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bereninga

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2017, 04:56:45 PM »
If I were you, I'd rent out the Canon 35mm f/1.4L II. I rented it out once and it's a stellar lens for general purpose. I wish I had it longer than just a weekend. The weekend didn't seem long enough!

I think second option would be the 85mm f/1.4 L. Its usage would mainly be limited to portraiture though and could be tough to use if you're shooting indoors in close spaces. The 35mm will at least give you the option to do some environmental portraiture.

Good luck on making your choice! And good luck on resisting GAS after renting!

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2017, 04:56:45 PM »

midluk

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2017, 05:00:01 PM »
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ahsanford

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2017, 05:01:38 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 particular 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!

Wow, someone has a great memory!  I feel like I am taking advice from myself with this post. 

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ahsanford

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2017, 06:36:51 PM »

Just pulled the trigger on the 85 f/1.4L IS rental.
  I'll just bring that and either the 28 IS or 35 IS and call it good.  Should be fun little combo.

Thanks for all the advice!

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2017, 08:08:56 PM »
think about 16-35 2.8 III
or 24-70 2.8 II

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ahsanford

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2017, 08:27:21 PM »
think about 16-35 2.8 III
or 24-70 2.8 II

Scott

I'm a big fan of f/4L IS over f/2.8 given what I shoot.  I'm often in poor light + static subjects, so I prefer the 3-ish stops of IS over 1 stop of speed/light gathering.  My 16-35 f/4L IS and 24-70 f/4L IS are wonderful go-to instruments for me.  (When I need isolation/bokeh, I reach for primes.)

But I won't lie, occasionally I'm a sharpness snob and I've heard nothing but good things about both of those lenses. 

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Ryananthony

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2017, 09:00:20 PM »
600/4 and come back with some photos for the bird portrait thread. ;D

But, please share some of the photos with the 85. There doesn't seem to be much online hype about this lens and Id love to see more samples.

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2017, 09:00:20 PM »

slclick

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2017, 10:50:51 PM »
I would rent the 24-35 Art. It's quite the sleeper of a lens. Many probably shy from it for it's limited zoom range but what it does it does extremely well. That being said, I would say for me, it was mostly a tripod lens. So there's that conflict with your needs. Still, it was like having 3 wide primes in one.

jd7

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #23 on: November 27, 2017, 11:16:35 PM »

Just pulled the trigger on the 85 f/1.4L IS rental.
  I'll just bring that and either the 28 IS or 35 IS and call it good.  Should be fun little combo.

Thanks for all the advice!

- A

Sounds like a good choice to me!  I predict you are going to have some trouble giving this one back  :)
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jd7

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #24 on: November 27, 2017, 11:19:48 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 particular 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!

Wow, someone has a great memory!  I feel like I am taking advice from myself with this post. 

- A

I've just noticed from your posts over the years that your use of camera gear seems to be not too different from mine ... although you take your landscape photography much more seriously than I do ... and I'm not quite as obsessed about a 50mm prime :)
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ahsanford

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2017, 12:32:01 AM »
600/4 and come back with some photos for the bird portrait thread. ;D

But, please share some of the photos with the 85. There doesn't seem to be much online hype about this lens and Id love to see more samples.

I've seen some nice samples elsewhere here at CR:

www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=33869.msg696463#msg696463

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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2017, 04:21:10 PM »
600/4 and come back with some photos for the bird portrait thread. ;D

But, please share some of the photos with the 85. There doesn't seem to be much online hype about this lens and Id love to see more samples.

I've seen some nice samples elsewhere here at CR:

www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=33869.msg696463#msg696463

- A

Those are nice photos. The mirror box butchering the bokeh balls looks a little strange to me. I don't think I have a lens that does that. It puts me off a little. On the other hand, not every photo has those bokeh balls.
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Re: Renting a lens for the Holidays -- need answer today!
« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2017, 04:21:10 PM »