So the consensus seems to be that the 50 / 80 / 150 kit is popular for good reason. One would choose the 50mm for a distinct wide angle feel (somewhat akin to a 28mm on 135 format) and my thought of the 60 / 150 kit only if I intend to keep within a targeted subject or general purpose subject matter.
I suppose versatility should win out here.
So, say I decide to go for the 50, should I hunt for a C or a CF? If I choose C, both of my existing lenses would match, but if I choose CF, it would benefit me to upgrade the other two lenses as well, which naturally will increase my overall cost, but will potentially be better in the long run due to limited serviceability of the older C lenses. What are your thoughts on this?
If you can get a CF get a CF, if not get a CT* and be happy. Whatever you buy does not mean you have to change your other lenses, why do you say that if you get a CF it will benefit you to swap the other two lenses?
Common filter size. That is about the only real (practical) benefit of having all lenses of the same type. Althopugh I ahve read about some people getting "confused" when using some lenses with EV lock and others without... but my opinion on that is that practice and regular usage cures that kind of confusion.
That's why I was wondering if the 60mm would be a good all purpose lens for me and then use the 150mm when I need a bit tighter framing?
Otherwise the 50 definitely sounds like a fun lens, but I suppose it would make the most sense to buy a C version as my other two lenses are C type, unless I sold both and started over. But I should probably have my body and backs tuned up first
I have been using the 60/80/120 setup for years. Had a 50mm Distagon but it always seemed too wide for my taste. I like the 60mm perspective better so I sold the 50. The 120 S-Planar is amazingly sharp lens especially in the 6-25' range. It's likely the best lens I own.
If you come across a good deal on a 100mm Planar, I would recommend one. Use 60mm and 100mm and if you need longer, get a 150mm Sonnar.
I keep wondering, how wide would I really need to go? I really like the thought of the 60mm as I understand it's really easy to handhold and not have to worry so much about perspective distortion as one would with the 50mm. Though I do quite enjoy a good wide angle as they're fun to use.
I guess the best thing to do would be to rent / borrow those two lenses if possible and see which one I like better.
FWIW, for the C lenses, the 60 doesn't use bayonet filters, so filter compatibility isn't an issue, I think this is true for the 50 C as well. There are series to bayonet adaptors that let you use the series filters for the wides on the bayonet lenses though.
I figured, based on your signature as well i was wondering if you'd chime in!
My thought was that if I got the 60mm I would sell the 80mm. I would likely buy the CF version of the 60 and 150mm and sell both my 80 and 150 C lenses.
I have heard good things about both the 60 and 100mm, with some even saying that they're the finest lenses in the lineup. I seem to see the most recommendations for the 50 / 80 / 150 trio though so that will likely be the route I take.