I only really have enough money to buy one lens to begin with on a 5dmkii and i decided i wanted a fast wide lens for photos such as group photos and events and filming. However I am reading that the 24mm will disort faces for portraits. I have two questions,
1/ how close do you have to be to distort faces because this sort of portrait looks fine to me? http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaynabatya/4060563740/
2/ if i used a 2x extender would this solve my problems? I cant find any examples of anyone using an extender on a wide angle lens so i am wondering if anyone has experience with this? or i could possibly afford the zeiss 1.4 if the quality of the 24mm and 2x extender is no good? What would you recommend?
Thanks for you help!
If I could only have one lens for a 5DmkII, my first choice would be the 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. It is not a fast lens, and it does not provide the most pleasing bokeh, but it is a workhorse. It can be used as an all-day walkabout lens. It is a favourite with many wedding photographers because of its versatility. Bundled with the 5DmkII, as a kit, you also pay slightly less for it than you would for the lens on its own. I think it is no surprise that this is the lens Canon bundle with the 5DmkII as a kit lens. Despite the 24-105mm not being a fast lens, the 5DmkII does a good job at high ISO settings, so you can quite comfortably shoot at ISO800 or possibly higher at times.
If I could not afford the price tag of the 24-105mm, then I would opt for the 50mm f/1.4 USM. - Keep in mind that before zoom lenses become common, the standard 50mm lens was probably the most widely used lens you would see on a camera. Oh, and if you can afford the 24-105mm, then the 50mm f/1.4 is probably a good choice as a second lens!
Also, regardless of what lens you purchase, you will probably want to look, sooner rather than later, at buying a speedlite.