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Old 30th November 2018, 10:15 PM
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what's my favourite lens .I have been using three types of film format ,on my 35mm camera my favourite lens is a nikkor 35 to 70mm 2.8 zoom , on my large format favourite is a Schneider symmar 210 lens , medium format , favourite lens is a mamiya 645 macro MF 120mm f4 ,this is the lens that's for the mamiya and phase one AF cameras, I use this lens more and more ,its such a great lens to use it focuses from a couple of inches to infinity its a very sharp lens and great for portraits its not a all round lens but for portraits its as sharp as razer the details it picks up is amazing ,ok its not auto focus, but you know when its in focus straight away ,out of all my lenses (and i have 4 Hasselblad v lenses) this is the one i would never sell ,and the one i love the most (other than the wife) as the mamiya and phase one are not the fastest AF cameras the manual focus is sometimes faster ..what is your favourite lens out of all the lenses you own and why
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Old 1st December 2018, 09:27 AM
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For 35mm my favourite lens is a 50mm f2 Cummicron on an M series Leica, and for 6x6 an 80mm Opton Tessar.

Large format, for 5x8 I don't really have a favourite they are all excellent, maybe my 90mm f6.8 Grandagon N, but my 150mm Sironar N gets used slightly more. I do use a 210mm, a 240mm and a a 360 but sparingly.

For 10x8 my 12" f6.8 Dagor, Goerz Am Opt, is definitely my favourite lens, I can use my 240mm and have a 165mm SA.

One FL I love is a 75mm f8 Super Ahgulon my first remains permanently fitted to my 6x17 camera for Panoramic shots, I liked the focal length so much I bought a second 75mm Super Angulon this time an f5.6 version to use with my 5x4 cameras.

I prefer different Focal Length lenses for different situations, and the definition of favourite is preferred, so I think more in terms of a set of lenses I carry. Then I also have a parallel set of light weight LF lenses I mainly use In Greece and Turkey these are my favourites in the Summer heat often shooting hand held.

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Old 1st December 2018, 10:27 AM
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I sometimes ask myself if I was forced to only have one camera / lens combination what would i choose. For 35mm it would have to be my Olympus Zuiko OM 35mm. For medium format I'd go wider and go for my Mamiya 7ii with the 50mm lens. It's incredibly sharp across the aperture range and the big 6x7 begs allow a degree of cropping if the field of view is too wide. I'll generally use it with the auxiliary viewfinder, stop the lens down and use the hyperfocal distance scale on the lens to focus.

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Old 1st December 2018, 11:53 AM
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For 35mm my favorite lens is my 35mm Skoparet by Voightlander on one of my Vitessa T's for 66 my favorite is the Ross Xpress 75mm lens on either of my Microcords or my Ensign's
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Old 1st December 2018, 01:10 PM
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I find it easier to identify lenses I didn’t like! In general terms, however, lenses between 28 and 70mm are my preferred choice for 35mm. Anything wider, or longer tends to require a special purpose and change of technique. I prefer a 35 over a 50mm for general work.
In 6x6 I like the 50mm on my Bronica, although a recently purchased 80mm works well.
I only have two focal lengths for 4x5. The 150 Sironar is used most, mainly due to the Prontor Pro shutter which has a very useful cable release device.
I generally don’t notice great quality differences between the lenses I own. The one which I can tell by it’s look is the 40mm on my Leica Minilux. Images made with it are very smooth, sharp and contrasty.
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I sometimes ask myself if I was forced to only have one camera / lens combination what would i choose. For 35mm it would have to be my Olympus Zuiko OM 35mm.
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I have my favourite focal lengths for each format but to be honest all images made with modern glass look the same to me, from a technical perspective. Which on one hand is rather comforting as I don't need to shop around but on the other hand it's a little disappointing with the lack of a truly unique and individual signature.

So I think I'm still to discover my favourite lens/lenses and perhaps even then they may only work well in specific situations and not serve as a standard for every occasion.

I'm hoping there may still be something in the antique and vintage collection I've built up over the years. Such as, Dallmeyer, Voigtländer or even a simple no-name petzval projection lens. I live in hope!
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Old 1st December 2018, 09:01 PM
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MartyNL is right I suppose with modern glass ,but I also like the feel of the lens ,it must be a personal thing between the photographer and his gear ,I hope or am I going mad ,or it could be both :-)…………………………




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Old 1st December 2018, 09:26 PM
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The one I use/like the most/best is my Nikon 20/35AFD F2.8 constant. Well made, thoroughly dependable and with very very good image quality. Almost certainly one of the star lenses made by Nikon

I also would not be without my Rodenstock Rodagon 50/2.8 APO enlarging lens. It knocks the socks off any other that I have used. Even a Leica 40/2.8 lens that was fitted to a Leica V35 enlarger I used to own did not come up to the same quality. The only one that came even slightly close was a Nikon EL 50/2.8.
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Old 2nd December 2018, 11:22 AM
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I've only got 4 lenses for my Minolta X500. The 50 mm f1.7, a Vivitar 28mm f2.8, a 70-200 Bell and Howell zoom and a Hanimex 35-70 mm Zoom. They are good enough for me and my very tight budget. The Opemus has also got Minolta glass.
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