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need help consolidating my lens collection
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:50:43 PM »
I currently have the following in my bag

10-22 f/3.5-4.5
35 f/1.4L
50 f/1.8
24-105 f/4L IS
28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS
70-200 f/2.8L IS II
70-300 f/4.5-5.6L IS

I recently upgraded to a 5DMIII but I'm planning on keeping my 7D as a backup body

I usually shoot portraits, candid portraits, street life with some landscapes as well.

any suggestions on how I should consolidate my lens collection ?

my current definitely keep list has these 4

35 f/1.4L
24-105 f/4L IS
70-200 f/2.8L IS II
70-300 f/4.5-5.6L IS

thanks in advance
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Lens: 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 | 35 f/1.4L | 50 f/1.8 | 24-105 f/4L IS | 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II | 70-300 f/4.5-5.6L IS |

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need help consolidating my lens collection
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2013, 06:57:17 PM »
The 50/1.8 and 28-135 aren't really worth keeping in your collection, IMO. Your plan leaves you with no UWA lens - are you ok with that (how much do you shoot the 10-22mm between 10-15mm)?

The 70-200 II is great for portraits on FF, but you might consider a fast portrait prime (85/1.8, Sigma 85/1.4, 85L, 135L).
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Re: need help consolidating my lens collection
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2013, 09:01:36 PM »
The 50/1.8 and 28-135 aren't really worth keeping in your collection, IMO. Your plan leaves you with no UWA lens - are you ok with that (how much do you shoot the 10-22mm between 10-15mm)?

The 70-200 II is great for portraits on FF, but you might consider a fast portrait prime (85/1.8, Sigma 85/1.4, 85L, 135L).

+1 on both suggestions.  The 50 and 28-135 are inferior to similar lenses in your kit.  Sell 'em.  You can use that money towards a portrait prime.
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Re: need help consolidating my lens collection
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2013, 09:10:25 PM »
Your current "keep" list is all of your L lenses- I think you have already figured out your plan.
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Re: need help consolidating my lens collection
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2013, 11:21:03 PM »
The 50/1.8 and 28-135 aren't really worth keeping in your collection, IMO. Your plan leaves you with no UWA lens - are you ok with that (how much do you shoot the 10-22mm between 10-15mm)?

The 70-200 II is great for portraits on FF, but you might consider a fast portrait prime (85/1.8, Sigma 85/1.4, 85L, 135L).

+1 on both suggestions.  The 50 and 28-135 are inferior to similar lenses in your kit.  Sell 'em.  You can use that money towards a portrait prime.

thanks everyone.. I went back and looked at my Lightroom catalog and noticed that I had used any of the non keep lens in the past 2 1/2 yrs.

I going to go ahead and sell the following

10-22 f/3.5-4.5
50 f/1.8
28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS

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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2013, 01:00:00 AM »
The 50/1.8 and 28-135 aren't really worth keeping in your collection, IMO. Your plan leaves you with no UWA lens - are you ok with that (how much do you shoot the 10-22mm between 10-15mm)?

The 70-200 II is great for portraits on FF, but you might consider a fast portrait prime (85/1.8, Sigma 85/1.4, 85L, 135L).

+1 on both suggestions.  The 50 and 28-135 are inferior to similar lenses in your kit.  Sell 'em.  You can use that money towards a portrait prime.

thanks everyone.. I went back and looked at my Lightroom catalog and noticed that I had used any of the non keep lens in the past 2 1/2 yrs.

I going to go ahead and sell the following

10-22 f/3.5-4.5
50 f/1.8
28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS

I would be curious about which of the keep lenses you use most often.

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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2013, 01:13:14 AM »
The 50/1.8 and 28-135 aren't really worth keeping in your collection, IMO. Your plan leaves you with no UWA lens - are you ok with that (how much do you shoot the 10-22mm between 10-15mm)?

The 70-200 II is great for portraits on FF, but you might consider a fast portrait prime (85/1.8, Sigma 85/1.4, 85L, 135L).

