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Lenses / recommendation: canon 24mm f1.4 or 85mm f1.2 for wedding?
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:56:07 AM »
Hi folks! Need your input on a next-lens purchase: Canon 24mm f1.4 II or 85mm f1.2 II for wedding?

I've dug through shotkit.com's pages and found that both of these lenses are mainstays in a large number of wedding photographer's kits. Please help me decide, based on your own experiences, which one I should go after when considering the lenses that I already have:

Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
Sigma 35mm f1.4
Canon 50mm f1.2
Canon 70-200mm f2.8

My dilemma is, the 24mm is only slightly wider than my excellent 35mm so it's not a drastic upgrade in wideness. The 85mm is already covered within the range of the 70-200mm. Both offer huge aperture for indoor wedding shots and would be an improvement over my existing lenses.

I plan to eventually steal/rob/plunder/pillage my way to both lenses. But if you were in my shoes right now, which lens would you guys pick? Thanks in advance!

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Lenses / used 300 f2.8 IS or new sigma 120-300 f2.8
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:15:58 PM »
Hi guys, I saw a used Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS (mark I) going for $3500. The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 (new S version) is slightly cheaper. I need the 300mm reach at f2.8 (already have a 70-200mm f2.8, but with TC it becomes f4) so the ability to zoom on the Sigma doesn't really matter.

The Canon is older but the image quality is obviously a little better being a prime.
The Sigma is newer and will save me some money, but there's a little bit less sharpness at the edges. (Vignetting can be corrected in post so I don't mind that.)

I regularly print medium-sized prints (anywhere between A3+ to A2) so IQ is somewhat important (most regular clients can't tell the difference, they just like bright colors and great expressions). I guess the main question is, should I pay more for an OLD lens with slightly better IQ, or should I pay less for a newer lens and suffer a tad in IQ? Am I paying $500 more for a $20 difference in visual results? Thanks guys!

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