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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #30 on: August 26, 2013, 01:53:25 PM »
Get the 70-200 II and the 2x converter.
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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #30 on: August 26, 2013, 01:53:25 PM »

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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #31 on: August 26, 2013, 02:14:30 PM »
Whilst the 70-200 f/2.8 v2 is a magical lens on full frame, somehow, as someone else mentioned, it doesn't really gel on a crop body.

This is my experience exactly. I shoot with the 7D and out of all my lenses the 70-200 is the least used. As said before it is either too long inside or too short outside (really awkward to use); however, when the focal length is just right it is a magical lens. The ONLY reason I haven't sold it is because I intend to to upgrade to FF relatively soon...but for the time being it mostly stays at home in its protective case.

In my experience, my first lens was the 18-135 (non STM). This was a good lens, but I did see a very noticeable improvement in IQ when I upgraded it to the 15-85. The 15-85 is my most used lens for everything but birding. The 50 1.8 as cheap as it is is great for low light photography. And the 100-400 is pretty good for birding.

so my recommendation would be a 15-85 for general photography (people, places, and things) and if you want to take your wildlife photography to the next level look at the 100-400 or the 400 5.6.

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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2013, 06:54:01 PM »
Thanks folks for your efforts and replies. I am overwhelmed by the responses. This is the first time I have posted like this on this forum and the responses have exceeded all my expectations. This is simply one of the most informative forums I have encountered. On other forums, not that I have post this issue there, i don't get much response. Thanks a million. You have given me much to think about and I am not in a hurry to make a purchase.

O'Neill thanks for your long reply. In reading it, I thought you have been reading my mail. My wife an I are recent enthusiasts photographers, only been a member of a camera club for our second year but it has really stretched us. This is the first year of seriously entering monthly club competitions (which are judged by Photographic Society of Queensland [PSQ] accredited judges, not club members) and I have already picked up seven awards (mainly merits but one highly commended) in 6 competitions. So this has spurred me on to want to achieve more with my photography. Hence the reason for looking at better glass. When I got our first 18-200mm EF-S lens I was impressed with the first outing (having had only kit lenses before). It's just a great walk around lens too and gives a great focal length range. We've photographed a few events in the last last year or two and this is such a great lens for these sorts of things where you need a good focal length range. 

However, I want to start thinking about getting lenses that are more targeted to particular needs/types of photography (rather than the all rounders we have). The input I have received on this thread has been simply awesome, has helped a lot and is greatly appreciated. Keep it coming.         
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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2013, 07:08:49 PM »
Thanks folks for your efforts and replies. I am overwhelmed by the responses. This is the first time I have posted like this on this forum and the responses have exceeded all my expectations. This is simply one of the most informative forums I have encountered. On other forums, not that I have post this issue there, i don't get much response. Thanks a million. You have given me much to think about and I am not in a hurry to make a purchase.

O'Neill thanks for your long reply. In reading it, I thought you have been reading my mail. My wife an I are recent enthusiasts photographers, only been a member of a camera club for our second year but it has really stretched us. This is the first year of seriously entering monthly club competitions (which are judged by Photographic Society of Queensland [PSQ] accredited judges, not club members) and I have already picked up seven awards (mainly merits but one highly commended) in 6 competitions. So this has spurred me on to want to achieve more with my photography. Hence the reason for looking at better glass. When I got our first 18-200mm EF-S lens I was impressed with the first outing (having had only kit lenses before). It's just a great walk around lens too and gives a great focal length range. We've photographed a few events in the last last year or two and this is such a great lens for these sorts of things where you need a good focal length range. 

