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Managing My Lens Lineup (HELP)

 
TheToad
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Dec 19, 2012 19:32 |  #1

Hi all,

I'm trying to build the "ultimate" 4-5 lens lineup. I like my current lenses, but I think changing things up would serve me better in the long run. About 50% of what I shoot is indoors under poor lighting conditions. I rarely use my 70-200 indoors (see my lens lineup in my signature), although I'm not really sure why. I shoot mainly events, portraits and some travel, so I really need to have a bit of versatility in my lineup. I want to be able to manage this without going broke:) Below is what I'm thinking, as I try to stay as close to zero cash outflow as possible. I haven't figured it out yet so any input would be greatly appreciated.

Selling/sold 5d ii for $1200 - Bought 6d for 1890 = -690
I like the 6ds IQ and amazing low-light ability

Selling my 100mm for $800 (estimate) - bought 135 for $810 = -10 (-700)
Gives me more reach and low light capability

Poss. sell 70-200 2.8 for $1800 (est.) - buy 70-200 f4 for $1100 = +700 (0)
This one is killing me. I've used the f4 before and love its size & weight

Poss. sell 35 1.4 for $1200 (est.) - buy 24 1.4 for $1500 = -300 (-300)
Sometimes find the 35 isn't wide enough although I love this lens

Poss. sell 24-105 for $750 (est.) - buy ???
Do I want ultra-wide or a good walkaround lens?

Thanks again for any and all feedback!


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Dec 19, 2012 19:38 |  #2
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First of all 6D really?

Sure 135L gives you more reach over 100L, but you have 70-200mkII already....with the high ISO capability of 6D, I'd prefer versatility over that measly one stop diff.

If you are selling 24-105, I'd replace it with the Tamron 24-70 VC.


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Dec 19, 2012 19:44 |  #3

Thanks for the feedback! I really hadn't considered the Tamron 24-70 but I'll give it a look.


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Dec 20, 2012 01:23 |  #4

Why did you do the 5D2->6D.. The 6D isn't $690 better and you could have spent that money on lenses. Unless you really wanted the GPS/Wifi. Just my opinion, whatever works.

If you have a 70-200 f/2.8 already I don't see a point of a 135mm. You just won't use the 135mm as you will always take the 70-200. I would sell the 70-200 and get yourself some more primes like a 85 1.8 or a 50 1.4 or a 24mm. I think a 24, 50, 135 is a good lineup. I don't think the 35mm is going to sell for $1200 since the Sigma beats the 35L in every regard for a super cheap price new.


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Dec 20, 2012 01:25 |  #5

You can get a used 70-200 f/4 IS for under $900. I bought mine for 850.


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Dec 20, 2012 02:54 |  #6

I do most of my work at church events...frequently without flash. Throw in occassional city-scape/walk around and pictures of trains (my other hobby), and I think I've come up with a good lens lineup that seems like it would be a reasonably close fit for your needs:

16-35 f2.8L ii for those times I need wide(r) angle indoors
24-105 f4L for most of my work, indoors and out.
80-200 f2.8L (70-200 forerunner-aka magic black pipe) outdoors mostly
85 f1.8 when I want that focal length - non L IQ is immediately recognizable
135 f2L For drop-dead sharpness, near zero depth of field, wide open.
200 f2.8L ii When I want more reach than the 135 and want prime lens IQ.

Most of the time, I use the 24-150, with the 16-35 coming in at 2nd place. Then the 135. Everything else is in the not so often range.

Why the used black pipe? $750 cost (used, mint condition, ebay, a year ago) vs $1400-2400 for the f2.8 70-200, which is white, rather than black, and not significantly better IQ on the white ones compared to the 80-200. For a not-too-often mounted lens, $750 is a great price.

The 200 is my other ebay used lens purchase, mint condition, $685 about a year ago. Again, a not-too-often lens at a great price.

And the 85 f1.8? I couldn't justify the cost of the 1.2L. The 1.8 is still quite sharp, but not quite L sharp.

I'm toying with either a 24 or 35 L, but really don't have any apparent need for either as it would be too time consuming to get over to my bag, swap lenses and get back for the picture. So much of 'the shot' opportunities are best caught having a readily handy and mounted zoom.

I had all these on my 60D. A month ago, I upgraded to a 5D3. The focusing, low light and IQ improvements were very noticably improved.

Forgot to mention...had the 24-70 2.8L mark i for a couple months this past spring. I found it too heavy and without IS, not what I wanted to drag around. So I kept my 24-105 and with the IS, routinely get good results wide open, 1/30 and sometimes slower, hand held.


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Dec 20, 2012 10:02 as a reply to  @ bratkinson's post |  #7

Get and start using a second camera!

I have a plethora of lenses but, could shoot 90% of my imagery with the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses on a pair of crop cameras!


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Dec 20, 2012 10:53 |  #8

How about one FF and one crop body, along with 16/17-xx, 24-xx and 70-200, you have most of the range covered.


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Jason401
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Dec 20, 2012 10:56 |  #9

SiaoP wrote in post #15388417 (external link)
Why did you do the 5D2->6D.. The 6D isn't $690 better and you could have spent that money on lenses. Unless you really wanted the GPS/Wifi. Just my opinion, whatever works.

If you have a 70-200 f/2.8 already I don't see a point of a 135mm. You just won't use the 135mm as you will always take the 70-200. I would sell the 70-200 and get yourself some more primes like a 85 1.8 or a 50 1.4 or a 24mm. I think a 24, 50, 135 is a good lineup. I don't think the 35mm is going to sell for $1200 since the Sigma beats the 35L in every regard for a super cheap price new.


Maybe for you it isn't, for some it will be more than worth it. AF in low light and high ISO is very important for some people.

Sell the 24-104, 35, and 100 and buy the 24L, and the Sigma 35. This way you still have a 35 which you love, but will also have the wider 24 that you want.

Or get a 24-70 zoom. I'm partial to primes but some of the zooms are very nice.

I wouldn't sell the 70-200 2.8 or the 135L. Two different lenses.




  
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