My All Time Favorite Lenses

My All Time Favorite Lenses

As I have worked with many of the SLR’s and Medium Format camera’s out there, I want to share with you some of my favorites.  In my career I used Nikon, Canon, Pentax SLR’s and all of the Medium Format stuff out there.

My choices are based on my most frequent go for lenses when doing actual projects in the past and present.

Nikon: 85mm f/1.4 Nikkor Al-S
Nikon: 28mm f/2.0 Nikkor Al-S
Nikon: 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Al-S
Nikon: 105mm f/2.5 Nikkor Al-S

Pentax: smc Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited
Pentax: smc Pentax FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited
Pentax: smc Pentax DA Star 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM
Pentax: smc Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4
Pentax: smc Pentax DA 12-24 f/4.0 ED AL (IF)

Canon: EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM
Canon: EF 35mm f/2.0
Canon: EF 28mm f/2.8
Canon: TS-E 45mm f/2.8
Canon: TS-E 90mm f/2.8

And of course, not to forget two of my favorite 3rd party lenses,

Tamron: SP AF 28-75 f/2.8 XR Di LD (IF)
Tamron: SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro

Well, there you have it.


Here are 2 instructional videos discussing the attributes and rendering of different focal lengths.

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About Benjamin Kanarek
Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…
  • Lucas1981

    What do you think about Pentax FA 77 mm F/1.8 Limited Edition??

    • Never used it.

      • Lucas1981

        Oh..okey 🙂 Now I know why this lens is not on the list 😉

  • Macky bucon

    Hi, what about medium format? Whats your favorite lenses ? Also I would ask you to explain what is the key difference between mamiya, hasselblad and rest of the team. How you manage with manual focus ? It’s very important subject for me as I’m photography student and I’m thinking about step up to medium format. Good idea for article ! Thanks for reading and keep up, your work is very interesting

    • I may consider an article regarding your comment. Thanks for the input.