We Ask Photographers: What's Your Go To Lens and Camera?
While a photographer's vision comes first, there are many creatives that prefer to just use one camera and one lens. The reason for this varies greatly: maybe the combo helps them get most of their work done, or maybe they love the way the two work together. We recently talked to various photographers asking them what their go-to lens and camera are.
And the answers range across the entire spectrum.
My go-to camera and lens combination these days is the Nikon D3 and 50mm f1.8 lens. I enjoy the large size of the camera as it fits my hands as though it was designed just for me, and I love the 50mm f1.8 lens. The nifty fifty as it used to be called is a gem. I love the size, weight, and incredible sharpness of this little lens that it is on my camera all the time.
It fits snugly into my Tenba roller and is also my default travel lens. I love the restriction of the 50mm frame on a full frame camera: it forces me to be creative and to move physically instead of zooming. I can go from full body shot to headshot in only a few steps. This is a workhorse combination for me. I love the full frame D3 and this little lens.
Although I will admit that I’m looking at the smaller mirrorless point-and-shoots for a walk-around camera, as the D3 is a bit much to haul around just for fun. But until the day comes when I unwrap an new point-and-shoot, the D3 and nifty fifty do just about everything I need.
See more of Robert's work at his website.
I'm using two different systems: For my work I mostly use the Phase One DF camera with a Leaf Aptus II 7 digital back.
My favorite lens on that combination is the 105-210mm, this is an older lens but I just love it.
For portrait work I love the 70-200mm F2.8 L IS.
One has to realize that in the end it doesn't matter that much what you use I think, Some people will go into discussions that primes are better, and although they are right for me it doesn't matter that much. I want a good lens but I love zooms, for me the story telling part of photography is the most important and when I use a zoom I can play with different perspective options, different angles of view in combination with different focal lengths. This is very quick with a zoom and when shooting primes I will have to change lenses a lot during a session which takes time and in fact holds me back, meaning I will not shoot it and stick to the distance/composition that works with the prime. So my go to lens is actually the lens that does the job and that will differ per setup and the look I want, but the before mentioned lenses are in fact the lenses that I really love using.
Frank's website houses some of his amazing images and blog content.
My go-to camera and lens is currently the Leica M6 and Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron ASPH. Before using this kit, I shot with my Leica M9 and Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux Pre-ASPH religiously, but changed to my current kit for several reasons. First of all, when I went to Tokyo and Korea, I met tons of great street photographers who were shooting with film and was very intrigued by it. I was then given a Leica M6 (from my good friend) and have now fallen in love with film. I now keep the M9 as a backup camera and for my digital work. The 35mm Summilux was too heavy when shooting on the streets (and I shoot at f/8 or above anyways) so the 35mm Summicron was the better option in terms of weight, size, and price.
Eric's travels as a street photographer are very well documented through his images and blog.
Neil Van Niekerk
The lens that I rely on the most, is my Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II.
It is super-sharp (like you'd expect from Nikon), with aggressive stabilization so I can use it handheld in surprisingly low light. I use it everywhere in every situation. Even rain. It is rugged!
Much of Neil's portfolio has been created with this combo.
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