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somnambulist_squirrel

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I’ve been refining my lens kit for a while, after a vintage lens binge period. I’m now using mostly manual lenses on my A7Rii and AF lenses on my a6000 (though will cross-pollinate when necessary). This kit is finally small enough to be easily managed in my work bag or sling bag. Typically, I’ll have three lenses* and my A7Rii in my work bag that is always with me.

The manual lenses I use most:
*Minolta Rokkor 45mm f2 (walkabout lens)
*Minolta Rokkor.W 24mm f2.8 (landscapes)
*Tokina ATX-Pro SD 80-200mm f2.8 (landscapes, sports, portraits, wildlife)
Konica Hexanon 57mm f1.4 (creative play with color and bokeh, pinch hits as a fun street lens)

AF lenses, mostly on the a6000 (which I use mostly when hiking, biking or skiing):
Sigma 16mm f1.4
Sony 50mm f1.8

Lenses that mostly sit in the bag, but see occasional use:

Industar-69 (artsy fun)
Sony 16-50 kit lens (traveling light or when the kids want to shoot)

If I had to say what lens I use most, I would have to say the 24mm Minolta is most commonly what’s parked on the A7Rii. I seem to have shifted from nearly always shooting around the 50mm length to a wider angle perspective of late. Maybe because the time of year lends itself to landscapes for me?
 
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I've been assembling a collection of manual focus e-mount Voigtlander primes - 40mm, 65mm, and 110mm. I also have a manual Tokina 20mm but I may replace that with one of the Voigtlander 21mm options, because I just really enjoy their lenses. Then I received literally minutes ago a Tamron 28-75mm zoom, because sometimes and particularly for family events one needs automatic features. But I prefer manual for most things. This could change as I am getting older if my keeper rate goes down.

I've reluctantly sold most everything else I had accumulated to fund the above. Even used this was a stretch for my finances, but I am pretty happy with the image quality I am seeing. In trying to decide what to do about the wide end, I tried to leave the Tokina mounted on the camera for a few days. I was rather surprised to find I am not as fond of really wide angles as I thought - it is not easy to shoot wide well, at least for me. I still want to keep something wider than the 40mm around, and would like to try astro, so maybe I will just keep the Tokina 20mm. Or perhaps the newish 24mm Sony - it looks really good.

I still have a smattering of vintage Minolta mount glass most of which I will probably ebay because I likely will not use it much and it is a shame to see it sitting unused in the drawer.
 

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I could easily answer this question in regard to my Canon DSLR cameras... A 7D2 with 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and a 6D2 with 70-200mm f/4L IS. However, although I own the Sony 70-200mm f/4 G lens, it is not my favorite travel lens for my A6400 and A6500 cameras. Probably the 85mm f/1.8 Sony combined with the 30mm f/1.4 Sigma would be my travel choice. Throw in the Rokinon 12mm f/2 for when I need to go wide....
 

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Am more like bdbits...do not use, get it to persons who will use...like some, am down to where I just shoot and forego picking and choosing, even with the occacional problem, it is more fun...to me.
 

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I use mostly a 1.4 50 and have noticed I use the 135 less and less, being the crop factor of theses older manual lenses makes the old 50 a very decent portrait lens. But, I do whip out the 135mm when needed, like the below swallow tail pic was Asahi, 135 2.5 (200 asa) from a distance. Still adjusting head to digital...have to do with a Nikkor and pick one...but, just recalled, I do have the Nikkor 35mm 2.8 OC usually on body...forgot.

Sorry, forgot to add pic...duh on me!
 

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I'll have to amend my answer of earlier. I like shooting cars and for that I've found my Nikkor 24's to be the best. I have two versions of it, one older, one newer. I'm not sure which I like the best though I've read they should be the same, I think. I'd easily favor the older one if it didn't weigh so much more than the newer model. I know it isn't much but at the end of the day a few grams more begins to take a toll on the ol' bod.
 

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Like "Always on Auto," I must amend notes. Fickle me tried out a 50x1.4 Tak (the 8) and loved it, then tried the Tak 135x2 and love it. So, have different dates to hang with (I did keep my Nikkors though), bastardo that I am!

I might add I love Gimp and Silver Efex.
 

