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    Default What lenses do you have, and when do you use them?

    I want a new lens (don't we all?!) and I'm struggling with deciding which one to get. No matter what lens I get, I'll have to save some $$ as I don't think I have more than $300 right now for such an investment. I've been reading different reviews tonight and my head is spinning. I would love an 85mm but with the space that I use to shoot most of my portrait work, I think space would be too tight. My 30mm is working out well in that area. But I think I'd love a zoom lens, especially for outdoor photography. Anyhow, I thought I'd start a thread to find out what lenses everyone has and what you use them for. What's your favorite lens?

    I'll start.

    I have:

    Canon 50mm 1.8 - and I barely use it
    Sigma 30mm 1.4 - my most used lens - I love this for portraits, for outdoor photography, and just basically everything
    Canon 18-55mm (kit lens) - rarely use it, but will pull it out if I'm photographing in decent light and I know I will want to change my focal length while shooting

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    Love my 85mm, but if you aren't shooting outdoors, it wouldn't be as lovely

    What about getting a 50 1.4?

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    I have a 24-70 2.8 and a 50 1.8. The other kit lens that I have won't even mount on the full frame camera so are essentially useless though I never used them anyway. I honestly haven't even used my 50mm on my camera since I got it. The L glass lens covers that range and is actually sharper than that prime (though probably not than the 1.4) so I'va had no reason. I really want a 100mm 2.0 next.

    I think you should go for the 85 or for a tameron 28-75. I think that the 85 would complement what you have and you already have a good indoor lens so you wouldn't need it for indoors. I have a feeling you would love it outdoors. But the tameron would have the zoom you want. And it is a nice range.

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    I have a Canon 450d.
    I have the kit lens and a 50mm 1.8.

    I mainly use the 50mm 1.8 for photographing the kids.
    The kit lens for general use.

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    I have:

    70-200mm 2.8 IS USM L - This is my best and favorite lens. This is the one I use for almost all my pro work...except for newborns. Too bad it's so heavy, or I'd use it for snaps too.

    Tamron 28-70mm 2.8 - I use this as a back-up for portrait sessions and as my travel / snaps lens. The focus on this lens is good only if I use the center focus point, so I don't like to use it for pro work if I can help it.

    50mm 1.8 - I use this for newborns, though I'd like to replace it for the 1.4

    Want to get either the 85mm or the 100mm for pro portraits to save my arms and neck and a good wide angle...like maybe an 10-22mm or something.
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    I have the Tamron 18 - 200mm macro and love it but I want a better macro lens for my floral photography so I'm aiming for the canon 100mm 2.8

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    i have a 17-85mm that i rarely use but i want to try it outdoors one of these days. get used to it. its a great outdoor lens but still have yet to use it again. have't touched in in months.

    i also have the 50mm 1.8 lens. i still use this every now and then when i want to get a bit closer to my subject without getting TOO close kwim? the 30mm 1.4 lens i can't get too close like for headshots for example.

    and of course my 30mm 1.4 lens that i use all the time and i LOVE!

    My next lens that I want to get is the 100mm 2.8 macro lens (i think that's what it is?) I really want a macro lens though. I've already tried out a 60mm macro lens and I find it silly to buy a lens of 60mm since i have 30mm and 50mm already. I'd rather get something like the 100mm so i don't have to get way too close to get a macro shot. someday perhaps i'll have it. for now i'll just dream about it haha
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    I have the 50mm 1.8, which is an amazing little light weight lens, and definitely a must have for everyone... but I'm sure we all know that. I'd love to have the 1.4, but my latest purchase was to get the Tamron 28-75 2.8 instead. It's been on my camera since I got it, I love the versatility of the different zooms, especially when I'm indoors and in tight spaces. I also have the 70-300 macro, but I haven't used that in ages. I hardly ever use it, but it's fun when we go to the zoo!

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    Canon XSi

    18-55mm kit lens - haven't used since ... ?
    50mm 1.8 - used to love it, but found out I'm not a prime girl
    Tamron 28-70mm - never leaves my camera

    I'm hoping Santa will bring me a 5dm2 and some L glass. I've been a good girl this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmberBella View Post
    Tamron 28-70mm 2.8 - I use this as a back-up for portrait sessions and as my travel / snaps lens. The focus on this lens is good only if I use the center focus point, so I don't like to use it for pro work if I can help it.
    I was reading reviews on that lens last night, and that's what I saw (about the focus points). Also read that it was a little slow with the AF. But it seems like so many here are happy with this lens.


    This is good reading, keep the replies coming!
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