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Ziess/focal length decisions

 
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Nov 11, 2010 05:35 |  #1

I currently have a 7D, I was going to move to the 5D but have decided to wait until the 5D III comes out (whenever that might be).
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In the meantime I'm trying to make a decision on lenses.
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At the moment I have the 24L II, 135L and 200L.
I am about to add a Ziess lense to my lineup and the one which makes most sense and fits into my current range is the 50MP, this will bridge the gap between 24mm and 135 brilliantly, plus I get a bit of macro.
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My problem is when I move to FF the 24L which is currently a great walkaround might become too wide and the 50MP not wide enough, I then might find I want a 35mm lens.* So am I better off going straight to a Ziess 35mm f2/1.4 or is this FL too similar to 24mm.
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I suppose one option is to keep the 24L and buy the 50MP, then when I do get FF see how the 24L works and if I decide I don't like the FL I could get the 35L (straight swap with a little cash in my pocket).
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It's amazing how deciding what to get/buy totally consumes all my thoughts - I become obsessed.* Is this normal behaviour??
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Nov 11, 2010 05:53 |  #2

First of all, it's Zeiss and not Ziess. ;)

I'd just get whatever you find most useful right now. Just like Canon glass, ZE lenses hold their value very well.

I currently use the ZE 50 f/2, which I find great on FF. It all comes down to personal preference of course, but a lot of people consider 50mm to be an ideal focal length for a full frame camera.


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Nov 11, 2010 05:57 |  #3

I find the difference between 24mm and 35mm pretty significant. That being said, always buy what you need today. The resale value of lenses (especially Zeiss) is so high that you can buy the 50, and when you decide to go full frame, and decide you don't want that focal length, can sell it and get what you need.


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Nov 11, 2010 06:36 |  #4

Oops, I stand corrected.

Good advice there, lens prices are very solid, so that makes a lot of sense.

Ive bought an sold many lenses over the years and I've never been so excited than I am about getting my first Zeiss.

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Nov 11, 2010 07:13 |  #5

Ross_Curtis wrote in post #11264409 (external link)
Oops, I stand corrected.

Good advice there, lens prices are very solid, so that makes a lot of sense.

Ive bought an sold many lenses over the years and I've never been so excited than I am about getting my first Zeiss.

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They're awesome. The 35 and 50 are very good, but if you want to be blown away, try the 21 distagon or 100 MP


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L, Canon 85 f/1.2L II, Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, Canon 500 f/4L IS
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Nov 11, 2010 08:37 |  #6

I would also recommend you get the 50/2 ZE. As you said yourself this is the focal length that you need right now and it will also give you macro capability. It is also a great lens on FF whenever you get it. If at that time you decide that you need something shorter you can always buy another lens. I have the 24 and 50 combo on FF and it's great. I do wish to have 35mm as well, but I really don't need it. Also, who knows what other lenses or cameras will come to market in the next year or two, new 35L II maybe, Zeiss 35/1.4 for sure, Zeiss 25mm maybe, mirror-less Canon DSLR maybe, etc. There's basically always something different or better around the corner, so I would recommend you go with what's useful to you now.


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Nov 11, 2010 08:44 |  #7

If you need a 35, Zeiss is one to consider. If you need a 21, Zeiss is the best. But, why just get a Zeiss for the sake of having a Zeiss?


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Nov 11, 2010 09:28 |  #8

gasrocks wrote in post #11264889 (external link)
But, why just get a Zeiss for the sake of having a Zeiss?

Perhaps to find out personally if there is any truth to the hyperbole?


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