If you could only have one lens, what would it be?

Started Feb 20, 2014 | Discussions
José B
José B Forum Pro • Posts: 18,388
Definitely the Zeiss 16-70/4 emount! (pics)

I just went on vacation with this lens along with my NEX-6 and a did a few photoshoots while I was there. When I arrived I did another shoot in the snow. I'm amazed by this lens sharpness, contrast, color and bokeh. At 70mm it is perfect for heads and shoulders shots and also full-body/half-body shots if I want to throw off the background @f/4.

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Son Of Mustang Ford Contributing Member • Posts: 735
Re: If you could only have one lens, what would it be?

It would have to be the Zeiss E 16-70 F4

But it would have to be attached to the A6000 rather than my current '3'

3dreal Senior Member • Posts: 2,271
Re: If you could only have one lens, what would it be?

D Cox wrote:

55mm Micro-Nikkor.

Which one, i have MF 2.8 and 3.5-versions? They are supersharp. Must test in details on 1000D.

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3dreal Senior Member • Posts: 2,271
Re: One lens, OK...but I'll use it on three cams

rsurya23 wrote:

My Zeiss 35mm F2.8 sonnar. I sold everything else.

Which one, i tested the ContaxYashica. Center and Corner on EOS 1000D(10MP)

Best performance: from f5.6to f11(28mm only f8, f11). Center(+++), Corner(must recheck but very good)

+++ is best-supersharp. Only jpgs compared onscreen at 25x(liveview plus loupe). Intense tests from 18 to 135mm will be done. Use only topquality adapters. If lens have play(left/right) then blurry images could be feared.

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JohnK Veteran Member • Posts: 6,949
Sony FE 55mm 1.8 NT


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Off the record.

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sharon_j Regular Member • Posts: 165
Re: If you could only have one lens, what would it be?

The SEL18200 is my go to lens, but my first prime, the SEL50, is my fun lens. I enjoyed the image quality of the SEL50 but felt its focal length limitations and got the SEL20 and SEL35 afterwards.

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Lightshow Veteran Member • Posts: 6,286
Re: If you could only have one lens, what would it be?

I recently bought a Nex 3n with kit lens, and am really glad I did its a great camera. I have inevitably though been looking for faster lenses. I have tried the Helios 44m and the Pentacon 50mm 1.8 and they are both good lenses although a little more cumbersome on the camera than I would like. This led me to looking at the rangefinder lenses, specifically the Jupiter 3 and 8 not as cheap on ebay as once was though. I am looking for a good all round focal length thinking 24-50mm (36-75mm on nex) prime lens with wide aperture sub F2, for the times when the kit lens just isnt bright enough.

This got me thinking if you had too choose only ONE lens money no object what would it be and why?

This is a tough one , as I have a few I'd never give up.
Leica Elmarit M 28/2.8
Rokkor MC 28/2.5
Topcor-S 50/2 LTM
Topcor RE 58/1.4
Rokkor MC 58/1.2
FD SSC 85/1.2 Aspherical
Topcor RE 85/1.8
Topcor R 135/3.5

There are for sure others.

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Edmond Dantes Regular Member • Posts: 334
Re: If you could only have one lens, what would it be?

I'm glad some of you love your $400 lenses, but in the parameters, it said money was no object. In the real world, I love the lenses I have, but in the money is no object world, I'd jump at a Leica Noctilux 0.95 for $11000.  The pictures I've seen with that lens are as mind-blowing as the price (okay, maybe not quite that mind-blowing, but you get the point).

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Staaf Junior Member • Posts: 29
Re: If you could only have one lens, what would it be?

Right now i had chosen SEL1670Z and if i was able to pick a prime to, it would be SEL50F18.

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eriknphoto Regular Member • Posts: 110
Re: If you could only have one lens, what would it be?

Sony Zeiss 16-70 f4.

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