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My transition from 5 lenses to 3. My zoom vs. prime decisions are over.

 
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Jul 01, 2014 08:57 |  #421

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Do you guys think I should leave my 24-105L at home?

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16-35L for day/wide
24-105L for day, if you're being a full-on tourist, like on buses, boats, etc. IS and that range is killer on a vacation.
Σ50A for night


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Jul 01, 2014 09:56 |  #422

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I proudly have nothing new to report. :) My wallet is safe.
Although I have not tried a copy of the 16-35 IS yet, the store is about 2.5 hours one way.
My wallet is indeed very safe. Loving this warm weather and using my 100L more and more. :D
TGIF, not wait..... it's Tuesday. :(

I've been using my 100L a lot too lately and I'm also considering the 16-35 but I've always been happy with my 17-40 so no rush. I've now had the same kit for years and I have little need for anything else right now.

As to travel I love an UW zoom with a fast prime so I vote 16-35 + 50.


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Jul 01, 2014 22:12 |  #423

While my 24L and 50L are not going anywhere.
I could see how the 16-35 IS and 85L would be an amazing combo.
But I doubt it could replace the 35L/A because they have entirely different specialties.
Interesting minimalist concept though.


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Jul 01, 2014 22:24 |  #424

Good.




  
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Jul 01, 2014 22:32 |  #425

MJ23FE wrote in post #17004901 (external link)
Do you guys think I should leave my 24-105L at home?

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50
135

-Jalal

Where are you going?

I rented a 17-40L for my Vegas trip a few weeks ago and--for the most part--it was great. I didn't use it on the stripes much as I wanted to but I did take some keepers on Freemont St. And Red Rock Canyon.

But for what it is worth, I used my 135L as much as possible because I just love the IQ that much. I wouldn't go so far as saying that I wish I had rented either the Sigma 35 or 50A for the trip, but to have one as my third lens would have been about perfect.


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Jul 01, 2014 23:18 |  #426

I'm obviously late to the OP's post, but my unholy trio for 7D/70D cameras would be:
35mm f/1.4L
50mm f/1.2L
100mm f/2

This range is situated more for studio and supper club applications (for belly dancers) and is not fully general purpose. For example this lens collection offers no wide-angle capability. The 35mm offers a "normal" view at reasonable working distances for 1.6x FOVCF cameras. The 50mm is great for low-light use in clubs where there is a need for a bit more working distance; otherwise the 35mm excels. The 100mm (on 7D, 70D or similar) is a highly underrated portrait lens in the studio -- love this lens! With an equivalent focal length of 160mm, frame-filling fotos of faces and quarter to one-third body are possible. It renders extremely clean and crisp, even while not being L-grade. Whereas, the 135mm f/2L, IMHO offers too tight of a view for usual studio working distances with 1.6x cameras.


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Jul 02, 2014 08:59 |  #427

mickeyb105 wrote in post #17006442 (external link)
Where are you going?

I rented a 17-40L for my Vegas trip a few weeks ago and--for the most part--it was great. I didn't use it on the stripes much as I wanted to but I did take some keepers on Freemont St. And Red Rock Canyon.

But for what it is worth, I used my 135L as much as possible because I just love the IQ that much. I wouldn't go so far as saying that I wish I had rented either the Sigma 35 or 50A for the trip, but to have one as my third lens would have been about perfect.

I'm going to Lebanon for 23 days and Dubai for 2.

I'll be shooting mainly landscapes and people. I'm interested in using the 135L for people, but also for landscapes. On its own but also coupled with my 1.4x tc, I want to see what I can capture.

-Jalal


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Jul 02, 2014 17:15 |  #428

A guy on my neighborhood Facebook page just PMd me asking "hey man what camera and lens are you using? I want to take great pictures too, Tia."

Ugh.

My reply: You can spend all your money in professional equipment, but if you don’t have the skill to use it (including your eye - composition, how to use the gear, and how to find light) and/or you don't care to learn how to post process... it’s pretty much worthless. Likewise, even if your equipment isn’t top notch, you can still accomplish wonderful things, as long as you know what it is capable of.


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Jul 02, 2014 19:01 |  #429

Dj R wrote in post #17007987 (external link)
A guy on my neighborhood Facebook page just PMd me asking "hey man what camera and lens are you using? I want to take great pictures too, Tia."

Ugh.

My reply: You can spend all your money in professional equipment, but if you don’t have the skill to use it (including your eye - composition, how to use the gear, and how to find light) and/or you don't care to learn how to post process... it’s pretty much worthless. Likewise, even if your equipment isn’t top notch, you can still accomplish wonderful things, as long as you know what it is capable of.

