All these lenses are ones I’ve loved using and would recommend.
3) In third place is the Nikon 70-300 f4-5.6 AF-S G. It’s the longest lens I’ve used, equalling 450mm on my Nikon D5000. Great for shots of a distant subject, or for some nice macro work, as the lens focuses surprisingly close. My two favourite shots with this lens are a passenger jet landing in the sunset at Heathrow airport, and this delicate image of a swan.
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2) Second place is the Canon EF 35mm f2.0. I used this lens on a digital SLR with a crop factor, making it a 50mm f2 in practice. Cheap and incredibly sharp, it had several weak points – notably coping very poorly with flare – but gave me some lovely images. This shot of some daffodils is my favourite.
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1) In the top spot is one of the first lenses I ever bought, and one that changed the way I viewed the world. The Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM lens.
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The Canon 50mm f1.4 introduced me to big apertures and out of focus backgrounds. My favourite image is impossibly hard to pick, so I’ll include two. The first is of my cat and shows off the depth and clarity this lens can create in a shot. The second is a shot from one of the first weddings I photographed. The lens enabled me to shoot in the almost non existent light and I was lucky to capture a lovely moment…