What I think to be current "legendary" lenses.
Leica F/50mm 1.4 M mount (rangefinder)
Leica F/50mm 1.0 Noct
Canon F/85 1.2
Canon F/50 1.2
Nikon F/60 2.8 Macro
Nikon F/85 1.4
Nikon F/105 2.8 Macro
Nikon F/105 2.5
Nikon F/58 1.2 Noct
Zeiss 100mm F/2
Holga and Dana Cameras.
Danny Ocean said:
...I am talking about those UNIQUE, SPECIAL and RARE optics that truly create exceptional images...
Part of me wants to say, there are ZERO lenses that create a unique images and it is all the photographer, but there are a couple that have proven to somehow be special.
The few lenses I hear the most that "create exceptional images" sometimes refereed to drawing the image in a particular way. Leica and Zeiss Draw images differently - can't say how, but they just do. Some refer to Micro Contrast that create a 3D Look. Almost all of these references are for rangefinder lenses - I personally believe this occurs more due to the additional light exposed from the smaller flange distance that help.
M Mount (Rangefinder): Leica 28 f/2.8, Zeiss 25mm & 28mm 2.8s, Leica 35mm f/1.4, Leica 50 f/1.4, Zeiss 85mm f/2
There are rare lenses, but I do not consider any of those creating images in any special way, but are just hard to come by.