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I don't feel bad having an assortment of Legacy glass that only occasionally gets used. After all, most of them are inexpensive enough that if I have one that I don't use for a while, it doesn't seem like I have a whole bunch of money sitting idle.

I am in the process of selling my Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS ii lens and have decided not to replace it with the Sony version because of the really limited use I gave the 100-400L lens. Instead, I have a 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens which I use quite often and if I absolutely need the extra reach, I will rent the Sony 100-400mm version.

My local camera shop has a good deal in which I can actually rent a piece of gear; picking it up on Friday and dropping it off on Monday for $40, if I reserve it in advance. I looked at how many times I used the Canon 100-400mm lens and realized that I could rent the lens for my only occasional usage and never come near the price I would have to pay for it.

Besides liquidating my Canon glass, I have sold the e-mount lenses that I really didn't like all that well. I will end up with three APSC lenses: 50mm f/1.8 OSS, 12mm Rokinon and a Viltrox 60mm f/2.8 2:1 ratio Macro, and three full frame lenses: 28-75mm f/2.8 Tamron and the Sony 85mm f/1.8 and 70-200mm f/4 G OSS, all of which can do double duty on a crop sensor camera.

I am not a great fan of shooting with wide angle lenses and the 12mm f/2.0 Rokinon is a great little lens and will (at 18mm equivalent) do me for my wide needs.

I am pretty well set with my lens lineup but, just might look into the size and weight of the upcoming 70-180mm f2.8 (I think) Tamron lens. If the form factor and the price justifies it, I may switch from the Sony 70-200mm to the Tamron. I purchased the Sony 70-200mm lens used, at a good price, and would lose little, if any money selling it. If I don't have to pay a lot more for the Tamron and if the form factor of that lens is considerably smaller than the Sony, it will be a good choice for me...
 

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Dig that! I messed around, obviously, even tried a small Oly F 1.8 (close lug distance) but settled down now to the two Taks and the two Nikkors. Life is good. Might take the girls out later.
 

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There really is no right or wrong lens (combo). It's a personal pursuit. Use what works best for you and makes it fun.

To update my post, for full frame, my habit lens is actually a zoom. oh my! :-o My Tamron SP 01A 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 is seeing the most time on the body.
 

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Richard, dig that. I have some 30 rolls of film, some from 1930s (mom) and afraid to process for the potential to ruin them. I fear chemicals and time...I want to develop and scan them. Hate scanning.
 

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And here I take delivery of a 50x1.4 Nikkor I forgot I ordered ("for daughter") now have 3 "nifties?" Need to get organized...

But, was nice and clean for old manual...happy me and daughter...
 

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Depends very much on the subject.
Numbers wise most of my shots are AF, with either the standard kit or telephoto zoom lenses for my older systems (MFT & Pentax DSLR), but with my two E-mount bodies I only use adapted lenses.

Quirky lenses are often among my favourites, so the tiny Industar 50 (a collapsing 50mm/3.5), 24mm/2.8 from the Pentax Auto 110 & a Somewhat bulkier 50mm/1.2 projector lens are certainly included.
No doubt I will eventually get some native e-mount lenses, but I don't see it as a priority.
 

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Thought all this time had stuck in image...not...so here 'tis...with Asahi Tac 8-element 50x1.4) I just like it even if in color. A "Swallowtail" (Scissortail). But, could have been the 135mm 8-element x 2.5 forgot ref.
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I seem to use the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 as well as the APSC Sony 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS lenses most often. But, I still absolutely love the Sony 50mm f/2.8 OSS and Sony 85mm f/1.8 lenses for people shooting...
 

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Dig, So subjective...I vacillate between Nikkors and Asahis...just trying to squeeze best of either. I have a Sony auto 1.8 something that I did not know I had and never use...with the 6300. I do not like changing lenses when snapping...
 

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My "habit lens" depends on the body I'm using (Olympus, Fuji, or Sony) but all are 35-50 mme. I will usually sacrifice speed for size. I would really like this lens to be the new Sigma 45 for my A7R3. :biggrin:
 
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I have tended to use the Sony e-mount Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens on either my full frame of crop factor cameras and could almost live with that as my only lens. However, the "ALMOST Factor" opens the door for a bunch more lenses both, prime and zoom.

I could definitely live with a combination of the Tamron along with Sony 85mm f/1.8 and 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS and Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 lenses...
 

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