Your Holy Trinity of lenses

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cptobvious
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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to blue_skies, Mar 5, 2013

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Holy shiitake!

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to cptobvious, Mar 5, 2013

On APS-C, I like the focal length of 24mm (general walk around) and 50mm (portraint) when I trevel.  For the Nex 5N, I have this 24/28 and 50/55 combination for Pentax K, Takumar, Canon FD, Nikon Ais, Konica AR and Yashica ML.  I find them roughly equal and I just pick one set for a trip as the fancy strike me with an appropriate adaptor.  Since it is so small, I also take along a Sony E 16f2.8 which luckily I have a good copy for wider angle shoots.  I like manual focusing Primes but not zooms (MF and AF).  I like primes for their size and weight.

The use of legacy lenses have given me a lot of pleasure and a lot of comments from folks.

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to cptobvious, Mar 5, 2013

I have lots(100+) to choose from to mix and match,
In good light I like this set.
Leica Elmarit M 28/2.8
Topcor RE 58/1.8
Topcor R 135/3.5

Character
Rokkor MC 28/2.5
Rokkor MC 58/1.2
Rokkor MC 85/1.7

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Re: Leica, Leica, Zeiss
In reply to Steven-T, Mar 5, 2013

Steven-T wrote:

Steven-T wrote:

verybiglebowski wrote:

3. Zeiss APO Sonnar T* 1700mm f/4, when I need some more reach

The last one is not perfect though, I would replace it in a second with a Leica APO-Telyt-R 1600mm f/5.6

WOW, seriously?

Ops, the Sheik told me that his only Leica lens is not for sale, even if you offer USD$200million.

Damn, that's what I was afraid of...

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to bparanoid, Mar 5, 2013

My holy trinity for sports shooting is: 24-70 f/2.8 | 70-200 f/2.8 | 200-400 f/4.

I rarely need the 14-24mm at all.

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1. Canon 100/2.8L IS USD Macro on Speedbooster. Superbly stabilized (new Canon hybrid IS), sharp as razorblade and 2.0 fast with da Booster. Obviously great for tripod macro, but also great for handheld macro/portraits.

2. SEL50/1.8. Chose this over SEL35 as 50 is sharper wide open and does not make any funny noises. It is almost always dark here in Finland so fast and stabilized is the way to go.

3. Currently Zeiss 24/1.8, but think this one will be replaced by a wider FF lens via speedbooster. Gonna try the chipped (for exif) Samyang 14/2.8 next week. Zeiss is a great lens and takes beautiful pictures, but I'm too often wishing for something wider and currently the 16-50 Pz is the widest I have and even with that I know I want wider. SEL1018 is tempting, but IMO too pricey (OSS not that useful for UWA and Samyang is 310 Eur vs. 850 Eur of 10-18) and not that future proof with FF Nex propably around the corner.

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to tn1krr, Mar 5, 2013

My 3 with the nex 6 are....

Ziess 24mm

Tamron 18-200

Sony 10-18

Waiting to see what the new zeiss 50mm is like. That will finish me then..

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In reply to bparanoid, Mar 5, 2013

1. SEL 18-200 - the old silver giant. Hard to beat, an amazing lens.

2. SEL 50 1.8 - prime lens for low light, portraits, super sharp landscapes etc.

3. SEL 16 2.8 with UWA mounted - my UWA solution.

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to bparanoid, Mar 5, 2013

This is my proposed 3, all native NEX lenses - I've only had the latter 2 for a short while but they are shaping up nicely..

1650PZ - flexible and compact with acceptable IQ

35mm f1.8 - for IQ, street photog and low light (could swap out for the 50mm f1.8 if required)

10-18mm f4 - for landscape work (could swap out for 55-210 if I know I need telephoto)

What's incredible about the NEX system for me is I can happily carry all 3 lens and 2 bodies in a SMALL shoulder bag (plus spare batteries, lens clothes, filters, spare cards etc) and not really worry about the weight of carrying it - heck, I can take out the 2nd body and fit all 5 lenses in instead :-).

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to Dirk W, Mar 5, 2013

Some folks say Bob you ain't right , but this is what's in my bag today .

