with the 70-300G at 300mm and 300mm was not enough range. Oh well. Aint like I am going to buy a 70-400 just to have more range for one picture a month.
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Old Sep 28, 2009, 1:00 AM   #8
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The Tamron 28-300mm is the lens that stays on my camera 95% of the time because I photograph fire-rescue related stuff the most and I need the zoom range plus its not the best time to change lenses with smoke and blood and water etc.

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Is the lens fast enough for you, consider a good chunk of your shooting could be done at night?
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Old Sep 28, 2009, 2:43 AM   #9
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I shoot just about everything with a 50mm (on FF).

I could easily live with just one lens between 40 & 50mm. I could probably manage with a 35.

In practice I use a 50 for 90% of my shooting and a wide angle 24 or 28 for the remainder.

I generally take terrible photos when I use a zoom lens.
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This is really a hard question to give an accurate answer to depending what kind of photography you like to do. Landscapes I have one favorite, wildlife I have another and if I am just putting around in general I have another.
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