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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2013, 06:50:37 AM »
I've always considered the Canon EF 300mm f/4Lis to be one of the great "sleepers" of the Canon range.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EF_300mm_lens

I got one when they first shipped in 1997 and was astounded with what it could deliver at f/4 right up to the time I upgraded to the 300 f/2.8is. Honestly, I wish I'd hung onto the 300 f/4is. There is room in my life for two Canon 300mm lenses. Sure, you can hear the IS working away from 20 paces, but it more than makes up for this irrelevant shortcoming with it's very light weight, compact size (about the same as a 70-200) brilliantly sharp images wide open and its almost macro minimum focus distance of 1.5m. Great for a unique portrait, plus I used to shoot great food shots with it.

Hell....I'm going to get another one!

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This lens fascinates me, considering getting one despite the fact that I already have a 70-200 F/2.8 ISII + 1.4TC II and a 100-400L. This however makes it difficult to justify because I don't want to part with these two lenses anyway.
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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2013, 06:50:37 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: July 19, 2013, 07:26:22 AM »
100 f/2
135L f/2
200L 2.8

Sigma 17-50 2.8 for Crop
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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #32 on: July 19, 2013, 10:02:49 AM »
Sigma 17-50 2.8 for Crop

+1 I loved it when I used a 7D. Since then two friends have bought one based on my recommendation and they love theirs.
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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #33 on: July 19, 2013, 10:15:20 AM »
The most underrated, overlooked lens I have is the EF-S 60mm macro. It does everything from macro to landscapes and usually gives a unique look. I can usually tell a picture taken with this lens.

I agree with this, the EF-S 60 is probably my sharpest lens, and that's including the 70-200 f4 IS. Get the focus right and it's corner to corner sharp (macro obviously excepted-unless photographing a brick wall!), even at 100% on the 7D. Compact as well, and great value!
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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #34 on: July 19, 2013, 10:51:18 AM »
100 f/2
135L f/2
200L 2.8

Sigma 17-50 2.8 for Crop
Anything made by Lensbaby (If you haven't tried a composer you are missing out on a LOT of fun)

Never owned the 135 f2, but I have, or have had everything else here, well the previous 18-50 f2.8 DC Macro version of the Sigma, which is also a great lens, and cheap used.

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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #35 on: July 19, 2013, 11:22:06 AM »
I agree with this, the EF-S 60 is probably my sharpest lens, and that's including the 70-200 f4 IS. Get the focus right and it's corner to corner sharp (macro obviously excepted-unless photographing a brick wall!), even at 100% on the 7D. Compact as well, and great value!

It is so compact that you can use a camera's built-in flash for macro without the lens casting a shadow.  Great for travel. And the EF-S 60 is a good focal length for portraits and is sharp wide-open.

Only downside: it hunts during focus sometimes.  I wish it had a focusing distance limiter switch to help.



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« Reply #36 on: July 19, 2013, 12:04:38 PM »
Tamron 28-75 2.8

Agreed, this is a great lens for someone who has switched to full frame, but doesn't have the budget for L lenses.  I keep mine around for backup.

I also have a friend who shoots lots and lots of people pix with this lens on a 7D.   Its a nice portrait lens on a crop body. :)
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Re: Tamron 28-75 2.8 non-stabilized
« Reply #37 on: July 19, 2013, 12:35:33 PM »
Tamron 28-75 2.8

Agreed, this is a great lens for someone who has switched to full frame, but doesn't have the budget for L lenses.  I keep mine around for backup.

I also have a friend who shoots lots and lots of people pix with this lens on a 7D.   Its a nice portrait lens on a crop body. :)

This was excellent when I had it and used it on my 40D (now sold). For my 7D (which I normally use only with long lenses) I have a Tamron 17-50mm F/2,8 and it's absolutely fabulous.
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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #38 on: July 19, 2013, 12:52:43 PM »
Well.. I have a Macro Tokina 100 f2.8 This Baby ROCKS! I got it for 250 bucks on ebay and it was pretty much new.Few months back I had some money trouble and I had to sell canon 70-200L and many other lenses and cameras but I kept this one until I got a couple of new cameras.

As a Macro is wonderful! as portrait is is a dream. Every time I mention this lens everyone goes like HUH! what is that?

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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #39 on: July 19, 2013, 02:59:38 PM »
Tamron 28-75 2.8
Much smaller and lighter than either 24-70, and perfect all around lens. 2.8 all the way, goes up to 75, where I often found myself taking portraits.
Yeah, its a solid portrait lens; not so great on full-frame for landscape, etc. But compared to the used prices on the 24-70 f/2.8 v1, it's an absolute steal.

I mostly used it on APS-C, and while I loved the shots it took, I never found the range quite wide enough.

200L 2.8
Yep, dropped my 70-200 f/4L IS and got this instead, much more useful for AF, teleconverters, etc, and a lot less conspicuous
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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #40 on: July 19, 2013, 03:01:44 PM »
But my ultimate favorite, though it does get pretty good reviews, is the 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 Macro from Sigma. Only way it could be better is if it was constant f/2.8, but, you get nearly 1:2 macro and good sharpness from f/5.6 on. And, when I need it, 17mm f/2.8 is good for environmental sports stuff, where I am capturing the scene around a person but still need fast shutter speeds.

The newer version only goes to 1:3.3, is pricier, but it does add OS.

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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #41 on: July 19, 2013, 03:09:06 PM »
Well.. I have a Macro Tokina 100 f2.8 This Baby ROCKS! I got it for 250 bucks on ebay and it was pretty much new.Few months back I had some money trouble and I had to sell canon 70-200L and many other lenses and cameras but I kept this one until I got a couple of new cameras.

As a Macro is wonderful! as portrait is is a dream. Every time I mention this lens everyone goes like HUH! what is that?

I suspect it's essentially the same lens as the Tamron 90mm despite the extra 10mm extra FL. The rotating focus limiter switch is a dead give-away.
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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #42 on: July 19, 2013, 03:17:28 PM »
Canon 85/1.8
Tamron 90/2.8 macro
Tamron 17-50/2.8 non-VC
Canon 55-250/4-5.6 IS
Canon 50/1.4
Canon 70-200/4 non-IS
Canon 17-40/L, when used as an UWA on FF gear, not as a standard lens on crop.
Canon 15/2.8 fisheye
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« Reply #43 on: July 19, 2013, 04:32:10 PM »

  • EF 35mm f/2 -- very sharp in center (in corners not so much), short minimum focusing distance, very accurate AF -- this is a viable alternative to my 24-70 f/2.8 Mk II in many situations, it's way lighter, it's way smaller. I often use it for video (manual focus is very OK, fairly accurate and barely audible). It's excellent for closeup portraits, with face details, like eyes.


I wanted this lens pretty bad since it came out.  It did kind of immediately get thrown into the equally-priced, faster-aperture Sigma's shadow.  But depending on the person (like one who shoots video), it might be the obvious choice over sigmas 35 1.4.  Thats what it seems like to me anyway.  This lens is one of them I had in mind when I created this thread.  Whenever it ends up on sale I'm probably going to snatch it up... maybe earlier..lol
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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #44 on: July 19, 2013, 05:06:25 PM »
Definitely the 100mm f/2. Totally overshadowed by the 85mm 1.8 but the majority of the reviews state that it's better corrected and focuses faster than its smaller brother. I use it for portrait stuff on the 5D Mk II and its awesome. Autofocus is the fastest i have ever seen and the bokeh is nice and creamy. :)
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