However, I want to start thinking about getting lenses that are more targeted to particular needs/types of photography (rather than the all rounders we have). The input I have received on this thread has been simply awesome, has helped a lot and is greatly appreciated. Keep it coming.       
At the beginning of the post, it seemed like you just wanted a lens L which is equivalent to 18-200mm, and in fact there is no such lens. How are you getting more serious in photography, the way is to replace the 18-200mm for a set of lenses. I do not know how much you are willing to spend, but follows a short list of lenses which serve several purposes.
EF-S17-55mm F2.8 IS
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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #34 on: August 26, 2013, 07:31:09 PM »
What focal length do you shoot at most often?  I'd seriously consider the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8, I was absolutely floored when I used in on an FS700 and I've owned pretty much every L lens under 200mm.  It's the fastest zoom you can buy, reasonably priced, well-built, and sharp as a tack, plus it's made to be used with APS-C sensors.  If you want something with a bit more range I'd go with the 17-55 f/2.8 IS. 
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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #35 on: August 27, 2013, 06:26:10 AM »
Thanks folks for your efforts and replies. I am overwhelmed by the responses. This is the first time I have posted like this on this forum and the responses have exceeded all my expectations. This is simply one of the most informative forums I have encountered.

Spending other people's money is my (our?) favorite pastime :-> ... and here are a lot of enthusiasts around who understand that shelling out thousands of $$$ should be not done easily, I also got great help here as to what lenses are best for me.

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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #36 on: August 27, 2013, 09:16:25 AM »
We have a 7D & 60D and we almost always have the 35 1.4L on one of them at all times. I know its focal range is covered by your other lens, but I have been extremely pleased with the quality that comes from this lens, plus, being a 1.4, you can handle some low light situations as well.

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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #36 on: August 27, 2013, 09:16:25 AM »

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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #37 on: August 27, 2013, 09:30:06 AM »
It's not a telephoto, so forgive me if this is off-topic, but I'm often really excited about images from my 40mm pancake lens. It's a huge step up in clarity and sharpness from the lens you have, and it doesn't cost much at all. Also consider picking up a nifty fifty (50mm f/1.8) to see if wide apertures do anything for you. It feels good to know for sure why you want a particular lens before buying it.

I echo that 100%! I think this rivals some of my Ls in quality - sharp wide open and lovely contrast and colour. The limitations of a prime are really good at forcing you to step up creatively. I think that lens and the 135L make an astounding pairing.

Also, I'd recommend trying the super cheap 70-200 f4 L. The non-IS model was my first L lens and it blew away my consumer 70-300 - nice and sharp and very fast at focusing. It's also light which makes it a lens you'll be happy to take hiking. Best of all you can get them secondhand for £400, which is insane.   
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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #38 on: August 29, 2013, 02:00:12 AM »
Ok over the last couple of days I've ha a bit of think about this after all the great advice, comments and experiences. Thanks a million. This is a great forum.

I am now thinking of a toss between two non-L lenses both the EF-S. They are:

10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM; or
17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

I am leaning towards the 10-22m as this gives us a range we don't current have and would make a nice ultra wide lense on 7D and 600D for landscape.

Once again seeking comments, views and experiences especially from members who have used this lens.   
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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #39 on: August 29, 2013, 03:47:40 AM »
Get the 70-200 II and the 2x converter.

I have this and after 2 years of usage the 70-200 II is my most use lens and when searching for birds I use the 2x, love it on my 7D.
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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #40 on: August 29, 2013, 04:05:25 AM »
I've used the EF-S 10-22mm quite a bit, mostly landscape. Love it. Love it.

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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #41 on: August 29, 2013, 04:09:55 AM »
I am leaning towards the 10-22m as this gives us a range we don't current have and would make a nice ultra wide lense on 7D and 600D for landscape.

Btw You should change the title of the thread (edit first post) and add your new question or people won't read about your change of mind.
« Last Edit: August 29, 2013, 05:07:18 AM by Marsu42 »

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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #42 on: August 29, 2013, 04:39:55 AM »
Marsu,

Good idea, this tread has evolved. So I have created a new thread and if members wanted to pop over there and comment, http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=16669.0
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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #42 on: August 29, 2013, 04:39:55 AM »

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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #43 on: August 29, 2013, 05:38:24 AM »
Mine was a MKI 70-200mm F2.8 non IS fantastic lens and still have it today. IS is overrated ;)
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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #44 on: August 29, 2013, 06:04:28 AM »
70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS ! razor sharp, great IS, weather sealed and compact... You almost have a 70-200 f/4 L IS and a 300 f/4 L IS with this one...

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Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« Reply #44 on: August 29, 2013, 06:04:28 AM »