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.

Robert Harrington

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.

Frank Doorhof


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.

My second camera is the 5D Mk II which I use a lot when walking around or doing more "quick" sets. I love the Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS because it has IS and this is great when you use video.

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.

Eric Kim


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


Currently, my go-to camera is the Nikon D3s. It is simply the best camera available at this time. I have a Nikon D4 on pre-order though, so that will soon be the camera that I use.

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.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect the views of B&H Photo, Video, Pro Audio

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I own a new Nikon D5300 and i am new to photography. Apart from my kit lens I bought a 50mm f1.G 3months back and I enjoy shooting with it.
Now I am planning to buy a telephoto lens with a focal range of 55-200mm or 55mm -300mm with minimal budget.

I came across the below lenses and I want to know the detailed differences about the below lenses and which is worth for the money.

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S VR DX IF-ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200MM F/4.5-5.6E ED VR II 

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED

Kindly suggest me the right lens for my camera and suggest me if nay lenses of other than these(either 55-200mm or 55-300mm) within this budget range. 

Not: Need an autofocus lens with vibration reduction.

Well, the last lens on your list does not have VR, so if Vibration Reduction is a feature you are looking for, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED would not be the lens to go with.  The Nikon 55-200mm VR II will be more compact and slightly lighter, it also has improved optical quality.  That being said, you could really go with either for your D5300.

My choice of camera right this second is the 5D Mark III and 24-70 f2.8 L   I was primarily using the 5D Mark II but after getting my hands on the Mark III and shooting a bit with it I'm just wowed!!

My choise of camera right now is the Fujifilm X100. So the lens is the 23mm Fujinon :)

My choise of camera right now is the Fujifilm X100. So the lens is the 23mm Fujinon :)

My Go To Camera is Nikon D90 and the len is 50 F1.4 G

My only body NikonD200 with my 80-200 f2.8 .
Does everything I need in mid to long range

My go to camera was the Canon 5D Mk II till I got my 5D Mark III two weeks ago.  The Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS is still my top lens and then 70-200mm F2.8 L IS.  So many improvements made in the Mark III that it is an amazing camera.