Your Holy Trinity of lenses

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bparanoid Junior Member • Posts: 39
Your Holy Trinity of lenses
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With the recent discussions of picking a favorite lens I figured we should also have a thread to provide opinions on what you would consider the three lenses for the NEX system that would make it complete for most shooting situations because IMHO one is never enough.

So lets hear what you would conisder your three all stars and why.

My three:

Sel 16-50 pz

My all arounder. Small and light weight and covers wide angle to portrait. For times i desire portabilty.

Sel 35 1.8

My superstar. Sharp, low light, indoor, and portrait use. For times I desire the quality of a Prime lens.

Sel 18-200le

My work horse. Wide to telephoto and everything in between. For times I am purposely going out to shoot but not sure on what and don't want to be switching lenses.

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Brianroger
Brianroger Junior Member • Posts: 33
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

SEL18200LE Surprisingly good in my humble estimation, even if it isn´t a "fast" lens.
SEL16 Convenience and no complaints from around F4
Pentax SMC Takumar 85mmF1.8. The SEL50 is a close second choice

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jk2l Regular Member • Posts: 183
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

General traveling:
16mm with adapter perfect for landscape
16-50PZ general (in future replace with 24mm or 35mm)
55-200 special long distance

Special Compact trip:
16-50PZ perfect compact lens for me to bring to rock climbing and skiing

quezra Veteran Member • Posts: 3,915
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

bparanoid wrote:

With the recent discussions of picking a favorite lens I figured we should also have a thread to provide opinions on what you would consider the three lenses for the NEX system that would make it complete for most shooting situations because IMHO one is never enough.

So lets hear what you would conisder your three all stars and why.

My three:

Sel 16-50 pz

My all arounder. Small and light weight and covers wide angle to portrait. For times i desire portabilty.

Sel 35 1.8

My superstar. Sharp, low light, indoor, and portrait use. For times I desire the quality of a Prime lens.

Sel 18-200le

My work horse. Wide to telephoto and everything in between. For times I am purposely going out to shoot but not sure on what and don't want to be switching lenses.

I also have the last 2 and agree they have to be there.  But the 35/1.8 and 18-200 LE are so good I really don't find use for another zoom in a top-3 - I'd add the Sigma 19/2.8 probably, even though it's not as good as the 30.

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aodi
aodi Senior Member • Posts: 1,665
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

bparanoid wrote:

With the recent discussions of picking a favorite lens I figured we should also have a thread to provide opinions on what you would consider the three lenses for the NEX system that would make it complete for most shooting situations because IMHO one is never enough.

So lets hear what you would conisder your three all stars and why.

My three:

Sel 16-50 pz

My all arounder. Small and light weight and covers wide angle to portrait. For times i desire portabilty.

Sel 35 1.8

My superstar. Sharp, low light, indoor, and portrait use. For times I desire the quality of a Prime lens.

Sel 18-200le

My work horse. Wide to telephoto and everything in between. For times I am purposely going out to shoot but not sure on what and don't want to be switching lenses.

The same set of lens

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Michael Everett Senior Member • Posts: 1,946
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Mine:

Canon FDn 35/f2.   The sharpest 35 I have seen, and 35mm is my preferred FL on the Nex.  At least 80% of my shots.

Canon FDn 50/1.4.  Almost as sharp, and a great lens for portraits and low light.

SEL18-55.  When I need to get a little wider or when I hand the camera to someone to take a picture.

My bag is really a quartet:  The Tamron 90/f2.8 macro.  It gives me some telephoto and goes to 1:1.

I carry the SEL 16 around because it is so small and convenient, but I find I seldom use it.  For wide shots I like to take 3-5 separate pictures and stitch them together with ICE.



Three shots with FDn 35 stitched with ICE, converted to BW in Silver Efex and LR.

Michael

Håkan Leif Regular Member • Posts: 164
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Leica Elmarit 28mm Asph, Sony SEL 50mm, Leica Summarit 90mm

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Richard Ettinger Senior Member • Posts: 1,331
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Leica 90mm Summicron

Canon 24-105

Sigma 30mm f2.8

Canon 40D. Canon 50mm f1.4, canon 135mm 2.8/soft focus, Canon 70-200 f4L, Canon 24-105L. Sony Nex-7.

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Philip Corlis Contributing Member • Posts: 903
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

SEL 24 1.8

SEL 50 1.8

SEL 18-55

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neonexxer Regular Member • Posts: 131
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

1) SEL16F28 w/UWA

Wide, flexible and sharp enough for my needs.  I haven't been disappointed by this combo yet. (I also own the WA M-mount Voigtlanders: 12/5.6 and 15/4.5, but always end up using the Sony combo, which is cheap enough to bash about without worry... AF and f/2.8 is handy for most times too).  The SEL1018 is tempting, but so expensive...

