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So my current cameras are a Fujifilm X-T10 and X-T2, mirrorless with APS-C sensors. I'm loving them both. [edit] The main shortcoming these is that neither have in-body stabilization as the newer X-T4 and X-T5 do.

I have a very modest selection of lens I'm currently using; I've got some pics of those:

Fujinon 18-55mm 2.8-4 R LM OIS -- certainly my favorite and most used lens. It has in-lens stabilization.
Fujinon 18-55mm 2.8-4 R LM OIS.jpg

Fujinon XC 50-230 mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II -- from Fuji's 'XC' line, not quite the quality of their 'XF' line but decent, cheaper, and lighter due to plastic construction. This lens too has in-lens stabilization.
Fujinon XC 50-230 mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II.jpg

7artisans 12mm (manual focus) -- there's really nothing like an ultra-wide, non-distortion lens: in this case a 18mm std. 35mm equivalent. This is a lot cheaper than any comparable Fujinon lens and does a decent job. Manual focus is no problem with such short focal lengths.
7artisans 12mm (manual focus).jpg


TTArtisan 40mm F2.8 Macro -- will get in a lot closer than my 18-55 zoom; manual focus isn't much of a problem working on tripod:
TTArtisan 40mm F2.8 Macro.jpg

TTartisan 27mm F2.8 Auto Focus -- a light, compact, "pancake" lens: 41mm std. 35mm equivalent. The fairly new Fujinon 27mm F2.8 R WR lens is a bit shorter and would be preferable but is almost 3X the price:
TTartisan 27mm F2.8 - Auto Focus.jpg
 
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I‘m also using the Fuji-X system. Cameras: X-T4 and X-T2. Lenses: Samyang 21mm 1.4, Fuji 33mm 1.4 and Fuji 50-140mm 2.8. Thinking about buying the newly anounced Sigma 18-50mm 2.8 as my new vacation lens.
 

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Among other things, I got a prewar 7.5 cm f/4.5 Ludwig Pilotar, shown here mounted on a Pilot Super. It's in my queue for restoration.
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I have Nikon, F-mount. I have a modern full-frame Nikon DSLR, with the usual autofocus lenses. It works with all my old gear dating back to my F3. I seem to still use some of the old lenses more than the new.
I often use a 20mm f/3.5. I like it for evening and night photos, street sceens. It does nice things with the lighting and sources of light. I got it for cheap, it has an incredibly fine mechanical feel. It takes really nice pictures if the lighting is right.
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The 28mm f/2.8 is another inexpensive lens that I use.
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This 105 f/2.5 is the best portrait lens I have. It has many revisions, the one I have is all-metal, but they all have good reputations. The range and aperture engravings are ultra-sharp, every mechanical detail is perfect. So is the lens, with beautiful out of focus regions. It's another lens that feels great in the hand.
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I do macro photography. To me it makes no sense to buy an autofocus macro when old manual macro gear seems to be still pretty cheap. I've had a 200mm f/4 for years, and it's another that feels good in hand. I've briefly handled a modern Nikkor macro, I think I prefer the feel of the older manual focus for the type fine-tuning you do while macro.
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I use these four lenses and a 50mm over half the time, the rest of the time I use an autofocus zoom.
 

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I shoot Nikkor F-mount and Pentax (Takumar screw-mount) on my 35mm film cameras. I prefer primes, but I love the E-Series zooms. Zeiss 80 planar and 250 sonnar for my Hasselblad. I adapt them all to my Sony A7rIII. As far as native E-mount lenses go, I use Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 di iii and 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2.
 

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There aren't quite as many Nikon F-mount lenses here as there are bits of hifi ephemera, but it's close.
My faves include an AF-S Nikkor ED 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 G VR
an AF-S Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8 G
and a Sigma 10-20 mm f/4.0-5.6 that I like to call "the realtor's wide angle zoom" :)

I also quite like the venerable 55 mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor for macro-esque work.

All of the above are kind, thoughtful, and generous gifts from my son, who is the real photographer in the family. That said, I do think he appreciated my encouragement/enablement in terms of photography :)

 
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the 70-300 mm


the 10-20 mm Sigma
close-in

far-out ;)


the Micro-Nikkor


(still on a learning curve with this one! ;) )

The 50 mm I mostly use for low-light & portraits, and I really don't have even a halfway-decent image to share -- but I do like the lens quite a bit.
 

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My current most used camera is a Canon R5 with battery grip.

In my travel bag, I usually have the EF 24-70 2.8L II, EF 100-400 4.5-5.6L IS II with EF x2 III and the EF 11-24 4.0L

For events, I replace the 100-400 by the RF 70-200 2.8L IS and the 11-24 by the EF 16-35 2.8L III.

