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p.8 #1 · p.8 #1 · If you could only have 20 lenses....


BennyR wrote:
When I first read the title I thought. "only 20 lenses? That would cover everything." Then after composing a list I could see a need er, desire for more. Anyway this would be a dream set up for me. If I sat down and did it again in another hour or two it could be slightly different though, who knows..

20 Lenses

1. 14/2.8
2. 17 TSE
3. Zeiss ZE 21/2.8
4. 24 TSE
5. 24L
6. Zeiss ZE 25/2.8
7. 35L
8. Zeiss ZE 35/1.4
9. Zeiss ZE 50 MP
10. 85L
11. 70-200L II
12. 24-105L
13. 100L
14. 200L/2
15. 200-400L 1.4 TC
16. 400L/2.8
17. 500L/4
18. 600L/4 II
19. 800L/5.6
20. 200L/2.8 or MP-E 65


Benny, that would be a dream setup for just about any photographer.



Dec 16, 2011 at 12:42 AM
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p.8 #2 · p.8 #2 · If you could only have 20 lenses....


18-55 and 55-250?


Dec 16, 2011 at 01:01 AM
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p.8 #3 · p.8 #3 · If you could only have 20 lenses....


Gee, how did I miss this thread for over a couple weeks?

Canon:

70-200/4IS
200-400

TS-E - all of them, but only if there is a 45 mkII (so that makes 4 lenses)

85L
200/2
400/2.8ISII (despite the f/4 zoom, I still can't convince myself to let go of the 2.8 prime)

Leica M series (most recent version unless otherwise noted):

CV12
21/1.4
21/3.4
24/1.4
28/2
35/1.4
50/1.4 (I will forgo the Nocti)
ZM85/2

Wildcards:

OM250/2 (no idea if it's any good, but was always curious)
Nikkor 300/2 (in case the Olympus disappoints )

Extra wildcard:

$10m commission to Zeiss to make a 50mm f/0.5

You know, it's actually pretty difficult to keep it under 20...

If I could, I'd add some other character lenses for the Leica M, such as:

50 Summarit f/1.5
50 Lux v.1 or 2
35 Lux pre-Asph
CV40/1.4 SC
75 Lux

And those are just the ones I'm vaguely familiar with... there must be dozens more.

PetKal wrote:
A smart choice....I'd go for 50 f/1.0L too, as opposed to one of them Noctilux lenses.


I'd categorize the 50 f/1.0L as a character lens, having used copies a few brief times... The amazing thing though about the Nocti, and definitely the 50 Lux ASPH, is they're actually sharp wide open, without a ton of SA glow, but just enough to fend off harshness. The 50 f/1.0Ls that I've had a chance to try were all quite glowy.



Dec 16, 2011 at 02:24 AM
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p.8 #4 · p.8 #4 · If you could only have 20 lenses....


I'm pretty happy with my current set-up of various lenses for my Canon bodies, totalling 18 right now. Breakdown is like this: Regular EF -- 3, "L" -- 5, Zeiss -- 4, Leica -- 1, Samyang -- 3, Nikon AIS -- 2.

There are four that I would like to add to the collection:

1) 17TSE
2) 28-300L
3) 24/1.4L II
4) 90TSE



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p.8 #5 · p.8 #5 · If you could only have 20 lenses....


Am I the only one that if I had so many lenses I would end up confused about what to use all the time and never master any of them therefore making my photos suck even more than currently?


Dec 16, 2011 at 03:26 AM
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p.8 #6 · p.8 #6 · If you could only have 20 lenses....


If you have 20 lenses, buy 5 or 6 more bodies so that you don't have to change lenses all the time.


Dec 16, 2011 at 04:14 AM
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p.8 #7 · p.8 #7 · If you could only have 20 lenses....


dimitris -- I suppose it could be confusing, but I look at it as always something "new" to experience. I like the challenge of pulling out a lens and taking it on an adventure. (I seldom carry more than three lenses.)

Then there is the old saying about the right tool for the job. I don't always use a fish-eye or Tilt/Shift, or even a macro. But good to know they are there. Sometimes you only have one choice for the job at hand and use it. I don't know if you can have too many lenses or camera bodies, unless they aren't being used, and mine are all intended to be users, not trophies. Same goes for multiple camera bodies -- different types for different approaches.



Dec 16, 2011 at 05:19 AM
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