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I want another 'magic' lens like the 70-200 mk2

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Aug 16, 2012 16:39 |  #31

jwhittaker wrote in post #14864700 (external link)
So, what is another wider zoom lens (canon or otherwise) which will blow me away? Good isn't enough, I want epic.

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Aug 16, 2012 16:42 |  #32

I just want the $$$$ to upgrade my 70-200mm 2.8 non IS!

Canon 7DMKII,7D 40D, 20D, CANON 100-400mm IS 4.5/5.6L, Canon 70-200mm 2.8L, Canon 50mm 1.8, Canon 100mm 2.8 macro, Kenko Extension Tubes, Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS, 580EX II Flash,Gittos MH 5580 monopod, Thinktank Airport Takeoff.

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Aug 16, 2012 17:54 |  #33

bobbyz wrote in post #14867197 (external link)
I would move to FF camera and then add some nice primes already listed.

I would do this, too.

7D and saving for 600mm

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Aug 16, 2012 21:18 |  #34

that's my plan 5DIII and then 35L. Well, actually the 35L will probably come in a few weeks after I find a nice home for my Sigma 30 :D

Fujifilm X100T | 5D III gripped |35L | 24-70 2.8L II | 70-200 2.8L IS II | 85 1.8 | 430 EX II | Yongnuo YN-568EX | Billingham 445 | Think Tank UD 60 |

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Aug 17, 2012 09:12 as a reply to  @ Stone 13's post |  #35

My personal use experience. I own 70-200 2.8 IS II. I know exactly what he meant. It is a true magical lens. After I got it, I sold my 85 1.8 and 135 2.0. it is heavy and large but I am willing to pay some extra effort to hold it.
Next magical lens on the wider end for me is 35 1.4L. Just tried it on last wedding and the images are amazing. I then sold my 24-70 and 24-105.

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Aug 17, 2012 09:24 |  #36

Thanks for tips everyone. The 35 1.4L seems to be getting a lot of mentions. I think I'll have to rent one and check it out.
I can explain more what I mean by 'magic' ... it is the fact that the 70-200 lens 'sees' better than my human eye, and loading up the photos from it are a revelation - even for subjects which were close up and plainly visible to me. Previously I tried to capture what I was seeing but was sometimes disappointed, but to have a lens which takes pictures better than I see, that's what i LOVE, i get a real kick from it. The 15-85, yeah it's good but it doesn't sprinkle the fairy dust in the same way.

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Aug 17, 2012 10:17 |  #37

Zeiss 21 is the most magical wide lens

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Aug 17, 2012 10:57 |  #38

Just got the canon 16-35 f2.8L and so far very pleased.

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Aug 17, 2012 14:45 |  #39

This is a very interesting question and I know what the OP means. When I got my 70-200 F2.8 IS II a few weeks ago, it's instant improvement in my shots. The lens really is 'Magical', there is a look and feel about the photos taken with it that is hard to put a finger on, but whether it's with my Rebel T2i or 5D Mark iii the lens is just fantastic. I've never quite gotten that feeling with any wider zooms. The 24-105, while nice, doesn't have this same effect.

I like the 50 1.4 on the 5D, but might have to give the 35L a look as well.

Gear: 5D3, 135L, Sigma 35, 50 1.8 STM, 16-35 F/4L IS, 85/1.8, Fujifilm X100T
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Aug 17, 2012 19:50 |  #40

If we were in the 15th century, you guys would have been burned by the inquisition!

Look! A white magical lens... burn him!!

Gotta call it the Jesus lens now.

Canon 6D | S35mm f1.4 | 135mm f2 The rest: T3i, 20D, 15mm f2.8, 15-85mm, 24mm f2.8, 50mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8, 90mm f2.8 macro, 55-250mm.
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Aug 18, 2012 09:40 |  #41

17-55mm f/2.8 IS

Great partner with a 70-200mm L (series) lens.

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Aug 20, 2012 02:21 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #42

I am a beginner compared to everyone here but a casual lurker of the forums for sometime now. Its nice to know there are others in the same boat as me. I have a 7D as well (which I love) and also own 50/1.4 + 15-85. I often pull out the 50 even though I know I don't have the range simply because it gives me so many keepers. I look through the lightroom library and 60% of my favorite shots are with 50/1.4 even though I have used 15-85 considerably more. Its a decent lens, does the job but its hard to produce wow factor with it.

Unlike OP, I can't afford a 70-200 as of yet, but saving up to get one in the near future. Everyone says its an awesome lens, I just miss a heartbeat when I see weight: 2.3Kgs :O

OP, please keep us posted as to what you get, there's a good chance I will be following your path since I can totally relate to what you wrote.


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Aug 20, 2012 02:45 |  #43

tupper wrote in post #14864847 (external link)
Don't really need IS at that length..

Don't really need IS at any length if you have enough light. That's always a big if. You'd all say it was great if it were an option.

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Aug 20, 2012 06:02 |  #44

southwoodlaker wrote in post #14870117 (external link)
Next magical lens on the wider end for me is 35 1.4L. Just tried it on last wedding and the images are amazing. I then sold my 24-70 and 24-105.

I concur. Sold our 24-70L to get the 35L, which wife was initially hesitant about. Six months later, we've never regretted it once. The 35L has become the default lens for us.

5DII x2 | 7D | 17-40L | 35L | Σ 50 | 85L | 135L | 70-200L IS II | Fuji X100

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Aug 20, 2012 10:08 |  #45

Love my 35L but I think 70-200mm f2.8 IS II is better. When looking at 100% from 70-200mm f2.8 IS II there is so much more detail which I don't see at all from 35L. Camera 5dmk3. Hope with 35L II, canon makes it better. But then it will cost $1000 more also.

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