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Re-arranging L lens gear, need some suggestions
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:15:29 PM »
Hi there,

first post, be gentle ^^

So up until last month my gear consisted of a 5D3, a 600D, a 24-105, a Tokina 11-16 and a recently bought 70-200 2.8 (non-IS).

Yet when I saw the quality of the 70-200 at 2.8 I immediately sold the Tokina and the 24-105, as well as my 600D - with the idea to switch to a 2.8 zoom lens (e.g. the 24-70II).

Due to lack of finance, I had to shoot the entire month only with the 70-200, it's not a bad walkabout lens, yet I missed some important WA shots at some events that drive me crazy.

Now I got the cash to buy the 24-70, yet there is only one thing stopping me - Lens switching. I must admit I am not good at it, I am not used to it and quite honest - sometimes you have just a few seconds or you miss the shot.

I am sure that a lot of you have similar issues, especially at events (I shoot mainly fashion/catwalk and street). It's important to me that I have tight head-shots, yet also full body shots with the whole scene of the same girl, appearing for 4-5 seconds. A 24-70 could solve that problem if I am near the model - but what if not. For example auto shows, where i have to be able to capture the girl next to the car, yet still be able to get a full headshot within seconds.

Usually, even when I carried more lenses with me, I very rarely used them - just the main zoom hat was on my camera. The 24-105 was good, but the 70-200 is of course much better. I also noticed that every time I buy a new lens i "forget" about the old ones, except I know exactly what I have to shoot (controlled conditions like studio shots).

I always hoped that Canon (well Nikon too) will come up with an faster, easier and more secure way to switch lenses in the field. It's just impossible especially in crowded areas, where everyone is pushing you like a piece of meat.

Well anyway, here is the situation:

Plan A is to buy the 24-70 and try somehow to get used to switch lenses in the field. With the 24-70 and 70-200 I will be "covering" enough - but with lens switching, probably "loosing" shots.

Plan B is to get again a 24-70 which I will put on the 5D3, sell the 70-200 and get a 135 f2 with a used 7D instead. From a financial perspective its more or less the same, but then I'll have a backup body and f2 on a crop. I take most tight shots in the 150-200mm (FF) range anyway, so in theory this could work. Bad side: A little heavier and I will scare people with two bodies ^^

It's really important to me to find a solution to this. My next gig is this weekend, an auto show so I hope you guys can help me sort it out by then.

Thanks a lot,
 
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Re-arranging L lens gear, need some suggestions
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:15:29 PM »

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Re: Re-arranging L lens gear, need some suggestions
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2013, 02:21:00 PM »
I don't have an answer for you, but I'm curious to hear what others have to say.

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Re: Re-arranging L lens gear, need some suggestions
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2013, 02:21:04 PM »
Plan B is to get again a 24-70 which I will put on the 5D3, sell the 70-200 and get a 135 f2 with a used 7D instead. From a financial perspective its more or less the same, but then I'll have a backup body and f2 on a crop. I take most tight shots in the 150-200mm (FF) range anyway, so in theory this could work. Bad side: A little heavier and I will scare people with two bodies

Other bad sides, 135mm f/2 on APS-C will be like 216mm f/3.2 on FF - you won't have the shallow DoF you might want for tight shots, and if lighting is not good and you need to bump up the ISO, the APS-C sensor will not do nearly as well as the FF.

You might consider a photo belt and something like the Lowepro Lens Exchange 200 AW to facilitate lens switching on the fly.
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Re: Re-arranging L lens gear, need some suggestions
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2013, 02:42:18 PM »
Other bad sides, 135mm f/2 on APS-C will be like 216mm f/3.2 on FF - you won't have the shallow DoF you might want for tight shots, and if lighting is not good and you need to bump up the ISO, the APS-C sensor will not do nearly as well as the FF.

You might consider a photo belt and something like the Lowepro Lens Exchange 200 AW to facilitate lens switching on the fly.

Thanks, that answer was exactly the reason i posted this question here - love this forum.

I totally forgot about the DoF on APS-C. So I guess the only solution (for Plan B) would be getting another good used FF.
Not much room to play in the 800$ range though.

I am not sure about the 200AW, yes it makes the whole process more secure, yet again - it will take at least 10 seconds to change the lens and secure the old one.



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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2013, 07:34:05 PM »
Not much room to play in the 800$ range though.

I've seen a few 5D2's for $1000 used, I know it's a bit more than $800 but I think it would be worth it to have a solid backup body.  But if $800 is your absolute limit you could most likely find an original 5D for less than that.
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2013, 10:00:59 PM »
actually I just saw that i can get a 6D + 24-70 2.8 II for a nice combo price, saving over 400$.

How is the 5D3 + 6D combo working out, anyone using that kind of configuration?
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Re: Re-arranging L lens gear, need some suggestions
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