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@shashinkaman, in defense the timing was right for me to purchase a new camera -- it will be something I will have for at least the next 5 years if not longer (my hope)...I am now working on adding to my lenses.  This has all been within the last few months.  I know it sounds backwards but I had a Rebel T1i before this camera...I've taken some beautiful photos from this camera, but the shutter speed was annoying at times as well as other features I did not have.  I take a lot of photos of babies and toddlers, and wanted a super fast shutter speed -- yes I could have bought a 7d or less, but I wanted a full-frame for various reasons...I looked extensively at the mark ii and 6D, but decided if I was going to make the purchase, this is what I wanted with the features that it came with, etc.  Everyone is different, but this is the route I decided to go.  I am now looking at adding lenses to my equipment and in time I will have some nice lenses (I would argue that although cheaper, the 85mm 1.8 does take some beautiful photos), and I have learned in this forum to wait for the one I want with IS.  Originally, I was wondering what people thought of the 70-200 f/4L without the IS as it would be nice to have for outdoor portraits and also to be able to use for the occasional nature photo.  Everyone is different and everyone needs to start from somewhere...this is the route I decided to go.  I am also highly considering the 24-105 and waiting on the 70-200 with or without IS. 

Lenses / Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« on: March 19, 2013, 01:42:02 PM »
Thank you for all of the advice -- it is really appreciated as I am expanding my equipment.  Such great information!  I've gone back and forth on the 24-105 a lot as well as the others....I have been able to narrow down my choices down some which is great.  As we still have several feet of snow outside I still have some time and some upcoming projects in which to put money towards a lens so I'll have to see if I can bump up my budget or look for a good used/refurbished lens.

Lenses / Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« on: March 18, 2013, 04:31:39 PM »
In terms of sharpness, would one say the 24-105mm f4 L lens and the 70-200mm f/4 L lens are going to be similar? 

Lenses / Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:02:41 PM »
I have also considered the 24-105mm f4 L IS lens....I am actually mad at myself for not buying it as part of a kit-package when I bought the Mark iii at the time.... 

Lenses / Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« on: March 18, 2013, 02:43:44 PM »
BTW, my budget isn't completely set -- I could possibly do $800 or so, or even wait to purchase an $1100 or so lens, but I would need to wait a while before that option, etc.  I wanted a good camera and I went back and forth for a long time as to whether to start upgrading lenses or buy the camera first.  I know I probably did things backwards, but through the winter months, using mainly the 50mm and 85mm in my small studio (for mainly children) has worked just fine with my Mark iii.  I just want a good zoom lens starting for my outdoor portraits and some landscapes (besides the two other EF lenses that I own).  I went from a T1i to a 5d Mark iii...yes, huge jump.  I got a lot of great practice on my rebel and the EF-S lenses that I had with it.  Down the road, I will keep adding to lenses but if the 70-200 F4/L would be a good recommendation (without the IS) this is what I would look at buying based on the comments....I guess I'll just have to decide whether to buy now without IS or wait until I can afford IS....decisions, decisions....

Lenses / Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« on: March 18, 2013, 02:30:38 PM »
Thanks so much for the replies....I finally decided to upgrade a few months ago and bought a 5D Mark iii after much research.  I would love to have the IS version of the 70-200 f4/L, but I am trying to stay on a budget (yes, I did buy a Mark iii and I do agree that I need a good lens for it) -- now the question will be for me to wait and purchase the 70-200 with IS or buy without....or look at another option all together -- hearing all of these comments, I am going to definitely purchase an L lens, just whether the IS is worth the extra $$....if money were no option, my decision would be easy.  I run a small photography business and have been investing in equipment as I go (like many of us) - my last purchase was a good monitor calibration device a few weeks ago.  I appreciate all of the responses! :)

Lenses / Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:11:27 PM »
Thanks so much for the feedback....I am definitely leaning towards the 70-200 mm f/4L after hearing your comments ...the photo taken with the 28-135 is also beautiful -- I will look more into this lens too either now or down the road.

Thanks for the responses -- Of course, I'd love to get an IS version (why I was looking at possibly the cheaper 70-300 USM version, etc.), but it's that darn budget issue -- I could always wait to purchase until I have more $$ for the IS version, but I am hoping to use it this summer...decisions, decisions.  After hearing both our your comments, I am definitely leaning towards the L lens.  This feedback is helping a lot -- I have never owned an L lens before so I don't yet know what I am missing.  With that being said, I would love to have one if I can still achieve sharpness/image quality without the IS, without a tripod, etc. I know there are so many variables.  I loved the IS on a past EF-S lens of mine, so I just get a little nervous on whether it is a must-have or not for nice, sharp portraits (I have a fairly steady hand, but I am often taking photos of children...and we live in a wooded area with lots of wildlife, too. :)  Thanks so much for the feedback.

Thank you so much for your quick response -- budget is a concern, but I will definitely also look into a used 70-300 L quality lens also -- how important would IS be for this lens...I know it adds a lot to the price...I was used to my EF-S zoom lenses with IS but have not used a lens with IS as of yet with my new Mark iii -- Again, thank you so much for the response.  I have been purchasing equipment as I go... :)

Lenses / Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:46:20 AM »
Which lens do you like best between the two (the 70-200 does not have IS but is an L lens, etc) or neither...looking to shoot outdoor portraits and candids of families and children, and some landscape photography, etc.  I really appreciate your response -- I am slowly adding to my lenses (I currently own an 85mm 1.8 prime lens and a 50mm 1.8 prime lens for my Mark iii -- I have other lenses but they are all EF-S lenses so they do not work with my full frame Canon -- Thank you so much, Heidi

I want to add a zoom lens to my lenses for my 5d Mark iii - mainly for family portraits, candids, and occasional landscape photography.  I currently have 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8 lenses --  I am considering the 70-200mm f/4L (that does not have IS but is an L-lens) or the 70-300 f/4-5.6 USM IS (that has IS but is not an L-lens) -- any suggestions or other lenses you would recommend would be great appreciated.  I am adding equipment as I expand my business and would really like to add a zoom lens as I currently have only primes.

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