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Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« on: December 15, 2013, 08:48:30 PM »
Fellow Photogs, I really need your help!  I'm fairly new to the wedding industry and have one year of experience under my belt, with 10 weddings done this year-one as a primary for a friend.  My question is on lenses.  Yes, the typical, but strategically important question (when funds are limited) on which lens to get next. 

This past year, I've use mainly the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II on my 5D Mark II & the Sigma 35 f/1.4 on my Mark III.  I've just sold my never used Canon 50 f/1.8II & seldom used Canon 24-105 f/4.  I can now mortgage another lens!  I have 4 in mind, but can only get one at this time & wanted to get your more experienced insights.  The 4 lenses I have in mind to get next is:

1) Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II 
2) Canon 50 f/1.2
3) Canon 85 f/1.2 II
4) Canon 16-35 f/2.8 II

Which one should I go for?!?
Thanks for your input!
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Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« on: December 15, 2013, 08:48:30 PM »

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Re: Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2013, 08:55:31 PM »
No question 24-70.

It is the only single lens I could easily shoot an entire wedding with.
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Re: Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2013, 09:00:15 PM »
No question 24-70.

It is the only single lens I could easily shoot an entire wedding with.
Agreed! You are not going to have the time to go swapping lenses in and out as the bride walks down the aisle...
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Re: Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2013, 12:50:35 AM »
No question 24-70.

It is the only single lens I could easily shoot an entire wedding with.
Agreed! You are not going to have the time to go swapping lenses in and out as the bride walks down the aisle...

+1...24-70 II & 70-200 f2.8 IS II is killer combo for wedding shooters. Next move, sell the sig 35mm and use the money toward 85L II.
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Re: Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2013, 03:00:16 AM »
No question 24-70.

It is the only single lens I could easily shoot an entire wedding with.

+1
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Re: Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2013, 12:37:13 PM »
Dear Canon23
Yes, Yes, Yes---For my  the Wedding Job

1) Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II
2) Canon 85 f/1.2 II
As you say, BUT, I add 3 more lenses for some situation in most of wedding :
3) Canon TS-E2mm, F/ 3.5 L MK II = for 4-5 shots At Shift Function, for the Big group( 100 People) Photos, and combine them as panorama - 1 photo = Super Larged File for Super Larged $ 1000 US Dollar Print---Ha, Ha, Ha.
4) Canon 70-200 mm. F/ 2.4 L + 1.4X or 2X for shoot at the Balcony 1,000 Feet away from Altar--Where the PRIEST  not let the Photographer around his Territory, Because your Machine gun sound, might make him forget his pray--------If The Balcony is shorter distant from Altar ( in small church/ Sanctuary), EF 135 F/ 2.0 L. is extra Nice for the Dark/ Candle light At Ceremony area.
5) If you go to take the photos for the Wedding of Prince and Princess----Ha, Ha, Ha, You must have 600 mm  OR 800 mm. Lens with 2X too----They not let the Photographers with in half of Mile.
 IF you can GO ANY PLACE AND ANY TIME DURING THE WEDDING, JUST ONE LENS IS ENOUGH FOR ME = EF 50mm, f/1.2L USM ---Just use your strong legs as ZOOM function---Can use from  dark indoor party to the bright sun shine place.
Have FUN for your job.
Surapon.
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Re: Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 02:53:33 PM »
24-70/2.8II.
Then the 85/1.2

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Re: Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 02:53:33 PM »

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Re: Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2013, 03:47:58 PM »
As others have said get the 24-70 II next - paired with 70-200 2.8 II on a separate body is a great combo. Later get the 50L.
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Re: Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2013, 04:09:59 PM »
As others have said get the 24-70 II next - paired with 70-200 2.8 II on a separate body is a great combo. Later get the 50L.

My advice would be slightly different, 100% get the 24-70 first, but then study your EXIF, ignore the most prolific focal lengths, look at the focal length you take your most compelling images at, get that focal length as a prime next. Mine ideal has gotten shorter over the years, from 135mm in the '80's down to 35mm now.
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Re: Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2013, 04:01:23 PM »
Thank you everyone for ur help & input!  I really appreciate it.  So I just pulled the trigger & got the 24-70 2.8 ii from B&H LAST NIGHT & will get it on Friday w/their free two day delivery special.  I hope I get a good version as I read on another thread that ae of the newer makes of the ii version have zooming difficulties.  Thanks again all!!
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Re: Need Your Help on My Next Lens--Yes, the Lens Questions Again!
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2013, 04:01:23 PM »