• roteague says:

    I didn’t answer the poll because my most commonly used lens is my Schneider Symmar-S 135mm lens. This is a wide angle lens, not a telephoto lens. However, my favorite lens is my Scheider SuperSymmar XL 80mm lens, which is also a wide angle lens.

  • W says:

    Hi Dan, I use my 35mm f1.8 the most and my 18-200mm kit lens the least. I recently acquired a 17-50mm f2.8 lens that has quickly become my new favorite. And since you use your 50mm f1.8 lens the least, I’ll gladly take it off your hands. 🙂

  • Dan Bailey says:

    No way! I love my 50mm f/1.8! Just because it gets used the least, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get used. I actually shoot a lot of photos with that lens, just not as many as I do with the other lenses that I own. I can see a 17-50mm f/2.8 being a pretty useful lens.

  • lea lesmana says:

    Most used is Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non VC and Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AF-S Micro. Least used is 50mm f/1.8 AF-D

  • Rick says:

    Hmmm, I’m not sure how to answer these questions, Dan. My three main lenses are a 17-40mm f/4 L, 50mm f/1.4, and a 70-200mm f/4 L. I use them all interchangeably, for whatever the situation calls for, and not really one more than the other. I guess lately I’ve been using the 17-40 more, and the 50 a little less, although that could change at any time. 🙂

  • Denny Wells says:

    Interesting thought provoking post. I did a bit more research with the filters in Lightroom, and determined that my most frequently used focal length has been 50mm – probably due to my heavy use of my 50 1.8 in addition to my normal lens, and my least used focal length within a “normal” range was 85mm. I only went through my personal Lightroom catalog though – I expect my results would skew toward slightly longer focal lengths if I went through my portraits catalog, especially with my recent acquisition of a used 70-200 2.8L. But in the interst of sparking creativity, I should probably haul out my 17-40 a bit more.

  • Jessica Hannon says:

    Not surprised, but my 50mm takes the win. I just love how sharp it is!

  • Nick Name says:

    36-108 mm equivalent compact camera, very small.

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