Sounds like the Velo might be good. I got a cheapo one and the only problem I had was that it was not a good fit, so there was wobble. No scratch to the lens thankfully. So it just sits.
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One option might be the 70-200 plus the 40mm pancake as a normal lens.
Since you said the 70-200 focal length will benefit you the most, I think the combination of 70-200 and 40mm pancake would give you the most flexibility for your money right now. You can always add a standard zoom later. Used 24-105 can be had for around $700.
That said, if it were me, I'd start with the kit and the 24-105mm. Kit pricing is pretty good, saving you a few hundred off the price of buying body and lens separately, and the 24-105 is a great general purpose focal range. More useful all around than the 70-200.
Some great pooch shots here. This is mine from first day testing 5DIII with 70-200 f4 L.
Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr
Longtime lurker and in need of some feedback on this image I happened to capture today. I was driving down a residential street to see a Red Tail Hawk dive and nail a grey squirrel. I make a quick u-turn on this quiet street and parked to observe this magnificent bird begin to dismantle an unsuspecting squirrel.
Captured with a 7d, 40mm, ISO100, f/5, and 1/160
In retrospect I should have opened the aperture to make the brown bird pop from the brown background
I plan on getting a 70-200 f/2.8 USM IS II lens for my 7D and I want to use it for capturing American football games in the fall. I think this lens can handle the games and the 70-200 lens has looked great on 7D videos on Youtube. I wonder though if I should invest in another lens too. Im still getting the 70-200 but I might want to take pics of the whole stadium and the surroundings. The high school stadiums in Texas can be wide open and there are some wonderful sunsets that can be even more spectacular when there is a partly cloudy sky. Palm trees in the Valley. Mountais in El Paso. Endless sky in The Plains of West Texas and lush trees in East Texas as well as the urban landscape of Dallas area games. Would it be wise to get a smaller lens--like a 24-70 or a set prime lens? Also, I hear these lenses are also great for video on a 7D.
Also, the 70-200 f/4 lens is signifigantly cheaper. I could be able to swing that lens in a month. Would it be wise to get it and use it for daytime settings and baseball games? Like I said, I'd still get the 2.8 but the 70-200 f/4 looks to be a good set of glass.
One more question. Anyone got any takes on the 28-300mm L f3.5-5.6 lens? I havent seen too many reviews or vids on it. Is this lens real good for sports?
Thanks for your feedback. Still learning the 7D but so far so good.
Desert Elephants moving down from the Mountains in the morning to get water from the valley river, thunderstorm in the background. Namibia 2011. 5DMK2, 300f/2.8 L IS V1, f11 @ 1/250th.