« on: December 11, 2012, 06:24:40 PM »
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zoom... gives u flexibility....I won't be having a tripod with me. I think I might just go with the canon 24-105 since it has IS.
In term of super bokeh, it's hard for zoom lens to out perform prime - f.1ish vs f2.8
However, to have a zoom lens that can produce same sharpness(even better in some copies) as primes at f2.8, the new 24-70 f2.8 II is your LENS. It's sharp end to end at f2.8 with decent bokeh.
I have no regret on my purchases: 24-70 f2.8 II + 70-200 f2.8 IS II
hahahah I would hope you have no regrets - you lost $1000 on your hasty 5d3 purchase!!!
As it was already said, it is hard to tell without knowing more, however, I am going to try to answer keeping a general view, and understanding from your post that you shoot street photography, as you say you do a lot of photography in the street.
I know lots of people are going to disagree with me, but I greatly prefer prime over zoom lens.
I am a big fan of Henri Cartier-Bresson (who can be consider as one of the most (if not the most) influential and talented street photographer); whenever he was shooting for himself, he would use a 50mm, so his camera can really become an "extension of his eye". I personally think that he was right in doing so.
Prime can have much bigger maximal aperture than zoom; I personally don't know a zoom lens that is faster than f/2.8, but know a lot of f/1.4 prime. Bigger aperture can not only be useful in low light situation, but gives you more option in term of depth of field control. Everybody love bokeh Also, they tend to be sharper or/and cheaper, however, this is not always the case.
Of course, having access to multiple focal length is extremely useful; zoom lens are far more practical that prime in that regard. However, I tend to think that limiting yourself to only a few focal length gives you the opportunity to master them. I personally view photography much more as an art form than a business form (this is really just my opinion), so the usefulness isn't all that important compare to the possibility of growing as an artist.
Ultimately, the most important thing to keep in mind is that what really matters is which lens you prefer, even though I am sure that you will get some awesome advices from this forum. In street photography, I think the best focal are 50mm, 35mm, 85mm and 135mm. However, everybody as their own view and their own preference, depending on their style and their view of what is photography in itself. This is, for me, an awesome thing; people having different view and preference is one of the reason why, after nearly 200 years, there is still lots of great and unique photos taken nowadays.
In summary (sorry for the long text, I hope it was not too boring!), if I was you, it would use that money on a few fast prime. The 24-70 II is about 2300$, so that leaves enough money for some good lens! If you are into manual lens, Zeiss are close to top (a poor man choice would be Samyang, which are extremely good for the price!). If you prefer lens build in a more modern view, I heard great things about Sigma 35mm and saw great things about Sigma 50mm f/1.4. Also, the Canon 85mm f/1.8 is one of the best values IMO in Canon's lens.
so $8k to upload photos to instagram? an iPhone would do that better than a dslr. I am all for getting the best possible, but that seems a little overkill to me. I think that begs the question of what else do you plan to do with the camera? Family? vacations? I assume a little all of the above, in which case a 5diii is a great option.The point isn't instagram. My girlfriend loves instagram, she's not to into my photography talk so I thought might as well get her a feature she would love and try getting into photography through the canon 6D.
Personally I like the suggestion of buying the 5diii plus kit lens then see where you spend most of your time FL wise and fill in from there. Obviously money isn't an object so you shouldn't need to rush out and spend it all at once.
rafaelsynths, I would advise against renting the 70-200mm if you are only going to have one lens. It can't zoom out far enough for the general uses you're talking about. The 24-105mm would be a much better choice.So I shouldn't get the 70-200?