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Apr 14, 2012 16:19 |  #46

I know this is going to sound stupid, but now that I have a 24-70 in my possession I was quickly reminded of how much I disliked the bulk and weight of the lens! Haha this thing is called the brick for a good reason. I also find that I'm missing having a 50mm around, I really liked that lens on both FF and 1.6....

Should I just deal with the weight? Or should I do a little more rearranging?

I have always been somewhat intrigued by the 20mm f/2.8, I know it doesn't review THAT well, but I like the size of it, and 20mm is more than wide enough for me. I'd also be able to get my 50mm back, and maybe even a 28 1.8 again.

I probably should just stay put, but I have to say that I got so used to working only with primes that it truly does feel weird to have a zoom again.


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Apr 14, 2012 16:59 |  #47

I would keep the glass and downgrade or let go of a camera body. Perhaps replace the 5D2 with a 60D if you need to keep two bodies.

Otherwise, for the 7D, I suggest a 15-85EFs, or for the 5D2 the 24-105L. And keep one of the fast primes: 50/1.4 or 85/1.8.


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Apr 14, 2012 17:23 as a reply to  @ RodneyCyr's post |  #48

My minimal kit is an UW zoom at f/doesn't matter, a normal zoom something covering a good portion in the 17-70 range at f2.8, and a 70-200 at 2.8. If I wanted lighter, I would need the normal zoom and the 135mm f/2 or 200mm f/2.8.

You seem to like the wide end more from what I've seen in this post. I assume you sold the other lenses you had a few weeks ago when you started the thread, so I'd keep the brick and get the 20, 24, 28, or the 35 (whichever is you favorite or current desire).


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Apr 14, 2012 17:48 |  #49

I went from all primes to all zooms the 24-70 and 70-200, I now have all primes again. I couldn't go back to zooms, I Iove primes too much.




  
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Apr 14, 2012 17:49 |  #50

Jim, you're correct in assuming that I tend to favor wider angles. It's just how I like to shoot (very wide to normal) the 135 is as long as I'd ever need in 95% of my shooting, and in most cases long than I need. The 35 is still my favorite lens to work with because it just totally suits my style.

Don't get me wrong, the flexibility afforded by the 24-70 is not lost on me, and thankfully I did track down a good copy, I just am unsure about the bulk honestly. It's a solid lens, but I wonder now if it suits me anymore.

I'll give it some more time before I make any decisions, but I'm frankly kind of surprised how quickly I felt alienated by having a zoom lens again. I guess I'm just the oddball that thinks in fixed focal length terms.


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Apr 14, 2012 18:40 as a reply to  @ agphotography's post |  #51

I am starting to understand the prime thing - it's addicting.

I still need a wide-ish/normal prime 20 (Sigma f1.8), 24, 28, or 35 (I shoot crop). Then I feel I can try going out without a zoom, for at least some outings. For me this is just a hobby, a very expensive hobby, but a hobby never the less. I could use any of these FL, but I just have to decide which I really want or come across a really good deal (or compromise with the 35mm f2.0.

But right now I still like my zooms too! Doubt I will get rid of them even if I find my right prime set.

Good luck in finding what works best for you. Keep us posted!


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Apr 14, 2012 18:41 |  #52

I would love to buy your 35L :)


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Apr 14, 2012 19:38 |  #54

Hmmm... you need something fast that frames like a 35 and maybe a 135 and something versatile.

How about the 24 II which gives you fast and 24 on the 5D2 or 38 mm on the 7D.

Then the brick because it fills all the gaps and you can have a 24-70 on the 5D2 and the fast 24 on the 7D.

Finally, an 85 gives you the field of a 135 when mounted on a 7D so that you get the best of both. again - since the 135 is sometimes too long you get to use it as an 85 on the 5D2 too.

Doing this, you get effectively 24, 38, 85 and 135 as fast options and 24-70 or 38-112 in the zoom.


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Apr 14, 2012 23:27 |  #55

5dmk2 + 50L


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Apr 15, 2012 08:12 as a reply to  @ rwong2k's post |  #56

Wait for 24-70Mii + 85 1.8 for portraits.




  
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Apr 15, 2012 09:45 |  #57

Sell the 35, 50, and 135. Since you have two bodies, the 85 and 24 can be a really good combo.

If you have a one camera approach, 24-70 and sell off everything except 85 or 135


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Apr 15, 2012 09:49 |  #58

When I feel that the brick is too heavy, I strap on the 35 f2


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Apr 15, 2012 18:02 |  #59

16-35L II on 7D for street-photography
16-35L II on 5D for landscape and architectures
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35L and 85mm f/1.8


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May 03, 2012 12:18 |  #60

Boy things just keep changing....

I love hearing everyone's opinions on what could be a minimal kit, I think it's really useful info for others as well.

I did actually wind up selling the 24-70, loved it's practicality but I just did not want the bulk.

I realize that ultimately I don't have a minimal kit, but I chose focal lengths that work for me. Besides, I can always swap things around as needed.

I may be consolidating down to one body for a while too. I like having a second body to work with, but that's a luxury for me right now.

So for now I'm working with the 20 2.8 / 35L / 50ZE / 135L and it'll be on just the 5D2, since the 7D will likely be sold soon.


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