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Help Choosing My Next Lens? :)
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:08:57 AM »
Just for a bit of fun, I thought I'd ask around to see what people would recommend as my next lens. You can see the lenses I currently own below :) I was going to get the 85mm ƒ/1.2L USM II, however I have been thinking lately that the 50mm might have me covered for a while, and I should get something drastically different to add more variety in my line-up.

Should I get a macro? Or Maybe a tilt-shift (If so, what focal length? I've read that the longer a tilt shift lens the more exaggerated the effect, however only the 17 and 24mm's are L series), Wait for the new 24-70? Or get something a bit longer 135 or 300mm prime?

Any suggestions are welcome! Budget is around $2,500 :) Go nuts! And thank you in advance!

Also worth noting that 300mm was one of my favourite lengths on film, and I'd love to have that focal length, however I don't think I'll be able to afford the ƒ/2.8 version, is the ƒ/4L still a good lens? Or is it aging now? How does it compare to the new 70-300? (despite the obvious lack of a stop)
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Help Choosing My Next Lens? :)
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:08:57 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2012, 09:53:36 AM »
If you want TS I say wider is better. The 17mm is a crazy good lens.

You are also missing the something like a 16-35 range. The 2.8 L 16-35 is amazing.

If you want a long zoom you could go with the 100-300L 4.5-5.6 IS, but it's not that much of an addition to your 70-200 and is slower.

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2012, 09:57:56 AM »
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Get a snow blower.  Oh wait, you didn't mention that you live in San Diego...

What I'm saying we need more information.  You want to buy a lens...to shoot what???
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012, 12:18:51 PM »
I'd consider the 16-35L and the 100L.  The 16-35 is a nice UWA zoom and the the 100L opens you to macro photography.  Both would open areas of different types of photography for you to explore.  I wouldn't consider the TS lenses unless you are serious about landscape/architecture and have a good tripod system.  Wider TS (17 and 24) are generally more useful for landscape/architecture esp. indoor.  The TS 45 and 90 are typically more used for product photography.  All TS lenses are manual focus only.

I'd skip getting a prime 300mm or longer -- it doesn't sound like it's a pressing need.  If you want to extend your reach, you could consider getting an extender or two.

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2012, 12:46:43 PM »
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2012, 12:47:31 PM »

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Send me the $2500. I'll send you a lens.

Surprises are such fun!!

Seriously, as Big Brain intimates, if you're just a lens collector, it really doesn't make much difference. One fancy lens is as good as the next. If you're a photographer, you'll choose a lens because it will help you create a particular image that reflects your vision.

Perhaps you want to explore your vision before exploring the lens market.

Sorry to intrude on the fantasy.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2012, 01:13:03 PM »
ah, I miss the days of lens lust - having those lenses you eyeball for months and then finally buy and check the tracking number 10 times a day...  nowadays, I've only got like ONE I might like to get at some point.  boring

if I had your bag, and 2500 to blow, I'd probably pick up the 24L II and the 135L

or if I really wanted to toss some high mm telephoto in there and some macro, maybe the 100L and a 100-400L

...so many possibilities
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2012, 01:22:44 PM »
With your gear...

...I would get:

1.) 35L + 135L to have 35L / 50L / 135L prime "trinity"
2.) 16-35L + 100L macro - you have no UWA (expect fishy zoom)
3.) wait for 24-70 Mk II to be available, sell 24-105 L in favour of 24-70 Mk II and get 17-40L

These are my 3 scenarios/recomendations for you.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2012, 01:32:33 PM »
1.) 35L + 135L to have 35L / 50L / 135L prime "trinity"

Actually, the 'holy trinity' of primes is generally stated as 35L, 85L II, and 135L. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2012, 01:47:32 PM »
Agreed!  The 50L is certainly not in the class of the prime trinity.
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2012, 02:09:13 PM »
Agreed!  The 50L is certainly not in the class of the prime trinity.

Does adding EF 200 F2 to them make it the holy quadrity? :)
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2012, 02:11:55 PM »
1.) 35L + 135L to have 35L / 50L / 135L prime "trinity"

Actually, the 'holy trinity' of primes is generally stated as 35L, 85L II, and 135L.

I know that "holy trinity" is generally 35L / 85L / 135L  :) But in this case, OP could have his own. Seen his gear and budget, 85L will certainly come in future  ;)
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2012, 02:16:44 PM »
Agreed!  The 50L is certainly not in the class of the prime trinity.

Does adding EF 200 F2 to them make it the holy quadrity? :)

Could be  :) But average mortal have to sell a kidney to get one  :D
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2012, 02:22:43 PM »
Agreed!  The 50L is certainly not in the class of the prime trinity.

Does adding EF 200 F2 to them make it the holy quadrity? :)

Could be  :) But average immortal have to sell a kidney to get one  :D

Ooof, yeah, the 200 f/2 takes the "trinity" to a whole new level of awesome. drool
And, if you're immortal, you wouldn't need your kidney, so definitely sell that #$%&
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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2012, 02:23:49 PM »
Agreed!  The 50L is certainly not in the class of the prime trinity.

Does adding EF 200 F2 to them make it the holy quadrity? :)

Could be  :) But average immortal have to sell a kidney to get one  :D

Ooof, yeah, the 200 f/2 takes the "trinity" to a whole new level of awesome. drool
And, if you're immortal, you wouldn't need your kidney, so definitely sell that #$%&


Sorry, I ment mortal  :D :D :D Corrected  ;)
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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2012, 02:23:49 PM »