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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #30 on: June 14, 2013, 05:16:01 AM »
I'd ask everyone else what 2 do because I just went out and dropped a dime on something and don't know what I'm doing.

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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 #31 on: June 14, 2013, 05:23:25 AM »
I'd buy a lens.

So funny... I couldn't stop chuckling after I read this. Not laughing, just a continuous chuckling. Good one. Must be late over here.

I'd sell the 5dII and buy a 6D with 24-105 kit.

After reading on, I have to agree with this post. You'd probably have over $1k left over to buy another lens too.
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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #32 on: June 14, 2013, 05:39:47 AM »
It's strange after using an NEX system I'm in love with having an all prime setup.

That being said this is what I would get with $2000

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
Sigma 35mm f/1.4
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Canon 85mm f/1.8

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #33 on: June 14, 2013, 05:45:39 AM »
24-105L
200 2.8L II
Sigma/Canon 50 1.4 or Canon 85 1.8

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #34 on: June 14, 2013, 06:18:50 AM »
I'd definately get the 24-70 f2.8/L Mark II.  I absolutely love this lens, it's resolution can't be beat.  I use this lens about 85% of the time.
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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #35 on: June 14, 2013, 06:57:48 AM »
24-70 , primes are something you get when you have special needs for them, zooms are better for general purpose

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #36 on: June 14, 2013, 07:24:24 AM »
I take photos of bridges, of people who depend on them for a livelihood, shelter etc., for example Howrah Bridge in Calcutta.  Close ups, street portraits and some from a distance all with a 5D II.  I managed well with a 28-135 f3.5 - 5.6 IS and picked it up new in Jessops in London 12 years ago for GBP300, I think. All the reviews about this glass slam it, but for my requirement and skill level and budget it was perfect.  I now use another lens (70-200 f2.8 IS II) but do take it out my old lens now and then for old times sake.

Buy something modest, as suggested elsewhere, try it out and then decide since especially, in your locale, USD2000 is a king's ransom and can bring immense benefits if your pictures move people.

I'll be in SP in August of next year and maybe we can meet up and exchange notes!

Good luck.

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #36 on: June 14, 2013, 07:24:24 AM »

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #37 on: June 14, 2013, 08:29:12 AM »
For landscape photography.  Initially the 17-40mm f4 L and 24-105mm f4 L.  Then save a little more for the 70-200mm f4 L (non IS).  $2500 ish in total

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #38 on: June 14, 2013, 08:42:00 AM »
My first thought, like another earlier, was "buy a lens".   :)

I take photos of everything.  Anything interesting, hopefully with good light!   So any lens is better than none.  I love macro, so that would be in the back of my mind.  I love landscapes, and I love tighter framing than many.  I also love wildlife.  So $2000 is a tough call, I could easily spend more if I had it.  Within that budget, I'd try to get bargains on a 24-105 f/4L and 70-200 f/4L IS, and hopefully have enough left for the 100mm f/2.8 USM macro.



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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #39 on: June 14, 2013, 09:43:48 AM »
1) Get a Tamron 24-70/2.8 for 1000$.
2) Install Magic Lantern.
3) Have fun with your money and your great camera.

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #40 on: June 14, 2013, 09:47:44 AM »
I'm going to give a non-conventional answer: buy the 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens for $150 first (which is sharper than the 24-70 f/2.8L v1), shoot a bunch with that and then use that to determine your next purchase.  You'll find one of a few things: 1) you'll want to go wider; 2) you'll want to go more telephoto; 3) you'll want to do both; 4) you'll want a wider aperture for lower light; 5) you'll want something that focuses faster; 6) you'll decide that a prime lens just isn't what you want, and you can recoup most of your small lens investment by selling it; or 7) you'll be completely content shooting with the 40mm.  In any case, for $150 you'll gain a much more informed opinion about where you'd like to go next.

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #41 on: June 14, 2013, 02:04:33 PM »
Somebody else mentioned this, but it depends on if you are spending $2K now with the expectation of buying more lenses later, or if $2K was you total budget for lenses.

If $2k now and more later, I would start with a 24-70 2.8 II.  Awesome lens and this focal range will cover most of what you need.  Later I would add a 70-200 or 70-300 and some fast primes for low light (35 1.4L and 135L come to mind).

If $2K was my total budget, I'd get the following:

24-105L
50 1.4
70-200 4.0 IS
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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #42 on: June 14, 2013, 04:00:25 PM »
I'd get the 16-35mm f/2.8 and a tripod.

Maybe a flash of some kind too.

And a Pelican case to hold it all.
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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 #43 on: June 15, 2013, 05:09:47 PM »
I'd buy a 35mm f2.0 non-is for about $300, the 85mm f1.8 for about $350.00 and I'd save the rest until I knew
what I was doing and what I couldn't shoot the way I wanted to with the equipment I had.

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #44 on: June 15, 2013, 06:11:58 PM »
Like others, I recommend the 24-105mmL.  Use it and find out if it does not cover all the focal lengths you need.  In the event that you need a low light lens, then get a prime lens in the focal length that you use most in low light.
Presumably, you will want to also get a good tripod, head, and a couple of flash units too.  Those things eat up cash.

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Re: What would you do if you had $2000, a 5DII and no lenses?
« Reply #44 on: June 15, 2013, 06:11:58 PM »