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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

Canon 70-200mm F/4L Telephoto Zoom Lens
25 (75.8%)
Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 USM (with IS) Lens
2 (6.1%)
Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP Aspherical (IF) Zoom Lens
3 (9.1%)
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
3 (9.1%)

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heidi.nelson

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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

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Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 12:28:17 PM »
The 70-200/4L will give you better IQ than any of the other options. 
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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 12:45:18 PM »
If budget and wide-angle is the concern, I can recommend the 28-135.  This is what I used for 70% of my pictures. Otherwise, go with the 70-200.


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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2013, 12:55:31 PM »
The 70-200/4L will give you better IQ than any of the other options.
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And the Tamron 17-50 is for crop cameras
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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2013, 12:58:40 PM »
The 70-200/4L will give you better IQ than any of the other options.
+1
Not to mention at a highly affordable price.
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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2013, 01:10:27 PM »
I wouldn't of picked any of these lenses but thats just me.

The 70-200F4L is you best bet.

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #6 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.

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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2013, 01:11:27 PM »

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2013, 01:27:26 PM »
 70-200mm/2.8L and 85mm/1.2L are my lens of choice for doing portraits and candids. As everyone said with IQ, go with 70-200/4L.

but then you mentioned "landscape photography". You'll probably be better off with 28-135.

you gotta pick your battle now, which one you favor doing more? Landscape or portraits?

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2013, 01:30:12 PM »
The 70-200/4L will give you better IQ than any of the other options.

+1

I had the 28-135 and the variable aperture and inconsistent image quality drove me nuts.  The 70-200 zoom range takes on a whole new view thru a FF compared to a crop.  I use my 70-200 2.8IS 70% of the time on my mk3.  Maybe look for a marked down Canon refurbished 70-200 with IS.

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2013, 01:40:34 PM »
+1 for the 70-200.

Also, as it was mentioned earlier, Tamron 17-50 is for crop cameras even though it has EF mount. Hence it is not an option for 5D mk3...


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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2013, 01:43:00 PM »
The 70-200mm f/4L is by far the best of those you listed.  The 28-135mm IS is the worst on FF its horrible, but fair on a crop.  (Tamron 17-50 is not FF).



I've had all on my 5D series cameras (except for the 17-50).  The Canon 70-300mm IS is good and can sometimes be found for about or under $300, but choose the 70-200mmL, its way better.



You should check out the lens ratings done by a pro tester at photozone.  You can then decide for yourself.



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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2013, 01:43:30 PM »
the 70-200mm range is a really nice range for portraits.. the F4 or the F2.8 lens are both very good lenses you couldnt go wrong with either. i'm surprised no one has mentioned the 24-105mm f4 L lens. its another very versatile lens.

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2013, 01:49:55 PM »
the 70-200mm range is a really nice range for portraits.. the F4 or the F2.8 lens are both very good lenses you couldnt go wrong with either. i'm surprised no one has mentioned the 24-105mm f4 L lens. its another very versatile lens.

It looks like she is trying to stay under $500-$600.  There are a ton of more expensive zooms that are very good.

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2013, 02:05:50 PM »
If your buying a 5D mkIII put good glass on it, the 70-200 F2.8 IS II, accept no substitute! I'm not being elitist but don't skimp on glass with full frame and IS does make that much of a difference.

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2013, 02:14:32 PM »
Of those choices I'd go with the 70-200 f/4 and a roll of black gaffer's tape...
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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2013, 02:14:32 PM »