part 2 ---
lenses....I always do this before a lens purchase, because there are always more than 1 lens i want/need...lol.
The 2 I am considering are opposite ends o the spectrum -
100mm 2.8L macro IS
both of these lenses kind of rock and would for sure fill a need in the kit. And yes, both these lenses overlap in focal length to things I already own (I have the 16-35 and the 24-70v1 -- and I on the opposite end, I have the 24-70v1 [which can get pretty damn close to the subject], the 85 1.8 and the 70-200 [of course, the latter 2 have pretty much no potential for getting even close to macro work]).
So on the face of it, it almost looks like neither of these lenses would make sense to buy. the 100 macro does do something that no other lenses I own can do...and that get real close and tight for detail shots (of course I could just keep using my 24-70 for this purpose, then crop - which isn't quite the quality of the 100 L, but does get the job done.
And on the other end, 24mm is covered by the 16-35 and the 24-70 - although the v1 24-70 isn't as sharp as i'd like on the wide end and the 16-35 is good at 24, but that lens really shines on the 16-20 end. the 1.4 aperture would rock the hell out of a wedding reception for sure...1.4 is a lot more light than 2.8, and there are a few used and refurb ones out there at a good price. (I know, many will tell me to drop the idea of buying a prime in this range and just upgrade to the 24-70v2, which is still an option).
on my mind for sure is - what makes the bigger impact on my business. Which images will brides buy large prints of - will it be the close up macro's, or the wide angle, sweeping landscape style portraits? What images will be displayed on my website, or in my physical portfolio, or bridal shows? Examples below...which shot is more likely to become a large print?
the ring shot does have a bit of a crop, not too heavy though - i would love to get closer at times, but on this particular shot, the feel is just nice, closer and you remove the other fun stuff going on in all the OOF areas. And of course the wide angle shot is just that...a wide angle shot, and shooting wide like that is a big part of my style (while also contrasting that with tighter shots from my 50mm, 85mm or 70-200). the 24mm would increase my big environmental portrait quality for sure (yes, as would upgrading to the 24-70v2, and yes, for outdoor shots like this I am more likely to be in f8-16 territory because I would want a more controlled DOF ---- so for that kind of shot the advantages of f1.4 wouldn't make much of a difference. and yup, while f1.4 would rock the hell out of a reception --- how many reception shots are gonna become big prints? It's pretty much the first dance, the toast, maybe a wide shot of the bridal party at the main table. So, where that lens shines ---yeah it will make me smile, but other than the outdoor work where's the $$$$ making from the purchase...and yeah, should I just drop the idea and go for the 24-70 v2?
Price wise, I see a few used 24's, and canondirect has a refurb in stock too ($1300 used, $1400 refurb. the macro would end up being new or refurb if bought today...either way, the prices are essentially close enough that cost is not a factor (of course, if I was eyeing a brand new 24mm, then yeah, the equation changes!!!!)
HA! As you can see, i am very good at talking myself into buying something, then talking myself out of it. I may just have to rent both and see how I feel about them (which of course means my used and refurb options may not be there!!!!). Either way, figured post here and see what others think....