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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2012, 06:05:28 PM »
I use a 17-40 with my 5DII.  It's an excellent combination for wide angle work.  I shoot real estate and its my go to setup for that.  For fun I do a lot of landscapes and it works very well for that.   It is perhaps canon's best wide angle zoom lens.  Better then the 16-35 IMO. 

It does not work well with a 10 stop VARI ND filter, so If I am using that for long exposures I switch over to my 24-105. 

I would never sell my 17-40.  It is far to useful and valuable for the type of shooting I do.  I will say that on FF it is a bit too wide for a walk around lens.   I only have it mounted on my camera body when I intend to shoot Wide.... for walk around I use my 24-105 or 70-200.  Both excellent lenses and being FF give you a fairly wide view.

You will be amazed how much wider a 5DII will shoot when compared to the same focal length on your Rebel.

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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2012, 06:05:28 PM »

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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2012, 06:17:40 PM »
I don’t specifically want to shoot weddings but I know the 5D Mark II should be good generally and if you are recommending it then I’m sure it’s the one for me :)

I did a lot of research of 5d2 vs 5d3, but if the 5d2 is a no-brainer if it's the high end of your budget if you want a Canon or are stuck with it (Nikon currently has more "bang for the buck"). The one drawback of the 5d2 is the af system, it's basically center-point af only. Your only other option would be a 5dc ("classic") which you can get rather cheap, but this one is rather outdated now.

if I can get it by the end of the year I hope the price comes down a little bit!

Don't count on it - imho chances are the prices will go *up* if Canon phases out the 5d2 sometime or introduces a mediocre "entry full-frame" successor. The current price for a new 5d2 is next to unbeatable, even used ones aren't much cheaper since people cling to their good equipment or aren't willing to sell it for a low price. But since you say you'll have to save money for it anyway, I wish you luck :-)

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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2012, 06:24:25 PM »
They will be fine to start with. You might want something longer than 200mm, but wait and see.
Then probably 100-400 F4.5-5.6L is way to go :P

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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2012, 11:16:59 PM »
I want to go full frame sometime this year and it looks like I’ll be going for the 5D Mark II because of the price. I currently have 3 lenses, 17-40mm f/4 L, 70-200mm f/4 L and 50mm f/1.8. I was wondering if anybody has had experience in using these lenses on the 5D Mark II and has anyone used the 17-40mm as a general purpose lens? I would rather get something like the 24-70mm or 24-105mm as a general purpose lens, but because of a tight budget, for now I will have to stick with the 3 lenses I have.

Thanks very much!

It also depends a little bit what you are shooting.  The 17-40mm does suffer a little due to edge softness on full frame (whereas your 450D will use the centre sweet spot).  On the other hand, with the limited use I have made of the 17-40 on the 5DII, I cannot say that I have found sharpness to be problematic.  (That said, most times I have used it on the 5DII I have been shooting at f/8-f/11.)

I think you also need to be cognisant of the fact that you may need to change lenses more, using the same lens combination on a full frame body.  This will, again, depend on the kind of work you are doing.  Also, given budget constraints, it is surprising what you can do without!  Once you do have budget, the 24-105mm is definitely worth looking at.

Depending on what you shoot, I would also agree with the comments that a flash may be worth considering before more lenses.
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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2012, 12:24:53 AM »
Your lenses are good choices and are great lenses.  I essentially used the same lenses for a few years.  Late last year, however, I purchased a 135mm / f2.  Since then, I've barely used the 70-200.  Although you lose the benefits of the zoom, you gain much more light gathering ability.  Its also sharper at f/4, smaller and black (so stands out less).  I think if you start doing more weddings, some faster lenses would be good options - and would consider the 24-70, an 85mm or 135mm.  But other than that, stick with what you have until you clearly identify that something is lacking.

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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2012, 03:01:41 AM »
Regarding the question on the 17-40, well for me it's a bit to short of reach for general purpose shooting. you might want a 24-105(24-70 is heavy for general purpose IMO) and it's with IS. :)

When i switched from crop to FF, it took time for me to adjust because of the difference in FL. I'm in FF more or less 2 months and adjusted already.

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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2012, 05:15:25 AM »
Thank you for all the replies! I think it’s best I leave it for a bit now and wait and see what money I can get over the next few months, it’s also my birthday today, so I’m hoping I get given a 5D Mark III :) haha I wish!
 
I’m sure I’ll be back on here in the near future especially considering I have just been reading on these forums about the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II :)
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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2012, 05:15:25 AM »

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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2012, 05:52:04 AM »
it’s also my birthday today, so I’m hoping I get given a 5D Mark III :) haha I wish!

Congratulations! And remember: hope dies last :-)

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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2012, 07:40:06 AM »
I want to go full frame sometime this year and it looks like I’ll be going for the 5D Mark II because of the price. I currently have 3 lenses, 17-40mm f/4 L, 70-200mm f/4 L and 50mm f/1.8. I was wondering if anybody has had experience in using these lenses on the 5D Mark II and has anyone used the 17-40mm as a general purpose lens? I would rather get something like the 24-70mm or 24-105mm as a general purpose lens, but because of a tight budget, for now I will have to stick with the 3 lenses I have.

Thanks very much!

I find 40mm much too wide for "general purpose". My choice of the lenses you have would be the 50 (it's a "portrait lens" on APS-C but more of a general purpose lens on FF), followed by the 70-200 (I shoot portraits a lot, so "a general purpose zoom" to me includes the 85-135 range)

It depends a lot on what you shoot though. If you shoot wide a lot (25mm or less on APS-C), 17-40 might work.

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Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2012, 07:40:06 AM »