I have a lot of lenses, stretching back to the early 1990's. The quality of the images they take vary, as one might expect, somewhat by prices and technological development. That said, I have a couple of lenses that I love the images from:
Canon EF 28-300L, a monster lens: and until the RF 24-240, Canon's only super-zoom lens. It has a wonderful tonal quality to it and it behaves amazingly well on both FF and APS-C bodies.
EF 70-200L f/2.8 (and 4.0) MkII IS USM: both with really nice tonal qualities that are especially effective for portraits - which I rarely do, but since I don't shoot people very often (in the nicest way), I do, on occasion get to photograph an animal.
So, what are your favourite optics and why?
The EF 50mm f/1.2 L. After my first DSLR (Rebel T4i with the EF-S 18-135mm lens), I found that by far (~90%) of my favorite images were all around 50mm (equivalent on full frame). I also very much liked very shallow depth of field images. Thus, when I moved to my first full frame DSLR, I picked up the 50mm f/1.2 and that was my only lens for around two years.
The second lens I picked up was the EF 135mm f/2 L which I also very much enjoy. This combo is all I need to create the images I enjoy creating. I also recently started doing panoramas with the 135mm, but with 9 images (3 x 3). This roughly gives the 50mm field of view, yet without the distortion; especially if doing headshot closeups.
Finally, the 50mm now has a second purpose. Via the 0.71x RF mount adapter, I'm really enjoying using the 50mm on my C70.
That's awesome Ricky! What really comes to me is how our favourite lenses (and also sensor sizes) are very much a function of the subjects that we love to shoot. You shoot in a very different style to me - my subjects are normally wildlife that is often at distance, and because I am mobile and often self-supporting for days, I tend to go to zooms.
One of the cool things about photography is that it is so diverse, and I love that...
Is there any tonal characteristic of this or another lens that you really like. For example, and rather surprisingly, the Canon EF-S 15-85mm has a certain tonal quality that I love in the way it renders light - for example in this early morning shot of Victoria Harbour on Vancouver Island in the fall.
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I like to shoot landscapes with the 70-200mm. The tripod foot allows me to roll the camera to portrait mode and capture near perfect panoramic shots. The detail it captures is breathtaking.
I like the 35mm because of the IS. It is perfect for shooting indoors in natural light. I think this lens is a real sleeper. Many reviews rate it above the L series 35mm when it comes to image quality.
Bummer Bill... I have done a few panoramas, but never with the 70-200! I shall have to give that a go. As to the 35mm, I don't have that one, but from your comments I shall keep an eye out for one second-hand.
Thanks for sharing.
My workhorse lenses are the EF 100-400 L ii and the RF 100mm L macro. The Canon lenses that I have the most fun with are my EF 8-15mm f/4 L fisheye and EF 24 f/1.4 L ii because both lend themselves to creativity, while my workhorse lenses are more for documentary purposes. I'm using these on an R and an R5. I used to own an EF-S 15-85mm (like you mentioned), and I think it's an outstanding lens and one often overlooked. I sold mine when I sold my last APS-C camera. Another quality lens that I think is overlooked is the EF 20mm f/2.8 USM, released in 1992 and I think only recently discontinued.