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Which lenses to start?
« on: September 17, 2012, 10:07:35 AM »
I just bought a 5D Mark III.  Switched from Nikon but just had kit lenses  I'm going to invest in one expensive lens -- 70-200 USM II... What else would you get? Will probably buy one more to start (50 mm 1.4? 24-105?) then a third.  What would you choose for the walk-around lens (i.e. take pictures in the backyard etc)?

I will primarily take photos of children and people.  Want to make sure I can get good bokeh.  Thanks in advance for suggestions.
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 10:13:55 AM »
50mm 1.4 or 1.2 or 85mm 1.2 L

Guess just the same lenses you also had with ur nikon.

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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 10:51:55 AM »
The 70-200 is a great lens, esp outdoors where space is not an issue.  For low light indoor ambients, I like the 35L; it's more forgiving than the 50L.  A lot of people will recommend the 24-105, but I don't think it's as useful if you intend on getting more lenses and the new 24-70 II looks to be a great performer (albeit a very costly one, at least initially).  For general travel, I like the 16-35, 50, 70-200 combo which gives you a large focal length range and low light capability.

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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2012, 11:21:38 AM »
It depends if you like the versatlility of zoom lenses or prefer primes or a mix of both.

For zooms I would suggest adding the 24-70mm f2.8 Mark II. Then you might add the 16-35mm wide angle zoom.

You can also mix this with primes. I would suggest the following:
85mm f1.2 Mark II for portraits
50mm f1.2 for wider portraits and as a general standard prime lens
24mm f1.4 Mark II or 35mm f1.4 for wide or not-so-wide low-light usage
14mm f2.8 for ultra wide shots

It depends on your requirements which prime(s) you buy first.

I have left out the rather expensive big whites, so as to not make super-expensive recommendations.

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2012, 11:36:03 AM »
24-105 F4L is pretty nice walk-around lens, though.
But if you want everything out of 5D3, try out 85mm F1.2L II, 35mm F1.4L, 24-70mm F2.8L MKI/II, 70-200mm F2.8L II and 16-35 F2.8L II. 8)
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 12:03:13 PM »
It depends if you like the versatlility of zoom lenses or prefer primes or a mix of both.

For zooms I would suggest adding the 24-70mm f2.8 Mark II. Then you might add the 16-35mm wide angle zoom.

You can also mix this with primes. I would suggest the following:
85mm f1.2 Mark II for portraits
50mm f1.2 for wider portraits and as a general standard prime lens
24mm f1.4 Mark II or 35mm f1.4 for wide or not-so-wide low-light usage
14mm f2.8 for ultra wide shots

It depends on your requirements which prime(s) you buy first.

I have left out the rather expensive big whites, so as to not make super-expensive recommendations.

She said she wanted to invest in one expensive lens, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II.  The 85mm, 24-70 II and 14mm are as expensive as that, and the 24mm and 50mm aren't far behind, so I'm guessing those are out of the question.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2012, 12:04:14 PM »
I just bought a 5D Mark III.  Switched from Nikon but just had kit lenses  I'm going to invest in one expensive lens -- 70-200 USM II... What else would you get? Will probably buy one more to start (50 mm 1.4? 24-105?) then a third.  What would you choose for the walk-around lens (i.e. take pictures in the backyard etc)?

I will primarily take photos of children and people.  Want to make sure I can get good bokeh.  Thanks in advance for suggestions.

With only the 70-200 you're going to want something a bit shorter, a 50mm may feel a bit limiting but would be a good choice for a 3rd lens.  I think the 24-105 is a bargain for what it was an has excellent image quality.  I'd suggest that or the original 24-70mm.  If you want good bokeh go ahead and get the 50mm f/1.4, if you dont mind manual focus I prefer the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4.
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2012, 03:27:01 PM »
This is very helpful.  I'm definitely getting the 70-2000.  Ideally, I would like to get something I can use in the house or backyard that is affordable, then eventually spring for the 24-70.   Sounds like the choices are the 50 mm or 24-105?

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Re: Which lenses to start?
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2012, 05:41:09 PM »
24-105 F4L  great lens...
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2012, 07:14:17 PM »
Consider the 24-70 f2.8L as your one great lens. With all your comments about around the backyard and inside, this lens will be on your camera most often. Spend money where you will use it most. Save up for the 70-200 f2.8L if you like, or grab a 135 f2L or 200 f2.8. The 70-300 is also worth considering asyour second lens if you need more reach.
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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2012, 04:02:46 AM »
Let me add to your confusion.  the Canon 100mm L USM IS 2.8 Macro - is razor sharp and with it's built in 1x Macro it's quite versatile and close ups of flowers looks insane.  I've even used it in my portrait studio on the 5D Mark III and only the F2 200mm at $4800 rivals its sharpness (see http://www.the-digital-picture.com Tools then ISO and compare lens sharpness).  A real sleeper is the 200mm 2.8 L USM II lens.  Also razor sharp and you can get excellent intimate shots with this one (i just posted some photos in the Lens Gallery) and for a walk around the 24-105 F$ L with its constant aperture works real well that offers a nice wide angle when you need it up to your 105.  It's a fact that primes will give you the sharpest quality, if you are not afraid to move back and forth then primes are the way to go.
PS if you go to the site above you will see there's little difference between the sharpness of the 1.4 50mm and 1.2 mm.  should you choose that lens.  The 70-200 IS USM II 2.8 lens is outstanding but for that price of $2199 you can get most of the 3 I listed above (total $2657 - B and H has a $120 off on the 100mm) and you'd have all L glass as well.  These 3 lenses are also all 3 lighter in weight.
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Re: Which lenses to start?
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2012, 04:39:14 AM »
The 100mm L Macro is an excellent lens, but its focal length is within the range of the 70-200mm. For a general walk-around lens this focal length is too long. I therefore stick to recommending the new 24-70mm f2.8 Mark II, which covers anything from wide angle to short tele in form of just one lens.

Okay, so the OP won't be able to do macro shots to begin with, but specialized lenses can be added later. I already listed a variety of specialized lenses I would recommend adding.

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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2012, 05:43:53 AM »
Want a cheap zoom alongside the 70-200: get the excellent Tamron 28-75 2.8.
Want a great prime alongside the 70-200: get the 35L

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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2012, 07:29:10 AM »
Samyang 35 1.4 is also good. I wonder how the new sigma 35mm 1.4 will perform =)

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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2012, 12:22:42 PM »
Consider the 17-40 as a nice wide angle. It can be bought used on a regular basis for around $700-$750 and takes the same filter as the 70-200 2.8. The 24-105 is a very versatile lens with the latest IS system. It also takes a 77mm filter.

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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2012, 12:22:42 PM »