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Next lens will be an L prime: which one?

 
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Sep 14, 2013 20:12 |  #1

I shoot mostly people and then just general travel/ vacation type photography. So I use a lot of focal lengths, but I find I'm generally in the 35-50, 70-100, and 150-200 range. But the 150-200 range is mostly so I can get tight head and shoulder shots with shallow DOF on my 70-200 f4. If I had a faster prime in the portrait range (such as 85 or 135), I suspect I'd use that more than relying on the 150-200 range.

In terms of zooms, I'm very happy with the 24-105 and 70-200 I have. I find f4 to be enough thanks to the higher ISO capabilities of my 6D, and I use the longer end of my 70-200 if I want shallow DOF.

That being said, I love the type of shots and IQ I see from any of the L primes I see sampled here. So eventually I'd like to add one to my collection, but just one. I don't think my budget or sensibilities will allow for more :D.

So which of the L primes would I be happiest with, and offer good versatility while fitting my shooting style?

I have considered saving up for the 24-70 f2.8, but I am leaning against it as I generally do not need that extra stop of light, and it's missing that 70-100 range I love shooting in. But if there is a strong argument in support of the terrific 24-70, I'm open to reading those as well...




  
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Sep 14, 2013 21:05 |  #2

In your case I would go with 135mm f2


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Sep 14, 2013 21:10 |  #3

minh2pac wrote in post #16296909 (external link)
In your case I would go with 135mm f2

Seems like it may be a bit too tight indoors, no?




  
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Sep 14, 2013 21:14 as a reply to  @ The Dark Knight's post |  #4

100mm 2.8L IS?


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Sep 14, 2013 21:15 |  #5

85 F1.2 L


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Sep 14, 2013 21:23 |  #6
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Spend some time looking through the EF 24mm f/1.4L II sample site. I really want that lens. Three stops faster than your 24-105, boatloads sharper and almost no distortion. You know you want a WIDE lens.


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Sep 14, 2013 21:37 |  #7
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Ummm...I don't think it is the L lens you admire...but the photographer using that L lens. Don't get caught up in the "if I use the same lens as that photog, I can get fantastic images like he does" syndrome. You do not need expensive L gear to get great images...that just comes with experience, not with equipment.




  
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Sep 14, 2013 22:18 |  #8
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Hogloff wrote in post #16296979 (external link)
Ummm...I don't think it is the L lens you admire...but the photographer using that L lens. Don't get caught up in the "if I use the same lens as that photog, I can get fantastic images like he does" syndrome. You do not need expensive L gear to get great images...that just comes with experience, not with equipment.

Absolutely correct. I have had some really good equipment. I sold it primarily because it was better than I was ever going to be. Now I bask in mediocrity, but I am not driving myself nuts chasing equipment when I know the biggest problem is my ability.


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Sep 14, 2013 22:40 |  #9

85 1.2


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Sep 14, 2013 23:05 |  #10

Hogloff wrote in post #16296979 (external link)
Ummm...I don't think it is the L lens you admire...but the photographer using that L lens. Don't get caught up in the "if I use the same lens as that photog, I can get fantastic images like he does" syndrome. You do not need expensive L gear to get great images...that just comes with experience, not with equipment.

Good point. 85mm 1.8 is a great lens and should be sufficient for my needs.




  
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Sep 14, 2013 23:28 |  #11

For what it's worth, the 85 1.8 is my favourite lens. It focuses so quickly and precisely, and produces really njce bokeh. It's also very sharp when stopped down to 2.8, but isn't really soft at 1.8. The only problem with it is the purple fringing wide open, but that can be easily fixed.


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Sep 15, 2013 06:09 |  #12

Wish Canon would come out with a 85mm 1.4 L.


Sold my first DSLR & lens = 6D (24-105L) & (40)
Now what prime should i get with the 7d mark ii?...

  
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Sep 15, 2013 06:36 |  #13

wisdom2thewise wrote in post #16297576 (external link)
Wish Canon would come out with a 85mm 1.4 L.

In some ways they have. FF sensors can't harvest all the light from the 85/1.2 so the body firmware raises the Iso to "simulate" exposure at f/1.2......f/1.4 is about where it's at for exposure.

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Sep 15, 2013 11:54 |  #14

By what you're saying it sounds like you'd be happiest with an 85mm. I'm personally saving for a 135mm, I always used to think that'd be too tight for me, but after getting a cheap vintage 135mm I realized how much I love shooting at that FL :)


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Sep 16, 2013 10:52 |  #15

Get the best lens for your needs. If it's an L lens, fine. If it isn't, that's ok too. I would suugest the outstanding 135mm f2. If that focal length is too long, or if it's too expensive, the 100mm f/2 is a great lens for portraits, indoor sports and other applications as well.




  
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