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Are these lenses good enough for a 5D Mark II?

 
kkSlider
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Aug 26, 2010 18:29 |  #1

Hey all,

I'm seriously thinking about upgrading to a 5D II through the loyalty program. I currently have a 50D, Rebel XSi, 60mm macro, 85mm f/1.8, nifty fifty, 18-55mm IS, Tamron 17-50 non-VC, and a lensbaby 2.0. I'd have to sell off both bodies, and the macro and kit lens.

Are the remaining lenses good enough to get close to the potential of what a 5D Mark II is capable of? I shoot mainly portraits and landscapes.


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Aug 26, 2010 18:39 |  #2

I Think the 17-50 is for crop body only. You would have a 50 1.8 and 85 1.8 and Lensbaby 2.0


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Aug 26, 2010 18:42 |  #3

IMO, the only lens in your lineup that will work beautifully with the 5D Mark II is your 85mm 1.8. The 5D2 will outresolve your 50mm 1.8. No offense to the nifty fifty owners out there.

Perhaps look at getting the 24-105 to replace both the 17-50 and 18-55.


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Aug 26, 2010 18:47 |  #4

Any lens is "good enough". Larger sensors require less performance from the lens to deliver the same quality as a smaller sensor.




  
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Aug 26, 2010 18:57 |  #5

I don't think your 60 macro will work either.

Honestly, you have some upgrading of glass to do. I'd do it first, then worry about a 5D2.




  
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Aug 26, 2010 18:59 |  #6

Gah. That 5D Mk II deal is so tempting, but I'm a college student without a serious full time job. And selling off most of my lenses to get a new body seems like a big sacrifice. I really wanna try out full frame, but it seems I'm better off waiting =/.


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Aug 26, 2010 19:08 |  #7

sell off the xsi, kit lens, tammy (and the macro if you want) and get a used 5dc and 24-105 - there's your full frame and glass for same amount as 5d mkII


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Aug 26, 2010 19:14 |  #8

The only lenses you have that I know are compatible with the 5D/5DmkII are the Nifty-fifty, 85mm f/1.8 and LensBaby 2. Your other two Canon lenses are EF-s lenses and their rear elements will damage the 5D/5DmkII's mirror so they are not compatible. I am not familiar enough with the Tamron to know if its specific dimensions create the same problem but, I suspect they might. The 85mm f/1.8 will work for portraits on the 5DmkII and the Nifty-Fifty will work as a low-light "normal" lens.

Something else to consider is picking up a 5D classic for even less money and putting the difference toward better glass. That's up to you entirely of course. That said, I'll submit that if I knew what I know now back when I was considing the purchase of the 7D as an upgrade from the 40D, I probably would have purchased a 5D classic instead. Don't get me wrong, I love the features of the 7D and I had no way to know a 5DmkII would be an extremely generous gift given to me several months later so I'm not complaining. But again, it was on my own dime and I had it to do all over again, I'd be running a 5D classic along side my old 40D rather than the newer bodies.

I offer this alternative option because the not even the 7D beats the 5D classic for noise or image quality. Any extra batteries you have for your 50D will also be compatible with the 5D classic. The 5DmkII uses a newer LP-E6 battery and they are more expensive than the old BP-511 batteries. Of course, the owner loyalty deal is a great deal and if you really want a 5DmkII, that's as good a deal as any I've seen. That's my $0.02 anyway.


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Aug 26, 2010 19:14 |  #9

If you really want FF, sell it all except the 85 plus grab a lens for landscape (depends on your FL choice), something like a 17-40 as they're everywhere on the 2nd hand market.

BTW the 50 F/1.8 should be fine in the centre, the 5D2 has the pixel density of a 20D for example, but the edges will probably be very blurry.




  
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Aug 26, 2010 19:21 |  #10

Round all those lenses up and put them up for sale and buy the 24-105L... and start saving for other lenses. Most of them wouldn't work, except the 85/1.8. The 60 mm Macro is an EF-S lens and pretty sure the 18-55 is too.


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Aug 26, 2010 19:26 |  #11

Honestly, FF is not that big a deal. Unless it gives you something that APS-C can't, save your money.

gcmj45acp wrote in post #10796053 (external link)
I offer this alternative option because the not even the 7D beats the 5D classic for noise or image quality.

The 7D matches the 5D at ISO 1600 and betters it at higher ISOs, mostly because the 5D stops at 1600 while the 7D continues to 6400.




  
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Aug 26, 2010 19:29 |  #12

I already acknowledged that I'd have to sell my EF-S lenses in my first post guys ;). But I didn't know my Tamron wouldn't work either. That sort of changes things.

I looked up the going price for a 24-105. Way, way out of my price range. Selling my lenses and bodies themselves would only get me a 5D Mk II. 5Dc sounds like a much better alternative. Though, from what I've read, it seems like a 5Dc requires a lot more maintenance, especially with the lack of a built-in dust cleaner?


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Aug 26, 2010 19:35 |  #13

The shifty fifty works okay on full frame with the exception that it becomes an awkward focal length, being neither long or wide enough and not aided by the min foc. distance. However, the 80mm F1.8 is tailor made for portraits on FF.If you are fed up with having to buy exotic lenses for b/g blur, you'll find that the old non IS 70-200 F4L works very well and the 17-40 f4L is an excellent ultra wide angle zoom. However, you may miss the extra "reach" of a crop body and on FF solutions can be rather costly.


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Aug 26, 2010 19:56 |  #14

toxic wrote in post #10795878 (external link)
Any lens is "good enough". Larger sensors require less performance from the lens to deliver the same quality as a smaller sensor.

The corner quality can drop off fast in some lenses on a FF camera, though. If the size of the blur or aberration is more than 1.6 times what it is in an APS-C corner, then the lens will perform worse in the corner than with APS-C.




  
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