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Re: If you could only own 3 Canon lenses?

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For the range I would need, and given only one lens  I would go for the Canon 28-300L lens.   It's an oldie but a goodie.

cheers Trevor

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Re: State your favorite canon lens and why.


@arthurgretta wrote:

What's your favorite canon lens and why? It would be good if you stated what kind of photography you generally do.

If you have more than one, then please rank them. But try to keep the list short. Perhaps limit to top 3.


Why should we bother? Such a discussion sounds pointless in this forum. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I suspect that anyone who contributes to this thread will be helping you write a term paper for a photography class.

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Re: State your favorite canon lens and why.

I ain't biting this time either.  This kind of question belongs on POTN, not here.  About the only thing they talk about is this stuff so it will fit right in.

EB
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Re: State your favorite canon lens and why.

Some forum software allows polls for people to post questions like this one.  It is a pointless exercise and I am glad that the Canon community site doesn't have that dubious feature.

 

I have a friend who does a great imitation of Norm Abram in the PBS' New Yankee Workshop and his famous collection of every power tool known to man.  My friend was doing a pretty basic shelf installation project so he went into Norm's spiel about the tool he had chosen to use with the punchline that this was his favorite tool and the best for the job at hand because it was the ONLY tool he had available Smiley Happy

 

My favorite Canon lens is one that I have available to use.  If they come out with a 200-400mm zoom with a f2.8 aperture that is just as sharp and fast focusing as a 400 2.8 prime AND it weighs under 5 pounds then that will become my new favorite lens and I am confident that as soon as the wizards at Canon finish perfecting cold fusion and time travel they will get to work on my lens Smiley Happy

 

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Re: State your favorite canon lens and why.

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I will gladly answer. My favorite Canon lens is the EF 100/2.8L Macro IS. I liked my first one so much, I bought a second one, five years later, in early 2016, when a price drop made it easier to do so. Well, OK, I actually bought a second one, because I had a duty to photograph evidence, crime scenes, and crime victims, so failure was not an option. The only truly quick “insurance policy” is a spare, of one’s primary item.

Why? Well, I knew I liked macro photography, primarily the wonders of the natural world. When such images became a duty, in late 2010, I was willing to upgrade to the best equipment. Weather sealing was highly desirable. A decade later, a 7D II or 5Ds R, with an EF 100/2.8L Macro IS, a Macro Ringlite flash, and one or more 600EX-RT I/II Speedlites, remains the best rig, in the world, for this task.

Hybrid Image Stabilization really does work. Many of my images were shot in hospital emergency rooms, hand-held, because there was no space to use a tripod, and without flash, because it could distract the medical personnel. (Using AI Servo compensates for the shooter’s own forward-and-backward motion.)

I retired almost two years ago, so the “duty” part has passed, but nature photography remains important. This lens works well for portraits, and general photography, too.

I love the ergonomics of this lens, and it is visually pleasing. This is a wonderful time to be a photographer.

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Re: State your favorite canon lens and why.

My favorite one is the next one I am going to buy, whichever that is. Lately, I have not had any major GAS attacks.

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Re: If you could only own 3 Canon lenses?

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EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM is a favorite lens for astronomy, landscape, cloud, and sunrise/sunset photography.

 

My two favorite walk-around lenses:

 

EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS III USM

Chris P. Bacon
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Re: If you could only own 3 Canon lenses?

Good choice.

Chris P. Bacon
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Re: State your favorite canon lens and why.

That is like asking a wood worker what is his/her favorite tool.  All depends what I'm doing.  Seldom drive a nail with a saw or cut a joint with a hammer.  Lenses are tools and depending on the task at hand are selected for the job.  If you had asked what is your favorite lens for a particular situation you might have gotten some real answers.

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Re: State your favorite canon lens and why.

"State your favorite canon lens and why"

 

These silly queries belong on the POTN forum not here.  They are childish but abound over there.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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