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View Poll Results: What focal length of lens do you use the most on your R-D1?
21mm or wider 11 15.71%
24mm 5 7.14%
28mm 16 22.86%
35mm or 40mm 35 50.00%
50mm 2 2.86%
Over 50mm 1 1.43%
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Which focal length, aperture and lens do you use the most on your R-D1?
Old 12-06-2012   #1
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Which focal length, aperture and lens do you use the most on your R-D1?

Figured we haven't done one of these threads in a while.

What focal length and lens do you use the most on your R-D1?

I tend to shoot a lot with my CV 35mm color skopar wide open at f2.5, as well as my 50mm Jupiter-3 wide open at F1.5 for night and portraits.

I also use the CV 15mm super wide at F5.6-F8 for daytime wide angle shots a lot.

How about you folks, what's usually on your R-D1?
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Old 12-06-2012   #2
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I usually use 35 or 50mm (both 1.2) or CV 21 or CV 15mm on my RD1S. Works well for me
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Old 12-06-2012   #3
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I really like the Leica Elmarit 24mm ASPH usually at F4. Great photos at a 36mm equivalent. I just use the entire viewfinder to frame the pics.
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Old 12-06-2012   #4
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21 mostly, followed by 35....lately it's been 28.

Edit..ahh, you asked for aperture too...

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Old 12-06-2012   #5
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I really like the Leica Elmarit 24mm ASPH usually at F4. Great photos at a 36mm equivalent. I just use the entire viewfinder to frame the pics.
I do the same with the CV 25 f/4.
I do enjoy the CV 40 1.4 even though it is a b***h to focus at 1.4 in critical light.
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Old 12-06-2012   #6
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CV 50mm f1.5 or CV 35mm f1.2 mainly but no real preference.

Use largest aperture when I can just to try and get a workable shot but both work well.
What a camera. Can't help singing it's praises.
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Old 12-07-2012   #7
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My RD1 is now on the classifieds so not being used at the moment. However, 28mm was my standard lens, either the Ultron f2 or tiny 28 3.5 Color Skopar. Both used around the f4-f5.6 mark. Other than that a big fave was the CV15 for wide shots. Still have that lens for use on the Xpro.

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Old 12-07-2012   #8
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35mm nokton @f1.4, then 5cm CZJ Sonnar @ f1.5.
Really like the 35mm (52) frameline, 1:1 finder work best for this lens.
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Old 12-07-2012   #9
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I'm on the lookout for a CV15, as per recommended by lots! Or a CV 28/2 or 1.9
Currently I have a 40/1.5 S.C Nokton and 50/1.5 that I use on it, depending how much light I can get away with f2-f4.

Great seeing people still using the wonderful R-D1 thought this turned into X-Trans-fest.
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Old 12-07-2012   #10
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CV 15, 21, 25, ZM 28, CV 35/f/1.2, CV 40. Which is why I'm hanging on to the two Epson's I own.
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Old 12-08-2012   #11
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1 year with 35mm/40mm then this year mostly the 21mm. Tried 50mm on several occasions but it's really too long for me. I dont like to be too far from my subjects
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Old 12-09-2012   #12
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Old 12-09-2012   #13
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28 + 50 half and half.
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Old 12-11-2012   #14
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When I still had mine *sigh* I would use a 35/12 kit.
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Always a 28.
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Old 01-15-2013   #16
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50 Summar @ 2.0. Or 4.5 about 1/3 of the time.
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Old 01-15-2013   #17
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Interesting, how do you find using a 50mm lens all the time with the 1.5x crop?
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Old 01-15-2013   #18
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When I had it...

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Old 01-18-2013   #19
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Interesting, how do you find using a 50mm lens all the time with the 1.5x crop?
I guess I "grew up" with digital using D40, D70 and D200 and 50mm so I am not conscience of crop. I just use the viewfinder and my feet to compose. But I have wanted a 20 something lens for a while, maybe now I will save for one. Also my Summar has been my favorite since I got it even more since I was finally able to find the hood for it at a decent price.
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Old 01-19-2013   #20
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very well with 35 and 28 or 50 leica lens
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Old 02-01-2013   #21
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while 40mm is the focal length of my choice it is equivalent to a 60mm on the R-D1. After i tried to shoot with a 15mm (equ. to 21-22mm) it's just so damn fun to shoot so i*m stuck with 15mm for now XD
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Old 04-02-2013   #22
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the 2 lenses Ive used the most were the 12/5.6 Heliar and the 35/1.4 SC Nokton, having an equivalent of a 18/50 set. quite versatile and both lenses are tiny, which is great for travelling. it made me appreciate a 21/50 set for full frame. sometimes I used the 21/2.8 Biogon also to get a 32mm field of view. I sold my R-D1 last year but few weeks ago traded my X100 for a friend's R-D1s. took it for some shots with a v3 35mm Summicron and the 21/1.8 Ultron. the Ultron shots are fantastic, loved the results. and the lens balance the camera weight quite well, just like the 35/1.2 (even better, in fact).

Some with the Ultron:


crabs by Marcelo Colmenero, on Flickr


de boas na vendinha by Marcelo Colmenero, on Flickr


gaze by Marcelo Colmenero, on Flickr

With the Ultron I can get the same background melting as with the X100. no clean iso 3200/6400 here, but I can get away with 800/1600 just fine.
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It's got all the colours hasn't it? What a camera.
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It's got all the colours hasn't it? What a camera.
digital with a film soul, for sure.
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This thread made me miss my old R-D1. What a fun camera that was.
When I had mine I used the same lens kit that I would use for film RFs.

CV 28mm f/1.9
Leica 35mm Summicron ASPH (Why did I ever sell this lens? WHY?)
Konica 50mm f/2

There was just something about that R-D1. I miss it.
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