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Your ideal prime lens setup

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Your ideal prime lens setup

Just want to see the general concensus here.
If you had a full frame Canon camera (for argument's sake 5D Mark II) and were given choice of 4 prime lenses, what would you choose? (no macro, and no super telezooms past 200mm)
Just primes for applications that aren't sports/birds/macro.

Remember, only 4 lenses for all the remainng activities. To make it easier, let's just exclude any lenses that cost above $2500 before tax.

Reason for the thread is to see what preference people give to.
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On the Nikkor side,

[28 f/1.4 (eh...its under 200mm)] if not, 24 PC-E f/3.5
50 f/1.4
85 /1.4
(105 f/2.8 Micro)
180 /2.8
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My low budget prime setup would be:
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 or Canon 35mm f/2
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Canon 85mm f/1.8
Canon 100mm f/2
Canon 135mm L f/2
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Canon:
24L Mk.II or 24L TS-E Mk.II
50L
85L Mk.II
135L

Sony:
16/2.8 Fisheye
35/1.4
CZ 85/1.4 ZA
CZ 135/1.8 ZA
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Nov 19, 2005
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sabesh wrote:
Nov 18th, 2009 9:27 pm
Canon:
24L Mk.II or 24L TS-E Mk.II
50L
85L Mk.II
135L
+1

We think alike! ;)
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Minolta/Sony FF:
Minolta 24/2.8
Sony 50/1.4
Minolta 85/1.4G
Zeiss 135/1.8

Canon EF:
Canon 35/1.4L
Sigma 50/1.4
Canon 85/1.8
Canon 135/2L

Nikon FX:
Nikkor 35/2D
Sigma 50/1.4
Nikkor 85/1.8D
Nikkor DC 135/2D
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24ts, 35l, 85l, 135L
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Nikon:

58mm F1.2 Noct-Nikkor
10.5mm fisheye
105mm F2 defocus control
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Leica:
21mm Elmarit-M
35mm Summilux
50mm Noctilux-M
75mm Summilux-M

3 more to go!
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sabesh wrote:
Nov 18th, 2009 9:27 pm
Pony:

16/2.8 Fisheye
35/1.4
CZ 85/1.4 ZA
CZ 135/1.8 ZA
Don't tell me you're about to enter the pink side :lol:
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200 F2L IS
85L 1.2L
14 F2.8L
135 F2L
50 1.2L

and if I can afford it one day:

400mm F2.8L IS :D

I don't normally do sports commercially but it's nice to be able to since I play softball in the summer. I'll shoot it when I'm not playing it.
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sfu_engineer wrote:
Nov 19th, 2009 12:35 am
+1

We think alike! ;)
Good to hear! The 50L has an unfair rep from folks are just too pickey, so I'm glad you like it. Cheers.

lz7j wrote:
Nov 19th, 2009 1:15 am
Don't tell me you're about to enter the pink side :lol:
"Pony"? "Pink side"? Uh oh, you are gonna upset the resident Sony luvas ;) Nope, not buying into Sony anytime soon. However, theirs is the only FF AF lens lineup I like besides Canon's :)
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Well from the Nikon side my choices would be,

Nikkor 28 1.4
Nikkor 85 1.4
Nikkor 105 1.8 (old school MF, love the lens, used a friend's an have been watching fleabay for one for awhile now)
Nikkor 180 2.8

Now if you said under 300, I would have the 300 f4 there too, the 300 2.8 is nice but a bit out of the price range you set :lol:
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This works well for me on my Sony FF:
Minolta 35/f2
Sony 50/f1.4
Zeiss 85/f1.4
Zeiss 135/1.8
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Oct 5, 2007
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To change this up, what would be your prime selections based on a Canon cropped sensor (x 1.6)

ie. Canon t1i

Thanks.

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