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Re: advice for new lens?please
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2014, 12:44:46 PM »
I'd get the 16-35 f/4 IS first.  The wider AOV will give you more creative options for travel and street.

I don't find a long zoom necessary for travel very often, so out of your options, I'd choose the 16-35, 50 and 135.  It'd give you the wider shots, and give you fast/thinner DOF options.  If you go to a lot of zoos, amusement parks, then a 70-xxx can be useful, but for general travel, I usually leave the 70-xxx zooms at home.

I'd suggest keeping the 35L even if you get the 16-35.  It is a 3-stop difference, which will come in handy indoors or in low light.  I'd suggest selling the 200 if you get a 70-200, especially if it's a f/2.8.  You can always get a 1.4x TC to use on the 135L if you need something a little more discreet.

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« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2014, 04:22:03 AM »
Assuming you're shooting FF, I would get the 16-35/4 IS and the 70-300/4-5.6 L, as these are fantastic travel lenses. If you don't need 300mm, go for the 70-200/4, but not for the 2.8. These two and a 50mm (well,you have a very good one there ;) ) make a great travel/street photography kit.  :D I would get rid of the 35mm and the 200mm instead.
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Re: advice for new lens?please
« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2014, 05:46:17 PM »
1.  Keep your primes.  They're great for street photography.

2.  I have both the 16-35 f/2.8 and the Canon 24-70 f/2.8.  In my experience, the 16-35 (in the 2.8 variety) is not a lens worth buying.  If you must get a wide-ish angle zoom lens, go for the 24-70.  It's a fantastic lens, albeit a bit expensive.

Again, the 35 is great for street photography; however, I'm a huge fan of primes over zooms.

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« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2014, 01:04:33 PM »
I have 35L 50L,135L,200L trying to get 1-2 new lens to travel

1.wish list/ (16-35f2.8 or f4) (24-70 f2.8II) (70-200mm f2.8 or 70-200mm f4)

2.would you sell 35L or 200L when u get 16-35 or 70-200?

3.which 3 lens would u take to travel? and street photography

advice anyone? thanks ^^

The below setup would be a great travel setup for street photography:

1. 24mm f/1.4L II
* Your go-to wide angle lens.  Works great even in low light shooting people, good for capturing the whole environment which your 35mm can't do.  And, for street photography it is extremely rare that you'd need or want anything wider than 24mm.  Possible, of course, if you are in a big crowd and want to focus on only one person - then 16mm is useful, but other than that use scenario 24mm should cover you.

2. 50mm f/1.2L
* Your go to normal lens.  Has a special quality that captures emotion due to the wide aperture and spherical aberration - great for street photog.  Again, fantastic in low light.

3. 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS
* Not the best IQ available, but is excellent for street photog due to its small size, light, low profile, and definitely more than good enough quality; it will help you remain unnoticed to capture candid moments.  Best used in daytime as it is a slow lens.  Remember, you have the 200L if you need maximum telephoto quality.
 * The 70-200 lenses are pretty large and obvious, which can turn people off - the f/4 is long and white, while fhe f/2.8 is long, thick, heavy and white - neither great for street photog as they are both attention grabbers.
* Your current 135L is another option, but it will not give you the zoom flexibility or reach which is helpful with telephoto lenses.
* This is really the best compact and discreet telephoto zoom option.
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Re: advice for new lens?please
« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2014, 02:00:36 PM »
I have 35L 50L,135L,200L trying to get 1-2 new lens to travel

1.wish list/ (16-35f2.8 or f4) (24-70 f2.8II) (70-200mm f2.8 or 70-200mm f4)

2.would you sell 35L or 200L when u get 16-35 or 70-200?

3.which 3 lens would u take to travel? and street photography


Since you do mostly "street" photography and still-life, it's not clear to me why you need more than what you have, except you may want something wider for building interiors and narrow streets.  Zooms are useful for obvious reasons, but at the long end, unless you really like lugging heavy things around, I would forget about a 70-200 2.8 and get the f4 IS or 70-300L instead; besides, in a city chances are you would find the range of a 24-105 much more useful except for occasions when you want shallower focus, and you already have primes that provide this.  Depending on where you travel to and how much time you have, I suspect you may find it more enjoyable overall to just take no more than one or two lenses each time you leave your hotel, but that's just me (yes, you may miss something, but everything we do has an opportunity cost...). 

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« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2014, 04:48:50 PM »
I'll be totally theoretical, as still on my way to upgrade to FF, but based on my experience and Canon's offer I plan to use 16-35mm f/4L IS and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II for all-around travel photography. Both are superb and I'm sure will suit my travel needs way better than current pair I use (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 and Sigma 100-300mm f/4). It is best to use on two separate bodies, so you do not need to swap lenses.  I'm not sure anything is needed between wide and tele (35-70mm).  It is truly depend on how and what you shot. But if I will get to such requirement – I will consider one of the 24-70mm or 50mm fast prime. About your primes. 16-35mm is not a replacement for 35L prime, unless you don't really use it's wide aperture. 70-200mm f/2.8L  (especially IS II version) can replace both 135 and 200mm primes, because it is very good. But if 200mm has almost nothing better than 70-200m f/2.8 (except for weight, of course) the 135mm has several edges. Again, depends on your needs. Having 200mm f/2.8L and 70-200mm f/2.8L I would certainly get rid of the former.
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Re: advice for new lens?please
« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2014, 01:40:40 PM »
Take your 35mm and your 135mm and have a nice trip.  Save your money for another trip, but if you
have to buy a new lens, get the 85mm f1.8 as a mid-point focal length.  Get a small, lightweight bag
that will just fit that combo and carry a good travel guide. 

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« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2014, 09:18:54 PM »
For true hardcore vacation walking around with only one lens, my current lens of choice is the Sigma 24-105 Art lens for less than $1000. If you want to shoot something far away, you obviously have to crop a lot, but the lens is good enough that if you're using a body with a good sensor you'll still a good IQ with only 33% of the original image. Obviously if you already have a long prime, take that one also. JMO.

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« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2014, 11:53:00 PM »
I have 35L 50L,135L,200L trying to get 1-2 new lens to travel

1.wish list/ (16-35f2.8 or f4) (24-70 f2.8II) (70-200mm f2.8 or 70-200mm f4)

2.would you sell 35L or 200L when u get 16-35 or 70-200?

3.which 3 lens would u take to travel? and street photography

advice anyone? thanks ^^
i travel alot and take 16-35, 50mm and either 70-200 or the 135 depending on what i'm doing
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Re: advice for new lens?please
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2014, 06:31:49 AM »
I have 35L 50L,135L,200L trying to get 1-2 new lens to travel

1.wish list/ (16-35f2.8 or f4) (24-70 f2.8II) (70-200mm f2.8 or 70-200mm f4)

2.would you sell 35L or 200L when u get 16-35 or 70-200?

3.which 3 lens would u take to travel? and street photography

advice anyone? thanks ^^
I'd get the 16-35mm f4L IS and 70-200mm f4L IS (I have the f2.8L IS II but this one is more portable for travel). Sell the 200L, there is no need if you buy the 70-200mm lens. 35mmL competes in another league, it's 3-stop faster than the 16-35 f4L IS, keep it.
I am assuming you have FF body, hence take to travel the 16-35, 50L and 70-200.
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