I would look at the Sigma 35mm lens. It outperforms anything nikon, canon, sony, etc. can offer. The 24-105mm would be a good bet given your needs. I would keep an eye out for deals because I have seen it drop around $740 from Big Value Inc. (through eBay, but no canon warranty). Or even less during a canon refurb sale.
You mentioned shooting bottle image photography. What about getting a 100mm F2.8L lens. I see it recommended for product photography. There also are the tilt shift lenses, but those are specialty lenses and are not cheap!
Thanks, will see what it comes down to. I'll be buying in Singapore in a couple of weeks as the prices where I am (Australia) are frankly fraudulent.
I like the 100 2.8 choice ( I had a minolta one on my Sony) but I think for the degree that most people want you can still achieve comparable results with a 50 and crop it in post.
OTOH, why not go in for one of the 70-200 lenses. Canon has a excellent selection of the 70-200s and you could take your pick depending on your budget. 70-200 are extremely important focal lengths and these lenses will not let you down.
Definately on the next to purchase list. I sat next to a friend of my girlfriends at a wedding who was using the 2.8L and it is seriously bokehliscious.
Excellent choice (i.e. 24-105 f/4 L IS & 50 f/1.2 L)
If I was in your position (and since you like "creamy bokeh" and "subject isolation"), I'd go with 85 f/1.2 L (instead of the 50 f/1.2 L) as the 85 f/1.2 L has even better subject isolation (personally I feel, I made a mistake of not getting a 85mm prime lens)... but you probably have a reason to get the 50mm ... either way your selection is excellent, as they say "Just Do It"! ... Happy Shopping!
Thanks for the kind words. I want to master the art of 50mm photography but i'll definately map my zoom ranges and if I stray towards that end will definitely look to purchasing.
The 100mm f/2.8L IS is probably a smart choice for product photography. Good for any detail on the bottles. Of course you could just use a 50 and crop in post, with all those pixels to play with it won't really matter how much you crop as long as the lighting is good and the image is sharp (which it will be with that lens!).
I also agree on a 70-200 some time in the future, maybe the 2.8 II version though depends on your needs.
For travel the 24-105L seems to do well, it covers all the usual focal lengths. I wish I had bought that lens with the 5D II kit myself!
I would also try the 85L and 50L and see which you like better. You might find the bokeh of the 85 even nicer than the 50. (Theyre both super expensive so maybe consider the Sigma versions).
Ahh cheers - Yeah hoping my lighting setup is adequate. I did a bottle shot lately that went into a national newspaper using nothing but my lights, my tent and my iPhone (SLR broke). Lighting was good on the shot so imagine when I get this beauty!
If you're after subject isolation, 50mm on full frame is kind of wide (85mm seems like a more logical choice). Since you haven't been doing this very long, why not rent a few lenses to get a better idea of what your taste is ?
hold off buying more lenses for now, shoot with the one prime and zoom for a while and it will become clear what will best supplement your kit.
BTW, did you have any plans to buy a flash ?
I'd rent, but i'm without a body at the moment - and by the time I come back I'm paying almost double Asia prices.. I'm fairly confident the fifty will be the right choice (well, mostly confident now thanks to some positive 85 reviews!)
I did have plans to buy a flash, but no idea where to start.. Anything decent for $2-300?
really? lol...do tell!
One of the benefits of OCD
Tunnel vision sure is a wonderous thing.
Also.. While I'm asking - Tripods? What do you recommend. Anything decent for $200? My buddy had a gorilla pod in his backpack which looks like it would be handy (Want to do some long exposures of Maldives where we are headed after Singapore). Obviously the gorilla pod wont suffice for my work shots though, so advice appreciated.