2) LA-EA2+SAL1650

Great color, super fast AF - wide, fast, accurate and long enough for 80-90% of my shooting.  The wide-end distortion is not a big issue for me, and don't mind the heft of combo.  Also very nice for video - I just wish it had stabilization.  This lens might go if the rumored G/Zeiss high-performance E-mount zooms are any good.

3) Olympus Pen-F 40/1.4

For low-light, video and a special "look".  This is one lens that goes wherever I do and is never excluded from my camera bag.  I might replace this with a SEL35F18 (which I haven't played with yet) if the Sony is able to deliver the same X-factor I get with this Pen-F gem.

OK, I also bust the 3-lens limit and normally pack one of these teles into my bag, which would have an empty lens pocket otherwise anyway:

- SEL55210 (very compact, decent lens, OSS + AF - I don't find the pictures particularly special, but usually PP can inject some pizazz if I want)

- Canon FDn 85/1.8 or Canon FDn 135/2.8 (odd choices, I know - but they're very compact, decently fast and I like how these Canons draw and color an image)

As a further cheat, I also carry an RX100.  Its used frequently when I'm doing timelapse on my 5N and still wanna take pictures while the NEX is busy.  I really need another NEX body

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john-photoguy Regular Member • Posts: 470
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

I can only pick 3?    Ok then, the most often used are:

Olympus om 28mm F2

Nikon AFD 50mm F1.4  and

Sony  10-18mm F4

But I have mostly prime lenses for my NEX, all manual focus 35mm primes.

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Tom2572
Tom2572 Senior Member • Posts: 1,129
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

My current trio is the Sigma 19, SEL 35 and SEL 50 with the SEL 35 as the newest member, but now that I have the SEL 35 I've been thinking about replacing the SEL 50 with the SEL 55-210.

VaughnA Regular Member • Posts: 208
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Right now it is..

Sigma 19 2.8

Sigma 30 2.8

Minolta MD 50 1.4.

I have a 28 and 90 2.8 Contax G on order and may be ordering the 45F2 shortly. I expect this list to change.

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Lng0004 Senior Member • Posts: 2,602
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Pen-F 38/1.8. My daily lens. Sharp, tiny and fast.

Rokkor-X 50/1.4. I like the 50mm length. And it's fast, even if very soft with tons of CA.

Nikon 85/1.8. Nothing says POP like a fast 85mm.

El Matadurr
El Matadurr Veteran Member • Posts: 5,018
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
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SEL3518--low light, video, landscapes

Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-s--superb portrait potential and low-light stage photography

Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AI-s ED--telephoto work ranging from sports to short-range birds

That covers a whole lot for me.

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nrcole Regular Member • Posts: 411
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Sigma 30, FD 50, Contax G 90 are great right now, although what I'd like to do is get the SEL35 to replace the Sigma for low-light, at which point I wouldn't carry the FD as much anymore, and then get a quality wide-angle for landscapes.

djp58 Regular Member • Posts: 351
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

You won't be disappointed with the Contax lenses.  They are my "holy trinity" on my 5N.  Only change when I switch to my 7 is that I substitute the Olympus OM 24 f2.8 for the Contax G 28f2.8.  Just ordered the AF adapter for the Contax G - can't wait to see how well it works.

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captura Forum Pro • Posts: 27,091
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses

Sigma 30 2.8

Sigma 19 2.8

Sony   SEL 18-55

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NowHearThis Veteran Member • Posts: 3,772
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses: own 1, want another, one not yet made by Sony.

1.) SEL18-200 (big silver one): Still haven't found another all-in-one lens as good as mine.

2.) 10-18/4: I don' yet own this, but I could/would use that range quite a lot.

3.) 70/2.4 pancake:  I've contemplated picking up a Pentax K30 just so I could use this lens.  It's sharp,  small, light, and reasonably priced.  I wish Sony would duplicate this lens (or that someone would make an adapter with AF and aperture control for NEX).

other) 35/1.8 OSS: My Nikon 35/1.8 lived on my D40, I'm sure this would get great use on my NEX.

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What I'd sell my soul for would be:

16-80/2.8-4 Zeiss OSS

70-200/4 G OSS (optically equal to Canon's version, can't be any bigger either)

70/2.4 G OSS

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Jokica
Jokica Senior Member • Posts: 1,396
Re: Your Holy Trinity of lenses
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1. SEL1855 (wide, video, OSS)

2. Helios 44M-4 (why? Try it, you will know why)

3. Jupiter 37A (head portraits, landscape)

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2. + 3. + adapter cost me 50$, shipping included

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