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    The Pyramid Burial Lens

    All talk to the contrary (and you all know who you are!), the Sony A7 series cameras are the greatest cameras that modern ingenuity has ever or ever will create and within the next few weeks all other cameras manufacturers out of a sense of embarrassment will recall all these other unworthy devices and voluntarily consign them to the ash heap of photographic history and start manufacturing political bumper stickers instead.

    Nevertheless, there are attachments that crop up between photographers and lenses that cannot be severed because of changing camera brand or mount type. Lenses so awesome that you intend to have them interred with you like some kind of Egyptian pharaoh or Bronze Age warrior king in the untimely event of your demise. Can you name any lens that because of inherent virtues you will never part with no matter what camera you shoot? This even includes lenses that cannot be attached to the A7 cameras (but is not restricted to these).

    I'll start this with my own humble manias.
    Sony 135 f1.8
    Minolta 200 f4 macro
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    Re: The Pyramid Burial Lens

    LOL!

    I will throw in one:

    UV-Nikkor 105/4.5

    there may be a few others as well.

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    John,

    I have 3 that will be the last ones I part with (in priority order):
    Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2 II
    Sony 135 f1.8
    Minolta 200/2.8

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    You realize i can't name one. Only because nothing is sacred in my bag. But i do seriously have some real favorites. I learned many moons ago never say never when it comes to gear because most likely I will flip on a dime for something I think is better. Unfortunately that attitude has not changed. But I do admire everyones loyalty to a certain lens and focal length and I already agree with all of them.
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    Re: The Pyramid Burial Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    But I do admire everyones loyalty to a certain lens and focal length and I already agree with all of them.


    I tried to sell this when I was trying to buy the Leica MM.

    Untitled by Vivek Iyer, on Flickr


    Luckily, no one bought it!
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    Oh the lenses I wish I never sold. The list is so damn long.
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    Re: The Pyramid Burial Lens

    Sorry, if it is too painful of a reminder, Guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    You realize i can't name one. Only because nothing is sacred in my bag. But i do seriously have some real favorites. I learned many moons ago never say never when it comes to gear because most likely I will flip on a dime for something I think is better. Unfortunately that attitude has not changed. But I do admire everyones loyalty to a certain lens and focal length and I already agree with all of them.
    Guy:
    In deference to those rare souls whose only interest in lenses is pure utilitarian merit, I will provide a separate question option.

    What is the best (you pick the definition) lens in the world that you've used?
    Last edited by jfirneno; 9th March 2015 at 11:53. Reason: added "that you've used"
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    Ah now we are getting somewhere

    Leica 35-70 R 2.8 extremely rare and extremely expensive
    Leica 180 F2 cron
    Leica 28-90 R 2.8
    Leica 19mm Version 2
    Nikon 200mm F2
    Canon 180 1.8
    Sony 135 1.8
    Minolta 200mm 2.8
    Im adding this Sony 16-35 F4
    Zeiss 21mm 2.8
    Canon 24 TSE
    Canon 17mm TSE
    A ton of Zeiss glass 25, 35, 18, 85, 135

    This list is long and short at the same time

    See this is very bad if I did the math here we are looking at nearly 25K that I spent just on this list. There are so many more too. This is way to depressing. LOL
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    Re: The Pyramid Burial Lens

    I'm with Pieter and Guy on the Sony 135mm ƒ1.8 - amazing lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Leica 28-90 R 2.8
    Guy, there's one for sale on the B&S forum right now! Better snap it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEvangelist View Post
    I'm with Pieter and Guy on the Sony 135mm ƒ1.8 - amazing lens.
    +1

    Although I'm clicking the pre-order button the minute they announce a FE version with comparable optical performance... and at least a f/2.5 lens. If money were no object I'd also add the Sigma Art 35, Zeiss Otus 55/85, a bunch of Leica M's, and maybe even the 55FE to the list.
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    Re: The Pyramid Burial Lens

    Ones I've had and still have fond memories of ...
    Canon EF200 1.8
    Canon EF 85 1.2
    Leica M Summicron 28
    Leica M Summicron 75
    Sony ZA135f18
    Obviously the short comings of the cameras they were mounted on ultimately
    sealed their fate at that time.

