cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Do you have a favourite lens? If so, what is it and why?

Tronhard
Elite

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.

Canon EOS 440D, 28-300L@97mm, f/8, 1/500sec, ISO-800Canon EOS 440D, 28-300L@97mm, f/8, 1/500sec, ISO-800

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.

Canon EOS 5DsR, EF70-200L@182mm, f/8, 1/80sec, ISO-200.Canon EOS 5DsR, EF70-200L@182mm, f/8, 1/80sec, ISO-200.

So, what are your favourite optics and why?


cheers, TREVOR

Before you ask us, have you looked in the manual or on the Canon Support Site?
"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
16 REPLIES 16

rs-eos
Authority

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.

--
Ricky

EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L, 600EX-RT (x6), ST-E3-RT
EOS C70, RF 24-70 f/2.8L IS, EF-EOS R 0.71x

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... 


cheers, TREVOR

Before you ask us, have you looked in the manual or on the Canon Support Site?
"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

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.

Canon EOS 60D, EF-S 15-85@76mm, f/8, 1/160sec, ISO-200Canon EOS 60D, EF-S 15-85@76mm, f/8, 1/160sec, ISO-200


cheers, TREVOR

Before you ask us, have you looked in the manual or on the Canon Support Site?
"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

Waddizzle
Legend

I love the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM.

--------------------------------------------------------
"The right mouse button is your friend."

What is special for you with these lenses?


cheers, TREVOR

Before you ask us, have you looked in the manual or on the Canon Support Site?
"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

Forum won’t let me post images again.  

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.

 

--------------------------------------------------------
"The right mouse button is your friend."

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.


cheers, TREVOR

Before you ask us, have you looked in the manual or on the Canon Support Site?
"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris

Okay, after deleting MANY photos, I can post photos again.  This old camera has still got what it takes.  This is where this lens lives.

1D Mark IV, EF 35mm f/2 IS USM.

A475124A-4EAB-45F3-8DEA-2012B95C91D6.jpeg

--------------------------------------------------------
"The right mouse button is your friend."

Wandalynn
Enthusiast

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.

Announcements
01/18/2023: New firmware version 1.1.1 is available for EOS R6 Mark II
01/09/2023: Help ensure your autofocus is properly aligned with a Canon Precision Alignment
01/03/2023: Welcome to CES 2023!
12/08/2022: New firmware version 1.0.5.1 is available for EOS C70
12/07/2022: New firmware version 1.7.0 is available for EOS R5
12/07/2022: New firmware version 1.7.0 is available for EOS R6
11/22/2022: New firmware available for EOS R3, EOS R7 and EOS R10
11/16/2022: We're thrilled to be ranked among the Best Employers for Veterans in 2022 by Forbes.
08/31/2022: New firmware version 1.1.1 is available for RF 70-200mm L IS USM
08/09/2022: New firmware version 1.2.0 is available for CR-N 300
08/09/2022: New firmware version 1.2.0 is available for CR-N 500
07/14/2022: New firmware version 1.0.1 is available for CR-X300
06/10/2022: Service Notice:UPDATE: Canon Inkjet Printer continuous reboot loop or powering down
06/07/2022: New firmware version 1.3.2 is available for PowerShot G7 X Mark III
05/31/2022: Did someone SAY Badges?
05/26/2022: New firmware version 1.0.5.1 is available for EOS-C500 Mark II
05/26/2022: New firmware version 1.0.3.1 is available for EOS-C300 Mark III
05/10/2022: Keep your Canon gear in optimal condition with a Canon Maintenance Service
05/05/2022: We are excited to announce that we have refreshed the ranking scale within the community!
04/26/2022: New firmware version 1.0.1.1 is available for EOS R5 C
03/23/2022: New firmware version 1.0.3.1 is available for EOS-C70
02/09/2022: Share Your Photos is back!
02/07/2022: New firmware version 1.6.1 is available for EOS-1DX Mark III
01/19/2022: READY FOR ANYTHING EOS-R5 C
01/13/2022: Community Update. We will be retiring the legacy profile avatars on 01/20/2022. Click this link to read more.