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Equipment SLR users - Your Dream Lens

Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by Jeff Hine, 25 Oct 2019.

  1. Jeff Hine

    Jeff Hine Nothing special

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    Let me clarify; what lens would you love to own - ideally for the current eqpt. you have - would you love to own? Doesn't matter what brand, as long as it fits/works with an SLR body you own.

    Mine would be a 300mm f/2.8; the first time I saw one existed I always wanted to own one.
    As a Canon AF SLR user, a more unrealistic option would be the Canon 400mm f/2.8... but we can all have those kinda dreams.
     
  2. veato

    veato I should be working

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    SMC Pentax-FA 31mm f/1.8 AL Limited (one of the Pentax "three amigos" the other two being the 43mm and 77mm and ideally I'd have all three!)

    I'm sure there are more useful lenses I could dream to own - a better quality zoom (FA 150-450mm) or wide angle (DA 11-18mm) but I've always wanted the 31.
     
  3. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

    I have a kit lens, which is actually really good, and a decent 18-200mm but I'd love a super-tele and the crop on my camera would take the effective focal length to ~ 750mm (I think). I sorta have the money, but there's no way I can justify dropping a grand on a lens - even if I could convince myself, the wife would chop me up and feed me to the worms.
     
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  4. Jeff Hine

    Jeff Hine Nothing special

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    I'd need a lottery win before I dared mention buying even an a non-Canon 300/2.8 to my better half...

    But if I had the money to get a 300/2.8, I'd probably have enough to get a 1D with a 24-70/2.8 & 70-200/2.8 to go with it, too
     
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  5. Bazz

    Bazz Bit of everything geek

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    Irix 15mm Blackstone for Canon for my astrophotography kit :)
    Started selling at £400 in the UK when they were first released now however £600+ :(
     
  6. samkiller42

    samkiller42 For i AM Cheesecake!!

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    It depends what camera system I look into. Currently nothing too inspiring for my little Olympus M4/3. If i had to choose, it would be the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro. Decent range, Pretty quick, and only 382g, So nice and light.

    If I look at Sony E-Mount, then i have a soft spot for Zeiss Batis. I would love that 18mm f/2.8 on an A7R3 around the Italian Alps/Dolomite's would be perfect.

    Sam
     
  7. WarrenJ

    WarrenJ Well-Known Member

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    Canon 70 - 200 F2.8 for me. It's what I find most useful for the photography I do.

    I'd be happy with another make as long as it's sharp.
     
  8. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    Not SLR, because I prefer light weight mirrorless.

    I'm happy with the Fuji 18-55 f2.8-4. It's sharp, it's got large aperture for zoom, it's got IS and it focuses fast. It's perfect for everything. Despite being metal construction, also doesn't feel heavier than low quality Canikon 18-55 small aperture plastic kit lens.

    I'm even happier with the 23mm f2 on the Fujifilm X100 camera. Love images straight out of that camera..... when it focuses, haha.

    I love ultra-wide, my dream lens would be if they made my current Fuji 12-24 weather resistant. The lens is wonderful in every way, shame I have to baby it. I'd like the confidence back when I had weather sealed Canon 17-40 on my good ol' 5D2.
    If they updated the Fuji 60mm macro with faster focus motor, it would be my go-to lense to complement the 12-24.
     
  9. Jeff Hine

    Jeff Hine Nothing special

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    The main option to it would be the Sigma EX 70-200 HSM - like the one I have - but IMO the OEM that you have is optimised for Canon bodies, not every make Sigma make a variant for.
     
  10. WarrenJ

    WarrenJ Well-Known Member

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    Ive rented several over the years and always come back to the Canon 70-200 L F2.8 although i'm very curious of the new 70-200 lens on their mirrorless range but have yet to make the move to mirrorless tbh.
     
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    I've got Nikon D800 and D800e bodies, for them I want the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8, I have a Nikon AF-P 70-300 which is a great budget lens but the 70-200 is where I want to be. I'd also like the Nikon 16-35 for my landscape work, which would replace the Nikon 24-85 I currently have. Our lass would be having a fit though if I sunk that much into glass right now, so it'll be a good while before I manage to get both.
     
  12. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    If we're dreaming: Pancake lens, 12-200mm, f2.0, perfect optics.
     
  13. Jeff Hine

    Jeff Hine Nothing special

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    "Dream lens" as an equivalent to dream house, car, etc... a lens you'd love to own, but cannot justify the expense of obtaining.

    As a full frame fan, I'd love a 24-300mm f/2.8 to exist, but that's another story.
     

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