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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2012, 12:39:05 PM »
(1)  An uncooperative four year old daughter (mix of low light shots at home and shots outdoors)
135mm f/2.0L 85mm f/1.8 50mm f/1.4 35mm f/1.4L
(2)  Cityscapes and architecture (Live in Chicago, so lots of great places to shoot)
TS-E 24mm II (I love mine...) *The advantage is that you will not have to save for this later on*
The TS-E 45mm is an old version and probably due for update...
(3)  Sunrises of the lakefront (Live very close to Lake Michigan facing east with unobstructed view from my balcony to try to capture some great sunrises)
Range from Ultra Wide to tele...
(4)  Prairie landscapes (embracing the flatness of my home state)
Wide Angle 16-35mm f/2.8 II or TS-E 24mm (best Canon 24mm probably...) No need for 1.4
(5)  Museums like the Shedd Aquarium which currently has a great temporary Jellyfish exhibition
IS could be helpful here or a very fast lens, however you do need some DOF
so 24-105L IS (although agreed, it is not so fast),  50mm f/1.4 

Let me say however that you will find the 70-200mm f/4L IS very good and very portable.
Its Image Stabilization is exceptional too.

I hope I didn't confuse you with so many suggestions...

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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2012, 12:39:05 PM »

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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2012, 06:27:25 PM »
I finally pulled the trigger on a 5D Mark II over Christmas (body only) and would appreciate some recommendations on lenses to pair with the camera. 

I am new to Canon (ex Nikon D300 owner) so I am starting from scratch in terms of lenses.  Not first post on forum (you might recognize the "uncooprative daughter" comment from an earlier post) but my first since buying the camera.  I have been giving more thought to what I shoot to help with what lenses to buy.

What I shoot: 
(1)  An uncooperative four year old daughter (mix of low light shots at home and shots outdoors)

Several good comments already. I'll add that the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is an excellent choice if you liked using the 50mm focal length on APS-C.

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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2012, 06:33:54 PM »
I finally pulled the trigger on a 5D Mark II over Christmas (body only) and would appreciate some recommendations on lenses to pair with the camera. 

I am new to Canon (ex Nikon D300 owner) so I am starting from scratch in terms of lenses.  Not first post on forum (you might recognize the "uncooprative daughter" comment from an earlier post) but my first since buying the camera.  I have been giving more thought to what I shoot to help with what lenses to buy.

What I shoot: 
(1)  An uncooperative four year old daughter (mix of low light shots at home and shots outdoors)

Several good comments already. I'll add that the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is an excellent choice if you liked using the 50mm focal length on APS-C.
+1 its practically glued to my 5D2 these days
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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2012, 07:21:38 PM »
Go for the Canon 24-70L 2.8   It's a fast enough zoom and is very versatile.    I had the Sigma 50 mil and sent it back since it's focusing was so inconsistent, that I'd only end up with 1 or 2 pix in focus out of 10-12 shots.  That's a real bummer when you're getting precious moments and most of them turn out soft.  I've heard the Sigma 85 has the same problem. 

My 2 cents anyway.


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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II
« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2012, 07:24:40 PM »
the sigma 85 f1.4 is far from soft and it has fast AF too
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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2012, 09:14:29 PM »
+1 - on the 24-70L 2.8

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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II -- Lens Purchased!
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2012, 03:47:05 PM »
Thanks again to everyone who posted a reply on this post.

I have finally pulled the trigger on two lenses:  35L and 70-300L.

The 70-300L was a late decision.  I think this lens will cover me for three things that I will do from time to time:  sunrises off balcony at home (this is for the next eight months where I plan to shoot every morning the sunrise is good), the Chicago Air and Water Show (now that I am shooting with a FF camera, better reach) and bird photography (I have a friend with a bird feeder in his backyard outside Milwaukee, so I get to dip my toe in the water on this).

Next up is looking at either the 85 or 85L after I save a bit of money OR Canon has another 15% off sale for its refurbished lenses.

Thanks again!

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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II -- Lens Purchased!
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2012, 03:47:05 PM »

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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II -- Lens Purchased!
« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2012, 06:08:33 PM »
Thanks again to everyone who posted a reply on this post.

I have finally pulled the trigger on two lenses:  35L and 70-300L.

The 70-300L was a late decision.  I think this lens will cover me for three things that I will do from time to time:  sunrises off balcony at home (this is for the next eight months where I plan to shoot every morning the sunrise is good), the Chicago Air and Water Show (now that I am shooting with a FF camera, better reach) and bird photography (I have a friend with a bird feeder in his backyard outside Milwaukee, so I get to dip my toe in the water on this).

Next up is looking at either the 85 or 85L after I save a bit of money OR Canon has another 15% off sale for its refurbished lenses.

Thanks again!
cool good choices!, keep an eye on sigma in case they have another sale on the 85 f1.4 if you are in the market but not in a hurry I think B&H had them for a little over $800 just after i bought mine for $900 :(
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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II -- Lens Purchased!
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2012, 08:22:27 PM »
85 f/1.8 Canon is pretty cheap and very good IQ. 2 flash with 5' shoot through umbrellas fired with PW. Umbrellas close to subject - gives softer light and rapid flash drop off lifts subject from bg. Native light was about f/2.8. 1/60, iso1600





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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II -- Lens Purchased!
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2012, 10:02:48 PM »
Next up is looking at either the 85 or 85L after I save a bit of money OR Canon has another 15% off sale for its refurbished lenses.

I would recommend the 17mm TS-E & 85 f/1.8 as good choices for your next lenses. ;)
5D mark 2, 16-35mm f/2.8, 17mm TS-E f/4, 85mm f/1.8, 300mm f/4 + 1.4x, 580 EX Flash

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Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II -- Lens Purchased!
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2012, 10:02:48 PM »