I dont really care to give lectures, I just let them know my gear. I dont go out of my way to let them know that it's the processing that makes my images ;)

I've got several queries on the gear I use, and I'm an open book when it comes to that. "ask Charlie to shoot it for you, he has a really good camera".... I just roll with it, not about to get offended.


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Jul 02, 2014 20:38 |  #430

You're right. I was just in a mood.


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Jul 03, 2014 10:07 |  #431

This thread has been a good read so far. Thanks for sharing your experiences with diff combos and has given me a lot of insight into where I want to head next. If anyone is reading this and looking for a lower priced kit than most of you guys are rocking - I am very pleased with where my budget kit is now. I started out focused only on cars, but have become interested in portrait/wedding photography (and getting paid more to do it :)) Started with a Rebel XS and kit lens. Then added 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm (sold for the 70-200), then Tamron 28-75 and 70-200 f4L (non IS) and added a 7D. I got hired on for my first wedding at the beginning of this year and did some shuffling to get a more versatile and well rounded set up. Sold my Rebel XS and kit lens to a friend, sold the Tamron and 70-200 f4 on ebay. Bought the 70-200 f4L IS version, 24-105 f4L, a 5Dc body and 85 1.8. I was a little apprehensive about selling pretty much everything in my bag and starting over, but this kit worked extremely well. For the ceremony, I had the 24-105 on the 5Dc and the 70-200 on the 7D (love this combo). For portraits, used the 50 on the 5Dc and 85 on the 7D with the 24-105 mixed in a bit. So if anyone is looking for a less expensive, flexible kit, I feel like this is it. Since then I have been hired to do a few odd gigs (promo shots for a restaurant, family portraits, etc) and this kit has been great for me. Thinking of upgrading my 50 to the 1.4 version, and possibly adding a 6D to the mix (or just renting a body as needed). For family portraits, grab the primes. For motorsports, I can take the zooms and cover 24-320mm (effectively). Seems to cover all bases for now :).


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Jul 03, 2014 19:19 |  #432

^ Great to hear your story thanks for sharing and enjoy the thread.
It has made me think a lot about why I was buying certain lenses and what benefit I gained from each.
As a result I have moved entirely to primes for my personal needs and enjoy it very much.

To your suggestions I recommend 2 things:
1 Don't get the 50 f1.4 if your 50 f1.8 is taking great photos and is consistent. It's not worth it.
If you (eventually) desire L glass, I am very happy with my 50L compared to the 50 1.4 I had.
It is smoother, more contrast and much better colors even before post processing.

2 Renting a camera body, as needed, even for paid work can get expensive very quickly.
A better investment in your paid work may be buying that 6D.
It will give you excellent noise reduction at 3200+ iso, as well as great low light AF
Those benefits may not apply to your paid work though, will your paid photos actually be any better with 6D?

Only consider upgrading if there is a lack in your current gear, or a benefit of cost savings (rental)


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Jul 04, 2014 10:39 |  #433

Thanks for the advice! I am pretty happy with my 50 1.8 except for the ratchety AF but oh well. Thanks for saving me some dough :). I hear you on rentals, they can def add up quick, but I'm not needing a 6D consistently enough to warrant the purchase just yet, but it is def on my radar. So looks like that's the purchase I am headed toward next. Now wondering if I should sell the 7D to go toward the 6D purchase.


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Jul 04, 2014 18:15 |  #434

^ If you have the cash to keep the 7D, then keep it for sports or wildlife.
If you end up never using it after you get the 6D then sell it.
Or if you need to sell it to fund the 6D then that is a choice only you can make.

I wasn't really planning on getting a 6D myself, I was happy with my T4i.
But around early December last year I found a great local deal on a used 6D, almost flawless.
And at the same time a friend was talking about getting a 'nice, big camera'
2 days later I had made the switch. Zero regrets.


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Jul 07, 2014 08:49 |  #435

Nice. Yeah, I will keep the kit as is for the next little bit, but may phase out the 7D. It is great for motorsports, but I don't seem to be doing events as much as I used to and seem to be moving toward more and more portrait photography. I have a hard time holding onto the 7D as I usually don't get paid to shoot motorsports. I have considered selling the 7D for another 5Dc (would also get some cash to play with) and then eventually upgrading one or both of the bodies to 6D's. I really like the low light flexibility of the 6D but for now, it isn't completely neccesary. If I get paid for another wedding, I will probably make this move. I do, however love the IQ of the 5Dc and seems to render skin tones and colors extremely well and very naturally.


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