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mnclayshooter

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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #30 on: May 19, 2017, 11:10:40 AM »
300 f2.8 II
TS-E 24
MP-E 65


That would round out my kit (somewhat in order of priority for me) and give me flexibility for nearly any type of shot that I like to take.  The 11-24 looks awesome too, but honestly, the money for it vs the amount I'd use it, probably not worth it, yet.. the 16-35 f4 is pretty darn good, and I have a Rokinon 14mm - not in the same league as the 11-24, but I use the 14 about 2x a year, and that's about the budget I'm willing to allocate to that super-ultra-mega wide angle.  If I'm honest, I have yet to borrow/rent an 11-24 yet.  I've had the others in hand and fell in love with them instantly... ok the TS-E took a little fiddle-farting around to figure out that I was in love with it.   

My goal isn't so much to have every Focal length covered - I didn't do that in film and not going to try in digital, but to have a handful of the very best (or nearly best) quality lenses available to me to select from for the various scenes/things I might encounter on that given day.  I don't go out carrying all of my gear, so does it matter that I have a lens in the closet that can get me to exactly 561mm? Not if I'm not carrying it with me.  If I spot a bird on a fence post 200 yards away, if I have an 16-35 mounted, does it matter that I own the lens that "could have gotten the shot"?

What matters most is the gear you have with you at the very moment you need it, and more importantly, your knowledge of how to use it/capitalize on it's potential for quality.  My feeling is that it takes a LONG time to get to be an expert at a given focal length or particular lens.  Filling up a kit with lenses you barely ever use isn't giving you that expertise. 
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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #30 on: May 19, 2017, 11:10:40 AM »

daaningrid

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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #31 on: May 19, 2017, 02:37:06 PM »
 Well I have a 18-135 stm and a 75-300 so anything will do:)
 But I am just sixteen so this is fine.
 I would really like a 16-35 and 70-200 and 24-70 though :) on a FF camera.

 Does anybody have tips on making money i am looking into stockphotography but i live in the Netherlands so i don't 
 know how to handle the taxes in the US.

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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #32 on: May 19, 2017, 02:50:09 PM »
For travel I've put away the "heavy stuff" my wife refuses to carry and settled on a simple but reliable package - a crop body T5 with the 10-18, 18-55 and the 55-250.  Reasonable image quality, very light weight, able to stuff in a small shoulder bag and covers 90% of shots I want without jockeying into position.  I'm not sure if any of the mirrorless offerings would be more portable.  The whole deal probably weighs less than my 100-400 and my back and shoulders and neck are a whole lot more comfortable.   About the only lens I would like to see is something from Canon to rival the 200-600 long zooms from sigma and tamron in the same price range.

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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2017, 03:59:10 PM »
Good question.

I've also got to the point where I wonder what else I actually need.

I am tempted to buy some more Sony lenses for the A7RII, but let's keep to the topic of the site for a bit :)


The ones I'd really want to get are (in no particular order) - discounting things that I really would like but could never, ever, justify the price for the amount I'd use it:

11-24 f/4L
35mm f/1.4L  (I may actually settle for the 2.0 IS as that's actually a superb little lens)
100-400 II
300 f/2.8 IS II
TS-E 17mm or 24mm (haven't decided which yet)
50mm f/1.0L   (absolutely don't need it, but do I want it? Hell yes)
200mm f/2.0L (ditto)



In reality, the next lens I'm going to get is probably the EF-M 18-150
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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #34 on: May 19, 2017, 05:47:59 PM »
Well I have a 18-135 stm and a 75-300 so anything will do:)
 But I am just sixteen so this is fine.
 I would really like a 16-35 and 70-200 and 24-70 though :) on a FF camera.

 Does anybody have tips on making money i am looking into stockphotography but i live in the Netherlands so i don't 
 know how to handle the taxes in the US.
There are some topics in this forum about image banks like stockphotography. The bottom line is that after making a few thousand photos available, you earn more than a hundred dollars a year, and that's it. The motif would be the "signature" model that entitles the use of many photos in a certain period of time, where the photographer receives only a few cents per signature.
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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #35 on: May 19, 2017, 07:27:40 PM »
Congratulations, daaningrid, on taking up photography at an early age. While I have never made any real money with my photography and I do not want to discourage you, very few people make any money on stock sites. A few years ago I had several hundred photographs on several leading stock sites and after a year I had only earned a couple of dollars. I didn't even ask them for a payout. Stock sites pay almost no money for each photograph that sells and their customers are mainly advertising firms who want royalty free images, but are not willing to pay for them. Then you run into many copyright issues and model releases, etc. Not worth the effort.

My advice is to keep improving your photographic/editing/artistic talent, save up for better equipment and try first to develop some local following. Don't pass up any opportunity to do a photo shoot even if it is free at this stage. Just like any business you need to advertise and look for opportunities.

Hope this helps,

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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #36 on: May 28, 2017, 10:40:51 AM »
I'm content with my selection for now. I am waiting for the 600DO and will surely replace the 600II with it. If the 600DO is as light as 500II then I may also sell off 400DOII. I'm sure I'd have to sell both to break even on the new lens which will surely end up being the most expensive lens in current production.
1DX2\5D4\1DX\600II\400DOII\200-400Lw1.4TC\100-400II\100L\16-35f/4\70-200f/2.8LISII\24-70f/4\D500\200-500

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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #36 on: May 28, 2017, 10:40:51 AM »

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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #37 on: May 28, 2017, 02:39:37 PM »
I have a way to go yet, but at least I have a plan.  I could have put everything I wanted on the credit card, but being new to DSLRs, I wanted to take my time (as in a year or more) learning each new lens before getting another.

My version of a well balanced kit would be:

16-35 and 70-200 for landscapes (1 down, 1 to go)

50 and 135 for portraits (1 down, 1 to go)

and maybe someday a 300 or 400 for sports and wildlife (don't tell the wife!)






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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #38 on: May 28, 2017, 07:27:18 PM »
I've not felt the need to buy a new lens in a while. My last major FF lens purchase was the 16-35 f/4L in Nov 2015. I'm covered from 16-200 now on FF but I want to focus on my M lens collection. Eyeing that 18-150, right now I only have the 11-22 and 22/2, so need some more range.

Are we ever "done"? Nah I don't think so. Maybe we can be satisfied long term but eventually technology moves forward enough that we have to upgrade. Though I'm hoping my current set up will last at least another couple of years!
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Re: What would it take lens wise?
« Reply #38 on: May 28, 2017, 07:27:18 PM »