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What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?

  
 
Carles77
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


Hi there!

I'm a fan of old EF lenses for Canon, new ones are heavy weighted also too perfectly sharp... I will start my top 3!

--Zeiss 15mm 2.8 Distagon ze : Best lens for landscape, maybe old but has something special rendering and colors

--Canon EF 16-35mm 2.8 II L: My workhorse during all my life, I know his flaws and faults. I bought it 3 times and sell it 2 times. Not the best corners but sharp, and renders light very nicely and soft.

--Canon EF 50L 1.2: Very bad at 1.2 but dream lens at 1.6 to 2.2. Amazing creamy bokeh, soft highlights, strong colors.

What lenses will be buried with you?!

Best,
Carles.



Edited on May 14, 2024 at 02:43 PM · View previous versions



May 14, 2024 at 02:05 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


EF 200mm f/1.8L USM. It'll be buried with somebody else. Better yet, sold to somebody else.

Edits:

The first sentence of this post was made in response to the original title (paraphrased):

"what Canon lens do you most regret selling?".

The next two sentences were added after reading the text of the original post (OP), which is the opposite of the original title. My response to the current-version of the OP is later in the thread. This is discussed by @stanj and the OP, in the next two posts, immediately following this one.

Note to @Fred Miranda: the "view previous version" of an edited OP, does not show the pre-edit, original title, it shows the edited title.

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May 14, 2024 at 02:11 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


The subject line is asking a different question than the actual post, and they seem to be directly contradicting (what will I keep forever, vs. what do I regret getting rid of, and I don't see how those can be combined.) Which one are you looking for?

Carles77 wrote:
--Canon 16-35mm 2.8 II L: My workhorse during all my life


You must be very young, then



May 14, 2024 at 02:35 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


stanj wrote:
The subject line is asking a different question than the actual post, and they seem to be directly contradicting (what will I keep forever, vs. what do I regret getting rid of, and I don't see how those can be combined.) Which one are you looking for?

You must be very young, then


Sorry i'm not english, I've corrected the tittle! It's about your most loved EF lenses....

And the canon 16-35mm II L is from 2007.... this is 17 years with this lens!



May 14, 2024 at 02:41 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


All of my EF lenses have superior RF versions so I'd sell any of them in a heartbeat if I could afford it.

The only EF lens that was a little hard to part with was the 50/1.4. Not because it was such an awesome lens, but it was my first EF lens and I'd shot the first few months of my daughter's life with it.



May 14, 2024 at 02:59 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


EF-S 10-22/3.5-4.5 because it was the first lens I bought with my own money (as opposed to receiving as a gift)--back when that lens was newly released. Think it was somewhere in the $800 range at the time.

(Sadly, the lens is truly obsolete so not of high economic value--the APS-C sensors denser than that on the 7D Mark II outresolve it.)



May 14, 2024 at 03:00 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


200mm f/2.8


May 14, 2024 at 03:31 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


Mike_5D wrote:
All of my EF lenses have superior RF versions so I'd sell any of them in a heartbeat if I could afford it.


Agreed. The only EF lens that I use with some degree of regularity is the 400 DO II.



May 14, 2024 at 03:43 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


Cost to value - my Sigma 50mm Art and EF 135F/2 are so good the cost to upgrade is definitely not worth it. Yes the Canon 50 is faster, but its also 4x the price. And the new 135 is a lot heavier, only a little faster, and 2-3x the cost of what I paid for my EF. I've had it so long i can't recall, but I think I paid about $1k for it when it was new. The Sigma art I bought for $450 used, and I think it was $800 new at that time.

100-400 EF VII is in 3rd place in that regard - the 100-500 is nice but the cost to upgrade is not worth it.

Brian



May 14, 2024 at 03:50 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


I've gone through a ton of EF lenses in the past. The lenses that I liked through it all were my EF 24-105 f/4L and my EF 28mm f/1.8.

The EF 24-105mm was used for a wide variety of subjects in a wide variety of lighting. It rarely let me down in any way. The EF 28mm f/1.8 was a super useful focal length with a nice wide aperture for dark days. 28mm is super versatile and I could use it just about anywhere.

