Camera Body- Like many on here, I would like to have a full frame body- both for effect for my landscape photos as well as increased sensor size and what I expect to be an increased dynamic range and better high iso performance.
Full frame also gives you shallower depth of field. It's like turning your f/1.4 lens into an f/.9 lens.
17-40- Love it for landscape thus far but am very limited in low light. My kids are 5 and 8 and the lighting conditions for candid shots are seldom ideal and often in low light and f4 gives me the choice of either (i) getting a blurry shot or (ii) going to a very high iso speed which gives me a noisy shot.
Fine for landscapes but especially for portraits on a crop, not the best lens for taking pics of kids (a faster lens would be better)
Has anyone out there gone solely with a wide prime for candid shots and wished that they’d kept the zoom instead?
I sold my 15-85 and just used a 35mm f/2 and the 50mm f/1.4. The zoom is more versatile in focal length range, but not in aperture range ! I didn't miss the zoom at all. On a crop camera, 35mm is very useful because it's your "standard length" lens. I'd recommend the 35mm f/2 if the L lenses are budget breakers.
But I am also interested in the 135 f/2. I would love to upgrade to this image quality and low light capability for portraits and close distance sports photos of my kids. But it doesn’t sound like this lens (either on a crop body or a FF body) can be counted on to take sports shots for things like baseball, football, etc. – on a FF, it doesn’t seem like enough zoom and on a crop, the lack of IS would be a problem. Are there folks out there who have found the 135 to be useful for sports on a FF or crop body?
I have the 135. I use it primarily as an outdoor portrait lens. For sports, lack of IS for sports shooting shouldn't be a problem -- you will want to shoot at fast shutter speeds because of subject matter.
I don't really see it as a low light portrait lens, because it needs relatively fast shutter speeds -- an 85mm f/1.4 or faster makes more sense for low light as you get an extra stop and you can shoot at a slightly lower shutter speed. It is however a great performer for portraits because it is tack sharp wide open and blurs the background out nicely. On crop of course the 50mm is very good as a low light portrait lens.
Finally, where do you all purchase your used equipment in the US? Ebay?
I use fredmiranda.com
My path was:
Rebel XS + 50mm f/1.4 + 15-85mm
sold 15-85mm, bought 35mm f/2. The 35 became my walkaround , the 50mm my portrait lens.
sold rebel XS, bought 5D Mark II, 35mm f/1.4, Sigma 85mm f/1.4, 135mm f/2.
The 50mm f/1.4 has got the most use of my lenses, though the Sigma 85mm is getting a lot of time on the 5D Mark II (same fov as 50mm on crop)