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magicianhisoka
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Mar 03, 2011 19:30 |  #1

heya guys, recently i picked up a 5dc and am planning on keeping my 40d in order to do some paid shoots once my semester is over. however, running into a bit of a small dilemma as to what exactly i should be using to earn the bucks in the future.

recently i rented the 35L and its been sweet so far. lovely bokeh and nice contrast. probably will take more than the 4 days rental to learn how to use it to its fullest potential but i am liking it so far. hoping to get more alone time with it once the weekend is here.

also have a 50mm sigma which i originally use on the 5dc. focusing is fine as i luckily managed to find a copy without (much) focusing issue despite not having any MA features on my cameras. am fine with the 50mm FOV

so here's what i'm thinking

35L on the 5dc and 50mm sigmalux on the 40d in order to have a nice balanced range that (supposedly) wedding photographers favour.

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28mm 1.8 on the 5dc, 50mm sigmalux on the 40d and 135L with the money i saved up from not purchasing a 35L. of course, i won't rule out upgrading in the future.

would it be wise to get the 135L first and put up with the 28mm 1.8? or just go all out for the 35L and then save up till the 135L?

for some background information, im planning on covering events for my school and any other organization/company/g​roup that needs me. trying to get my feet wet in the business :)

thanks in advance for any comments! feel free to be as brutally honest as you want.




  
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Mar 03, 2011 19:34 |  #2

If you want a 50 on your 40D then Sigma 30/1.4 is probably 95% as nice as the L. If you want to use the 30 on your 5Dc well then you're out of luck. I would personally want the Sigma 30 on my 40D, with the 50 to swap on, and either the 135L or 100 Macro on the 5Dc, with the 50 to swap on.

Though realistically, if these shots aren't being done in ISO 1600+ lighting, a standard zoom would probably be the most versatile.


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Mar 03, 2011 19:42 |  #3

actually, the reason why i want to put the 50mm on a crop is because ill get the equivalent of 80mm on it. its to balance out the wide angle on the FF.




  
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Mar 03, 2011 22:39 |  #4

If I had the money, the only primes that I would get is the 35L, 85L II, and 135L. I got the 35L first, then the Sigma 85, then the 135L. I might get rid of the Sigma though, I have no idea what to do yet. I am really trying to live off two primes.


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Mar 04, 2011 00:41 |  #5

35L and 135L, and 24-70L for versatility.


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Mar 04, 2011 00:59 |  #6

Tamron 28-75 + sigma 50. Would be a nice kit. The canon 100/2 is a great lens.


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Mar 04, 2011 01:19 |  #7

A really underestimated lens IMO is the Sigma 28mm f/1.8. It is nearly as sharp as my 24L and has the added bonus of a very close MFD. At around $350 if you decide to go with a 28mm lens you may want to consider it.


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Mar 04, 2011 01:46 |  #8

There is a significant difference between 28mm and 35mm on full frame. In my opinion 35mm is more useful for the type of applications you have. It's probably the majority opinion, which would explain why Canon offer an "L" lens in this focal length and not at 28mm.




  
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Mar 04, 2011 03:53 |  #9

Thanks for all the input so far.

Thought of the 35 and 135 combo like you danny. But it seems pretty darned wide.

Adding a 24-70 like ky mentioned is an interesting option. But I think I may wind up being spoiled and use the zoom exclusively the whole way. So I'm trying to stick to primes only for now.

Will check out the sigma 28mm when I can. It's probably going to be hard to find a copy here though.

Thanks for the opinion melcat. Pretty much why im really more keen on the 35l for the fov and iq.




  
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Mar 04, 2011 04:11 |  #10

Get the 35L and 85 1.8 and use them both on your FF for magical results.
As a wedding photographer, I use my 35L more than any other FL and the 85 1.8 is already good enough to start without having to worry about it being too expensive.
And if you need some reach, just plug the 85 on your crop camera and you're set.


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Mar 04, 2011 06:51 |  #11

35Lfirst.


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Mar 04, 2011 08:30 |  #12

alainvd wrote in post #11953422 (external link)
Get the 35L and 85 1.8 and use them both on your FF for magical results.
As a wedding photographer, I use my 35L more than any other FL and the 85 1.8 is already good enough to start without having to worry about it being too expensive.
And if you need some reach, just plug the 85 on your crop camera and you're set.

good to hear that. could i know if you trashed any photos because they had the purple fringing problem? hear thats one of the main things that plagues this lens.

other than that, i guess overall the overwhelming opinion here is to get the 35L asap (which i probably will once i confirm if im comfortable with it) and save up for the future.




  
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Mar 04, 2011 08:48 |  #13

magicianhisoka wrote in post #11953391 (external link)
Adding a 24-70 like ky mentioned is an interesting option. But I think I may wind up being spoiled and use the zoom exclusively the whole way. So I'm trying to stick to primes only for now.

I can understand sticking with primes but I'm not sure how you would be spoiled by owning a good zoom. I think that zoom IQ has really caught up to primes. The zoom also can give you a little more control of perspective when you're framing. With a prime you can only control framing by either moving closer/further from the subject which changes perspective, or by cropping. Not that there is something wrong with one choice or the other but I feel that getting the shot you envision is the one of the most important aspects.

A zoom can certainly complement a prime kit. I have both and use both.


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Mar 04, 2011 09:19 |  #14

ofafeather wrote in post #11954226 (external link)
I can understand sticking with primes but I'm not sure how you would be spoiled by owning a good zoom. I think that zoom IQ has really caught up to primes. The zoom also can give you a little more control of perspective when you're framing. With a prime you can only control framing by either moving closer/further from the subject which changes perspective, or by cropping. Not that there is something wrong with one choice or the other but I feel that getting the shot you envision is the one of the most important aspects.

A zoom can certainly complement a prime kit. I have both and use both.

i feel this way because i used to own a 17-55 and a 30mm sigma. wound up using the 17-55 so often that i neglected the 30mm and sold it. and what i realised was that, i lost some of my creativity in envisioning shots when i didnt have a prime. got lazy and started staying in one spot and zooming to get my pics.

so overall, after going from primes to zooms and then primes again, im hoping that the restriction of not being able to zoom will add to my creative vision :D




  
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Mar 04, 2011 10:15 |  #15

When you're shooting for pay, you'll have limited opportunity for "creative envisioning"... You have to get the shot you're getting paid to get. Period. So first you need the lens to do the paid work, then you can get the lenses you enjoy playing around and envisioning with later, with the profits you made from the paid work.

Fast zooms are almost a necessity for a lot of types of event photography. Or a brace of primes if you have time to swap lenses. Having two cameras helps. And combining FF with 1.6X helps leverage your lens kit, too.


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