Minolts 28-135 4.0

Minolta 500 mm 8.0  Reflex

Sony 16 mm & Waa

Today i get paid to use them and I have it covered

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to bparanoid, Mar 5, 2013

I use all native Sony NEX lenses -

  1. Sony 35 mm f/1.8 - My main lens for most of the time.
  2. Sony 18-200 mm le - My work horse for flexibility especially for travel and sports coverage
  3. Sony 10-18 mm - for wide angel scenic
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In reply to bparanoid, Mar 5, 2013

I'm primarily a landscape guy, so I go for the wider angles. Small size is also important for long hikes, so no adapters. My three:

1) SEL 10-18

2) Zeiss 24/1.8

3) SEL 35/1.8

Mike

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Zeiss,Zeiss and Zeiss
In reply to bparanoid, Mar 5, 2013

Zeiss 21 Distagon ZE, Zeiss 50 Makro Planar Ze and the 100 Makro Planar ZE. Sometimes the Zeiss 15 2.8 Distagon and the Zeiss 25 F2.

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My "Only" Trinity of lenses
In reply to bparanoid, Mar 6, 2013

These are my only Trinity of lenses.

1. Sony CZ 24mm f1.8

This lens is pure quality. Sharp from wide open. Build quality is good and the focus ring is well dampened. It would be perfect if we could adjust the sensitivity of the focus ring turn. I think the highest achievable IQ in a mirrorless system is with this lens + a Nex 7.

2. Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.1

This lens, unlike the 24mm, is NOT sharp from wide open. But you don't use this lens for sharpness. You use it to shoot wide open or pretty close.

3. Pentax Takumar 55mm f1.8 M42

I have a soft spot for Pentax. Their primes are quality, especially the FA limited series. But this is what I have left of Pentax.

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to bparanoid, Mar 6, 2013

I'm going to have to break it down into two categories:

MF Legacy Lenses:

  1. Minolta 24mm f2.8 MC Rokkor
  2. Pen-F 38mm 1.8
  3. Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron DR

The Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro gets honorable mention

AF Lenses:

  1. SEL-18200 (big silver)
  2. SAL-1650 f/2.8
  3. SEL-16f28 w/ both adapters
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In reply to Nate Dogg, Mar 6, 2013

I have a singlet/doublet/triplet instead of a trinity.

Singlet: FDn 50mm f/1.8, light great IQ from f2.8 on, small and if you drop it
or your kids hit it with a hammer you'll loose ~25 $ or so. In terms of IQ/Dollar probably the best lens ever.

Doublet: Sigma 19mm, FDn f/1.2. Pretty versatile setup - very little you can not shoot with this.
Still lightweight and small.

Triplet: Samyang 7.5, Sigma 30mm, FDn 100 f/2.8. Lacks a bit in the speed department - if i win the lottery ii'll replace the sigma with something faster.

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to bparanoid, Mar 6, 2013

We are on our way to either ;

A.  SEL18200LE

SEL1018 (Still testing)

SEL24f18

or

B.  SEL1680 (if/when announced)

SAL70300G/EA2

SEL24f18

The SEL18200LE is back at Sony for the 2nd time.  The firmware update really screwed up what was once a great copy of this lens . . . hopefully they will restore it to its previously excellence and we will use option A for travel and the EA2/SAL70300G and SAL500f80 for action/BIF stuff.

If the 18200 is not up to snuff and option B may be something to consider even though it is heavier and the range is different.  But the IQ should be different as well.

The search never ends . . .

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to jack scholl, Mar 8, 2013

The SEL18200LE is back at Sony for the 2nd time. The firmware update really screwed up what was once a great copy of this lens . . . hopefully they will restore it to its previously excellence and we will use option A for travel and the EA2/SAL70300G and SAL500f80 for action/BIF stuff.

How did the firmware update screw up the lens? What were the symptoms and how do they fix it?

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to Canadapt, Mar 8, 2013

Canadapt wrote:

The SEL18200LE is back at Sony for the 2nd time. The firmware update really screwed up what was once a great copy of this lens . . . hopefully they will restore it to its previously excellence and we will use option A for travel and the EA2/SAL70300G and SAL500f80 for action/BIF stuff.

How did the firmware update screw up the lens? What were the symptoms and how do they fix it?

I have no idea. When it went to Loredo it had a focus issue and I ask them for the firmware update.  It came back unusable . . Sharp as ever in the center and blurry on both sides at 200mm, f8 (right worse than left).  I sent then files showing the problem . . . We will see what we get back.

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Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
In reply to bparanoid, Mar 8, 2013

Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AI-s (like Matt said, this lens is amazing!)

SEL35F18 - great for walk around daily

SEL16F28 + VCL-ECU1 - great for architecture, landscape and.. camwhoring! LoL

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