PDA

View Full Version : poll...favourite daily carry lens?


back alley
09-24-2006, 15:36
assuming that you have one consistant favourite...what is your favourite everyday carry lens?

i have included only the focal lengths that i might use, so if you're fav is not on the list, sorry.

i have carried the 28 at times (current favourite), the 35 and the 50, and i guess the 40 for a short time too. for my purposes here if you use a 40 then click on the 35 choice.

wlewisiii
09-24-2006, 16:25
I've been learning to use the 28 but by far my favorite is still the 50.

William

eli griggs
09-24-2006, 16:26
Right now, it's the collapsable Industar 3.5 on my FED 3a, but thats with the understanding that I don't yet have a 35mm ltm FED compatible to compare it against.

Cheers

peterc
09-24-2006, 16:43
For me it's 35 or 50. Depends what I think I'll come across.

Peter

peter_n
09-24-2006, 16:44
35 ASPH. Every day on the subway. Need the f1.4 and NP1600 to get a decent exposure, plus the lens focuses up to 0.7M which is great for a wide lens.

kshapero
09-24-2006, 16:56
assuming that you have one consistant favourite...what is your favourite everyday carry lens?

i have included only the focal lengths that i might use, so if you're fav is not on the list, sorry.

i have carried the 28 at times (current favourite), the 35 and the 50, and i guess the 40 for a short time too. for my purposes here if you use a 40 then click on the 35 choice.

40mm is my favorite

rbiemer
09-24-2006, 17:06
50 for me, joe. The 50 comes closest to how I see.
And it(the "normal" lens for 35mm) is my last, tenuous link to normality...
Rob

mfunnell
09-24-2006, 17:13
For me its a 50, as that's the only lens I have! (Brand new 2nd-hand Hexar RF with Hexanon 50/2. Still getting used to it, haven't got any photos back yet.)

...Mike

FrankS
09-24-2006, 17:17
50mm of course, but I'm trying to get used to the Summicron 40 on my Bessa R2 as my daily carry combo.

harmsr
09-24-2006, 17:47
50 Lux ASPH. I see in 50 and have to think in order to use the 35 or 75.

Best,

Ray

back alley
09-24-2006, 17:49
i wonder who the other 28 user is?

BillBingham2
09-24-2006, 18:30
I wish I could vote, but my favorite carry lens is CV 25/4.

After that I would have to say my 40/1.4, followed by my 35/2.

B2 (;->

richard_l
09-24-2006, 18:34
-----40mm-----

Gid
09-24-2006, 18:41
It would normally be 50, but as I have just picked up a tri-elmar, can I vote for all 3 :)

physiognomy
09-24-2006, 18:43
There should be a 'haven't worked it out yet' category (imho)... I like the 35mm focal length, but I am still not used to attaching a finder + CV meter... Maybe a Bessa or M-something would sort that out, but I really like the small Barnack clones... For now I'm trying to work with my 50's... Just bought a chrome Canon ltm 50/1.8 to play with :bang:

Now, I'm no FrankS - he prob. has more 50's than I have lenses :) :) :) but for a focal length that I'm not sure fits me why do I have so many different 50mm lenses? Don't try to answer that... it's a disease... you'd better stay away.

Peter

Stephanie Brim
09-24-2006, 18:44
Interestingly enough...for this one I have to go with a 35. The J-12 stays on my camera quite a bit now. The J-3 is there now (and the shots in the Around the House thread were taken with it), but tomorrow the J-12 is going back on for some quick landscape shots before I go to work.

gweldoncone
09-24-2006, 18:53
I use the Zeiss Planar 45f2 on my G1 most of the time. It is sharp. But I must say that the 35f2 is very high on my wish list:rolleyes:

back alley
09-24-2006, 19:02
35 & 50 are neck & neck which surprises me. i thought one or the other would be in the lead.

and two 28mm users, we must be freaks...;)

leica M2 fan
09-24-2006, 19:11
While I really like a 35mm " view " my go to lens is usually a 50 !

planetjoe
09-24-2006, 19:27
I cast my vote for the big five-oh, if only to justify my current collection - I have something like seven 50s. The only 35 I own is a J-12 in LTM (see avatar), but I'm looking forward to using it more. Gotta learn to see in 35 someday.

