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List of Famous Lenses to be reviewed in 2024-2025


Below is a list of lenses I plan to get my hands on and review for the next coming year and beyond.  Some of these are very expensive so I’m either going to see if I can rent them, borrow them, or just pass on them all together (The Nikon 13mm is not available right now so hope to borrow it from someone).  Some of these have a pretty gory past so I may pass on them all together.  I have some other lenses already in hand from Pentax and Nikon I plan to review first before I get my hands on some of these.


I already removed one (Canon 24mm).  The photographer took his life after watching a poor little kid die from hunger.  God bless him and that child.  Not going there.



  • Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux: Used by Alfred Eisenstaedt to capture the V-J Day kiss in Times Square in 1945. 
  • Canon 50mm f/0.95 Dream Lens: Used by Eddie Adams to capture the execution of a Viet Cong prisoner in 1968. 
  • Nikon 13mm f/5.6: Used by David Burnett to capture the Iranian Revolution in 1979. 
  • Canon 200mm f/1.8 L: Used by Jeff Widener to capture the Tank Man in Tiananmen Square in 1989. 
  • Canon 28-70mm f/2.8 L: Used by James Nachtwey to capture the starving child and vulture in Sudan in 1993. 
  • Nikon 300mm f/2: Used by Neil Leifer to capture Muhammad Ali knocking out Sonny Liston in 1965. 
  • Canon 35mm f/1.4 L: Used by Steve McCurry to capture the Afghan Girl for National Geographic in 1984. 
  • Nikon 105mm f/2.5: Used by Richard Avedon to capture Marilyn Monroe in 1957.
  • Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron: Used by Henri Cartier-Bresson to capture the decisive moments of street photography. 
  • Canon 85mm f/1.2 L: Used by Annie Leibovitz to capture celebrities and portraits. 
  • Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor: Used by Bill Pierce to capture the night scenes of New York City. 
  • Minolta 58mm f/1.2 Rokkor: Used by Don McCullin to capture the horrors of war in Vietnam and Cambodia. 
  • Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon: Used by Robert Capa to capture the D-Day landing in Normandy in 1944. 
  • Pentax 50mm f/1.4 Super Takumar: Used by Nick Ut to capture the napalm girl in Vietnam in 1972. 
  • Olympus 40mm f/2 Zuiko: Used by W. Eugene Smith to capture the Minamata disease victims in Japan in 1971. 
  • Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 Planar: Used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to capture the first moon landing in 1969. 
  • Leica 90mm f/2 Summicron: Used by Robert Doisneau to capture the kiss by the Hotel de Ville in Paris in 1950. 
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8: Used by Paul Hansen to capture the Gaza burial in 2012. 
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art: Used by John Stanmeyer to capture the signal seekers in Djibouti in 2013. 

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