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billy badfinger
Posts: 784
Orlando, Florida, US


For reasons that don't matter,
you have been "banished" to an island for 2 years...
It's actually quite a nice island (not a desert!)...lush forests,
white sand beaches,a canyon,some snow covered peaks AND,
it's populated my fabulous looking models who all need port updates!!!
You are allowed ONLY 1 Lens for the entire 2 years!
(This lens has to actually exsist!!!...so no 24-300mm 1.4's...!!!)

I'd go with the Canon 24-105 "L"...
Feb 11 13 08:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Select Models
Posts: 35,122
Upland, California, US


Nikon 24-120 Nanocoat ED-VR!... razor sharp... great zoom range... decent close focusing... very effective Vibration Reduction... and you'll need that because on your deserted island... you have NO flash and NO tripod... AND... there's NO electricity... sooooooo... you MUST provide me with 500 charged camera batteries and 50 16gig SD cards for my D600... borat
Feb 11 13 08:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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joeyk
Posts: 14,371
Seminole, Florida, US


billy badfinger wrote:
I'd go with the Canon 24-105 "L"...

"There can be only one!"

Feb 11 13 08:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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Thomas Sellberg
Posts: 139
Bloomington, Illinois, US


joeyk wrote:

"There can be only one!"

+1

Feb 11 13 08:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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-The Dave-
Posts: 8,513
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


28-300 f/4 on a D800 would work for me.
Feb 11 13 08:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Good Egg Productions
Posts: 14,699
Orlando, Florida, US


I would think that a Canon 85mm f/1.2 would be a good choice for focusing the sun's rays for starting fires.


Do we get to have a camera with that, or are we just using the lens?
Feb 11 13 08:14 pm  Link  Quote 
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Select Models
Posts: 35,122
Upland, California, US


-The Dave- wrote:
28-300 f/4 on a D800 would work for me.

But you broke one of the OP's rules... that lens doesn't exist... wink

Feb 11 13 08:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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billy badfinger
Posts: 784
Orlando, Florida, US


OK...
you can have a camera to go with your lens!!!
Feb 11 13 08:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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GER Photography
Posts: 7,254
Imperial, California, US


Pentax D* 50-135 2.8 major weatherproofing, versatile range...
Feb 11 13 08:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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PDF IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY
Posts: 4,556
Jacksonville, Florida, US


AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D
Feb 11 13 08:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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-The Dave-
Posts: 8,513
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Select Models wrote:

But you broke one of the OP's rules... that lens doesn't exist... wink

My bad, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Was also thinking of the 24-120 f/4, mixed them up. smile

Thinking is hard...

Feb 11 13 08:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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Images by MR
Posts: 7,295
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


D800 & Nikon 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VRII Nikkor
Feb 11 13 08:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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Raoul Isidro Images
Posts: 5,531
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


billy badfinger wrote:
OK...
you can have a camera to go with your lens!!!

5DMk3+24-70mmf2.8MkII
http://homeforbrides.com/photos/201211//Canon-5d-mark-iii-3-_3243_514_s.jpg

.

Feb 11 13 08:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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Gregory Storm
Posts: 595
Burbank, California, US


Unless we also had electricity or unlimited batteries, that lens and camera are going to become pretty useless.

With that said, Canon 24-105mm f.4L IS USM.  Then again, I've never used the Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS and since I'd have a lot of time to kill, this might be a good time to test it out.

Gregory
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Feb 11 13 08:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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David Nelson Photograph
Posts: 339
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, US


The Canon 70-200 USM IS II
Feb 11 13 08:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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SPierce Photography
Posts: 19,337
Amherst, Massachusetts, US


My D800 and 35mm.
Feb 11 13 08:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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Giacomo Cirrincioni
Posts: 20,614
New York, New York, US


50/1.4
Feb 11 13 09:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jon Macapodi
Posts: 278
New York, New York, US


SPierce Photography wrote:
My D800 and 35mm.

I second this. Bonus points if it's the 35mm 1.8 DX.