Currently, my favorite 50 is a Summitar (hex iris), which is fairly welded to my M4 these days. I'm considering a fire sale to get some money together for a coll. Summicron, though. I'd say, "someone stop me", but I know you guys better than that.


Cheers,
--joe.

mc_vancouver
09-24-2006, 19:43
35/1.7 Ultron. I do like the 50 but its too tight for everyday use. And the 25 is neat, better for off the hip shooting.

bobkonos
09-24-2006, 20:09
For me it's the 35. My M6 and 35 Summicron are rarely separated from each other or my "man purse."

Flinor
09-24-2006, 20:34
I definitely am a 50 kind of guy. The only time I don't mount a 50 is on the RD-1, then it's a 35 which gives me a 52 FOV.

payasam
09-24-2006, 21:38
Summitalux. Or Summaronoct.

Dougg
09-24-2006, 22:57
Hard to answer, really, because I mostly use 40 and 28, and their equivalents in 645 format too. So I'm about 50% with ya, Joe!

ghost
09-24-2006, 23:22
generally speaking
outside: 50mm
inside: 28mm

sleepyhead
09-24-2006, 23:35
-----40mm-----

varjag
09-25-2006, 00:41
The sacred fifty!

markinlondon
09-25-2006, 01:08
50, either Elmar or Nokton, usually the Elmar.

Mark

Gerold
09-25-2006, 01:38
35 all the way; either a Biogon 35 ZM or a Voigtländer Pancake II 35/2.5. I rarely need anything else than a 35. If so, it's a 25 in tight quarters, of a 50 for a little pull. Now somebody deter me please from acquiring that 35/1.2 Nokton as well. Cheers.

suzums
09-25-2006, 01:42
I'm the 4th voter for the 28mm. Love, love, love it! :) I rarely take that lens off my camera.

sebastel
09-25-2006, 01:46
are these FL 35mm film related?
on my R-D1 my current favourite is 28mm (that compares to 42mm in film), so should i tick 28mm or 35mm?

ok, i tick 35mm (since that was my favourite when i still used film)

sebastian

vodid
09-25-2006, 02:06
I love that it's as wide as it is, and that it doesn't seem to distort at the edges and corners like the 21mm Skopar, or a 24mm lens on my SLR. And it's sharp. When you get used to the 3 click stops on the focus ring, you can set the distance without even looking down at the lens. The Bessa L and Skopar 25mm...a classic and excellent combination, and it's also a great bargain.

robin a
09-25-2006, 02:12
J-8 50mm,Fed2,in my backpack all the time.

suzums
09-25-2006, 02:12
I love that it's as wide as it is, and that it doesn't seem to distort at the edges and corners like the 21mm Skopar, or a 24mm lens on my SLR.


Right on!

I've been think of giving the Bessa L a try soonish with the 21 Skopar!

jaapv
09-25-2006, 04:00
I have a problem.. mine is (at the moment) either a 24 or a Tri-Elmar....
the poll caters for neither.):

arky
09-25-2006, 04:13
Most of the time I have my compact J-8 and sometimes CV 35/PII

Magus
09-25-2006, 05:42
Post deleted by posters request

raid
09-25-2006, 06:00
I like to carry a camera with the Nikkor 5cm/2 whenever I can, but I also like the Canon 28mm/3.5 because it is so tiny.

back alley
09-25-2006, 07:53
50 has taken the lead...

Monz
09-25-2006, 07:58
For me, it has always been 50mm, whether on a rangefinder or on a SLR. 35mm always seemed a bit wide for my kind of photography.

sf
09-25-2006, 08:02
no fair. What about us MF people?

45mm in 645 format...yummy

bmicklea
09-25-2006, 08:11
I alternate between the 35 and 21 on my Bessa. Although thanks to GeneW I'll soon have a little Olympus Stylus tucked away in my jacket at all times so I guess I'll have to get used to the 28!

Unlike rbiemer I can't claim any ties to normal - the 50 has always seemed to narrow for me.

Great poll...

