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08-05-2007, 02:57 AM   #1
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Only One Lens

Just curious..If you could have only one lens, which would it be. It is an interesting exercise.


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Interesting, but irrelevant - that would likely be most of the reason we bought SLRs...

If I had to choose - I guess the 16-45 since that's what I use nearly all the time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
Just curious..If you could have only one lens, which would it be.
The answer changes every week. For the last few days, I have been using a lot my FA 20/2.8 on *ist D, so I guess the answer would be 20mm on digital and 31mm LE on film.


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I would stick to Fa 77 ltd. Small and light. Great performer.

Looking at all the shots taken, this is my most used lens

08-05-2007, 03:55 AM   #5
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Only one lens?

Tough one Ben. Based on my usage stats I would miss my 17-70 the most.. 80% of all my shots are within this range.

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This was an easy one to answer for me.

The 50-500 Bigma.
08-05-2007, 05:40 AM   #7
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Although I dont have the lens yet I'd have to also say the Sigma 50-500mm. I have one on order. It just seems as if it would fit what I photograph the most.
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Would be a toss up between the 16-45 and my old M 55 f1.8.

Love the 55 and is a lot of fun to use but if only allowed 1 lens it has to be the 16-45 an absolutely awesome lens.

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Mine would be the FA*85/1.4 because it is the best autofocus lens ever made. I don't know how long I'd like to do it, though.

Some Minoltans have been doing just this - one lens only for a month. Check it out here:
Just one prime on

(The third post down has links to the individual efforts - some are stunning!)
08-05-2007, 06:25 AM   #10
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Ben...I did not see an answer from you....
My long range zooms suck so I would not miss those. I would whine like a baby to part with my 2 wide angle zoom lenses. The toss up would be my Sigma EX 24-70 2.8 or my Pentax DFA 100 2.8 macro. I would keep the Pentax because it is my sharpest lens I have.....Quality over common sense wins this time...
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Mine would be the DA14/f2.8
08-05-2007, 07:44 AM   #12
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FA 35/2 AL (Old school approach: normal prime.)
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80-200mm f/2.8 on a film body; 50-135mm f/2.8 on APS-c sized sensor digital body.
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I'd have to keep my Vivitar S1 28-90. the 42mm-135mm fits alot of what I do plus its got a handy close focusing feature.

(I would be heartbroken losing all those primes though.)
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