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What lens(es) should I consider for next purchase?
« on: July 30, 2012, 11:31:32 AM »
I know it depends on what kind of photography I do... but I am open to and like to explore new areas. I just sold my 100-400L since it did not give me a whole lot more reach/ sharp images as can my 70-200mk.ii with a 2x mk.iii, I would like some reach but the good lenses are very pricey. I like Macro/General people pics/citi scapes/landscapes etc.

I already have the 17-40, 70-200, 50 1.8 mk.ii, 180L. I got the 17-40 after selling a good copy 24-105L, while I like the extra width, I feel the corners are so mushy and distortion very noticable at the corners that I do not use that extra width... should I wait for the 24-70mk.ii or get the 16-35mk.ii ? I love the 70-200. I use it the most.

My budget is about $3500.  I am a hobbyist, and would probably re-sell the lenses after I get bored with them since I do not make money off the hobby...

Are there new avenues / lenses I should explore? What would you guys do?
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What lens(es) should I consider for next purchase?
« on: July 30, 2012, 11:31:32 AM »

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Re: What lens(es) should I get?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 11:43:57 AM »
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Re: What lens(es) should I consider for next purchase?
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2012, 01:02:40 PM »
I just picked up the 16-35II and I'm very pleased with it.  I'm also waiting for the elusive 24-70II.  I'm hoping Canon brings out a 14-24L and that would take care of the 14-200 range.  I'd like to throw in a couple of primes somewhere, say a 50 or 85 1.2, or maybe a 14L.  A 3 or 400mm would also be sweet.
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Re: What lens(es) should I consider for next purchase?
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2012, 02:21:54 PM »

Do you guys thing the IQ of the 24-70ii will be on par with the 70-200ii?

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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2012, 02:32:23 PM »
MP-E 65mm and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II.  :D
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Re: What lens(es) should I consider for next purchase?
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2012, 02:35:19 PM »

Do you guys thing the IQ of the 24-70ii will be on par with the 70-200ii?

The MTFs on Canon's website indicate it should (direct comparison at 70mm).

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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2012, 02:42:17 PM »

Do you guys thing the IQ of the 24-70ii will be on par with the 70-200ii?

The MTFs on Canon's website indicate it should (direct comparison at 70mm).

Going by that it should be an awesome lens.  Along the same jump the 70-200II did from the MKI.
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2012, 12:01:03 PM »
Thanks Guys.

John, the MPE 65 is something I have thought about a lot... but the $700 twin flash that it yearns for makes me pause a bit if i were to do it right with small apertures and DoF considerations.

What about the TSE 24mm, what will I be able to do that I cannot with a 24-70mk.ii ?
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2012, 12:05:31 PM »
What about the TSE 24mm, what will I be able to do that I cannot with a 24-70mk.ii ?

Well...tilt and shift, of course.   :P

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Re: What lens(es) should I consider for next purchase?
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2012, 12:22:07 PM »
What about the TSE 24mm, what will I be able to do that I cannot with a 24-70mk.ii ?

It's an ideal lens for architecture and landscapes, but it does not have AF.  Different style of photography.  To get best use out of it, you'll need a tripod and time.  Shift can be done on the fly to help correct verticals, but tilting is much harder esp. when you're trying to verify the focus plane using liveview (hence the tripod).

The TSE-24's IQ (esp sharpness) is better than other the current canon lenses (16-35L II, 24L II, etc.).  After trying a good tilt shift, it makes the zooms and primes look muddy or blurry.

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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2012, 01:27:01 PM »
Most photographers use only the EF 16-35 II, EF 50 and EF 70-200 II and dont miss the EF 24-70 (II).

I have all above mentioned lenses, but I am not happy with the optical quality of the EF 16-35 II.

I wish Canon introduce a EF 14-24 mm 2.8 L oder a EF 16-35 III in the near future.

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Re: What lens(es) should I consider for next purchase?
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2012, 02:40:53 PM »
I am going to try Tokina 16-28 f/2.8  in the near future - out of the reviews it seems to be a capable lens (check out the review at photozone.de if you like)

I imagine you would not like to wait until 2015 so 100-400 mk2 is not an option :P

Two I would consider are 8-15 f/4 fisheye and  24-70 mk2

Due to sensor dust frustrations I have had lately, no prime suggestions ;D I must say I am tempted by the TSE line though...

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Re: What lens(es) should I consider for next purchase?
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2012, 02:42:30 PM »
I know it depends on what kind of photography I do... but I am open to and like to explore new areas. I just sold my 100-400L since it did not give me a whole lot more reach/ sharp images as can my 70-200mk.ii with a 2x mk.iii, I would like some reach but the good lenses are very pricey. I like Macro/General people pics/citi scapes/landscapes etc.

I already have the 17-40, 70-200, 50 1.8 mk.ii, 180L. I got the 17-40 after selling a good copy 24-105L, while I like the extra width, I feel the corners are so mushy and distortion very noticable at the corners that I do not use that extra width... should I wait for the 24-70mk.ii or get the 16-35mk.ii ? I love the 70-200. I use it the most.

My budget is about $3500.  I am a hobbyist, and would probably re-sell the lenses after I get bored with them since I do not make money off the hobby...

Are there new avenues / lenses I should explore? What would you guys do?

Canon16-35 II is Ok lens. Nikon 14-24 f2.8 is VERY VERY GOOD. I hope Canon can bring something better to table soon.

The pix below was shot with 5D III + 16-35 II @ 16mm, HongKong Island.

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Zoom: 16-35L f4 IS -- 24-70L II -- 70-200L f2.8 IS II
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Re: What lens(es) should I consider for next purchase?
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« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2012, 05:29:16 PM »
I rented a 24mm f/1.4 L II from borrowlenses.com and used it over this past weekend. I was able to get pictures that would be impossible with the 16-35 or 24-70. Easily the most impressive lens I've ever used. It will be my next purchase!


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Re: What lens(es) should I consider for next purchase?
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2012, 03:43:22 PM »
ef 24mm f1.4 II.  Shallow Dof and wide is a neat.
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