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$1000 .. what to buy
« on: June 17, 2013, 12:28:52 PM »
I have a a budget of $1000 for my next lens.. which one should I buy ?

I trying to decide between the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L and the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8

currently have the following

24-105  f/4
35 f/1.4
70-200 f/2.8 IS
70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
50 f/1.8

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I mostly shoot events and portraits and a few landscapes. would live to get into macro which is why I'm considering the 100mm f/2.8L.  on the landscape end, the widest I have is 24.. not sure if going for the 17-40 would make sense in this case.
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$1000 .. what to buy
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Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2013, 12:39:31 PM »
Get the MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1.5x Macro.  I recommend that because it's obvious that your main photographic interest is ultra macro.

Better yet, stretch your budget by $200 to get the TS-E 90mm f/2.8, because I'm sure that your main photographic interest is product photography.

Oh wait, I have no idea what your main photographic interest is, and you haven't given a clue about what you want to shoot with your new $1000 lens...
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Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2013, 12:55:47 PM »
You seem to have quiet a setup already on hand, so what are you looking for in your new 1000$ lens? If anything perhaps look at the arsenal you have and clean up whatever you don't use to offset a 24-70 mk2 which should be a very capable lens. If you need a lens for macro and portraits I do recommend the 100L, it's a great lens which I used to own and most probably will acquire again. If UWA is the missing link I would suggest the 16-35 with the budget you have. Good luck with your choice.
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Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2013, 01:05:07 PM »
If you don't need f/2.8 in a wide to normal zoom range, I'm inclined to suggest the new 24-70 f/4L IS, which has some decent macro capability.  Especially, if you are not certain macro will be your "thing".

Short of that recommendation, the 100mm Macro is a great lens and can double at a head & shoulder type portrait lens. 

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Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2013, 01:17:48 PM »
Wild card time....   Could I suggest a Lensbaby with the accessory kit - £225 ish will get you a manual selective focus lens, wide (30mm) and tele (80mm) screw in optics, a +4 and +10 macro filters, a set of creative aperture disks and a whole load of fun photography !  Add a fisheye for another £100, other optics to take your fancy... 

It's not totally macro, but will extend your photographic options and enjoyment
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Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2013, 02:30:40 PM »
If Macro is something you're looking at, pick up a used 100mmF2.8 non-L for ~$400.

You don't say if you have any strobes, so spend the rest on a 600EX or a macro lens light setup.

Otherwise the 17-40L is a great lens - especially since you can purchase used and sell it later at the same price point.
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013, 02:48:45 PM »
The 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro is a great all-round lens, especially for macro and IMO for portraits. As far as landscapes, it depends on how much of a wa you want or need. But it is an excellant lens. If you want a range in one lens, then a zoom is your choice.
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2013, 03:20:18 PM »
You have three lenses covering 85mm and 100mm, but none wider than 24mm. 
If you want ultra wide, you might look at a 17-40mmL.  Mine was a good lens, I just never warmed up to ultra wide shots.  I now have a 16-35 and it gets very little use.  You need to be a person who likes the wide shots I guess.
I'm finding that I no longer use my 35mmL, 85mm f/1.8, 50mm's, or even my 135mmL since I bought the 24-70 MK II and the 70-200 MK II lenses.  I sold all three of my 50mm lenses, and my 85, but still have the others.  My 100mmL is staying, its a lens I'll keep.  My 24-105mmL now gets little use, but I've kept it.


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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2013, 03:53:35 PM »
You already have a really nice kit.  If it were me, I would look at selling your 24-105L and use that money and the $1K toward a 24-70 2.8 II.  It would give you a killer excellent standard zoom instead of a good one.
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Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2013, 04:52:38 PM »
If you were comfortable with refurbs, the Canon Direct Store usually has both the EF 17-40mm f/4 and the EF 85mm f/1.8 in stock; you could buy both and be very close to your budget. Or you could easily meet your budget and buy both used.  Stretch the budget a bit and add the 50D closeup lens for the 85mm for occasional macro use to see how you like it....stretch the budget a little more and get an EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro. A lot of people don't find the differences between the non-L macro and the L version that significant.

I have had both and prefer the L version for both macro and portrait work.

If you are just buying to cover a range, getting the zoom makes the most sense; you have everything else covered really well.
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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2013, 10:14:48 PM »
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« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2013, 10:08:34 AM »
Do yourself a favor. Buy a $3 77mm reversing ring adapter and turn your 24-105L backwards. Take some macro-ish shots to see if this is the kinda thing you would like to do. If it is then buy the 100L.

Otherwise use the money to go on holiday and stop worrying about lenses. Trust me, it aint worth it!
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Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2013, 10:46:43 AM »
Spend the $1000 on a nice tripod and ballhead. If you want to try macro shop around for some used lenses. I picked up a Sigma 50 2.8 DG macro lens for about $150, really pleased with the results. Either way, a good tripod will help with landscapes and macro.

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« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2013, 11:00:39 AM »
sell your 70-300mm to me  ;D and get a teleconverter for your 70-200 2.8. Or sell them both and get the II version of the 70-200mm (and a teleconverter). It seems redundant to have more than one telephoto zoom.
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Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2013, 11:05:05 AM »

If you want to go Macro, 50mm won't cut it since you've got full-frame unless you want a reverse 50mm.  If you really want to start macro photography, I would recommend a 100mm USM non-L can be a good start + tripod and some lighting.  For cheap lighting alternative to mt-24ex, you can start with some DIY rigs consisting of some brackets and flash.  The L version of the lens is a better option but I don't think 1K is enough for your setup.   With tripod and good light, the non-L version can be as sharp if not sharper than the L version.  Good luck with your macros!

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