Rafael
09-25-2006, 08:25
My usual lens kit is 35-50-90. When I leave the house, the 35 and 90 are in my bag. The 50 is on the camera. So I vote 50.

jshelly
09-25-2006, 09:14
generally speaking
outside: 50mm
inside: 28mm

Ditto,

I couldn't agree more.

wilt
09-25-2006, 10:57
50, either of the German/Canadian (Summicron from the early 1980's), the Soviet (Jupiter 8) or the Japanese (Zuiko 1.8 on the OM 2) tradition. OK, I carry a Minox often enough, so I guess I could vote for the 35 option as well.

PlantedTao
09-25-2006, 11:51
35mm skopar...
it has great dof, with a quick tab for focusing. the small size makes it the most used...my only other lens is a 50 nokton which is a bit big for travel. the nokton is great and I like the 50mm images best, but the skopar handles so well in street situations.

having the xpan is great too...I get two lenses in one, wide and 45mm :)

GeneW
09-25-2006, 12:11
It's 35mm for me because that's what my XA has on it.

Gene

sevres_babylone
09-25-2006, 12:39
35mm on my R-D1, which is really (about) 50mm. Either the CV 35 2.5 PII or the Canon 35 2.8 I bought from Joe.

(So, if I vote, do I check off 35 or 50?)

dostacos
09-25-2006, 13:17
currently the 28/1.9 ASPH ULTRON is on my Bessa R2 and got most of the work at the County Fair Saturday.

having said that, my car camera is a Bessa R with the 25 on it.

ARCHIVIST
09-25-2006, 14:50
It was a toss up between the 50 and 35 ...............the 35 won!
For general, not specific, work it gives a greater flexability than the 50.

Peter

Mark Wood
09-26-2006, 09:01
Absolutely no competition for the pre-aspherical 35/1.4 Summilux in my case. There are differing opinions on this one but mine is razor sharp right across the frame. It's also so small.

back alley
09-26-2006, 11:54
so far, 126 votes and 50 is still in the lead.

back alley
09-26-2006, 12:14
i have to say that i'm sort of surprised with these poll results.

i thought that 35mm would be the runaway favourite, followed by 50 but with 28 showing more of a presence.

i know many people talk about using a 50 but i thought they were just more vocal and not more in numbers.

is this what others might have expected also?

joe

markinlondon
09-26-2006, 13:04
Frankly I'm not surprised, Joe. Much debate goes on here about the merits of various 50mm lenses. Much more than other fl's or so it seems to me, maybe I just home in on those threads.

Mark

FrankS
09-26-2006, 13:47
Aside from the 50mm being a very versitile focal length, there are many more (affordable) 50's to be found than 35's. In the FSU LTM stuff for example, there is only the J-12. There are about 6 different FSU 50's.

OldNick
09-26-2006, 14:28
Aside from the 50mm being a very versitile focal length, there are many more (affordable) 50's to be found than 35's. In the FSU LTM stuff for example, there is only the J-12. There are about 6 different FSU 50's.
Frank, as far as I am concerned, the J-12 needs no help or company. From my recent use of it, it appears to be a great general purpose lens.

Jim N.

Gabriel M.A.
09-26-2006, 16:58
Rangefinder? 50mm. Yes. Definitely. Yeah. 50mm. Definitely.

thurows
09-26-2006, 17:43
Left a couple of choices off the list. I'd choose a 21mm.

back alley
09-26-2006, 17:45
assuming that you have one consistant favourite...what is your favourite everyday carry lens?

i have included only the focal lengths that i might use, so if you're fav is not on the list, sorry.

i have carried the 28 at times (current favourite), the 35 and the 50, and i guess the 40 for a short time too. for my purposes here if you use a 40 then click on the 35 choice.


for those who may have missed the first post and my reasons for the limited choices...

SolaresLarrave
09-26-2006, 17:52
To me, it's wide-angle. Any. In fact, I sometimes view the 50mm lens like a small telephoto.

