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Feb 26, 2017 21:57 |  #1

Hello I am looking for a great lense for my camera - Canon 5D Mark III but I am trying to find a great lense that is perfect for evertything like travel, people, street, etc. I am not sure if I should get 50mm or 85mm or something else? Hope you can help me? Thanks, Dan




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Feb 27, 2017 00:45 |  #2
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danwalters wrote in post #18286261 (external link)
Hello I am looking for a great lense for my camera - Canon 5D Mark III but I am trying to find a great lense that is perfect for evertything like travel, people, street, etc. I am not sure if I should get 50mm or 85mm or something else? Hope you can help me? Thanks, Dan

Welcome to the forum.
Sounds like you need a single do-it-all lens.
This means a 24-70 or 24-105 zoom. What's the budget ?


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Feb 27, 2017 17:46 |  #3

Like Cheshire Cat I find the 24-70/24-105 focal ranges great for general use on an FF camera.

If your budget allows then a Canon 24-70 F2.8 V2 would (was) my top choice - but they are pricey! The 24-70 F4 L IS and 24-105 F4 L IS will both serve you very well if the budget is more limited and the 24-105 can be very reasonable used.


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Feb 27, 2017 18:02 |  #4

The F4 lenses will be a bit lighter and easier to carry around for extended periods of time than the 24-70 f2.8. The IS (image stabilization) will help the slower f4 lenses with available light situations. The 24-105mm will give you a good bit more reach, whereas people say the 24-70mm is a sharper lens...I think they're both good. :) I've been using a 28-75mm f2.8 Tamron and have been pleased with it...I love that focal range Any of the Canons that have been mentioned would be a definite upgrade for me. :)

One thing to be aware of if considering "used"... From what I understand, the 24-105mm has exhibited a problem with the ribbon cable that handles focusing breaking after extended usage. I believe it is sporadic and doesn't happen to all copies of the lens. I would think that the issue has been resolved with the new version. ...take what I said about that with a grain of salt, hopefully one of the experienced guys will chime in on this. But, just sayin'....

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Feb 27, 2017 20:41 |  #5

Agreed with above posters in recommending a 24-105 or 24-70 variant. Depending on budget, of course. For a two lens combo that can do a lot: 24-70 f/4 and 35 f/2 IS. You get two lenses with Image Stabilization, great IQ performance, smaller size. Bonus of the 24-70 f/4 is the Macro feature for shooting close ups. The 35mm f/2 gives you a good lens for low light and nice background blur for portraits.

If you want more zoom reach, go with the 24-105 instead of the 24-70. If you want more reach with the low light lens, instead of the 35mm, try the 50 f1.8 STM. Still want more reach? 85mm f/1.8.

Some people like a one lens solution, such as an f/2.8, whereas I prefer a "slow versatile zoom + fast low light prime" combo. Neither is right or wrong, so go with what seems most sensible for your shooting needs.


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