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Jul 27, 2014 13:33 |  #1

Hello all. I am new to this forum and this is also my first photo forum. I am getting back into photography and moving up into the digital age. I just picked up a Canon 60D..i wanted a little better camera but for the price i got the body i could not turn it down. Also i wanted a second body so once i get a new body this fall this should work as a good second. Right now the only lenses i have are the 50mm f/1.8 II and a EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III. I will be shooting portrait and landscape type shots mostly. What lenses would be a good choice for those 2 types of shots. Right now i am looking at maybe getting the EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS and a 17-40mm f4 L but wanted to get more opinions about those lenses or lenses that would be better. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks




  
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Jul 27, 2014 17:05 |  #2

punkindrublic wrote in post #17059470 (external link)
Hello all. I am new to this forum and this is also my first photo forum. I am getting back into photography and moving up into the digital age. I just picked up a Canon 60D..i wanted a little better camera but for the price i got the body i could not turn it down. Also i wanted a second body so once i get a new body this fall this should work as a good second. Right now the only lenses i have are the 50mm f/1.8 II and a EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III. I will be shooting portrait and landscape type shots mostly. What lenses would be a good choice for those 2 types of shots. Right now i am looking at maybe getting the EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS and a 17-40mm f4 L but wanted to get more opinions about those lenses or lenses that would be better. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks

The 17-40 is a nice landscape lens on a crop body, and the price is right. You don't see quite as much of the edge softness as you do on a full frame, and the subject area is quite nice. I bought one while I still had my T1i, and I got some good shots with it. This was taken with that combo:


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Jul 27, 2014 21:03 |  #3

I'd skip the 17-40mm f4L and go with one of the 17-5Xmm f2.8's if you like that range (canon, sigma or tamron) unless you know your next body will be a full frame body.

If your next body wont be a fullbrame and you need something wider then 17mm (17mm isn't as wide on a "crop" camera as you might be used to if you're coming from 35mm film) then look into one of the 10-XXmm lenses.




  
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Jul 28, 2014 01:40 |  #4

I just got a 15-85 and I'm really liking it. The only real drawback is it's a bit "slow," but you don't really need a small aperture lens for landscape. I haven't done any portraits but I'm sure it'd be fine with sufficient light.


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Jul 28, 2014 01:50 |  #5

LudaChris wrote in post #17060664 (external link)
I just got a 15-85 and I'm really liking it. The only real drawback is it's a bit "slow," but you don't really need a small aperture lens for landscape. I haven't done any portraits but I'm sure it'd be fine with sufficient light.

My 15-85 is my best/favorite landscape lens. And, while slow, it had great IS for walk-around use. Very versatile lens.


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Aug 01, 2014 12:47 |  #6

one of the 17-50/55 2.8 zooms or maybe the Canon 15-85 and a wide aperture prime like the Sigma 30mm 1.4
But if you need longer focal lengths ditch the 75-300 and get something like the 55-250IS /STM




  
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Aug 01, 2014 17:39 |  #7

A couple of years ago, I started out with the 60D and a 15-85 lens. I was very satisfied with that combo but did need to add a longer focal lens for shooting wildlife. I ended up saving up for and purchasing a 70-300L. It is such a nice lens..... well worth the price, for me at least.

A much less expensive alternative, as was mentioned above, would be the 55-250 STM. My wife uses one on her SL1 and gets very nice wildlife photographs.


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Aug 02, 2014 08:30 |  #8

I think that Canon's 18-135mm is very versatile. That's my general walk around lens.




  
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Aug 02, 2014 08:34 |  #9

EF-S 17-55 2.8.


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Aug 02, 2014 12:59 |  #10

You're talking about a new body, that is important in choosing lenses!

You are right now using "bottom-of-the-line" lenses, prepare to spend some money for the best gear!!


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Aug 05, 2014 03:13 as a reply to  @ tonylong's post |  #11

You mentioned that you want to buy a 'better' body. If you are thinking about full frame then you need to know that the 15-85 is a EFS lens made for crop sensors. You might want to look at lenses that can be used on both formats.

That said: I love the 15-85 on my 60D for a travel and general walk around lens. It is reasonably good for landscape, but by no means perfect for portraits (not fast enough). If I would have a redo, I probably would go for the 24-70 mm.

For your budget consideration you also want to look at tripods for landscapes and portraits. Besides the lenses this is quite some investment as well.


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Aug 05, 2014 07:25 |  #12

Unless you're thinking of going to a fullframe camera, stick with the 60d a while and invest in some nice glass rather than a new body.

If you want to go with a zoom, the tamron 17-50 2.8 non VC is very sharp or if you need a bit more length you could go with the tamron 28-75 2.8. You could also go with a set of primes. Start with the 50 1.8, then go to 28 or 85, whichever you find yourself needing more.




  
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Aug 07, 2014 07:37 |  #13

punkindrublic wrote in post #17059470 (external link)
.....Right now the only lenses i have are the 50mm f/1.8 II and a EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III.


Sell that 75-300 (it's NOT a very good lens, been there and done that) and use the money toward something better. The 70-200 f4 is a great lens, you won't be disappointed with it. Even a 55-250 is a vast improvement over the 75-300, and can be found used for not much more than you could sell that 75-300 for on ebay.

As for a shorter lens, I'm very happy with my Sigma 17-50 f2.8 OS. As others have pointed out, that would be a good choice if you're going to stick with crop bodies, but not if you plan on getting a full-frame.




  
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Aug 07, 2014 10:41 |  #14

17-40mm on a crop? Why not get the much cheaper 18-55mm STM instead? Check or this comparison:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=0​&APIComp=1 (external link)

And while not quite as sharp as the 70-200mm f/4 IS, the 55-250mm STM is also much cheaper. Another comparison:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=4​&APIComp=1 (external link)




  
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