What is YOUR Prime Lens Kit ?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by TedG954, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. TedG954

    TedG954 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2014
    South Florida and NE Ohio
    Ted Gersdorf
    I like prime lenses for all the reported reasons.

    My Sony Prime Lens Kit (for A7II) is as follows:

    • 10mm f5.6 Voigtlander
    • 20mm f2 Tokina Firin
    • 28mm f2 Sony
    • 55 f1.8 Zeiss

    I realize there is no "portrait" length listed. I seldom (very seldom) shoot a portrait style photo. I have the Sony 70-200/4 I can use for a portrait if needed. I generally shoot landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, and other weird stuff.

    What is your Prime Lens Kit?
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  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Mine is:

    Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8
    Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8
    Sony 85mm f/1.8

    and if I'm feeling frisky, I add:

    Canon LTM 135mm f/3.5
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  3. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Ad Dieleman
    • Absolutely smallest and lightest outfit: Sony A7R2 + FE 2.8/35
    • Carry anywhere outfit, also for street photography: A7R2 + FE 2.8/35 or Olympus OM 2/40 and a 28mm wide-angle, Pentax-M 3.5/28 or Olympus OM 3.5/28
    • Photo walk: no primes, just the 3 F4 zooms
    • Primes all the way for close-up photography of my lenses and cameras
      • Minolta MD Macro 3.5/50
      • Minolta C.E. 5.6/80 enlarging lens on an M39 bellows, allowing infinity focus
      • Minolta Auto Bellows 4/100
      • Olympus OM 4.5/135 on Minolta Auto Bellows III or Olympus Auto Bellows
      • Schneider Xenar 4.5/135 or 4.5/150 on Minolta Auto Bellows III
      • Canon FD Macro 4/200
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  4. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 12, 2014
    Næstved, Denmark
    12mm f2, 24mm f1,8, 60mm f2,8 (For A6000)
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  5. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 14, 2016
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    CV10, CV15, FE28 f2, FE35 f2.8, Fe55 f1.8, FE90 Macro f2.8
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  6. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Way too many to list, but my "go to" bag for concert shoots is,

    CV 15
    Sigma 35 1.4
    Canon FL 55 1.2
    Canon 85 1.8
    Rokinon 135 2.0
    ....sometimes I'll bring a whole set of FD primes if I need to use a smaller bag.

    24 f2.8
    35 f2
    50 1.4
    85, or 135 f2 depending on the venue.
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  7. firemist

    firemist TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 4, 2015
    Down below in signature
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  8. christilou

    christilou TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Nov 26, 2012
    Surrey, UK
    ZM25 2.8 Biogon (rarely used, bargain eBay find)
    Voigtlander 35mm 1.2 II ASPH Love it but find it's too heavy to travel with and usually take the RX1 instead
    FE 55 1.8 ( also have a Leica 50mm Summilux and a ZM50 1.5 Sonnar)
    FE 85 1.4 GM (use it much more than I thought I would!)
    I have an old Leica 90mm 2.8 and a 90mm Contax G
    Also I love my Contax G 45mm Planar for it's close focus and pretty bokeh for flowers etc.
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  9. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 12, 2014
    Næstved, Denmark
    Some you guys seems to aply to the more is less philosophy :laugh1:

    No envy at all, nooo :D 
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  10. firemist

    firemist TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 4, 2015
    Just remember...zooms are for tourists, primes are for purists.
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  11. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Check the signature for mine. Don't usually take the LTM's though, maybe one here or there. And since I got the 10-18, the CV12/5.6 hasn't seen the light of day.
    So SEL24F18Z gets the most "prime" use. The Canon LTM 85/1.9 and SEL50F18 are probably tied for 2nd. All the others are few and far between.

    Before I had my cataract surgery, I never could nail focus very well with MF. After the lens implants, I'm better, but spoiled by the AF lenses.
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  12. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 14, 2016
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    I like using primes if the location and mood take me but zooms are fine
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  13. mstphoto

    mstphoto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 26, 2016
    Aberdeen, NE Scotland
    Mike Stephen
    CV12mm + SZ 55mm
    More a zoom shooter these days.

    Back in my Canon days, I shot with quite a few primes ranging from 14mm to 300mm.
    With the mirror concealing the sensor, there was less a risk of dust etc coming in contact with it.
    The least amount of times I have to change lenses these days the better ;) 

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  14. newst

    newst TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 20, 2014
    Troy, MI
    Steve New
    Contax Rangefinder
    Zeiss-Opton Biogon 2.8/35
    Zeiss-Opton Sonnar 1.5/50
    Zeiss Jena Sonnar 2.0/85
    Zeiss Jena Triotar 4.0/85

    Minolta Rokkor SLR
    MD 2.8/24
    MD 1.8/35
    MD 2.0/50
    MD 1.2/50
    MD 2.0/85
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  15. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    My list is also in my signature, when I go native.
    Sigma 19, 30 f/2.8 the most. Rokinon/Samyang 12 and 14mm f/2.8 next. Followed by the SEL5018. But the native zooms do get use for walk-abouts.

    But I like my vintage manual-focus primes. Here, I feel like Kubla Khan in his Pleasure Dome. Too many to choose from, and I have many favorites.
    At the moment, the one reigning supreme is the Olympus Zuiko Auto-S 38mm f/1.8 (Pen-F), if I can only have one lens.
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  16. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 3, 2015
    For my A7Rii,

    Sigma 35/1.4 Art
    Sigma 20/1.8 Art
    Sigma MC-11 Adapter
    Minolta MC Rokkor PG 50/1.4
    Minolta MC TeleRokkor 100/2.5
    Sony Zeiss 16-35/4

    And lusting for the Loxia 21 :( 
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  17. Nino Xerri

    Nino Xerri TalkEmount Veteran

    Jun 13, 2016
    Nino Xerri
    As per my listing below.
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  18. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    28mm f2 Sony
    55mm f.18 Z
    200mm f2.8 Minolta

    For aps-c
    12mm f2 rokinon
    35mm f1.8 Sony
    50mm f1.4 Minolta
    135mm f2.8 Minolta
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  19. JMM

    JMM TalkEmount Regular

    Jul 29, 2016
    Im using:
    -8mm F2.8 Fisheye Rokinon(works well as 12mm defished)
    -24mm F2.8 Legacy
    -50mm F1.8 Minolta
    -100mm F2.8 Minolta Macro
    Not a prime but complement it well is:
    -Tamron 150-600 F5-6.3

    Thinking about droping 24 for UWA zoom.
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  20. Bill

    Bill TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 22, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Just primes.
    The only one of these I carry around regularly is the Loxia. These others are for portrait work

    With the Metabones M to E adaptor
    Voigtlander 15mm, f/4.5 III ​

    Sony/Zeiss 35mm, f/2.8
    Zeiss 50mm, f/2.0 (Loxia)
    Sony/Zeiss 55mm, f/1.8

    With Sigma MC-11 Mount Converters
    Sigma 24mm, f/1.4 Art
    Sigma 85mm, f/1.4 Art
    Sigma 135mm, f/1.8 Art​
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