For street or family or private events, or small venues concerts, I like the EF 24 1.4L II and EF 85 1.4L IS.

For pure portrait work, I'd use the RF 85 1.2L DS.
 
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I‘m also using the Fuji-X system. Cameras: X-T4 and X-T2. Lenses: Samyang 21mm 1.4, Fuji 33mm 1.4 and Fuji 50-140mm 2.8. Thinking about buying the newly anounced Sigma 18-50mm 2.8 as my new vacation lens.
Looks good. I'm glad I'm not the only person using a few non-Fujinon lenses. The Fujinon lens tend to be great but, for me, can be prohibitively expensive.
 
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I have Nikon, F-mount. I have a modern full-frame Nikon DSLR, with the usual autofocus lenses. It works with all my old gear dating back to my F3. I seem to still use some of the old lenses more than the new.
I often use a 20mm f/3.5. I like it for evening and night photos, street sceens. It does nice things with the lighting and sources of light. I got it for cheap, it has an incredibly fine mechanical feel. It takes really nice pictures if the lighting is right.
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The 28mm f/2.8 is another inexpensive lens that I use.
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This 105 f/2.5 is the best portrait lens I have. It has many revisions, the one I have is all-metal, but they all have good reputations. The range and aperture engravings are ultra-sharp, every mechanical detail is perfect. So is the lens, with beautiful out of focus regions. It's another lens that feels great in the hand.
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I do macro photography. To me it makes no sense to buy an autofocus macro when old manual macro gear seems to be still pretty cheap. I've had a 200mm f/4 for years, and it's another that feels good in hand. I've briefly handled a modern Nikkor macro, I think I prefer the feel of the older manual focus for the type fine-tuning you do while macro.
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I use these four lenses and a 50mm over half the time, the rest of the time I use an autofocus zoom.
I sold my Nikon F back in the early '70s -- not without some regret but certainly enjoyed the lighter way and usability of the Olympus OM-1 that replaced. Going to the Olympus, of course, meant a new set of lenses unfortunately.
 
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There aren't quite as many Nikon F-mount lenses here as there are bits of hifi ephemera, but it's close.
My faves include an AF-S Nikkor ED 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 G VR
an AF-S Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8 G
and a Sigma 10-20 mm f/4.0-5.6 that I like to call "the realtor's wide angle zoom" :)

I also quite like the venerable 55 mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor for macro-esque work.

All of the above are kind, thoughtful, and generous gifts from my son, who is the real photographer in the family. That said, I do think he appreciated my encouragement/enablement in terms of photography :)

Are you still using a Nikon F? For better or worse I sold mine in the early '70s.
 
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the 70-300 mm


the 10-20 mm Sigma
close-in

far-out ;)


the Micro-Nikkor


(still on a learning curve with this one! ;) )

The 50 mm I mostly use for low-light & portraits, and I really don't have even a halfway-decent image to share -- but I do like the lens quite a bit.
Fabulous pics from you as usual. Maybe you won't be surprised by the fact that I like you bird portraits best of all.
 
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I guess for many of us there's no such thing as too many lens -- that includes me.

My current aspiration is for either NiSi 9mm f/2.8 Sunstar OR the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D super-wide, zero-distortion lenses; (undecided which). I love the super-wides for travel photography as well as indoor shooting -- these 9mm for APS-C cameras have a 13.6mm std. 35mm equivalent. Self-indulgent, though, because I already have the 7artisans 12mm lens, (but you can never have too wide in a rectilinear lens).

Loawa 9mm ...
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I use Fuji X system. Currently have 33 mm F1.4 R LM WR on it and frequently use 70-300 mm also. I waited months for my 70-300 order and it has a small spec of dust inside the lens so was a bit disappointed for that. But it works fine nonetheless. Looking for an XC 15-45 mm for light weight all rounder, but it's not in stock anywhere.
 

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Another Fuji nut here. X-T2 with:

- XF 23 f2
- XF 35 f1.4
- XF 90 f2
- XF 18-70 f4
- XC 70-230
- Samyang 12 f2

I also have a broken 16-55 f2.8 :mad: It doesn’t focus properly anymore.
 

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I'm also fascinated by the possibilities of today's best technology, though I have to rein in my enthusiasm for many of today's flagship lenses because size and weight can be a factor, as I may be carrying them about for hours at a time. For me, ~500 grams is a practical limit for a carry-about lens. But there are a few such lenses which are still manageable for me, such as Sony's 24/1.4 G Master:
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