    I can't say much about my current lenses, other then we're in the honeymoon phase and on the journey of discovery. However the Contax 28 Hollywood & 100 Planar are growing on me.
    A7II, FE 35, 55 C/Y 18, 28, 85, 100, 28-85

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    Quote Originally Posted by HiredArm View Post
    +1

    Although I'm clicking the pre-order button the minute they announce a FE version with comparable optical performance... and at least a f/2.5 lens. If money were no object I'd also add the Sigma Art 35, Zeiss Otus 55/85, a bunch of Leica M's, and maybe even the 55FE to the list.
    I'll be right behind you on that order. Imagining the 135 f1.8 with a piezoelectric drive and an emount is pretty exciting stuff for me. While they're at it they should add a removable tripod foot to it.
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    The C/Y Planar 100/2 is the one Contax lens I'm not selling.
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    Re: The Pyramid Burial Lens

    C'mon guys,... It's just chunks of glass and metal (and/or plastic).








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    Okay, I'll play . The ONE lens right now would be my 28/1.4 Nikkor AF-D ASPH. Almost everything else I own can be duplicated with another just like it, or similar enough I wouldn't care too much. But the 28ASPH's are rare, singular and thus extremely difficult to find one that pleases all around.
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    Which reminds me the next best thing to do is getting my taxes done so I can go buy more glass. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    C'mon guys,... It's just chunks of glass and metal (and/or plastic).

    Okay, I'll play . The ONE lens right now would be my 28/1.4 Nikkor AF-D ASPH. Almost everything else I own can be duplicated with another just like it, or similar enough I wouldn't care too much. But the 28ASPH's are rare, singular and thus extremely difficult to find one that pleases all around.
    Jack:
    Human nature being what it is, saying something is just glass and metal is like saying that Secretariat was just a horse. Or an amazing wine is just grape juice and yeast metabolites. I've heard it said that if form follows function almost anything can become a work of art. Of course some objects of desire are more obscure than others. A Leica lens is probably not as commonly sought after as the latest Porsche.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Ah now we are getting somewhere

    .......
    Canon 180 1.8
    ....
    This list is long and short at the same time

    See this is very bad if I did the math here we are looking at nearly 25K that I spent just on this list. There are so many more too. This is way to depressing. LOL
    Oh how quickly we forget!! I think this lens is the 1st I ever saw Guy write something about selling the lens over his dead body .. over 10 years ago on FM ....

    Except that it's a 200mm F1.8

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfirneno View Post
    All talk to the contrary (and you all know who you are!), the Sony A7 series cameras are the greatest cameras that modern ingenuity has ever or ever will create and within the next few weeks all other cameras manufacturers out of a sense of embarrassment will recall all these other unworthy devices and voluntarily consign them to the ash heap of photographic history and start manufacturing political bumper stickers instead.

    Nevertheless, there are attachments that crop up between photographers and lenses that cannot be severed because of changing camera brand or mount type. Lenses so awesome that you intend to have them interred with you like some kind of Egyptian pharaoh or Bronze Age warrior king in the untimely event of your demise. Can you name any lens that because of inherent virtues you will never part with no matter what camera you shoot? This even includes lenses that cannot be attached to the A7 cameras (but is not restricted to these).

    I'll start this with my own humble manias.
    Sony 135 f1.8
    Minolta 200 f4 macro
    I'm addicted to "atmospheric" optics shot wide open.

    Previously it was the Zeiss 110/2FE on a Hasselblad 203FE, The Leica R35/1.4 and 85/1.4, the Leica M-75/1.4 ... all of which I increasingly couldn't manually focus as my eyes aged ... GONE.

    Then the AF Contax N85/1.4 ... GONE due to Kyocera abandoning photographic gear.

    Then it was the AF Canon 85/1.2, 135/2, and 200/1.8 ... GONE due to swapping systems.

    Then the AF Hasselblad 100/2.2 which I used for many years, GONE due to leaving system.

    I was adrift for a while until recently securing the Leica S-100/2 ... heavenly optic with Mandler OOF and acute IF areas, with a delicious roll off one to the other.


    My Pyramid is under construction as I write this. 2,000' square at the base, 5,000' high ... with warrens worthy of a colony of ants ... the end of one which will house a solid gold shrine with the S-100/2 lens inside an ASPH transparent casing being made in Leica's glass foundry.

    Any grave robber entering this chamber will be deleted by a custom program being written by Thomas Knoll ... who himself will then be deleted by a program written by an anonymous hacker, who in turn will be exposed to Plutonium poisoning ... ect., etc., etc.

