What's Your Favorite Lens?

A rich and engaging discussion about favorite lenses unfolds in this video, blending technical insights with personal experiences. Touching on a huge range of lenses from the most pragmatic tools for the job to some of the most extreme designs available today, there is something for everyone. 

Coming to you from Gerald Undone and Terry Warfield, this fun video discusses their favorite 10 lenses, ranging from the best bang-for-the-buck options to some of the most incredible options out there. Without a doubt, it is fun to salivate over lenses like the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM, which is known for being absolutely stunning, but I was really glad to see more pragmatic options like the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD here. Lens design has gotten so good that I think it is important to recognize that "budget" options are not like they were even a decade ago, when that often meant taking significant hits in image quality and performance. Nowadays, even some of the most cheaply priced lenses can produce images worthy of even the most discerning eyes. I think it is really important that photographers carefully consider all the options instead of assuming one automatically needs the most expensive choice in order to produce worthwhile results. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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A fun and informative video from 2 guys who know what they are talking about. Thanks for sharing.

In my case it is Fujinon 90mm f/2 LM WR for X mount. Mindblowing lens.

Great example how good it perfom even years after premiere.
New video from Damian Brown.

That’s a difficult question. Across all systems I’ve owned, the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 was a fantastic, no nonsense everyday lens. If we’re talking non-interchangeable, the 23mm f/2 in the X100V is exceptional. My current favourite lens in my kit might be the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 - not the fastest, not the lightest, but stupidly sharp, quick, and versatile. But then there’s the XF 50mm f/2… too many great lenses these days haha

Alex Cooke asked,

"What's Your Favorite Lens?"

I am glad you asked what my favorite lens is, as opposed to asking what my most useful lens is.

My favorite lens is the Laowa 1:1 macro 15mm f4

True macro capabilities (not "fake" or "dishonest" macro that is less than 1:1) in a true wide angle is super cool!

I love this lens because if is truly innovative, accomplishing something so radically far beyond what other lenses are capable of. Incremental improvements leave me feeling, "meh". But a radical, exponential improvement over what was offered in the past leaves me excited and enthused and hopeful about things to come!

I originally chimed in on this question. I answered with a lens then it lead to many different lenses for many different reasons.
Then I realized this is why I buy so many lenses. I love glass for its different uses. Use lenses for different purposes. Each has its own unique properties and rendering. Learn the lenses characteristics and use them for its strengths.

Yes, I also use many lenses for many different purposes. But I do tire of having to carry so many lenses around all the time.

So I am hoping that increased technological capabilities causes more manufacturers to make lenses that cover 3 or 4 different specialized uses all in one lens. My Sigma 60-600mm helps me a ton because it allows me to carry one lens instead of 2 or 3.

One thing I am hoping for, specifically, is that everyday walkaround zooms start to be made with extremely short minimum focus distances. That would eliminate the need for a specialized macro lens for a lot of the close-up work I do. If a 55-210mm or 24-105mm could focus close enough to yield 0.5x magnification, that would be awesome! And I really don't see any reason why that couldn't start to happen.