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From crop to full-frame & expanding my collection of lenses. Help requested

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In the near future I want to switch from my EOS 400D body to the new EOS 5D Mk3 body. At this moment I only have my 70-200 f/2.8L USM lens which I can use on a full frame body. This piece of glass is nice, but I would like to expand my collection with a lens for shorter focal lenghts.
In the past I used my camera mostly for landscapes, holidays and some low-light scenes, but I am getting more serious and also started shooting pictures of concerts and portrets and more demanding low-light scenes. My current EOS body is just too simple for those things.
I don't have an infinite budget and I want to keep it affordable. On the internet I read different reviews and storys about different types of lenses such as the 24-105 f/4 and the 24-70 f/2.8 Mk1/2. Because of the ridiculous price of the Mk2 version, I am not going to spend my money on that one. Reviews of the 24-105 vary allot. Some say it's awesome, others say it not worth the money. To keep it short, there are allot of lenses on the market and I don't know them all nor do I want to read reviews of them all. Therefor I think it's best to ask other people (read "the professionals") about their experiences and opinions, just to narrow down my search for a nice addition to my collection.

So..keeping in mind I only have the 70-200, what would you guys recommend me to have a look at?
Thank you in advance!

Mt Spokane Photography:
The obvious choice is to order a 5D MK III kit with the 24-105mm L.  Its a wonderful lens, and its discounted when bought as a kit.  I'd also recommend that you get one low light lens, perhaps a 50mm f/1.4 or a 35mm f/2 or f/1.4 L.

24mm is pretty wide on a FF body, so use it first before going to ultra wide. 

Good Luck.

Get the 24-105mm kit lens - it's great and you'll not find it cheaper than buying as a kit.

I've got 12 lenses, 10 of them L-series, and the 24-105mm gets the most use of the all.

I will +1 Mt Spokane and Neuro with respect to getting the 24-105 f/4L kitted with the 5D Mk III (great value/price and very useful).

You mention portraits and concerts and I think one of the 85 f/1.8, 100 f/2, or 135 f/2L primes would be great as an additional lens. Which one(s) will depend on how tightly you prefer to crop your portraits and working distances (both portraits and concerts). In my FD days, I loved my 85 for adults, but the 100 worked better for pictures of my kids when small. The EF 100 has also worked well on my Elan 7 for school plays. The 135 would give you even tighter crops and/or more reach -- many prefer it for portraits.

You know your shooting style and needs best -- let your usage drive your selection and enjoy!


--- Quote from: 5dmk.iii on March 06, 2012, 04:04:05 PM ---
Get a 17-40 + 2x iii .

1) the 2x gets you lost long end due to FF on your 70-200 ie 1.6crop vs 2x extender, so now you have 400mm f/5.6

--- End quote ---
2) 17-40 gets you Ultra wide
3) 17 +2x gets you 80mm at top end for transition to your 70-200mm
no and no

1. the 2x extender is mechanically not combatible with the 17-40
2. and even if it would work (like with a 3rd party extender) you would end with f8 and no autofocus on the 5d mk II and III

the shortcomings of the 24-105L are easily correctable within the camera or in lightroom, it will be the best value/money for you.

best regards,




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