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May 11, 2013 09:25 |  #1

Hi guys

I am building my equippement since a few months, and i wanted to know what you think is right or not with my equippement.

I mostly do street photography, portraits and makro/landscape (nature)

These are my bodies:

EOS 6D
EOS 650D

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EF 40mm 2.8 Pancake
Sigma 24-70mm 2.8
EF 135mm 2.0

Sigma 8-16mm 4.5-5.6
EF-S 18-135mm 3.5-5.6

For landscape i can use my cropped with 8-16mm
For videos which i shot sometimes i use the EF-S
For street i could either use my 6D with the 135mm or the 40mm Pancake, while i could use the 40mm also on the 650D which is also a nice option. Same for travels...

What do you think could be better or else in my cam/lens lineup?


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May 11, 2013 09:33 |  #2

Why don't you tell us what you cannot do now with your equipment? Might lead us all in the right direction. Gene


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May 11, 2013 09:36 |  #3

gasrocks wrote in post #15921160 (external link)
Why don't you tell us what you cannot do now with your equipment? Might lead us all in the right direction. Gene

Im pretty happy with that lineup, but mostly i think, do i need a fifty nifty? I mean i already have the shorty forty so does 10mm makes a big difference when it comes to street?

Also the 50mm's are faster than my 40mm so i could use it also for pretty bad light situations..

Whatd you thing?


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May 11, 2013 09:46 |  #4

I would at the 50 f1.8. At under $100, it's a great lens, and gives you a great shallow DOF for both portraits and video work.


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May 11, 2013 09:48 |  #5

You have two relatively new canon bodies... May I ask why you own both? Is it for backup purposes, or is one of them offering you something the other one isn't?

Your kit will work nicely for what you state, but why use two "separate" systems? A crop lens (such as the 8-16) will limit you on using the 6D. That means if you - for example - go out for a weekend to a photogenic place where you'd like to shoot wide angle, you need to bring both bodies to get the most out of your full frame lenses.

I was faced with a similar dilemma when I had a great crop kit but wanted full frame for portraits. Eventually I migrated my whole lens line-up to FF only lenses, and now my 40D still serves for tele and macro, but I don't have any lenses that won't work on my 5D.

It's not a recommendation, but I'd look hard at what's practical to bring all at once, and change your kit based on that.
IMO the 8-16 and 18-135 could be better off replaced with something like a 14mm prime or 17-40mm (although the 18-135 is cheap and a nice backup if you'd bring only the 650D).


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May 11, 2013 09:48 |  #6

biggpopa wrote in post #15921201 (external link)
I would at the 50 f1.8. At under $100, it's a great lens, and gives you a great shallow DOF for both portraits and video work.

Hmm k but if i go with a 50mm id rather take the 1.4. Build quality is much better and the price is even cheap, for my thoughts...


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May 11, 2013 09:59 |  #7

TweakMDS wrote in post #15921212 (external link)
You have two relatively new canon bodies... May I ask why you own both? Is it for backup purposes, or is one of them offering you something the other one isn't?

Your kit will work nicely for what you state, but why use two "separate" systems? A crop lens (such as the 8-16) will limit you on using the 6D. That means if you - for example - go out for a weekend to a photogenic place where you'd like to shoot wide angle, you need to bring both bodies to get the most out of your full frame lenses.

I was faced with a similar dilemma when I had a great crop kit but wanted full frame for portraits. Eventually I migrated my whole lens line-up to FF only lenses, and now my 40D still serves for tele and macro, but I don't have any lenses that won't work on my 5D.

It's not a recommendation, but I'd look hard at what's practical to bring all at once, and change your kit based on that.
IMO the 8-16 and 18-135 could be better off replaced with something like a 14mm prime or 17-40mm (although the 18-135 is cheap and a nice backup if you'd bring only the 650D).

Nice point. So i first had the 650d, which i really enjoyed but sometimes i thought to go more pro with a fullframe, especially for street (sometimes low light) and for portraits.
So i came up with the 6d. They are indeed for different purposes. While i can use the 650d with the 135mm also i have a tele. While i also can use it as a walkaround lens on my 6d (i somehow like it for street also, its not too long for me). Also i can vary with the 40mm which makes a good focal length on the crop for a walkaround and also on my 6d.

I mostly use the 650d for videos or landscape. And if i pack my bag with that..

650d with 40mm on it
6d with 135mm on it
seperately the 8-16 if i go for landscape

...i can use the 650d for wider shots with the 40mm when the 135mm is atached to the 6d. Also its then pretty light so i can leave it in bag as i dont need it and its fast on my hands if needed. In addition i have the 6d always on my neck so this works for me most of the times.

I just wanted to know it this makes any sense when carrying another 24-70 for my 6d?

Sry didnt answered everything: Why do you think the 8-16 is not so good for me? And the 18-135 is more used for videos as i have good quality, the STM which works great with the 650d and the focal length also makes everything i really need for videos... So i will keep the 18-135 anyway but now u make me think of the 8-16mm :S


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May 11, 2013 10:46 |  #8

Personally, though the EF 50/1.8 may be bang for the buck, I found it to be so soft wide open as to be totally useess. Bad bokeh as well. Skip it.


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May 11, 2013 11:29 |  #9

gasrocks wrote in post #15921372 (external link)
Personally, though the EF 50/1.8 may be bang for the buck, I found it to be so soft wide open as to be totally useess. Bad bokeh as well. Skip it.

Yeah, the nifty-fifty is a great value considering what you pay for it but it is not a great lens. If it is all you can afford than it is worth having in your bag but if you can afford something better almost every other 50mm lens out there is going to be better.




  
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May 11, 2013 12:16 as a reply to  @ dalto's post |  #10

So first, if i would take a 50mm i will stick to the 50mm 1.4. The 1.2 is even nice but is too expensive for what you get in comparison with the 1.4.

However, the question was not to which 50mm should i buy, more, shoud i buy a 50mm, or is it worth to buy a 50mm with my current lenses?


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May 11, 2013 12:22 |  #11

I see that you mentioned Macro but you don't have a Macro Lens .

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May 11, 2013 12:24 |  #12

dpds68 wrote in post #15921574 (external link)
I see that you mentioned Macro but you don't have a Macro Lens .

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Jupp, but i use my 135mm for macro and its working pretty well :)


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May 11, 2013 12:29 |  #13

If it was me, I probably would not add a 50mm if you were happy with your 40mm macro. The extra 10mm isn't going to buy you much so unless your typical shooting style would be helpful by the wider aperture you are not going to be getting much.

It sounds like you are pretty happy with what you have. Do you really need to add anything else?

That being said, you don't really have anything telephoto. How about a telephoto zoom like the tamrom 70-300 VC USD?




  
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May 11, 2013 12:35 |  #14

+1 on the nicer bokeh of the 1.4. Well worth the couple of extra hundreds.


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May 11, 2013 12:39 |  #15

i would start tailoring your needs around only using the 6D...maybe keep the 650D, and 18-135IS for a backup, small travel combo...

but i'd swap the 8-16mm for sigmas 12-24mm II...i don't shoot street, but i'd think something like the sigma 35mm f1.4 would be better for that than the 40mm

i don't view it as a difference in focal length...you're gaining 2 stops...the 40mm isn't any faster than your zoom


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