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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2012, 11:37:10 PM »
Any way you decide you'll be happy. Never used the 85L but it has always seemed to me to be a specialty lens designed for pros working in controlled environments in studio or on location so the claimed slightly slow af etc doesn't really matter. I think you'll be happy with a collection of a few primes for low light/bokeh then you can get away buying one of the 70-200 f4 zooms because you won't need the 2.8 version.

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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2012, 01:39:11 PM »
The 'slow' AF is way over-rated and talked about by those who don't actually shoot with it. I regularly use it with the 1dIV and 5d3 to shoot indoor volleyball and while hit rate is lower than 70-200, it is definitely usable for fast-action (if you have any sense of timing and are willing to shoot mulitple frames).
As for its' portraiture value, it is unsurpassed in sharpness, even wide open if you place your focus point properly.

As to the OP's original 'prime' question, since he has the 24-104 range covered, I'd cast my vote (again) to the 135...
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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2012, 01:44:37 PM »
Thank You all for the suggestions again. So i think I've pretty much decided on the 50 1.4 and the 135L.

I'll keep the 85L on my dream list next to the 24-70 II, 70-200 2.8 IS, 24 t/s, 35L, and 50 1.2L. LOL!! :)

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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2012, 05:06:40 PM »
Thank You all for the suggestions again. So i think I've pretty much decided on the 50 1.4 and the 135L.

I'll keep the 85L on my dream list next to the 24-70 II, 70-200 2.8 IS, 24 t/s, 35L, and 50 1.2L. LOL!! :)

To squeeze as much as I could out of my initial cash layout...I got the 5D Mark III with the kit lens, and I added on the 85mm 1.8 lens.

I'd researched the 85mm 1.8 a great deal...and bang for the buck I've read it is hard to beat. It is supposed to be lightning fast with AF...good bokeh....and some people espouse that it is almost an "L" lens that isn't one....

I'm a total noob, but I did a lot of research here and all over the web, and it seemed to be a pretty good one to start with on a somewhat limited budget, considering the outlay for the camera itself.

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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2012, 06:36:38 PM »
Thank You all for the suggestions again. So i think I've pretty much decided on the 50 1.4 and the 135L.

I'll keep the 85L on my dream list next to the 24-70 II, 70-200 2.8 IS, 24 t/s, 35L, and 50 1.2L. LOL!! :)

another one worth a look is the Sigma 85mm f/1.4.  You can't go wrong with the other two (135L and 50 1.4 both of which I also own) either though

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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2012, 08:06:06 PM »
The 'slow' AF is way over-rated and talked about by those who don't actually shoot with it. I regularly use it with the 1dIV and 5d3 to shoot indoor volleyball and while hit rate is lower than 70-200, it is definitely usable for fast-action (if you have any sense of timing and are willing to shoot mulitple frames).
As for its' portraiture value, it is unsurpassed in sharpness, even wide open if you place your focus point properly.

As to the OP's original 'prime' question, since he has the 24-104 range covered, I'd cast my vote (again) to the 135...

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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2012, 08:46:03 PM »
The Guy on Digitalrev.com does a good video about this. He does however come at the question from a very different angle.  That is to say less technical point of view then some of the replies above. I'm not making fun of any one-  it's just that he (he's called Kai) talks about how the lens feels and how 50mm is a kind of natural field of view on a FF camera. If I had any real computer skills I would leave the specific URL here, but you know google Digitalrev.com and 50mm and theirs are among the first videos come up.

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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2012, 09:16:47 PM »
The Guy on Digitalrev.com does a good video about this. He does however come at the question from a very different angle.  That is to say less technical point of view then some of the replies above. I'm not making fun of any one-  it's just that he (he's called Kai) talks about how the lens feels and how 50mm is a kind of natural field of view on a FF camera. If I had any real computer skills I would leave the specific URL here, but you know google Digitalrev.com and 50mm and theirs are among the first videos come up.


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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2012, 09:19:32 PM »
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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2012, 11:19:01 PM »
Yes those! :)
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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2012, 04:22:45 PM »
Thanks to all for the suggestions. I received my 5D3 last week with the 24-105 kit lens, 50 1.4, and the 135L. I have to admit, I've been a little intimidated by the camera's AutoFocus system especially coming from the 40D. I've been reading the manual and hopefully get better by practicing. 

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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #26 on: June 25, 2012, 05:21:36 PM »
Hi All,
I am looking to take advantage of the double rebates going on with Canon Lenses and was looking for a good prime to compliment the 5D3 with the 24-105L. I am switching from a 40D with a 17-55 2.8 to the 5D3.  I also have a 50 1.8 which I thought was a bit narrow on a cropped sensor body for some of the indoor shots I was doing. 

I was looking at the 35L, 50L, or the 85L. Ideally i'd like to have them all, but is there one that is a better lens than the others? I've heard many people rave about the 50 1.2L.

I will mostly be shooting pics of my daughter and family. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Edited: Changed 50 1.8 from wide to narrow.

I Chose the 50L and 135L for FF camera. The 85L and 135L are simliar in look and performance but the 135L is 1000$ cheaper.

The 50L has a unique look that isnt found on any other 50mm's for SLRs. Its great.
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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2012, 08:21:02 PM »
Go cheap and get the nifty 50 (50 f/1.8 II).  It's so cheap it won't strap you and stopped down it's razor sharp.  The 50 f/1.4 is better, and more expensive, but still cheap ($360ish).  When I first bought my 5D Mark II a few years ago I had the 24-105L kit lens and picked up a quick nifty fifty.  I didn't regret it.  Of course as my photography expanded, my lens selection got significantly more expensive.  But here you have nothing to lose.  Purchasing the 50L you are doing a serious investment.  You can get many other primes that are very sharp stopped down for that price.  If you  need 50mm wider than f/2, the 50L makes sense.  But if you're shooting above f/2.8, any of the primes at 50 f/1.4 or f/1.8, 85 f/1.8, 100 f/2 are great.  My recommendation is to not go expensive first.  Of course, there's always the new 40mm pancake lens.

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Re: Which Prime Lens to compliment the 5d Mark iii with Kit Lens?
« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2012, 08:21:02 PM »