Lenses that make you go WOW

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Greg OH Regular Member • Posts: 376
Re: Lenses that make you go WOW

I don't really go "wow" when I see an exotic lens produce the results we paid for. For instance, I had the opportunity to use a 200mm f/2.0 a few years ago. Yes, it was incredible. But, for that design and that price tag, it did exactly what I expected.

Lenses that performed beyond my expectation:

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM. Tiny, and great IQ even wide open. Used it with the equally tiny SL1 in places where a larger camera would have been obtrusive. I shoot Nikon now, and miss this lens.

Nikon 85mm f/1.8 AF-s. Super-shallow DOF, instant AF, and extreme IQ stopped down to 2.8. Not unreasonably long FL, even on a crop-sensor body.

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