I have another line of enquiry on another forum which is trying to decide whether to go FF or not, and if so whether it is the Nikon D800 or the 5D mk3 or the 6D. I still haven't decided - I sway between each camera on a daily basis!
However, if I stick with Canon and do go FF, here is my proposed line lens up and the reasons why.
- Budget is reasonably secondary, though I tend to be a 2nd tier type of guy in terms of bang per buck.
- Weight is important to me, I don't want to lug huge long, heavy lenses about on holiday. So 70-200 f2.8 zooms and 300+ telephotos are out.
- What really floats my boat is portraiture and people shots. And what really, really floats my boat is shallow DOF, great bokeh and tack sharp subjects which pop in an almost 3D way.
My Flickr favourites gallery sort of shows these preferences.
So to the lenses:
- 24-105 f4. Walkaround lens. Reasonably light, great value for money when sold as a kit lens. Good focal range. Perfect for holidays.
- 85 f1.8. Already have this lens. Should be a great indoor portrait lens. Will probably upgrade to a Sigma 1.4 or a Canon 1.2L in the future.
- 200 f2.8. Tough call between this and the 70-200 f4. I don't do a lot of long telephoto stuff, nor sports stuff but it comes in handy occasionally. But what swings it is that I ran Exposure Plot on the 2014 keepers on my hard drive and for those in the 55-250 range, a significant majority were at 250 - indicating that I needed max zoom and probably more. In addition, I think the 200 would make for an excellent discreet portrait lens for outdoors, with better DOF/Bokeh than the f4 zoom at 200. Also the increased compression will give more creative portrait options in addition to the 85mm.
That's it. I have decided I don't do enough UWA to justify a specific lens. I may in future add a 35mm 1.4 for group portraits indoors.
What do you reckon?