Oh, and my cameras have both wide-angle lenses. One the Elmarit, the other one the Hexanon. I can understand the 50mm being a favorite, but I tried to like it to no avail... :(

Long live the 35!! ;)

smiling gecko
09-26-2006, 19:10
...the 75mm for my mamiya 6.

hasta la vista, voyez-vous plus tard, daskorava, fino al prossimo tempo, auf wiedersehen, and later y’all

kenneth
www.neverforgetbeslan.com
[email protected]
_______________________________________
"...patience and shuffle the cards" miguel cervantes
"nothing can be learned" herman hesse
"everybody knows everything" jack kerouac
"some memories are realities and better than anything" willa cather
" doo-wacka doo, wacka doo" roger miller
"we have met the enemy and they is us !" walt kelly (pogo)
“a mans cartilage is his fate” phillip roth

richard_l
09-26-2006, 19:49
I'm also surprised that 50 is a little ahead of 35. Maybe the 28 folks just make a lot of noise, making it seem that there are a lot of them.

Richard

ghost
09-26-2006, 19:59
i think the hcb and erwitt fans are conspiring against the klein and friedlander fans.

tkluck
09-27-2006, 05:53
50mm nine times out of ten.

bmicklea
09-27-2006, 08:28
Aside from the 50mm being a very versitile focal length, there are many more (affordable) 50's to be found than 35's.

I think you and OldNick are right - there might be a couple of factors that really plan to the favour of the 50mm:

1. They're much cheaper than the corresponding 35's of equal performance (generally)
2. There is much more choice amongst 50s, especially if you're looking for a fast lens

Strangely I shot with a 50 most of the time when I had an SLR but with the RF I'm much more comfortable with a 35. Nevertheless I'm constantly tempted to get a second 50 mainly because they're generally half the price of a similar 35.

Alas I'm stuck saving for a 35 'lux ASPH when I could have a 50 'cron, ZI 50 and Canon 50 for the same (or less).

kbg32
09-27-2006, 08:58
28. Always.

kaptain pip
09-28-2006, 06:26
Walkaround rig is a IIIc with 28 Skopar, ready and waiting!!!

Didier
09-28-2006, 11:38
Actually I use the 35 asph 'Lux most - but on the R-D1, so my field of view is 50. The 40 Nokton was my favourite lens on the M6 (or still is, but honestly, haven't used it much since the Epson came in).
Didier

Rachel
09-29-2006, 01:23
Funny, the lens I use on the M6 has all those focal lengths built into one. It is also the lens I use most often.

Magus
09-29-2006, 02:02
Post deleted by posters request

Bill58
09-29-2006, 02:47
I like to carry a camera with the Nikkor 5cm/2 whenever I can, but I also like the Canon 28mm/3.5 because it is so tiny.


Raid:

Your comments persuaded me to get a 28/ 3.5 over the 2.8.

Thanks,

Bill

Jonathan_100
09-29-2006, 05:17
I've bumped around between a 24, a 35, and a 50. I always come back to the 50.

back alley
09-29-2006, 07:13
well, the 28 finally hit 10!!

but i have to admit i put the 50 on the zi for today's pick o' the day.

joe

Stephanie Brim
09-29-2006, 07:50
The 35 is still on my camera. I'm going to work on finishing the roll I have in the camera...Tri-X for developing in Caffenol. ;)

ddunn
09-29-2006, 08:06
i have to say that i'm sort of surprised with these poll results.

i thought that 35mm would be the runaway favourite, followed by 50 but with 28 showing more of a presence.

i know many people talk about using a 50 but i thought they were just more vocal and not more in numbers.

is this what others might have expected also?

joe

I thought the same. But remember, the favorite daily carry camera for many RFF members is a fixed lens camera with a 50mm lens. They don't have an option.

Then there are us geezers who learned photography when 50mm was the "standard" lens and 35mm was a wide angle, and developed their photo eyes accordingly. I've gone so far as to mark the 50mm extension point on my digital P&S lenses and set the lens there when I start up. And even more traditionally, use the zoomers the Intelligent Designer put on the end of my legs to move closer or further as the photo opportunity demands.

roundg
09-29-2006, 08:44
Summicron coll on my camera.

nightfly
09-29-2006, 14:47
For walking around it's the 28 3.5 skopar for sure. I love the feel of it and the photos are great. If it's going to turn dark at some point when I'm out, I'll trade that for a 35mm Summicron but I'm partial to the 28 these days.

