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WolfpackNOgun

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What lens seems to always end up on your camera and what are you photographing/videoing?

Tamron 28-70 f/2.8 seems to get more use than anything for me and is my workhorse lens.
 

Wapiti1

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General shooting, 12-40 f2.8 Oly. Maybe a 14-150 Pana/Leica (old 4/3 model), slow focusing, but sharp.

Wildlife 100-400 Pana/Leica.

Jeremy
 

ATX_Tyler

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My go-to has been the canon 24-70 2.8 lately. But it is a toss up with the 70-200 2.8 isii as well depending on the situation.
 

Wilderlife

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Most of the time I run my Olympus 12-40 f2.8. It's just a fantastic, sharp lens, and covers good bases.

If I want extra length, I have a 50-200 f2.8-3.5 that is meant for Olympus 4/3 cameras but I have an adapter for my mirrorless. Picture quality is wonderful, but I get sick of lugging the big thing around.

Since I've taken my bowhunting seriously, my 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 has become my 'go to', until my camera fell over on a tripod in a harsh wind and broke the lens. I've since been alternating between my 12-40 and 50-200 and have only just pulled my finger out and send the 14-150 away to Olympus Australia for assessment and repair.

The picture quality isn't as good but being able to zoom that far with something that has wide angle in close is great when you're conscious of weight and swinging around a camera on a tripod while you're trying to stalk game.
 

thanks4thefish42

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So much depends on what your shooting. For deer and turkey I lug a Canon 100-400mm version 2 on a big honking 7D MK II. Gives a 150-600mm. Rugged, rustproof and water resistant. Was out duck hunting last week in salt water and my Buddys point and shoot got ruined from an errant airboat that took off next to us. For general work I have a 24-105mm Canon f4. I seem to always bring a tripod with me as that seems to help get really crisp shots. I shoot wildlife for a museum and for bugs (really) I use a Sigma 150 f2.8 macro. Different calibers for different game.
 

mtmiller

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I got a Nikon 70-200 2.8 this year and love it. As mentioned above, it depends on what I am trying to capture. If it is elk, grouse, sheep or goats, I am very happy with 500 f4.
 

Akwoodchuck

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My 2 go-tos for my Nikon D-SLR are an old manual Super-Lentar 21mm:

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...and a Sigma 400mm f/5.6:

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Racethesunset

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For outdoor stuff, either the Sony RX10 IV or the RX100 VI.

The 10 IV is more for wildlife. It is weather sealed and a harp throughout the 24-600mm effective focal length with PDAF good enough to track fast flying BIF. Lossless 4K and perfect 1080p at 120fps for slow motion. Great battery life. For photography specifically, it’s as sharp as my Olympus 300mm F4 Pro with the TC and sharper than my Panaleica 100-400mm.

The 100 VI is the size of a deck of cards and is equally sharp 24-200mm. Great for a pocket power house.
 

Travis Bertrand

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oh man this is a tough question... last year I would have answered the Sony 50mm f1.8 however I recently picked a 35mm Samyang 2.8 and find myself using that lens for walk around stuff all the time. For more specialized shooting, I like the 70-200mm f4 Sony and Wide angle I go to 15mm Samyang.
 

losen002

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I like my 70-200 canon ef usm a lot for wildlife shots but am looking a bigger lens. Any recs on using a magnifier for canon lenses? Or just buck up for a 100-400
 

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I've owned hundreds of cameras and lenses over the years, but presently I've whittled my gear down to a 150-600 Tamron (that I still love after 5 years) and a 17-50 2.8 Sigma. There isn't much I can't do with those two lenses, from portriats to birds in flight.
 

Wapiti1

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I like my 70-200 canon ef usm a lot for wildlife shots but am looking a bigger lens. Any recs on using a magnifier for canon lenses? Or just buck up for a 100-400
Depends on the results you want. I took a Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS USM II on my first trip to Africa and added the 1.4X and 2X Canon teleconverters. This was paired with a Tamron 17-50 F2.8 to keep all my gear to a minimum. It was a hunting trip, not a photo safari. I didn't feel under gunned, and the results were very good. Maybe not as critically sharp as some would need, but very good, IMO. I have used the older 100-400 and it wasn't sharper than the 70-200 plus teleconverter. I haven't used the new version of the 100-400.

I'd look at the new Tamron and Sigma long zooms. What I've seen from those is impressive.

This was taken with the 70-200 plus 2X teleconverter. https://www.rokslide.com/forums/threads/photography-one-photo-a-day.23380/post-1504113

Jeremy
 
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Everyone really has some great opinions and there appears to be a consensus on the 50 f1.8 and a 70-200 f2.8.
I really like the rokinon 12mm f2 I use for some astro work, but will implement it a little more into everyday work.
But the lens I am really looking forward to adding in my arsenal is something to increase my range like a 70-200 or a 100-400.
 
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