c-bass wrote in post #16520716
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.
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