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Non L lenses that won't disappoint?

 
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Dec 11, 2013 23:19 |  #1

Looking for suggestions of "non" L lenses that are very capable and won't disappoint. I ask because I own the 50L, 135L, and 400L. I have owned or used the 35L, 16-35L, 17-40L, 300 f4L, and the 70-200 2.8 L. The only non L lenses I have used that I liked are the 50 1.4 and 85 1.8. I'm not looking for a lens for anything specific, just have an itch for a lens and not wanting to shell out for an L. Any suggestions? Prime are my preference but willing to try a zoom. I shoot 5 D classic. I get that most any lens can take good pics in capable hands but looking for something that is consistent. Only deal breaker would be a lens without constant f/stop.


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Dec 11, 2013 23:22 |  #2

What do you shoot, or what would this lens be used for?


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Dec 11, 2013 23:35 |  #3

EF 100mm f/2.8 macro




  
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Dec 11, 2013 23:46 |  #4

You already have 85 1.8, which I like as well. Given a choice, I still prefer 85 1.2 II :)

For crop body, 17-55 is close to L lens, although its price is also close to :)

L is L. Money talks, for sure.


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Dec 11, 2013 23:51 |  #5

PATMAHONEY wrote in post #16520743 (external link)
EF 100mm f/2.8 macro

That was my thought, and although OP has a 35-80 hatchet-job (i mean conversion :lol: ), the 100 would be much better for more distant macro shots


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Dec 11, 2013 23:55 as a reply to  @ l89kip's post |  #6

I second the 100mm 2.8 macro. I use it on a full frame. There might be better options, I like it obviously for macro (with a tube), but it is goof for portraits and recently I recorded a recital vide in low light with it.




  
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Dec 12, 2013 00:42 |  #7

Why do you seem stuck on Canon lenses? There's much IQ and quality to be had with other companies as well.


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Dec 12, 2013 01:22 |  #8
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Sigma 35 & 85.


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Dec 12, 2013 01:26 |  #9

28 f2.8 IS - is a bit of a sleeper. It's a joy to use and the results are superb.




  
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Dec 12, 2013 01:37 |  #10

c-bass wrote in post #16520716 (external link)
Looking for suggestions of "non" L lenses that are very capable and won't disappoint. I ask because I own the 50L, 135L, and 400L. I have owned or used the 35L, 16-35L, 17-40L, 300 f4L, and the 70-200 2.8 L. The only non L lenses I have used that I liked are the 50 1.4 and 85 1.8. I'm not looking for a lens for anything specific, just have an itch for a lens and not wanting to shell out for an L. Any suggestions? Prime are my preference but willing to try a zoom. I shoot 5 D classic. I get that most any lens can take good pics in capable hands but looking for something that is consistent. Only deal breaker would be a lens without constant f/stop.

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Samyang/Rokinon 14mm F2.8 - Fully manual, prime ultra wide angle. Go boss around some stars and milky way. Inexpensive.

EF 85mm f1.8 - You already have it. Simply one of those "must have" lenses that does close to `L quality, for a spec of the cost.

EF 35mm f2 IS - You've used the 35L, so you know the focal length and the aperture (even more there). This lens is really sharp, very consistent, great build, and really behaves like some L glass (not all L glass is equal of course). To me, it's only flaw is that it lacks weather sealing and a red-ring, otherwise, has the other properties you would expect, at least in my opinion. Great walk around lens that sort of does it all, good light, or bad light.

EF 200mm F2.8 - L quality glass, but at a cost that doesn't frighten the pockets. Kind of competes with the 135mm for length, but doesn't do the same aperture. On a full frame, looking for more reach, it's the next step. It goes for $600ish used, so it's one of those mid-tier costing lenses that happens to be L glass, and is black instead of white, so is more subtle and doesn't scream for attention if you're amongst a crowd.

EF 100mm f2.8 Macro - Serious macro, great for portraits, etc. Simply one of those lenses that does a great job for everything, has real macro ability, but also functions as a nice 100mm prime. It's a great step before going into the $1k+ arena, where the L glass is, and of course, the MP-E 65 is.
Alt: Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro
Alt: Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro

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Dec 12, 2013 02:51 |  #11

I vote for 40mm pancake! the lens is cheap and tiny, get one and play!


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Dec 12, 2013 06:11 |  #12

35mm f2 IS


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Dec 12, 2013 06:13 |  #13

100mm 2.0
100mm 2.8
60mm 2.8
24mm 2.8 IS
28mm 2.8 IS
35mm 2.0 IS




  
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Dec 12, 2013 06:31 |  #14

EF 50 f/1.8 (the original "mkI" though it is not called "mkI" officially)

EF 200 f/2.8L II USM

These lenses have never disappointed me.


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Dec 12, 2013 06:57 |  #15
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So you just want to buy a lens, any lens just to scratch the itch. It can't be an L fir some reason. You don't have any specific need to fill. I suggest then just go into the store close your eyes and point. I don't understand your reasoning here at all.




  
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