Survey: What Prime Lens Do You Use?

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  1. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Hi. If you have ever participated in the Fortnight Challenge, I am interested in collecting info on what prime lenses you use or own. If you have no prime at all, let me know that, too. This would be helpful in deciding which focal length to use for any Prime Lens Challenge. The idea comes up in the Topic Thread, but we have trouble deciding on where to go with it.

    My prime is the 100mm f2.8 IS Macro L lens. Everything else is a zoom.

    Dale
     
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    Hi Dale,

    I'm glad you're trying to collect this data. I have a Canon 28mm prime, but I don't like using it. ;)

    John
     
  4. CK Williams macrumors regular

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    Primes: 20 f/2.8, 35 f/2, 50 f/1.8, 58 f/1.4, 150 f/2.8, 300 f/4
     
  5. compuwar macrumors 601

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    400mm/2.8
    200mm/4 Micro
    60mm/2.8 Micro
    24mm/2.8

    Love the first three, don't like the last one.

    Paul
     
  6. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    In the interest of community participation, would it not be more appealing to limit the contest to a particular focal length? Or even a range of focal lengths (i.e. under 24mm, 35-50, 75-200, 200+, etc). I don't own any primes but could easily replicate one by not moving the zoom ring on my camera...

    Ruahrc
     
  7. Designer Dale thread starter macrumors 68040

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    My curiosity bites me again...

    I'm just trying to gather a bunch of info on what primes folks have and use. I don't intend to be promoting a "prime lens" challenge. I just want to be able to speak from a position of greater knowledge the next time someone suggest using a prime focal length lens for a Challenge Topic. So far, five of us have primes and they cover a wide range.

    Dale

    Note: I changed the title of the thread.
     
  8. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
    EF 200mm f/2.8L USM II
    EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

    Zooms:
    Tokina 12-24mm f/4
    Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8

    Another zoom I plan to buy in the near future: EF 70-200mm f/4LUSM (no IS), which should be perfect for dog races during the winter months.
     
  9. nepfotos macrumors member

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    My prime lenses: 1.4 / 85 mm, 2.8 / 50 mm macro and a 5.6 / 400 mm (which I don't use).
     
  10. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    Don't use the 400? I use mine all the time in Alaska, mostly for birds and wildlife. Also use the 200 prime for the same subjects at closer range.
     
  11. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    I think this calls for a poll. :)

    I've got relatively few primes compared to many Pentax users :p

    Pentax K:
    F SMC 50mm f/1.4
    M SMC 50mm f/1.4

    M42 (Screw mount):
    28mm f/2.8
    135mm f/2.8
     
  12. oblomow macrumors 68020

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    Canon 200mm and 85mm
    (and 24mm and Tokina 135 mm 2.8 for Pentax-K, but these are collecting dust together with the camera.)
    Forgot the Pentax SMC 50 1.7!
     
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    Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 prime. (2x format = 40mm)

    I shoot a G1 micro 4/3 format.

    I just bought my 2nd body so I don't have to switch lenses in the field.
     
  15. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    No primes in my kit, although I'm looking to buy a Canon EFS 60mm f2.8 macro one of these days.
     
  16. Presha macrumors regular

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    No primes in my kit either....16-35 II and 70-200 II. I'm looking to purchase th new Carl zeiss 85mm prime for about $1300. I tried it out the other day at my local shop and this thing ROCKS! It takes me about 2-3months to buy a lens because I tend to do a lot of research and hands on before I splurge :D
     
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    I use the Nikkor 10,5 mm / 2.8 (Fishy) and the Nikkor 35 mm / 1.8 on my D90.(1,5 Faktor)

    I'm planning to get the makro Nikkor 60mm / 2.8 .
     
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    As a Pentax user I have a nice collection of prime lenses:
    Pentax SMC M 28mm f/2.8 (used to get more use but not any more since I bought the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8)
    Pentax SMC FA 50mm f/1.4 (gets a lot of use)
    Pentax SMC M 50mm f/1.8 (used to get more use but not any more)
    Pentax SMC M 200mm f/4 (used quite a lot)
    Vivitar S1 90mm f/2.5 (beautiful lens, one of my all time favorite lenses, gets a lot of use)
    Zeiss 20mm f/4 (M42 lens, too awkward to use, so it mostly sits at home)
    Sigma 24mm f/1.8 (used to get a ton of use on my old 6MP K100D, but since I upgraded to 14MP K20D I can see the lack of sharpness and I stopped using it)
    Pentacon 300mm f/4 (M42 lens, medium format so effective field of view on APS-C is 675mm, very heavy lens, not tack sharp, gets used, but not too often, it's just too big)
     
  20. capoeirista macrumors 6502

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    Canon 50mm 1.8 II
    Sigma 30mm 1.4 EX DC

    These are the only 2 lenses I own besides kit lens. The 30mm stays on 99% of the time, and the 50mm is attached to extension tubes for when I feel the need (rarely).
     
  21. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    Nikon 105mm VR Micro
    Nikon 50mm f1.8
    Nikon 50mm AIS f1.2


    Nothing else :(
     
  22. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    30 mm f/1.4 Sigma
    50 mm f/1.8 Nikkor

    The Sigma is my most-used lens at the moment. I've really gotten to appreciate the way you work with primes. I think my next lens will be a wider prime, perhaps a 17 mm Tokina or a ~20 mm prime.
     
  23. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    I used to own a 17mm Tokina prime... i REALLY liked that lens... :)
     
  24. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    I still kick myself in the rear-end when I didn't buy one for 60 € a while ago on ebay. Typical prices range from 130-220 €.
     
  25. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    I paid 50 actually for Canon in december, sold it in January with my Canon gear though :)
     

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