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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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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2013, 02:17:19 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.

And that squarely points to 70-200L f/4 non-IS.
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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2013, 02:17:19 PM »

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2013, 02:22:47 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.

I don't think that's good advice. Clearly, we're looking here at a $500-ish budget so suggesting a $2000 lens is likely not very helpful. Would I have  bought a 3000 dollar camera to put the (venerable) 50 1.8 on it? Probably not. I would always invest in good glass first as well before buying the latest and greatest (more or less disposable) body.
But what's done is done and I'm sure even on a tighter budget there are plenty of other choices before the big heavy white 2.8. I actually decided against it when it was in the budget. Doesn't make sense to me and I didn't like it much when I used it before.
In this case and with a bigger budget I would have suggested the 135L for this purpose. But I'm not sure that would've helped the OP either since even used it's likely more than the choices she lists. And she has the 85 already so there goes that.
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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #17 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! :)

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #18 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....

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2013, 02:45:17 PM »
A lens not listed, but mentioned, that is a good option, but a bit more expensive,  24-105mm f/4L IS USM, lightly used can be had for around $800, I know it is more but I would probably wait for that one over any of the others including the other L for what you listed you want to shoot.  Especially with the 5D Mk III high ISO quality.

It may not be the best lens made but it has great coverage and is a lot better than the 28-135.
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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2013, 02:47:57 PM »
Well as one suggested. Have a go at the 24-105mm. They are pretty easy to find used and I have also seen them very heavily discounted in stores. It's a ton of fun, really versatile and (imho) has good IQ.
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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2013, 02:50:09 PM »
For a general purpose zoom, the 24-105L on FF is excellent.  For a tele zoom, the 70-200/4L IS is also excellent (IQ on par with the 70-200/2.8L IS II). 

Heidi, which is more important - a general purpose lens or a telephoto zoom?

How about used?  There are a couple of 70-200/4 IS on my local Craigslist for a bit over $800, and 24-105's list for ~$700-800 and I expect often sell for a little less.
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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2013, 02:50:09 PM »

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #22 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.... 

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2013, 04:23:32 PM »
As an owner of a 70-200mm 2.8 IS, I wish I would have opted for the 4.0. The 2.8 is heavy.

Between the 24-105mm and the 70-200mm, I would pick the 24-105. You get IS and it is a great walk around lens.

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #24 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? 

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #25 on: March 18, 2013, 04:52:14 PM »
The 70-200 F4 is very sharp as is the 24-105, the difference will be distortion which the 24-105 has a bit off. Which lens will depend on what your shooting, remember that a long zoom ( the 70-200 ) is great for portraits and some sports but it is suddenly lost indoors for groups or when ever you need a wide angle for landscapes. The 24-105 while an excellent walk around lens distorts a fair bit at the wide end enough so that a cheaper 3rd party wide angle would be a better buy if your needing to shoot wide. I know your on a budget but sometimes it is worth it to use what you have and save a while longer to invest in the gear you really need later rather than playing the lens buy and sell game. I have my own studio and have gone through dozens of cameras and lenses to find out that at least with lenses your almost always at one extreme or another, wide or slightly long and rarely in between. In the end my 2 most used lenses are the 70-200 and 16-35, my 85, 50, 135 24-70 are collecting dust as are the aps bodies ( we have canon mkII/Nikon d700 for FF and nikon D300/D7000 pentax aps ). This is all over time and if I know one thing is that you will always want to eventually get one of those big white lenses eventaully, so why not save and make the investment once, not several times over.

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2013, 01:44:33 AM »
not listed - 70-300L

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2013, 07:31:56 AM »
not listed - 70-300L

I thought about that, but the OP lists outdoor portraits as a main intended use, and for that the wider the aperture, the better. An f/5.6 lens isn't ideal for portraits.
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« Reply #28 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.

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Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2013, 02:14:21 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.
NO SUBSTITUTE! For sure the 70-200mm 2.8 IS II is one of the best lenses ever. But if money is an issue, the 70-200mm 2.8 IS mkI is already an extraordinary lens. I was able to get mine 3 years ago for $900 because the seller was switching to Nikon. Great for videos as well.

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« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2013, 02:14:21 PM »