neimad19 wrote in post #16703123
Upgrading from crop, I'm about to pull the trigger on a 6D and want to make sure I pair it with a good lens off the bat. I've sought advice from the members here before and can't thank this community enough!
I'm an avid Landscape photographer and also shooting more and more portraits/engagements - verging on offsetting my hobby with paid shoots. During 2014 I'll be focusing on photography as a partial income.
So really, I'm looking for a good all rounder'..if only it were that simple!
Something that's sharp across the board and can be used for landscapes but would also be usefull for portrait/people applications.
My budget is around $800-1000.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
24-105 F4L would do it just fine.
Tamron 24-70 F2.8 VC is a good alternative if you need speed.
Don't fret having F1.8~2.8 on a prime. Just go for sharpness and good imaging in general. If you're getting paid, the last thing you want to do is miss a shot because focus was half-off due to too thin of a depth of field. At a lot of real gigs, you'll find you don't have time for the F1.8 stuff for a perfect shot with both eyes in focus. You'll be shooting at F4 very commonly even with a fast lens. And landscapes will be done stopped down anyways.
Depth of field can be done via distance to target if you want creative blurred backgrounds, even stopped down heavily. You don't need ultra-fast primes for this outdoors completely. They are easier for it obviously. But you can do a lot more with a lens that is not "super fast" than you think and it's cheaper to just learn how to use distance to target to generate the depth of field you want. Again, when shooting people and portraits, it's one thing to get creative with super thin depth of field, but it's another thing, getting paid, to have a single eye in focus. You'll be stopping down to F4 pretty often. So again, don't worry about having a super fast prime for this. Keeper rate, when getting paid, is more important than a busted shoot. You won't know until you get home that one eye is out of focus or a person is out of focus in a group, etc.