Sometimes I get so busy with the blog that I don't have time to post anything on the blog. That one has to go into the "ironies" folder.
Anyway, I thought I'd toss this out. I was watching a video of a presentation yesterday given by Harry Pearson, the founding editor of The Absolute Sound, and he mentioned a peculiar predicament that he'd gotten himself into, something that's also pretty ironic. Long ago he published his "Super Disk List"—his choices of the best recordings ever put on vinyl (the list was first published many years ago, and many times since); but then he had a fire, and lost all his records—at which point he discovered that he could no longer afford to replace his own record collection, because he himself had driven up the prices on the very records he liked best to the point that they were too expensive for him to buy.
I've had that happen a couple of times—I've extolled the virtues of a particular piece of used equipment, usually a lens, in a magazine, or on the web, or both, only to see its value on the used market go up and up to the point that I can't afford it myself any more.
Obviously the paradigm has shifted now—people aren't using the same cameras, and in many case they're not using the same lenses, either, so I don't know how much of a traceable effect, if any, a "Super Lens List" written by me would have—possibly very little. But every time I think of writing an article about "My Favorite Lenses of All Time," this is the nagging thought stays my hand.
Of my six all-time favorite lenses, for instance, I currently own only two, and one of them is a pretty poor sample that I really should replace with a better one. But what I envision is that if I write about how great my favorite lenses are, the prices of them on the used market will go up, and then I won't be able to buy any of them myself. As I say, I don't even know for sure that this would happen, but it has so far prevented me from writing about the subject.
So let me edge into the subject this way—how about you? Do you have an all-time favorite lens—that you would be willing to name, I mean? I don't mean your "best," or "most expensive," or "most used" lens, but the one you love the best, of all the ones you've ever owned or used.
If you can link to a picture taken with it, so much the better.
And if you'd rather not say—I understand!
Featured Comment by Jonas Yip:
"My favorite lens is one that I made myself out of a 99-cent store magnifying glass. It has become so 'valuable' to me now (after several exhibits of images solely from this lens) that I went back to the 99-cent store and bought a stack of those magnifying glasses in case I ever lose the current one. Here is one series."
Featured Comment by Carl Weese:
"Okay, I can't resist. Under your definition, I love my 1967 vintage 35mm Summilux because, simply, it was the lens I used to make the earliest of my pictures that I still consider good. Eight of the 12 shots in this little gallery were made with it in 1969–70. The other four were with the 28mm Elmarit, a lens I never felt as much affection for, but still liked enormously more than anything I currently use on DSLR cameras. And I do really, really, like the 240mm Apo-Sironar S I use for most pictures with my 8x10 Deardorff, like the one above—roughly equivalent focal length to the 35mm."