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    What's your favorite lens?

    So what is everyone's favorite lens that you currently own/use? any brand, any mount, any use.

    if we're talking wildlife mine is probably my nikon 300 2.8 VR1...its so versitile, SUPER great optics, and works extremely well with TC's....while I love my 600 f4, sometimes its weight/size can be an issue, where I can use the 300 with a 1.7x teleconverter and basically have 500mm f4.8 with minimal loss of quality from the TC...

    Though I would love to see nikon come out with a 1.7x and 1.4x version III with the aspherical element like they did with the 2.0xIII...the 2.0 loses a little too much light/IQ for me, but the 1.7 and 1.4's work great with the 300 2.8..

    for the wide end its probably a toss up between the Zeiss 21mm f2.8, and the Sigma 35mm f1.4 art...both phenomenal lenses. I REALLY want sigma to release the rumored 24mm f1.4 art soon. if it's even close to the quality and build of the 35mm, it'll be a show stealing lens for sure...
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    Just reading this makes me wish we lived closer to each other.
    I've only got 2 lenses my nikkor 18-55 f3.5-f5.6 VR I love it. I like my 70-300 nikkor but I'm thinking about purchasing the same 70-300 in a VR. Is that a good idea?
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    I don't have the 70-300 (any version), but my understanding is that the newer 70-300 VR is leaps and bounds better than the older versions....its not any faster, but apparently the optics are improved, probably autofocus speed, the VR can come in handy sometimes as well...

    my wife has the 18-55 non-VR, and its a pretty nice lens for what it is. she's done a lot of cool stuff with it.
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    The VR is awesome for low light shots when a tripod is unavailable. I can set it down to about 1 second shutter speed with minimal blurring.
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    yeah, the minimum shutter speed will vary depending on focal length as well how steady you are...normally, without VR, for handheld stuff, you want to keep the shutter speed roughly the inverse of the focal length, so for example if you're at 55mm, you'd want to be a 1/55s or faster....for 300mm, you'd want to be at 1/300s or faster....etc...VR will help you get below that as needed, but the amount lower you'd be able to go will depend on how steady you are to begin with, as well as what generation of VR the lens has.
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    My favorite lens is definitely my Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. I wish it wasn't a fisheye, but I sort of "inherited" it from my brother. I was just so blown away at how much of the subject I could capture in one shot and I fell in love. It's had a rough life with my brother though. He used it to film skate videos so the built in petal hood is dinged up and one of the autofocus gears inside is broken, so it's manual focus only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by f5fstop View Post
    NIKKOR AF-S 24-70 F/2.8G EDIF ZOOM.
    that's my workhorse lens for sure, easily the most used lens I have. its practically glued to the camera when I'm doing a shoot for a car show or event for GTC.
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    I need to do more research on the whole lense thing. I read that 35mm is the most appealing to the human eye. Anyone know about that? Is that why it is best to use a prime when shooting portraits? Please tell me if I'm way of here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEF.D90 View Post
    I need to do more research on the whole lense thing. I read that 35mm is the most appealing to the human eye. Anyone know about that? Is that why it is best to use a prime when shooting portraits? Please tell me if I'm way of here.
    I wouldn't say 'most appealing' because that will totally depend on the subject and viewer...the 35ish to 60ish focal length range is considered 'normal' because it is roughly the focal length that our eyes function at (actually 35 is considered a mild wide angle on a full frame sensor body, but normal on a crop sensor). portraiture can be shot with anything, but typically people shy away from wide and ultra wide angles because of distortion issues which make people look strange. for portraits, good focal lengths to use would be 35 for wider shots, maybe with multiple people, 50 for individuals, 85 for headshots, and if you have the working distance, I've seen people use even longer, 105, 135, 200, etc.

    The reason primes are preferred for things like portraits is for their speed, a fast zoom lens will typically be around f2.8, where a fast prime will be in the f1.2-f2 ish range which is ALOT of room, f1.4 lets in 4 times the light than f2.8, and with that comes the ability to precisely control the parts of the shot that are in focus, and out of focus with the depth of field. a shallow depth of field will blur out the background very nicely and give a pleasing smooth look which draws the viewer to the subject (the term for the quality of the blurred out areas is referred to as 'bokeh' and there are a number of factors that go into the quality of the bokeh, some are lens related, some are working distance to the subject, and some are just simply the makeup of the background).
    -Justin

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