Most other lenses that I owned were either too heavy or for subjects I didn't care much about. Most of my f/2.8 zooms were too heavy to take everywhere with me. After a while, the ultra wide perspective didn't appeal to me anymore and I ended up rarely using it anymore (I just sold my RF 15-30 because I may have only used it a handful of times). My tele-zooms are also lenses I just don't use a lot. It's nice to have one on me, but I don't care much for the extra weight.

Honorable mentions for lenses include:

The EF 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 - Great focal length range in a tiny package. Modern lens profiles make images from this lens spectacular. It's hard to find one now that doesn't have some defect, like fungus.

The EF 17-35 f/2.8L - Image quality on par with most ultra wides from the 90s and early 00s, bright aperture and super solid feeling. Wide angles just weren't my thing after a while.

The EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L - It's a cool lens with great reach. It's heavy and I didn't use it a ton, so it was one that I was OK letting go of.

The EF 70-200 f/2.8L - Absolutely spectacular image quality and feel for professional use. I no longer shoot anything professional. It's over 3 lbs and feels like a brick, so I don't really like carrying it anywhere.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


kakomu wrote:
The EF 70-200 f/2.8L - Absolutely spectacular image quality and feel for professional use. I no longer shoot anything professional. It's over 3 lbs and feels like a brick, so I don't really like carrying it anywhere.


Agreed. I own it and I never carry it without a specific need. The RF70-200 2.8 would somewhat fix the problem, but at a high price. I wound up adding an RF24-240 to get me over 100mm without carrying a 3lb brick.



May 14, 2024 at 04:06 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


My trusty old Canon EF 17-40mm f4.0L. Hated and belittled by most, but mine has been a true gem. It's small and solid; it feels like a true "L" series lens.

There are no RF equivalent replacements for this lens.



May 14, 2024 at 04:17 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


Never is a strong word. When I bought an EOS R a few years back I thought I'd keep using my fav EF lenses. Now most of them are long gone, replaced with new fangled RF versions. Somehow I really like the EF 70-300 4-5.6L IS USM for landscape and I keep reaching for it also daily, albeit a bit of a bazooka. The EF-S 35 2.8 Macro IS STM only gets used for slide/neg copying on my R7 but nothing in the RF-S/RF line fits my Nikon film adapter and focus to 1:1, so it's safe for now.


May 14, 2024 at 04:26 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


The EF lens I use a lot is the EF 400 f4 DO II. I only wish Canon would make a modern RF version and just reduce the weight

Dave



May 14, 2024 at 04:26 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


The EF 135 f/2 L, although an odd focal length, but takes exceptional images.



May 14, 2024 at 04:36 PM
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snegron7 wrote:
My trusty old Canon EF 17-40mm f4.0L. Hated and belittled by most, but mine has been a true gem. It's small and solid; it feels like a true "L" series lens.

There are no RF equivalent replacements for this lens.


I had the 17-40 and upgraded to the 16-35 f/4 which is quite a bit better and includes IS. The RF14-35 is the current iteration of this series.



May 14, 2024 at 04:53 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


For me it's the other 135L, namely the TS-E 135/4L Macro. Purchased in the first week of release, this masterpiece of mechanical engineering appears to be discontinued—another reason to hold it close.


May 14, 2024 at 05:07 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


Seems like most EF lenses have RF equivalents, but 24-105 IS STM doesn't. Well I don't call that dark-ended uncorrected RF thing an equivalent...

But I mostly bought R6/2 as a top notch autofocuser for my EF lenses (and to get a new and stabilized sensor) so it doesn't look like I'd be parting with my EF collection any time soon. If I didn't also have RF 800/11, which has no EF equivalent, the EF-RF converter would completely feel like a part of the camera.



May 14, 2024 at 05:28 PM
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MintMar wrote:
Seems like most EF lenses have RF equivalents, but 24-105 IS STM doesn't. Well I don't call that dark-ended uncorrected RF thing an equivalent...

But I mostly bought R6/2 as a top notch autofocuser for my EF lenses (and to get a new and stabilized sensor) so it doesn't look like I'd be parting with my EF collection any time soon. If I didn't also have RF 800/11, which has no EF equivalent, the EF-RF converter would completely feel like a part of the camera.

Who looks at uncorrected images?



May 14, 2024 at 05:34 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · What's your best EF lenses that you would never sell?


400 DO II. Don’t even know what they could possibly improve. It’s already near perfect for my needs.


May 14, 2024 at 05:48 PM
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