Michiel Fokkema
09-29-2006, 15:58
assuming that you have one consistant favourite...what is your favourite everyday carry lens?

i have included only the focal lengths that i might use, so if you're fav is not on the list, sorry.

i have carried the 28 at times (current favourite), the 35 and the 50, and i guess the 40 for a short time too. for my purposes here if you use a 40 then click on the 35 choice.

40
I've been using my CM more and more. 40 is just perfect.
Cheers,
Michiel Fokkema

ray_g
09-29-2006, 15:59
Started out being 50, then 35mm. Now liking the 50 again.

triplefinger
09-29-2006, 16:02
summicron-c 40

terrafirmanada
09-29-2006, 16:40
Yet another 40mm shooter. Not always as sharp as my 50, but way more convenient. I have been carrying the Pll alot lately too.

Laurence
10-01-2006, 20:05
Favorite is the Color Skopar 50 on my Vito B. Of course, it's a fixed lens....but the contrast and sharpness is extraordinary.

Harry Lime
10-01-2006, 23:43
2/50 Summicron DR. This is my all time favorite lens.

If I'm going out at night or it's really overcast I'll grab the pre-asph 1.4/50 Summilux-M, for the extra stop.


My 2nd choice is a 35mm. The 2/35 Summcron (vers.4) or 1.4/35 Summilux ASPH. I prefer the 35 for street shooting. Around here the sidewalks are a little too narrow for a 50.

freeranger
10-06-2006, 02:40
Industar 61. Sharp, contrasty, not too slow and cheap as chips so I'm not worried about lugging it round town.

kshapero
10-19-2006, 13:40
Where is my 40?

rogue_designer
10-19-2006, 13:40
I waffle a bit - but recently have been using the 35/1.7 ultron quite regularly so that gets my vote. I do love that perspective, especially for environmental portraits.

Although with a new Canon 50/1.2 in the bag, that might flop back around soon.

mc_vancouver
10-19-2006, 16:08
I see the 35 is approaching the 50, it's going to be a close finish (if the poll ever finishes). I like both, and alternate between them, but for street stuff, definitely wider is better for me. I do love the shallower dof of the 50, however, for more planned stuff.

MikeL
10-19-2006, 16:25
Monty Python scene of the old troll at the bridge.
Troll,"WHAT, is your favorite focal length?"
Me,"Why 35mm.... NO WAIT, 50mm. Arrrrrggggghhhh! (As I plunge into the ravine)"

back alley
10-19-2006, 18:53
the poll closes on the 24th. of this month.

i think this is as close as the 35 & 50 have been, so far.

joe

sf
10-19-2006, 18:57
I have only three lenses. 45mm, 65mm, and 100mm lenses for the Bronica RF645.

My favorite daily carry lens is the 45mm because I can crop the others from the wide field of view (with some DOF variation). When I owned the Bessa R3A, I had the Nokton 40 SC and that was a perfect lens as well. I guess I like wide lenses.

payasam
10-20-2006, 01:10
I rarely go out with just one lens, but when I do, it can be either the Summitar or the 35/3.5 Summaron. Only today an Industar 61 L/D arrived from Oleg K. That might become IT since, as with the Summitar, I can take off the VIOOH and travel really light.

Marc-A.
10-20-2006, 04:32
I mostly use my Summitar now. Fantastic lens, collapsible, awsome for portrait and great for street photography.

Bas
10-30-2006, 15:52
Well... I think I'd say 50 because my Zorki 4 has only a 50 VF and attaching an external VF would take out all the fun of the Zorki. But I'm about to get a Konica Hexar AF with the fixed 35mm and I hope it to become my main camera.

The main problem I think will be getting used to another focal length, since 98% of my pictures were taken with the Zorki 4+Jupiter 8 50/2 combination. And my brain has automatized the view of the 50mm focal length.

But... many times, specially at bars, pubs, public small places, subway, bus, I've regretted not having a wide angle. So... not voting the 50 would be a betray to my long time loyalty to the "normal" focal length, but voting for it could become some kind of future lie.

Let's see what happens when I get the Hexar... possibilities:

:bang: or :D

Cheers everyone people,
Sebastian.