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A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« on: April 14, 2013, 01:27:10 AM »
Hello CR folks,

I recently bought a 5D3 and 50mm 1.8.This is my first investment and I am based out of India. 
I mostly shoot Low Light , Landscape , Street Photography and Slow Shutter captures.

Before taking up 5D3 I had an experience of working with my colleague's Canon60D , 18-135(kits lens) ,70-200mm f4 and NikonD7000 50mm f1.4,70-200mm f4. 
I had some severe limitations while shooting Landscapes and didn't get enough experience on wide-angle shots  :-[
I will be travelling to Ladakh,a landscape,rich cultured,wildlife Himalayan Range in the month of July and I am looking for suggestions to get some 'real' gear.
All I can  say that this will be my starting point to get into some real action  ;)

I can spend up to 4000$ on the Lenses.
Please share the gear details based on your own experience.

Regards
Hari

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Update :
Thanks for the suggestions Guys 
I decided on getting 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 
 
Hari

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« Last Edit: April 25, 2013, 01:02:46 AM by maass »

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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 03:12:49 AM »
Your about $9000 short of a 600mmL...

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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2013, 03:33:07 AM »
What focal range(s) do you need to cover?

What is the widest you need to go?

What is the longest focal length you might need?

With your widest and longest focal lengths (plus any specialty needs like macro, tilt-shift), we will be able to give you a better answer. For example, if you don't need anything wider than 24mm, it would be a very different list than if you need to go as wide as 16mm/17mm.
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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2013, 04:02:10 AM »
I'd suggest getting the 24-70 II, such a great general purpose lens that can be used for landscapes as well. Having one great lens whilst traveling is ideal, you don't want to be carrying around so much gear.
Then a general purpose lowlight prime like the sigma 35 f1.4.

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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013, 07:28:36 AM »
I don't know how you feel about it, but I like traveling light. I'd take only 2 primes and a tele zoom, but it is easier for me to choose, because I already know what focal length I prefer. Do you? If not, then maybe renting few L zooms could be a good idea. 16-35L, 24-105L and 100-400L should do well + that 50/1.8'II.
My dream UWA lens is TS-E 17L, so it would definitely be on the list (the only reason it's not, is because I don't have $4000 budget to spend :P), but for traveling I'd grab the 24/1.4L, which is much more versatile and a better lens for the trip. 70-300L would be my tele-zoom choice for traveling and 40STM is great for hanging around my neck all day long (same as 50/1.8'II) :). I love macro, so I would buy a macro lens (sigma 150 or canon 100L), but I would travel without it, I'd get an extension tube set instead (for my 40STM).
I know that many would suggest the standard 24-70L'II USM + 70-200L'II IS USM combo (which costs more than $4k). It is great, when it is wide enough, long enough and fast enough for the job, but I wouldn't travel with these two workhorses.
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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013, 08:11:21 AM »
16-35 f/2.8L II  would be a good start though if weight is an issue maybe the 17-40 f/4L. I like the size and weight of the 17-40 and it's fairly wide enough to capture what I need (buildings, architechture, landscapes etc).

I would recommend the 70-200 f/4L IS over the 70-300L as its lighter and has a constant f/4 aperture throughout the range. Though it depends on what kinda range you need, maybe pick up a 1.4x tele convertor to go with it.

Since you already have the 50mm 1.8 I don't see any advantage of getting the 40 STM other than size difference (which isn't much really). The fifty is really versatile and the fast aperture will work well in low light. 

So with the wide and lens and 70-200 that prob still leaves you 2K to spare. Buy some extra memory cards and spare batteries and use the rest to enjoy your holiday!

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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2013, 08:55:14 AM »
My new favorite travel kit is the Tamron 24-70VC and the Canon EF 70-300L.  You could get these two and still have at least $1300.  If you could find used copies of the 17-40L and the 135L for your remaining balance (doable) you would have most situations covered quite well.  The 135L responds very well to a 1.4x teleconverter and provides a near 200mm f/2.8 prime.
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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2013, 10:40:16 AM »
Hello CR folks,

I recently bought a 5D3 and 50mm 1.8.This is my first investment and I am based out of India. 
I mostly shoot Low Light , Landscape , Street Photography and Slow Shutter captures.

Before taking up 5D3 I had an experience of working with my colleague's Canon60D , 18-135(kits lens) ,70-200mm f4 and NikonD7000 50mm f1.4,70-200mm f4. 
I had some severe limitations while shooting Landscapes and didn't get enough experience on wide-angle shots  :-[
I will be travelling to Ladakh,a landscape,rich cultured,wildlife Himalayan Range in the month of July and I am looking for suggestions to get some 'real' gear.
All I can  say that this will be my starting point to get into some real action  ;)

I can spend up to 4000$ on the Lenses.
Please share the gear details based on your own experience.

