[Poll] The One Lens to Rule Them All

[Poll] The One Lens to Rule Them All

Ok, so the Lord of the Rings reference is a bit dramatic. But photographers ask this question of each other all the time: "What lens could you not go without?" Imagine that you had to pick one lens for your camera for the rest of your life. Which lens would that be? Could you be completely satisfied with an 85mm f/1.4, or would you grab the 70-200mm f/2.8? Decisions decisions...

In speaking to instructors and photographers from all over the world, this is what I call the "desert island lens" question. It is of course a preposterous situation, but it's interesting to hear the rationale behind choices from photographers of different backgrounds and professions. I put together a short list of some of the most popular lenses, each with their own merit. Any one of us would likely be happy with all these lenses for specific situations. They are all great lenses. But if you had to pick only one, which could you make work for the rest of your photographic career? Let us know in the poll and then tell us why in the comments section below.

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Jaron Schneider is an Fstoppers Contributor and an internationally published writer and cinematographer from San Francisco, California. His clients include Maurice Lacroix, HD Supply, SmugMug, the USAF Thunderbirds and a host of industry professionals.

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Nah, the Lord of the Red Rings is definetly the 135 mm L lens

24-70mm 2.8 "The Brick" is one of the best all around lens that one could use. I would guess it depends on a persons shooting style. Lots of people like a prime lens because of the their shooting purpose and style. But if you want a workhorse lens that can accommodate most. That you will not have to change out with others lenses and has good lighting and range capabilities. I would choose the brick if I could only choose one.