+1 on both suggestions.  The 50 and 28-135 are inferior to similar lenses in your kit.  Sell 'em.  You can use that money towards a portrait prime.

thanks everyone.. I went back and looked at my Lightroom catalog and noticed that I had used any of the non keep lens in the past 2 1/2 yrs.

I going to go ahead and sell the following

10-22 f/3.5-4.5
50 f/1.8
28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS

I would be curious about which of the keep lenses you use most often.

I've been using the 35 1.4 the most followed by the 70-200. I seem to be using the 70-300 only on vacations for candid portraits
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2013, 09:54:32 AM »
I would keep the 10-22. Unless you plan to get a 16-35 or a 17-40 after you sell the lenses you mentioned.

The 50 1.8 has great value for money (at least I think so for my version 1 EF50mm 1.8 lens. Are you sure you do not want/need it?

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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2013, 12:16:25 PM »

10-22 f/3.5-4.5
35 f/1.4L
50 f/1.8
24-105 f/4L IS
28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS
70-200 f/2.8L IS II
70-300 f/4.5-5.6L IS

'my current definitely keep list has these 4

35 f/1.4L
24-105 f/4L IS
70-200 f/2.8L IS II
70-300 f/4.5-5.6L IS

thanks in advance

Sell the 70-300 and get a 1.4x III TC, your 70-200 becomes a 98-280 f/4. You will get 200-280 at f/4 rather than f/5.6.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2013, 02:01:45 PM »
Sell the 70-300 and get a 1.4x III TC, your 70-200 becomes a 98-280 f/4. You will get 200-280 at f/4 rather than f/5.6.

Great suggestion.
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2013, 05:30:54 PM »

Sell the 70-300 and get a 1.4x III TC, your 70-200 becomes a 98-280 f/4. You will get 200-280 at f/4 rather than f/5.6.

Downside is weight.  70-200 F2.8 is heavy to hold and heavy in the bag. 70-300 is much lighter

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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2013, 05:33:02 PM »

I've been using the 35 1.4 the most followed by the 70-200. I seem to be using the 70-300 only on vacations for candid portraits

Interesting.  The 35 is covered by the 24-105 but is 3 stops faster.  Do you shoot it F4 or wider? I find most of my work is at least F5.6 often F8 or 11.

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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2013, 05:33:30 PM »
Weight wasn't an issue, in that case sell everything and buy an SL1 with the 18-200 IS lens.   :P
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2013, 07:03:52 PM »
I have had the 28-13mm and 50mm f/1.8 lenses- bought them new when I purchased my first DSLR camera (several years ago, when the choice of lenses was much less than it is today). I have since sold both these lenses (and more) - while upgrading to better glass. While I had a decent copy of the 28-135mm - it's been superceded by the better Canon 15-85mm. Both copies of the 50mm f/1.8 I've owned weren't sharp enough wide open - and the focus and bokeh were not up to my standards.

Like has been suggested above, if I was in your shoes I would definitely keep the 10-22mm - as it's the only ultra wide angle (UWA) lens you have. But if you've determined that you haven't used it in the past 2.5 years... then I'm curious why you bought it in the first place....  I have the Sigma 10-20mm, and use it often - it really shines on my 7D for UWA shots - very sharp corner to corner. However yes, some people don't use UWA so much - and yes - I do a lot of landscape photography where UWA can be handy at times.

The previous 2 weekends I have been away and used my 7D with 15-85mm and 70-300mm L.  This is such a great travel combination, top quality glass - very suited for the Australian outdoors where we get a lot of great light. :)  When I want fast glass, I want and use primes. I'm still looking forward to Canon announcing (and selling) a new, improved 50mm prime - at least f/2 - sharp, contrasty with good bokeh wide open, solid, fast accurate autofocus (USM or STM) - and hopefully IS too. :)

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Re: need help consolidating my lens collection
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2013, 07:41:39 PM »
Just a suggestion -

Sell 10-22, 50, 35L, 28-135, 24-105L

Buy 24-70 f/2.8L II
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