    The final safeguard is personal ID firmware Leica is installing that allows only me to take nice pictures with it. Any one else will take nothing but crap shots no matter how good they are.

    I plan on using it in the afterlife ... probably to document the 2nd circle of Dante's Hell due to LUSTING after all these lenses.

    ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post


    I tried to sell this when I was trying to buy the Leica MM.

    Untitled by Vivek Iyer, on Flickr


    Luckily, no one bought it!
    Vivek:
    What is the filter size for that lens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbroomfield View Post
    Oh how quickly we forget!! I think this lens is the 1st I ever saw Guy write something about selling the lens over his dead body .. over 10 years ago on FM ....

    Except that it's a 200mm F1.8
    Had to stop saying that or I would be dead 20 times over by now. My new line is never say never. Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfirneno View Post
    Vivek:
    What is the filter size for that lens?
    49mm, John.

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    I don't use it much but the contax 85mm 1.4 planar just has the right proportions for a netherworld boat ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    I'm addicted to "atmospheric" optics shot wide open.

    Previously it was the Zeiss 110/2FE on a Hasselblad 203FE, The Leica R35/1.4 and 85/1.4, the Leica M-75/1.4 ... all of which I increasingly couldn't manually focus as my eyes aged ... GONE.

    Then the AF Contax N85/1.4 ... GONE due to Kyocera abandoning photographic gear.

    Then it was the AF Canon 85/1.2, 135/2, and 200/1.8 ... GONE due to swapping systems.

    Then the AF Hasselblad 100/2.2 which I used for many years, GONE due to leaving system.

    I was adrift for a while until recently securing the Leica S-100/2 ... heavenly optic with Mandler OOF and acute IF areas, with a delicious roll off one to the other.


    My Pyramid is under construction as I write this. 2,000' square at the base, 5,000' high ... with warrens worthy of a colony of ants ... the end of one which will house a solid gold shrine with the S-100/2 lens inside an ASPH transparent casing being made in Leica's glass foundry.

    Any grave robber entering this chamber will be deleted by a custom program being written by Thomas Knoll ... who himself will then be deleted by a program written by an anonymous hacker, who in turn will be exposed to Plutonium poisoning ... ect., etc., etc.

    The final safeguard is personal ID firmware Leica is installing that allows only me to take nice pictures with it. Any one else will take nothing but crap shots no matter how good they are.

    I plan on using it in the afterlife ... probably to document the 2nd circle of Dante's Hell due to LUSTING after all these lenses.

    ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE!

    - Marc
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    "So let it be written. So shall it be done."

    Good thing we've gone from film to digital. Plutonium is hell on film emulsions.

    Your plan sounds reasonable. I'm hoping to have my life story turned into a Spielberg movie. Something like Indiana Jones and the F-Stop of Doom. I want the climax of the movie to involve Indie shouting out "That lens belongs in a museum!" Then something with a whip, a mine car and a very thick neutral density filter.
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    Lens that I regret selling in the past: Summicron 180/2. Magical this lens is for portrait
    Lens that I would never part: The ZM 15. Versatile for travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiepphotog View Post
    Lens that I regret selling in the past: Summicron 180/2.
    Would make a nice foundation for the pyramid as well.
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    I'll play.

    I have a Zuiko 40mm f2 pancake that I bought new in 1986.
    My wife even kept the receipt. Bless her.

    Its a rare lens, no more than 2300 made. Its not amazingly sharp, still quite good stopped down a little, but I love the focal length. Its kind of a one lens answer to those who can't settle on a 35mm or a 40mm. What I do like is the colour rendering and the way it draws (I normally hate that description). The Zuiko 40mm has an undeserved cult following because of its rarity and sells for silly money. Hope I never break or lose mine.

    I await my Novoflex Zuiko adapter to try it out on the A7II.

    You can bury me with this lens...

    PS: The lens attached to the Contax T3 is rather nice as well. Another near 3D image producing Zeiss optic.

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    Re: The Pyramid Burial Lens

    Leica APO Macro-Elmarit R 100MM
    Leica Summilux-R 80MM
    Leica Summilux-M 35MM FLE

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    Thanks to all who have provided feedback. Your choices have been duly noted and will provide me with food for thought (and possibly more).
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