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Upgrade lens for 7D

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Jul 11, 2012 07:05 |  #1

Hi I'm looking to upgrade my lens lineup for my 7D ( I also have a 10D).
Here's my lens right now:
Tokina 11-16, Tamron 28-75, 50 1.8, 85 1.8, 70-200 f4 IS.
What's missing from the line up is (I think) either a 15-17mm to 50-85 zoom lens.
Any suggestion.
Thanks in advance for your input.

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Jul 11, 2012 07:16 |  #2

You have a couple of great lenses already (that 70-200 is a killer lens). You could certainly look to upgrade your 28-75. Many will tell you that the 24-28 is not wide enough - I tend to agree for my style. However, you are used to only having 28 on the wide end plus you have a UWA. If that works for your style you could consider the 24-105 or 24-70. If you want something a little more flexible so that you don't have to switch lenses as often, you should look at the 17-55 or 15-85. I have the 17-55 and 10-22 and feel that they work very well together in my bag. Depending on your budget, there are a few others that may be worth a look as well.

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Jul 11, 2012 07:32 |  #3

The 24-105 pairs great with a 70-200 lens. You have 11-16 for ultra wide and two primes for specific needs. You have both 50 f/1.4 and f/1.8 listed. I hope the 50 f/1.4 in the sig is correct.

Canon 7D Mark II w/Canon BG-E16 Battery Grip; Canon EOS 50D w/Canon Battery Grip; Canon SL1; Tokina 12mm - 24mm f/4 PRO DX II; Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS; Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS; Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS; Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM; Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS; Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM; Canon Extender EF 1.4x II; Canon Extender EF 2x II; Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash
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Jul 11, 2012 07:53 |  #4

In addition to a wider zoom (17-55, or 24-105), you could use a shorter fast prime. If money is no object, the 35f1.4 L is a fine lens. I use the 35f2 for the same purpose.
I have the 24-105L and it is mounted to my 60D today. I have the 35f2 on my T2i for candids of family members.

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Jul 11, 2012 10:48 |  #5

What do you shoot? More importantly, what types of shots do you feel you are unable to get due to the limitations of your current gear? What is your budget?

If you find yourself frequently shooting the 11-16 at 16 and feeling it is too short, or the 28-75 at 28 and feeling it is too long, then you probably want to find something to fill in the gap. Otherwise I would choose a lens that fits your current needs and style vs one that just happens to fill in the blanks for your focal length coverage.

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Jul 11, 2012 13:05 as a reply to  @ bpark42's post |  #6

I agree with artyH, in possibly a faster wider prime (which means more of a normal view). There are the 24L, 28 f/1.8, 35L, and 35 f/2. There is also the 30mm Sigma but it doesn't fit my film camera so I never looked at it but many people like it (if they got a good copy). Or a macro seems to be missing, so you could pick up a macro lens and try some macro photography (if you think that could be fun for you).

Other than that you are mostly covered, except for super teles.

Otherwise just fill your missing range with a good zoom (though your sig says you have the adequate 18-55 that covers that range) if you feel that is needed.

Thanks for Reading & Good Luck - Jim

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Jul 12, 2012 02:50 |  #7

How much do you use that 10D? It won't accept unmodified EF-s lenses, so I don't know if that's a big deal for you.

Also, you don't say if you're planning on selling anything. I don't really see a big hole unless you're planning on getting rid of the Tamron. A Canon 17-55, Sigma/Tamron 17-50 will all give you that constant f/2.8. IMHO, 15-85 doesn't make sense since you have the range covered by much faster lenses.

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