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Your Top 3 Lenses of All Time

  
 
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p.9 #1 · p.9 #1 · Your Top 3 Lenses of All Time


Leica 35mm Summilux FLE asph (my favorite)












Shot with Hassleblad 500 C/M and the lens is another one of my top 3
Hasselblad Carl Zeiss CF 180mm F/4 Sonnar







Leica 24mm 2.8 Elmarit asph another of the top 3










Honorable mention Canon 200 2L EF

















Dec 03, 2022 at 10:48 AM
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I know it's mentioned frequently already in this thread.....but, I got out of photography for some time. I didn't even have any camera bodies to speak of for 7 years. I STILL kept my CY 35-70 f/3.4. I figured after buying it and selling it 4-5 times, I figured I'd keep it just in case. It's my number 1 pick.



Number 2 would be any of the Zeiss 21 variants. The Contax, ZE, Milvus 21s are all fantastic



Number 3 would be the MPE-65. Love this lens. Unique and fun to handle!




Dec 03, 2022 at 11:53 PM
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28/1.7 Summilux on the Q2






35/1.7 VM Ultron






35-70/3.4 Vario-Sonnnar






Runnerup: 65/2.8 MP-E Macro







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Voigtlander 21/1.4 Nokton (VM)
Voigtlander 125/2.5 APO Lanthar (F-mount)
Nikkor 120-300/2.8E





Batalha Monastery, Batalha, Portugal - ďAs Capelas Imperfeitas (The Unfinished Chapels)Ē







Eglise de La Madeleine, Paris - Altar with Mosaic of Lameire - "Christianity of France" and "The Ecstasy of Mary Magdalene"







Maryland Intíl Raceway, Mechanicsville, Maryland - Stock car




May 14, 2024 at 05:53 AM
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Old thread, but it's still good.

#1: Sony GM 50/1.2

It's an optical marvel. I find it hard to believe that there is a (technically/optically) better fast fifty from any manufacturer. Based simply on the fact that this lens is already razor sharp across most of the frame wide open (although not in the extreme corners where the ZA 50/1.4 is sharper), has negligible CA and a very soft bokeh (behind the plane of focus). I can't see any significant way this lens can be improved, although no lens is perfect. I have the Sony ZA 50/1.4 and whilst it has some advantages over the GM 50/1.2 (better at infra red, sharper in the extreme corners but less sharp mid frame) they are generally inconsequential.

#2: Leica Summilux-R 80

I've had the same lens for about 30 years. Not bored with it yet, especially on mirrorless bodies where I can now get the best from it compared to the marginal focusing accuracy on (D)SLRs where focus shift and other problems could effect the results. It's not a general purpose lens but if shooting people it is pretty hard to beat. I normally use it wide open but maybe 1/2 stop down in very harsh lighting where CA can be more noticeable. This lens and the Sony GM 50/1.2 are my two go-to lenses for people pics.

#3: Leica APO-Summicron-R 180/2

Optically it's one of the best lenses I own and virtually aberration free wide open, despite being about 27 years old. There genuinely is no reason to stop down aside from wanting more depth of field. It's a gem, although it is about 2.5Kg so is a bit of a commitment if dragging it around all day.



May 15, 2024 at 09:39 PM
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p.9 #6 · p.9 #6 · Your Top 3 Lenses of All Time


Here are my three current favorites (in no specific order):

- Voigtlander 28mm f/1.5 Nokton
- Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux "SR"
- Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron "Rigid"



May 21, 2024 at 11:33 AM
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