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    Just curious to know if anyone or will there be a few photographers who have this practice. Minding sharing the reasons behind?
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    some of my lenses i have 2 of the same copy...

    why?

    so i can boast that i have 2 of the same lens...

    and some of my lenses i have 3 of the same copy...

    so i can boast that i have 3 copies of the same lens...

    and also, some of my lenses i have 4 of the same copy...

    so i can boast that i have 4 copies of the same lens...

    and....errr..

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    Default Re: Who keeps/uses 2 or more identical lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by niccon2 View Post
    Just curious to know if anyone or will be a few photographers who have this practice. Minding sharing the reasons behind?
    if ur afraid one might break down and u have a backup?

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    collection. can keep and wait for it to be discontinued. then can sell many times what it was worth.

    lulz

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    some of my lenses i have 2 of the same copy...

    why?

    so i can boast that i have 2 of the same lens...

    and some of my lenses i have 3 of the same copy...

    so i can boast that i have 3 copies of the same lens...

    and also, some of my lenses i have 4 of the same copy...

    so i can boast that i have 4 copies of the same lens...

    and....errr..
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    i can't think of a specific reason why would i need 2 of the same type
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    Quote Originally Posted by papajanggo33 View Post
    i can't think of a specific reason why would i need 2 of the same type
    got lah... one lens on normal DSLR and another similar lens on IR-converted DSLR!

    LOL
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    The only situation I can think of is for a business, and for a household having two photographers who shoot together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SurrealDreamWalker View Post
    got lah... one lens on normal DSLR and another similar lens on IR-converted DSLR!

    LOL
    oh, i'm not into IR mod yet, unfortunately
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    Quote Originally Posted by niccon2 View Post
    Just curious to know if anyone or will be a few photographers who have this practice. Minding sharing the reasons behind?
    I am sure whatever reasons there are, they will not be practical for sure... Exception being what was brought up earlier , i.e. two people who have the same system wanting to use the same lens at the same time, e.g. Canon users who both use 50mm f/1.4 to shoot cats.
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    Default Re: Who keeps/uses 2 or more identical lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by papajanggo33 View Post
    oh, i'm not into IR mod yet, unfortunately
    I think that was a joke, since you can well, unmount the lens and move it around...?

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    one photog told me once that he keeps two copies of each lens, one in pristine condition as collector's item, never to be used, the other to the used as a workhorse lens.

    never understood that logic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    one photog told me once that he keeps two copies of each lens, one in pristine condition as collector's item, never to be used, the other to the used as a workhorse lens.

    never understood that logic.
    if its an old lens, its quite logically.
    but for modern lens its not.

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    I normally buy and use old discontinued lenses so if a lens is rare and in great condition, I might just get another copy for use as normal workhorse and the nice one I keep as collection. I also do cherry-picking for certain lenses I particularly like. I may just get a few copies, select the best and maybe the 2nd best and then sell off the rest. So before I sell off the excess I could have a few copies of the same lens :P

    This basically only applies to old lenses with collection value. New lenses I don't really bother...
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    haha..didnt expect so many different answers. I was bored yesterday because rain kept me from going out in the morning thus post this question.

    But could it be that particular single focal lenght lens is so good that it is used on crop & full sensor to cover differnet focal lenght?

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    I got a duplicate of old manual focus 50mm f2. They always come with old film cameras I buy.....


    Then again, I do have six 50mm lenses not counting like focal lengths...
    I don't think I am the only one.
    So its a perfectly normal abnormal thing to do.


    Too good and cheap to be worth the trouble of me selling them off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niccon2 View Post
    Who keeps/uses 2 or more identical lens?
    Identical twins will keep identical lenses.

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    Buy 2 and keep shooting see if the IQ or build will differ for both? Although abit useless also.

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    Remote control another body using the identical lens to get different angle.
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    I do have identical lenses from the same mount for several reasons, First is we shoot with professional big aperture lenses, I have cheap versions to shoot for my own projects. Once I broke the back element of my 85 f1.2 and that thought me to get a backup for my important focal length.


    Eg:
    50mm f1.8 for leisure and collection, its a mark1, f1.2 for work, 45mm for creative purposes
    85mm f1.8 for small projects, f1.2 for weddings and portraits, 90mm 2.8 for creative purposes

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