Photography - Lenses

My lenses

As for lenses for the Canon EOS bodies, my current collection includes (this is, by no means, a complete list):

EF Mount

  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8. Great portrait lens. Also known as the “plastic fantastic”, among cheap lens afficionados.
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4. Nicer version of the 50mm f/1.8. Great for low-light shooting.
  • Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Came with the 40D, and is now my primary kit lens.
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM II. My long lens, affectionately referred to as my “wedding lens” or “the bazooka”. This tends to get a lot of use for portrait shots, as well.
  • Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 soft focus. Got this lens grey market from Korea. I don’t use it all the time, but when I need a specialty vintage shot, this is my go-to lens. Why use Photoshop when you can do everything in-camera?
  • Rokinon EF 14mm T/3.1 Cine, Rokinon EF 24mm T/1.5 Cine, Rokinon EF 35mm T/1.5mm T/1.5 Cine. These are my set of Rokinon “Cine” lenses. I primarily use them for cinematography, but I have been known to use them for stills on occasion.
  • Rokinon 85mm f/1.4. Upon reflection, I would rather have bought the de-clicked f/1.5 cine version of this, but it’s a really great, really bright lens.

FD Mount

Old Canon FD mount lenses. Very bright, very sharp, but require a Lens Doctor adapter to work with my EF mount. I primarily use them with my BMPCC for cinematography, but sometimes break them out for stills.

Nikon F/G Mount

  • Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 It’s a Nikon-mount lens attached to a 5$ chinese adapter ring. It takes fantastic black and white shots, and is my favorite piece-of-crap 7$ lens.
  • Nikkor 55mm f/1.2. Beautifully, wonderfully imperfect. For photos featuring this lens, check out the nikkor55mmf12 Flickr tag.

M42 Mount

  • Asahi Super Takumar M42 50mm f/1.4. One of my M42 / Pentax screw-mount lenses; a present from my sister-in-law, off of eBay.
  • Sears 28mm f/2.8. A rebadged Tokina lens, from what I can gather.
  • Soliger 135mm f/2.8 with 2x teleconverter. I’m not really that fond of this lens. It’s a Pentax screw-mount lens, also attached to a 5$ chinese adapter ring. The teleconverter is okay, but this lens combination has mostly been phased out in favor of the Tamron. Especially since I think it’s a bit wobbly.

I’m sure there are others, but I can’t think of them right now…

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