Feb 11 13 09:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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Select Models
Posts: 35,122
Upland, California, US


Paramour Productions wrote:
50/1.4

On a deserted island... you'll want to shoot something close to panoramic beach scenes and sunsets... zoomed in images of wildlife... possibly closeups of flowers and unique insects.  In all of these cases, your recommended lens is a EPIC FAIL!... wink

Feb 11 13 10:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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MC Photo
Posts: 4,142
New York, New York, US


24 1.4 on a 1.3 crop.
Feb 11 13 10:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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MichaelClements
Posts: 1,662
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Minolta 50mm 1.4
Feb 11 13 10:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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jdmax
Posts: 110
New York, New York, US


peleng 8mm ! smile
Feb 12 13 12:07 am  Link  Quote 
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Alien LiFe
Posts: 785
San Francisco, California, US


I will go with Sigma 50mm 1.4 on Nikon D4 body ...

This is a natural light only or we could bring our 'lights' as well  ??
Feb 12 13 01:29 am  Link  Quote 
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Alien LiFe
Posts: 785
San Francisco, California, US


Select Models wrote:

On a deserted island... you'll want to shoot something close to panoramic beach scenes and sunsets... zoomed in images of wildlife... possibly closeups of flowers and unique insects.  In all of these cases, your recommended lens is a EPIC FAIL!... wink

Hmmm ... not really smile

You can 'sticth' few photos for panoramic beach scenes & sunsets.
50mm lens can focus quite close for close-ups of flowers & unique insects.
and after 2 years, wildlife might turn out to be our friends ...

But with all those models desperate of some new photos for their portfolios ... I think, I will be busy shooting just portraits all the time ... smile

Feb 12 13 01:37 am  Link  Quote 
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R Michael Walker
Posts: 11,939
Costa Mesa, California, US


My D800 and my Nikkor 16-35 VR G. After all..on MY Island there would be no glamour or fashion allowed so no need for anything longer. LOL! Solar panels to recharge my batteries allowed?
Feb 12 13 01:41 am  Link  Quote 
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Joan Morgades
Posts: 311
Reus, Catalonia, Spain


Canon 100 macro IS.
Feb 12 13 01:48 am  Link  Quote 
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RKD Photographic
Posts: 3,255
Iserlohn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


24-70 f/2.8 on full-frame.

If I could 'wish' the camera too it'd be a D4 instead of the D3 and D3x bodies I currently use.
Feb 12 13 02:09 am  Link  Quote 
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Photography by Riddell
Posts: 604
Hemel Hempstead, England, United Kingdom


What do you want to photograph?

There is a massive difference in requirements between shooting say the wildlife and landscapes. And a 3rd lens is needed for people.

Its for this reason that this one lens approach doesn't work, and why photographers own lots of lenses.

If you only want one lens, buy a compact camera.
Feb 12 13 02:10 am  Link  Quote 
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Chris David Photography
Posts: 373
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


The missing bit to this is which camera - is it full frame or crop?

Shooting models on a canon full frame I'd go 70-200mm 2.8L IS MII if its a crop camera then 24-105mm L IS. I rarely shoot wide with models and those 2 combinations fit the average focal lengths I use for majority of my shoots.
Feb 12 13 02:22 am  Link  Quote 
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alessandro2009
Posts: 7,296
Florence, Toscana, Italy


Is present the electricity on that island? (1)
If that is the case is possible at least carry more batteries?
If is possible i think about a:
Nikon D800
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

If the electricity isn't present and isn't possible carry more batteries.
Hasselblad 500 C/M
Planar 80mm f/2.8 (normal prime len)
with a good amount of 120mm films.

(1) Not bad the idea of a Solar Battery Recharging above mentioned if used for normal hybrid batteries AA inside a battery grip.
Feb 12 13 02:37 am  Link  Quote 
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MKPhoto
Posts: 5,664
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Select Models wrote:
On a deserted island... you'll want to shoot something close to panoramic beach scenes and sunsets... zoomed in images of wildlife... possibly closeups of flowers and unique insects.  In all of these cases, your recommended lens is a EPIC FAIL!... wink
Alien LiFe wrote:
Hmmm ... not really smile

You can 'sticth' few photos for panoramic beach scenes & sunsets.
50mm lens can focus quite close for close-ups of flowers & unique insects.
and after 2 years, wildlife might turn out to be our friends ...

