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.
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.