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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2013, 09:29:11 PM »
I'd buy a lens.

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2013, 09:47:34 PM »
I am curious to know what people that photograph other things would do too! Thats why I said that.

But if you want to know, I like to photograph people working, not rich people, people from deep Brazil, where I live now. In the farms for example.

(I'm talking about $2000 in US prices, of course).

Perhaps 24-105 and 70-300L, though not sure you could get both for $2000.

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2013, 09:48:18 PM »
I'd buy a lens.
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Why not a second body.  That way, Pini could save on cards ?!?!?   :o

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2013, 12:08:44 AM »
I am curious to know what people that photograph other things would do too! Thats why I said that.

But if you want to know, I like to photograph people working, not rich people, people from deep Brazil, where I live now. In the farms for example.

(I'm talking about $2000 in US prices, of course).

Firstly, I echo distant.star's comment - to be thankful (that many people would love to have a 5DmkII and $2000 available to them - and I'm sure you know that from Brazil too).

I do quite a lot of 'people in an environment' style photography - eg recovery / therapy camps for adults and children, church events, some casual sports, etc - though I wouldn't say this is my 'preferred' photographic genre, nor even an area I have most of my skill in.

The lens that I find is the most useful on my Canon 7D for most of my 'people shots' is the very good Canon EF-S 15-85mm. That lens covers equivalent of 24-136mm in FF format. I have also used and owned a good copy of the Canon EF 28-135mm, and the EF-S Canon 18-55mm.

So while it depends on the type of environment you would photograph people (as you said, on farms) - eg mainly outdoor, in large expanses, or up close, detailed work, etc - for FF I would want something of the focal range of the Canon EF 24-105mm L - which gives you both the possibility of context (eg wide angle) and some telephoto (at 105mm). With FF one has more potential for thinner depth of field, even with an f/4 - that can produce some shallow depth of field and have decent bokeh. ;)

Next I would get the 70-200mm f/4 L IS - which would give you some creative potential for more telephoto. And having IS is invaluable here (especially @ f/4). I think if you shopped around and were careful, you could buy both the 24-105mm L and 70-200 f/4 L IS new for about $2000 US.  If new wasn't a possibility - I'd get one (or both) of them refurbed from Canon.

While I own and prefer the Canon 70-300mm L over the 70-200mm f/4 IS - this 70-300mm L is more expensive -and perhaps there are fewer 'deals' going on it too. The 70-300mm L really shines on my 7D, and I've used that for people photography too, it has great sharpness and exceptionally good bokeh for a relatively slow telezoom.

So, in summary if you can - perhaps get the 24-105mm L IS and the 70-200mm L f/4 IS.  Good to great image quality from both lenses, relatively light (eg transportable, etc) - and both have USM and IS - which are really helpful features to have.   And after using these 2 lenses for some time, you may have saved some money and will find out if you need an other lens, eg a fast prime, and at what focal length, or maybe an ultra-wide angle (for that 'special UWA effect').  I doubt that I'd want to get a prime unless you have some time and experience in shooting the style of photography that you're talking about.  :)

Hope my input helps.

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2013, 12:09:53 AM »
Start driving for Chicago in a big bomber beat up car, wearing shades, at night, with no gas...

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2013, 12:13:08 AM »
If you don't mind used or refurbished, you could look at a 24-70 version 1, and a 70-200 f/4 IS. It would be at the peak of your $2K, but still possible. The only lens I use for candid portrait work is the 70-200 2.8 ii. It is a beast, heavy enough actually that my wife doesn't even carry it when we have a wedding or portrait shoot. If you want the optics despite the weight, I have absolutely nothing against the "beast" tele, 70-200ii.

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2013, 01:38:27 AM »
This really depends on what you shoot...  If you don't know which way the wind will take you, just getting a 24-105L for the moment until you see if you want wider or longer or just better in that range.

If i was in that situation i would get the 24-105L and 70-300L....  but as i said it depends what you shoot and  want!!!

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2013, 01:42:36 AM »
I'm into portraits, landscapes and macro photography.

I'd buy 24-105L + 2-3 speedlights (preferrably Nissin or Canon) + remote for those speedlights + filters (polarizer, gnd, variable ND) + tripod + umbrella + umbrella holder + light-stand.  If anything left, I'll buy a 100mm USM macro or a tamron 90mm macro (2nd hand will do).

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2013, 01:53:03 AM »
I like ultrawide, but like some flexibilty with walkaround and telephoto.... For £2000 in the UK, I'd either look at getting a 16-355 II for £900 secondhand, with a secondhand £250 kit 28-135 as a stopgap and 135mm secondhand for £650, a lens baby, plus some filters, alternatively if I was buying new, then probably the 17-35, 35IS & 100IS Macro, plus some filters...
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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2013, 03:00:14 AM »
85L II. 

I'm looking at my lens collection including the likes of 70-200 f/2.8 II, 35L, 100L, 135L, 17-40L, but 85L II plus 5D II (III in my case) produces the most special images. 

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2013, 03:32:51 AM »
I'd get a 135L and while using that I'd think about the 35 IS or which other 35 or 50 to get, or perhaps the 28 IS and 40 pancake.
First, I'd be thankful -- lots of folks would love to have a 5D2 and $2K!!
That's a nice answer.

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2013, 03:52:01 AM »
I am curious to know what people that photograph other things would do too! Thats why I said that.

But if you want to know, I like to photograph people working, not rich people, people from deep Brazil, where I live now. In the farms for example.

(I'm talking about $2000 in US prices, of course).
If I only had a camera body and $2000, I'd get:
EF 24-105 f/4 L IS ... as a general purpose lens that can also be used for handheld video
EF 28mm f/1.8 ... for low light interior shots
EF 50mm f/1.4 ... when I don't want to carry too much weight for an evening of street photography
EF 85mm f/1.8 ... for portraits of lovely Brazilian beauties ;)

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2013, 04:53:42 AM »
I'd sell the 5dII and buy a 6D with 24-105 kit.
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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2013, 05:13:39 AM »
One question to ask yourself if you really want to carry around a very conspicuous white lens while shooting people like that? Now that one is up to you and how you think people will react.

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
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