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ahsanford

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Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« on: November 27, 2017, 02:11:06 PM »
I'm likely going to continue a fun tradition and rent a lens for my holiday travels. 

2015:  35 Art
2016:  50L
2017:  ???

(I generally live in 24-50mm on FF)

Let's riff on what to get this year.  Must decide today for the 25% off at LR.

Body = 5D3

Must have AF.

Favorite stuff I shoot:  walkaround, travel, life, hiking, candids, occasional macro and landscapes

Add to that list for this holiday season:  family, Christmas light bokeh, informal portraiture (99% likely no flash), trips to museums, farmers' markets, etc.

Cross off that list for this holiday season:  landscapes.  The tripod never joins me this time of year with family.

Zero need (with this rental):  sports, wildlife, long reach, huge zoom multiplier, teleconverter use, etc.

Annnnnnnnd: go!   :D

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Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« on: November 27, 2017, 02:11:06 PM »

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2017, 02:16:05 PM »
Top of my head list I'm considering:

  • What I know I'll like:  35L II (I love 28-35 lenses, so this is comfort food more than growth if I did this)

  • What I've wanted to try for some time:  A 135 prime, either the L or the Art (but the USB dock doesn't work with it yet, right?  Can I manually tweak AFMA on it?)

  • What also might be fun:  the new 85L, the Tamron 45 1.8 VC, Sigma 24-35 f/2, etc.

Thoughts?

- A

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 02:21:06 PM »
About you and I do something NEWS this year?

You rent: A9 + FE 35 f1.4

I rent: 1Dx II + EF 35f1.4 II

 ;)
« Last Edit: November 27, 2017, 03:01:20 PM by Dylan777 »

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 02:26:58 PM »
About you and I do something NEWS this year?

You rent: A9 + FE 35 f1.4

I rent: 1Dx II + EF 35f1.4 II

 ;)

Love the out of the (mirror) box thinking, but I see this as a discretionary $100 for fun over the holidays.  Must keep the price tag reasonable so I'll have money left to pre-order the EF 50 f/1.4 USM II on day one.   ;D

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2017, 02:33:55 PM »
85 f/1.4 IS.  It's new.  It's selling at full MSRP.  It's useful, especially for indoor portraiture.  Shallow DOF suggests using it most often for single subject else you'd be grabbing a flash anyway.  It's outside of your favorite FLs, which is a good thing for a rental (try something without a commitment to buying).

-1 on the 35 f/1.4 II.  It's awesome - everybody knows this.  It's been discounted this year (refurb store too).  Why isn't this in your bag already?!  You don't need a rental to know how much you'd like it.   ;D

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2017, 02:41:16 PM »
About you and I do something NEWS this year?

You rent: A9 + FE 35 f1.4

I rent: 1Dx II + EF 35f1.4 II

 ;)

Love the out of the (mirror) box thinking, but I see this as a discretionary $100 for fun over the holidays.  Must keep the price tag reasonable so I'll have money left to pre-order the EF 50 f/1.4 USM II on day one.   ;D

- A

LOL  ;D

On a serious note: we should be thanksful for these technologies from all these companies have to offer. It's good to shoot with today digital cameras.

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2017, 02:48:15 PM »
85 1.4 l

I used it on the canon discover day in mass loved  the lens fast not over  pickle jar.

in fact just right, I will be my next lens just have too sell my 85 1.8 .


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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2017, 02:48:15 PM »

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2017, 02:56:39 PM »
I just AFMA'ed my 135 ART and my 70-200 at the same time.  I have noticeably more variation with the 135 ART, and it's slower.  It's not bad, just not what you may used to, and this is your fun tradition, not a frustration tradition.

And consider that I have only one copy of each lens but that I observed the same thing with both my 80D and my 5DIV. 


  • What I've wanted to try for some time:  A 135 prime, either the L or the Art (but the USB dock doesn't work with it yet, right?  Can I manually tweak AFMA on it?)

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2017, 03:05:02 PM »
EF 11-24 if you never have
EF 16-35/f2.8 III if you want to be wide, but not too wide
Sigma 24-35 f2 if you want to go off-brand
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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2017, 03:42:10 PM »
If you haven’t used the 35LII, you should. It is much more versatile for your intended use than the 85mm and 135mm-lenses. It has Zeiss-like contrast with great pop, and the pictures it produces really do stand out. When reviewing my pictures I always think the 35LII looks better than most others.

The 16-35LIII may be considered as well. It has great contrast as well, but I’d take the 35LII because of its light gathering potential, which comes in handy at this time of year.

I really did like the Tamron 45mm, but my copy consequently front focused with the off center focusing points.

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2017, 04:08:11 PM »
Try stretch your comfort zone: 85mm, an off camera flash and a brolly.
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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2017, 04:21:22 PM »

I actually looked to see if they had the older 50mm f/1.0L but no such luck.

Keep the ideas coming, gang.

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2017, 04:48:00 PM »
28-300 and leave everything else at home
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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2017, 04:48:00 PM »

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2017, 04:50:30 PM »
28-300 and leave everything else at home

Except my ibuprofen.   ;D

Pass, thanks.

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2017, 04:53:07 PM »
For the sort of shooting you are talking about, I reckon one of these three would be the most useful:

1.  35L II - see how you like it compared to your 35/2 IS

2.  85/1.4L (or Sigma 85 Art) - see how you like f/1.4 at that focal length (and lighter/smaller lens) compared with your 70-200/2.8

3.  24-70/2.8L II - I know it's been around for quite a while, but see how you like it (and particularly the extra stop of aperture) compared with your 24-70/4L IS.

A 135 prime (Canon or Sigma) could be fun to play with, but I wonder if it would be a bit too long much of the time for the sort of shooting you will be doing.

Looking forward to hearing what you choose, and your review of it!
« Last Edit: November 27, 2017, 05:09:28 PM by jd7 »
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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2017, 04:53:07 PM »