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AmbientLight

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Re: Which lenses to start?
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2012, 01:32:50 PM »
This sounds like deja vu to me. My first EF lenses were the 24-105, 17-40 and then 70-200 IS. With this kit you have a lot of overlap between zoom ranges and you are limited to f4 for anything below 70mm focal length.

This set costs less and I still happily use both f4 zooms, but I found myself adding fast primes to offset the slower zooms. I am shooting mostly primes now. You will have a more useful lens in the new 24-70mm zoom, which limits you only to f2.8, which is fast enough for many purposes.

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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2012, 01:32:50 PM »

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Re: Which lenses to start?
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2012, 04:41:57 PM »
AmbientLight - yes, I can see the 100mm AND the 200mm prime's I had suggested are within the range of the 70-200.  I had also suggested the 24-105 zoom as the OP mentioned backyard type use.  Wouldn't it be great to have a wide angle then? the 70-200 doesn't cover this range at all especially if on a cropped sensor so how does the OP accomplish this need for family shots or entire backyard shots?  Why would she get another 4th lens later to do macro if at present that does interest her (may not have considered this earlier).

These are all good scenarios from all that have suggested just trying to offer other options like everyone else to consider.  PS failed to mention prime's will outshine a zoom all day long.  I don't use zooms for portraits for this specific reason and I own numerous of both primes and zooms.
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Re: Which lenses to start?
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2012, 05:30:46 PM »
This is all so helpful. Sounds like I should first spend my "big" money on the 24-70 and maybe get a prime like 85 mm for portraits and save for the 70-200 (Or have I totally misinterpreted the discussion?). 

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« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2012, 05:32:45 PM »
The 70-200 2.8II and the 5DIII is an awesome combo.  Shooting indoors low-light is just great.  I picked up the 70-200 2.8II, the 16-35II and waiting for the 24-70II. 
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« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2012, 09:31:39 PM »
This is all so helpful. Sounds like I should first spend my "big" money on the 24-70 and maybe get a prime like 85 mm for portraits and save for the 70-200.

^This

Makes the most the most sense to spend your money on the lens you will use most. As for a portrait lens, if you are working in a studio or with a tripod, the 85L is where it is at. For handheld and subjects less static, I recommend the 135 f2L. It is very fast and gives you a bit more range (great for kids) along with a wonderful bokeh at f2.
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« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2012, 06:30:26 AM »
Is budget a concern? Some of the lens combos mentioned here are obviously top of the line, but they also come with a price. 70-200 2.8 II, 24-70 2.8 II, 16-35 2.8 II. Who wouldn't want that combo? However, new, these lenses will run around $6500 plus any tax that applies. If the OP can afford this fine, but not many people have all these lenses or pick them all up at once. The f4 zooms are a bit more affordable. Maybe the 70-200 f4 IS should be considered. It's really sharp, light and affordable. If you have a 24-105, maybe you have overlaps, but that's if you carry everything you own with you. Sometimes you just want one body and one lens. The 24-105 is great for that.

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Re: Which lenses to start?
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2012, 10:27:25 PM »
EF 200/2  ;D
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« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2012, 10:27:25 PM »