But with all those models desperate of some new photos for their portfolios ... I think, I will be busy shooting just portraits all the time ... smile

I could live with a Nikkor 18-300mm. You can't shoot models ALL the time and remember you need a long lens to look for white sails on the horizon! wink

Feb 12 13 04:25 am  Link  Quote 
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Giacomo Cirrincioni
Posts: 20,614
New York, New York, US


Select Models wrote:
On a deserted island... you'll want to shoot something close to panoramic beach scenes and sunsets... zoomed in images of wildlife... possibly closeups of flowers and unique insects.  In all of these cases, your recommended lens is a EPIC FAIL!... wink

The OT is asking about which lens we would want. I answered, how could that be a fail? I'm not supposed to want that lens?

I would not really want a 35mm camera either. Is that also wrong?

Feb 12 13 04:36 am  Link  Quote 
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Al Lock Photography
Posts: 15,242
Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand


Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VRII
Feb 12 13 05:38 am  Link  Quote 
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RennsportPhotography
Posts: 17,920
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, US


Nikon 18-300mm and Brooklyn Decker as an "assistant". One small bikini too.
Feb 12 13 06:18 am  Link  Quote 
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Don Garrett
Posts: 4,055
Escondido, California, US


My 24-70, f 2.8, L series lens is on my full frame, 1DsMkII 99% of the time, it is very versatile, and focuses remarkably close. I would have to fudge once in a while, but I don't think that would be terribly often.
  It is probably getting about time for a body update, but I am not desperate yet.
-Don
EDIT: Of course, I have to take electricity a good computer and monitor, etc. for granted, or forget it all.
Feb 12 13 06:34 am  Link  Quote 
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Ed Woodson Photography
Posts: 2,644
Savannah, Georgia, US


My 24-105 lives on my 5D2 now.  Can't see any reason that wouldn't work on this Island paradise.
Feb 12 13 06:38 am  Link  Quote 
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L A U B E N H E I M E R
Posts: 8,209
Seattle, Washington, US


85mm.

just.

like.

jonvelle.
Feb 12 13 06:42 am  Link  Quote 
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Marty McBride
Posts: 3,132
Owensboro, Kentucky, US


Paramour Productions wrote:
50/1.4
Select Models wrote:
On a deserted island... you'll want to shoot something close to panoramic beach scenes and sunsets... zoomed in images of wildlife... possibly closeups of flowers and unique insects.  In all of these cases, your recommended lens is a EPIC FAIL!... wink

We haven't lost the right to our own opinion.....yet! smile

Feb 12 13 06:56 am  Link  Quote 
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Shot By Adam
Posts: 5,197
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Alien LiFe wrote:
I will go with Sigma 50mm 1.4 on Nikon D4 body ...

I'm curious as to why you went with a Sigma instead of a Nikkor? That's like asking you can own any car in the world and instead of choosing a Ferrari or a Lamborghini or a Bugatti or a Mercedes Benz or a BMW, you chose a Hyundai.

As for me, it would be my 14-24 f/2.8 on my D800. It's my favorite lens in the bag. I have more creative fun with that lens than any other, by far.

Feb 12 13 07:08 am  Link  Quote 
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ArtisticGlamour
Posts: 3,846
Phoenix, Arizona, US


Paramour Productions wrote:
50/1.4
Select Models wrote:
On a deserted island... you'll want to shoot something close to panoramic beach scenes and sunsets... zoomed in images of wildlife... possibly closeups of flowers and unique insects.  In all of these cases, your recommended lens is a EPIC FAIL!... wink

Not on MY desert island...I'm surrounded by all the models from Select Model's portfolio...I could shoot ALL DAY (and night) with a 50mm/1.4! lol

But, I'd take my Sony 16-50/f2.8 instead.
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g461/TyPortfolio/iso165028.jpg

http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g461/TyPortfolio/Sony_A77medium.jpg

Feb 12 13 07:12 am  Link  Quote 
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