Regards
Hari

I'm presently in India and could offer some hands on advice ;)

Do you plan to buy from the US and someone will transport it for you in India? If so, you lose on your warranties and also get stuck at the Indian customs with the gear if you are really unlucky. I was questioned over my own gear (purchased from India) at the Indian customs and I was lucky to have copies of all invoices on my iPad. 

Gear in India is almost 30% expensive due to the high customs duty so your "real" budget for the lenses will be toned down to $ 3,100.

I'm surprised you didn't opt for the 24-105 f/4 L kit lens with the 5D3. It came in exceptionally cheap with the kit. If you do need this lens you can check with a Canon Image Square outlet who will be able to help you with a new lens marked as "Used". Some people trade the kit lens at the outlets at the time of buying the kit and make a fast INR 5-10K profit so you might get a good deal.

For a trip to Ladakh I'd suggest getting a general purpose zoom and you could choose between the 24-105, 24-70. The Tamron lens looks good but their service in India is a joke. Tamron usually plays the blame game citing problems with camera bodies should you run into any problems with the lens.

Were you satisfied with shooting at 18mm on the 60D? That's effectively 29mm and shooting a wide angle 17mm will present an even greater field of view. If you do need a wide-angle, you could choose between a 17-40 or a 16-35. Based on your choices you could take your pick with the 70-200. All Canon variants are excellent.

BTW, most dealers will give you a discount of 3-4% on the retail price but you could get a 8-10% discount on the retail price if you buy from the distributor directly. If you can buy from New Delhi, send me a PM - I have the contact details of the distributor.
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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2013, 11:26:57 AM »
The first two requirements you mention are low light and landscape, for this I would opt for a 24mm 1.4L - my favorite Canon lens.

My most used lens is the 16-35mm 2.8L I have never used the highly regarded 24-70mm since I already have the 24-105mm. Regarding the 70-200mm, I have the 2.8 IS version and wish I would have opted for the 4.0 IS - the 2.8 is heavy - or the 70-300mm 4-5.6L IS - almost a pound lighter.

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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2013, 01:12:05 PM »
16-35/2.8 II
24-70/2.8 II
70-200/2.8 IS II

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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2013, 02:18:46 PM »
My new favorite travel kit is the Tamron 24-70VC and the Canon EF 70-300L.  You could get these two and still have at least $1300.  If you could find used copies of the 17-40L and the 135L for your remaining balance (doable) you would have most situations covered quite well.  The 135L responds very well to a 1.4x teleconverter and provides a near 200mm f/2.8 prime.


What is your experience on IQ when using the 1.4 on the 135L?
And, is that 1.4 MKIII?
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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2013, 02:35:14 PM »
16-35/2.8 II
24-70/2.8 II
70-200/2.8 IS II

If possible.
+1.  Rent the 16-35 if you can't go over $4000

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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2013, 02:45:53 PM »
Hello CR folks,

I recently bought a 5D3 and 50mm 1.8.This is my first investment and I am based out of India. 
I mostly shoot Low Light , Landscape , Street Photography and Slow Shutter captures.


Regards
Hari
Since landscape is what you value most, I'd recommend:
17mm TS-E ($2200) for Landscape
40mm f/2.8 ($150) for street
Sigma 35mm  ($899) for low light
 
a total of $3249.
 
You will need a good tripod and head, which will run you  $600-$1000, so I left $750 room to buy that.     If prices are higher in india, you will have to compromise, as I have listed New USA prices.
 
 

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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2013, 02:49:26 PM »
16-35/2.8 II
24-70/2.8 II
70-200/2.8 IS II

If possible.
Great choice the trinity
5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 24-105mm 70-200mm 2.8 Non IS, 100-400mm 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580EX II, 600EX-RT

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Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2013, 03:14:02 PM »
Hello CR folks,

I recently bought a 5D3 and 50mm 1.8.This is my first investment and I am based out of India. 
I mostly shoot Low Light , Landscape , Street Photography and Slow Shutter captures.


Regards
Hari
Since landscape is what you value most, I'd recommend:
17mm TS-E ($2200) for Landscape
40mm f/2.8 ($150) for street
Sigma 35mm  ($899) for low light
 
a total of $3249.
 
You will need a good tripod and head, which will run you  $600-$1000, so I left $750 room to buy that.     If prices are higher in india, you will have to compromise, as I have listed New USA prices.

Brilliant.

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