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The Lenses We Would Have If We Could Have No Other Lenses [POLL RESULTS]

Nikon 18-200mm A few weeks back I asked a loaded question: If You Could Only Have One Lens, What Would It Be? I knew from the start that it’d be tough question for most, as it was for me. Picking one lens when many of us shoot varied subject matter would present special problems.

I was, however, encouraged by the responses, especially the explanations. It was evident that a lot of DSLR owners would keep their current lens, especially those with the Nikon 18-200mm VR. And while a zoom seemed like the obvious choice for all around use, nearly one third of those responding chose a fixed focal length lens (and half of those were a 50mm of one type or another). After scouring through the results I especially appreciated Chris’ answer, “My contact lenses; without them I can’t see anything…”

Here now are the numbers from a purely human count of the responses. If someone picked two lenses, I threw out the answer. If the answer was unclear, I threw it out. All in all there were 334 tallies for 82 different lenses. This is not a scientific poll, if that wasn’t stated clearly before.

Brand Lens Tallies Price
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II 43 $800
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW 30 $450
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM 24 $1200
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM 21 $1700
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM 16 $2400
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM 15 $1175
Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM 14 $375
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD 11 $1200
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S 11 $1800
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S 10 $2400
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX 8 $210
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM 8 $1600
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM 7 $1400
Sony Alpha DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 6 $580
Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM 5 1600
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC AF OS 4 $400
Leica 50mm f/1.0 Noctilux 4 $7000
Pentax SMC DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL IF SDM 3 $1000
Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD 3 $450
Pentax 31mm F/1.8 FA Limited 3 $1200
Zuiko 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 3 $380
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM 3 $700
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM 3 $1300
Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM 3 $2200
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 3 $580

The other 57 lenses with two or less votes are not shown here. All in all they garnered less than 22% of the total mentions and they covered most of the 35m DLSR lenses available. If you care to peruse the rest of the mentions, the original post is here. And before someone calls me on it, I grouped the Leica 50mm Noctiluxes for easy of posting. That’s one hefty price for a nice lens!

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Peter West Carey
Peter West Carey

leads photo tours and workshops in Nepal, Bhutan, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and beyond. He is also the creator of Photography Basics – A 43 Day Adventure & 40 Photography Experiments, web-based tutorials taking curious photographers on a fun ride through the basics of learning photography.

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