Fun with SLR lens nicknames

5 10 2007

Some bit of equipment fun here.

A lot of lenses have nicknames in the photography world. Here’s a bunch that I compiled:

Nifty-fifty/Fantastic Plastic:

EF 50mm f/1.8
50mm 1.8 (for Canon, not sure if Nikon version is made of plastic as well), name given for the bang-for-buck level of this lens: for P4,000 it’s very sharp, opens wide and is relatively cheap.

The Beast:

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I’ve seen a handful of Nikon lenses given this nickname, but seems that this mainly refers to the 28-70mm f/2.8. Any Nikonian care to clarify?

The Brick:

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Canon’s EF 24-70 f/2.8L. Good for bashing zombies, and gives good image quality too!

The Nikon Trinity (from clubsnap.org):
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AFS 70-200mm F2.8 Vr… the (holy) angel and the Virgin Mary

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AFS 28-70mm F2.8 ….. the father

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AFS 17-35mm F2.8 ….. the son
 

The Canon Holy Trinity (from Photography-on-the.net):
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EF 35mm f/1.4L
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EF 85mm f/1.2L

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EF 135mm f/2L

Chosen because of “Nearly legendary image quality in the right hands” according to the site.

The Four Riders of the Apocalypse (also from POTN):
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EF 200mm f/1.8L

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EF 300mm f/2.8L

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EF 400mm f/2.8L
ef600_4lisu.jpgEF 600mm f/4L

Also known as the white bazooka/nuclear missile prime lenses of Canon.

Wigma:
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The Wide Sigma. A 10-22 ultra wide lens. A good choice for cropped bodies.

Bigma:

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The Big Sigma. 50-500mm lens. Enough said.

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