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Recently finding out the sheer quality my 70-200L lens puts out I have been drooling over finding other ways to use it. I'm really big into cars and my corvette as well and this 70-200 ain't cuttin it! Lol I can only back up so far.

This shot was taken with the lens and I cannot tell you all how far I had to back up to get it haha.

IMAGE: http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt47/cadykid08/IrocSlimfinished.jpg

Ive been entertaining the idea of another L lens

I'm wondering if a prime lens is the way to go? (For cars that are sitting still)

Or a Zoom lens like the 17-40L lens?

I don't have some $1600+ to go big as this is stricly a hobby. I do have a canon 28-105 IS but hostly the quality in no way compares to my L lens.

Seeing some of the crisp shots here,and one recent of a shot of a 240x just gets me wondering what would be the best route?

Thanks in advance!

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Try the 50 1.8.

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Staszek wrote in post #13298519external link
Try the 50 1.8.

You mean the Non-L lens?

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...Normal_EF_50mm_f_1_​8.htmlexternal link

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Just about any wide angle lens will work for taking pictures of an automobile at close range.

From a Tokina 19-35mm lens:

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Focal Length: 19.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure Time: 0.010 s (1/100)
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: program (Auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB


From a Canon 18-55mm IS lens:

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Focal Length: 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 0.0063 s (1/160)
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: program (Auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

From a Tamron 18-200mm lens:

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Focal Length: 18.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure Time: 0.0008 s (1/1250)
ISO equiv: 400
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

From a Canon 18-200mm IS lens:

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Focal Length: 18.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure Time: 0.033 s (1/30)
ISO equiv: 400
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: program (Auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB


Get the angle, exposure and framing right, and the lens doesn't matter -- as long as the field of view is correct.

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DC Fan , thanks alot for all the pictures and info. Maybe Ill work more with the 28-105 IS. It just seemed my L lens was far sharper (and lighting) was better Than any other lens I used.

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28-135 is also a nice lens, and the $$ is good

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rrookey wrote in post #13299934external link
28-135 is also a nice lens, and the $$ is good

Yea that was a typo, sry, havnt shot in a loooonng time.

Its actually is a 28-135 IS lol

How are some of these car shots I see ridiculously sharp even without a pass of unsharp mask. I can't blame my rebel Xt can I? Lol

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I use my 15-85 more than any other lens for cars. Mine is very sharp, with good color, and a great range. That 15 comes in handy at car shows and for interesting close up perspectives.

You can see some I took with it at a recent car show here:

http://www.flickr.com ...0/sets/721576276728​57285/external link

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Mr. Pick wrote in post #13300742external link
I use my 15-85 more than any other lens for cars. Mine is very sharp, with good color, and a great range. That 15 comes in handy at car shows and for interesting close up perspectives.

You can see some I took with it at a recent car show here:

http://www.flickr.com ...0/sets/721576276728​57285/external link

Niiiccee. I guess I'm going to play with the 28-135 and see what I can get.

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I happen to think that wide angles make cars look absolutely horrible. I'd rather have a long telephoto to shoot with. I ALWAYS have my 70-200 at 200 and just take the nice walk to get my framing. It gives you an awesome depth of field to work with.

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Courterman08 wrote in post #13316098external link
I happen to think that wide angles make cars look absolutely horrible. I'd rather have a long telephoto to shoot with. I ALWAYS have my 70-200 at 200 and just take the nice walk to get my framing. It gives you an awesome depth of field to work with.

Oh my gosh talk about a walk for 200 lol. Shooting that IROC pic at 70 was nearly across a small parking lot!

Im really feeling the 17-40L. I just feel Ill get more quality out of the PIcs with that lens rather then Non-L's. Maybe my logic is skewed idk.

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Eh, it's not so bad once you get used to it haha. I am on a 1.6x crop sensor though. It really comes down to your "style" of shooting.

You get some great DOF, even at F/4.

IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6178/6218955474_1b2babfb2f_z.jpg

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Edit- I have been playing around with my 85 F1.8 as well.

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Courterman08 wrote in post #13316587external link
Eh, it's not so bad once you get used to it haha. I am on a 1.6x crop sensor though.

You get some great DOF, even at F/4.
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So am I (Rebel XT). Someday I'll grab the L lens.

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Check out the edit of my last post. The 85 f1.8, so far, is a pretty damn good medium length lens. Some people have struggled with flaws, so some research is in order before you go clicking the "Buy it Now" button. But, if I were you, I would just scope out different locations that let you use your 70-200 where it'll shine and then just practice. Once you find your own style then you can start venturing out into trying new things. But that's just my opinion. :cool:

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Courterman08 wrote in post #13316646external link
Check out the edit of my last post. The 85 f1.8, so far, is a pretty damn good medium length lens. Some people have struggled with flaws, so some research is in order before you go clicking the "Buy it Now" button. But, if I were you, I would just scope out different locations that let you use your 70-200 where it'll shine and then just practice. Once you find your own style then you can start venturing out into trying new things. But that's just my opinion. :cool:

Uhhhhh the 85L that's 2k?? Lol my main hobby is cars, with buying stuff for that and cameras, I don't think I could manage. What about the suggestion above to do the $100 50 1.4 lens?

That picture is so crisp too. I just don't like being far because I don't want all the shots I can take, be far away ya know? I will get use to using. My 70-200 more though.

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