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« on: February 12, 2013, 03:08:53 AM »
Hi guys,

Been lurking for a few weeks now, gaining insights but need to ask for advice, as in 2 weeks i'll be taking the punt on a new 5D3 and I'm budgeting for around 2 lenses to go with it.

My uses: Predominantly hobby, but I will need it a lot of the time to shoot bottle image photography at work (which I have a light tent for).

I really, really like the look of the 50mm 1.2L. I love the creamy bokeh and amazing subject isolation. To complement this prime, I was looking at the 24-105 f4L due to it's good image quality, wide focal range and IS (I want to eventually shoot some vacation videos).

So, is this the zoom you would go for? I had looked at the 24-70 f.28 II but honestly I think with the 50 in my kit, id be at risk of selling myself short with just these 2 lenses to begin.

I understand that due to me upgrading from a Sony a350, and taking the most rapid crash photography course you'll find (I've gone from an ignorant to almost completely grasping the theory behind taking photos in about 4 weeks).

Advice welcomed.

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2013, 03:25:20 AM »
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!

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013, 03:26:23 AM »
Get the 24-105  as a part of the kit. The lens is a steal that way because it comes at a very nice price.

50L f/1.2 takes people to extreme opinions, some don't like it at all while some just have to have it! I'd suggest you try out one on rent and see how it goes. The 50mm f/1.2 can be tricky to master due to aberrations and focus shifts. Considering you are taking a crash course, don't expect immediate wonders from the 50mm f/1.2 - you are more than likely to end up frustrated with the results initially.

If you really need the 50mm, I recommend you should also try the 50mm f/1.4 and see for yourself, the difference in the IQ of these lenses.

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.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013, 03:57:02 AM »
I really, really like the look of the 50mm 1.2L. I love the creamy bokeh and amazing subject isolation. To complement this prime, I was looking at the 24-105 f4L due to it's good image quality, wide focal range and IS (I want to eventually shoot some vacation videos).

So, is this the zoom you would go for?

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!
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2013, 04:04:21 AM »
Wider angle lenses will help tell the "story" of a scene while telephotos will give you a more "intimate" look. 

I think the 24-105 is a great lens to start out with.  I'd start with that (in the kit, as suggested in prior recommendations) before you purchase your second lens.  See what focal length you like using.  most people choose between the 35mm and the 50mm, and sometimes the 85mm.  I personally went with the 35mm f/1.4L.  It suited my tastes.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2013, 04:09:46 AM »
I don't think you will be disappointed with the 5Dlll in any way. A 2.8 zoom lens if it stays at 2.8 at all focal lengths will be
a great lens to have. For Product Photography and Macro you can't go wrong with the Canon 100 2.8 ll. Something you might want to think about is filter thread size of your lens choices, can you buy step up rings so filters you buy can be used on all of or most of your lenses.

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So, is this the zoom you would go for? I had looked at the 24-70 f.28 II but honestly I think with the 50 in my kit, id be at risk of selling myself short with just these 2 lenses to begin.

Starting with 24-70 2.8 and 100 2.8 ll Macro wouldn't be limiting if you were to buy a 70-200 2.8 in the future as a third lens.     
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2013, 04:28:11 AM »
I don't think you will be disappointed with the 5Dlll in any way. A 2.8 zoom lens if it stays at 2.8 at all focal lengths will be
a great lens to have. For Product Photography and Macro you can't go wrong with the Canon 100 2.8 ll. Something you might want to think about is filter thread size of your lens choices, can you buy step up rings so filters you buy can be used on all of or most of your lenses.

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So, is this the zoom you would go for? I had looked at the 24-70 f.28 II but honestly I think with the 50 in my kit, id be at risk of selling myself short with just these 2 lenses to begin.

Starting with 24-70 2.8 and  100 2.8 ll Macro wouldn't be limiting if you were to buy a 70-200 2.8 in the future as a third lens.     

100 2.8 II ... What lens is this?
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2013, 04:28:11 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2013, 04:41:47 AM »
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).
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2013, 05:42:29 AM »
Think twice about the 50mm 1.2L. At one point you WILL be bored of the "bokeh look" cuz all ur photos tend to look the same. But the 50mm 1.2L isnt awesome anymore when u stop it down. I suggest getting the 50 1.4 first until you hit a point where you really feel like u need 1.2 aperture.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2013, 06:02:29 AM »
Think twice about the 50mm 1.2L. At one point you WILL be bored of the "bokeh look" cuz all ur photos tend to look the same. But the 50mm 1.2L isnt awesome anymore when u stop it down.

I just laughed out loud.
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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2013, 06:16:15 AM »
Hi guys,

Been lurking for a few weeks now, gaining insights but need to ask for advice, as in 2 weeks i'll be taking the punt on a new 5D3 and I'm budgeting for around 2 lenses to go with it.

My uses: Predominantly hobby, but I will need it a lot of the time to shoot bottle image photography at work (which I have a light tent for).

I really, really like the look of the 50mm 1.2L. I love the creamy bokeh and amazing subject isolation. To complement this prime, I was looking at the 24-105 f4L due to it's good image quality, wide focal range and IS (I want to eventually shoot some vacation videos).

So, is this the zoom you would go for? I had looked at the 24-70 f.28 II but honestly I think with the 50 in my kit, id be at risk of selling myself short with just these 2 lenses to begin.

I understand that due to me upgrading from a Sony a350, and taking the most rapid crash photography course you'll find (I've gone from an ignorant to almost completely grasping the theory behind taking photos in about 4 weeks).

Advice welcomed.

Cheers

Stef

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 ?

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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2013, 06:21:12 AM »
Go either for the 50mm f1.2 or for the 85mm f1.2. There is no need to start with the f1.4, if the 50mm L is within your budget. Your choice should depend on your preferred focal length. The 85mm L is a better lens for sure, but as an example I tend to shoot at 50mm far more often than on 85mm.

Adding the 24-105 zoom is a great choice. That it is f4 and not f2.8 is not a big issue with a 5D Mark III, especially since you have the fast prime for wide aperture shots.

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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2013, 07:14:45 AM »
The EF 50mm f/1.4 is a much-maligned lens. It's really not as bad as everyone says. I've had it for years and it's never broken in my hand, focuses fairly fast with no shifts and has relatively good geometry. What most people mistake for soft focus wide open is really a lack of contrast. In a light tent with proper lighting setup, that shouldn't be a problem. For the money you'd be shelling out for the 50mm 1.2 L, you could get the EF 50mm 1.4, the EF 85mm 1.8 AND the EF 100mm 2.8 L (a stellar lens!). I would think that would put you in product shot heaven.

BTW: There is no better kit lens on the planet than the 24-105mm L for the money (maybe the EF-S 17-55, but we're talking full frame here).
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2013, 10:05:29 AM »
For the money you'd be shelling out for the 50mm 1.2 L, you could get the EF 50mm 1.4, the EF 85mm 1.8 AND the EF 100mm 2.8 L (a stellar lens!). I would think that would put you in product shot heaven.
BTW: There is no better kit lens on the planet than the 24-105mm L for the money (maybe the EF-S 17-55, but we're talking full frame here).

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Definitely start with the 24-105.  A great all purpose lens and a terrific value.  Adding one or more fast primes will let you handle low-light shooting nicely.  I chose the 50 1.4 over the 50 1.2 L after reading many reviews and renting both for a week at different times.  To me the 1.4 is 90% as good at 1/3 the cost.  I used the money I saved to buy a 135L!

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