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I am looking for an L lens, need advice.

 
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Jan 30, 2015 13:00 |  #1

I recently bought a 7D Mark2 Body.
I didn't get it with a lens because i already had a few from my T2i.

But now I feel like I am not doing this body justice using my standard lens and I want to get a nice all around L lens.

I am just an amateur and I take pictures of everything from my kids to pets to just whatever. But I think i would get much better pictures with a better lens of course.

So what is a good L ens to just want around with? and at the same time take pictures of my sons band when they play Usually very low light places.

you can see from my Signature what lens I already have.

Please any advice would be great, Thank you very much.

Dean.


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Jan 30, 2015 13:07 |  #2

Prime: Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4 or Canon 35mm L f/1.4
Zoom: Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC or Canon 24-70mm L Version 2 f/2.8


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Jan 30, 2015 13:09 |  #3

Canon 24-105 f4 L, although i dont have one, would be a great option for an all around lens. Its gotten great reviews when comparing picture quality to price. But if you want a low light zoom, i cant think of any other L lens than the 24-70 2.8 L, the 1st version.

My recommendations are more based on a lower price range, of course there are better options that are more expensive. You have the Tamron 17-50 2.8, is that lens not that good?


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Jan 30, 2015 13:10 as a reply to  @ Tigerkn's post |  #4

Seems like overkill....30mm Art from Sigma if you want to see if you are happy with their lenses. Otherwise the Canon 35mm F2 IS is a good option from Canon.

Lastly for a zoom neither of those beat the 17-55mm F2.8. I know it's not an L but what the OP is really looking for it a high end lens which the 17-55mm is optically.


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Jan 30, 2015 13:10 |  #5

budget?

or do you have to first wait to see if your Chicago mail order was accepted? :-P


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Jan 30, 2015 13:12 |  #6

CoRNDoG R6 wrote in post #17407384 (external link)
Canon 24-105 f4 L, although i dont have one, would be a great option for an all around lens. Its gotten great reviews when comparing picture quality to price. But if you want a low light zoom, i cant think of any other L lens than the 24-70 2.8 L, the 1st version.

My recommendations on more based on a lower price range, of course there are better options that are more expensive. You have the Tamron 17-50 2.8, is that lens not that good?

Good point Corndog. Tamron 17-50 should be awesome.

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Jan 30, 2015 13:17 |  #7

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #17407387 (external link)
budget?

or do you have to first wait to see if your Chicago mail order was accepted? :-P


Nice,

no i didn't put in for dead tickets, just too much money.

My budget like anybody would be as cheap as possible. Under a $1000


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Jan 30, 2015 13:18 |  #8

OP already has the Tammy 17-50 2.8... :D... My recommendation is Tammy 28-70 2.8 which can be had for less than $300 used. Excellent lens and picture quality is awesome too.




  
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Jan 30, 2015 13:25 |  #9

EF 24-105mm f/4L or the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8, really nices lenses and both are under a grand...............


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Jan 30, 2015 13:37 |  #10

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Nice,

no i didn't put in for dead tickets, just too much money.

My budget like anybody would be as cheap as possible. Under a $1000

yup, i was not at all interested in the shows.

the sigma "Art" lenses offer all of the image quality of Canon L, but cheaper. All of them are under a thousand bucks. They even have a fast zoom, i think it is a 16-35 for APS-C (crop cameras like yours).

The Canon 85mm 1.8 is a great lens for the money. I use it often for concert photography. Other than that, you might want to sell off the 17-50 or 70-300 for a Canon 17-55 or 70-200 f/4 IS. I owned the tamron 17-50 and liked it, but it was a dog for focusing in low light. The canon 24-105 is a good lens, but not really a huge upgrade, IMO.

FWIW the mods will probably move this thread to the Canon lens forum.


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Jan 30, 2015 13:59 |  #11
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Ok, I guess I'll be the odd-man-out.

Don't be trapped by the L-lens mythology. Sure, some of them are better at some things. A blanket statement like "L-lenses are better." is just wrong. Ask 'better at what?'

The 18-55 IS II is a nice lens, if you are shooting at f/5.6 and smaller. The 17-55 & 15-85 are premium efs lenses. The 17-40 and 24-70s are L-variants in similar focal ranges. Interested in bang for your buck? Keep the 18-55 II. Interested in wider aperture? Get the 17-55. There really is no reason to spend L-lens money to shoot a crop camera at f/8.

Instead of the "L is better" thought process, decide what it is you want to do, then get the best lens for that purpose. If you decide you need a wide-aperture zoom in some focal length range, get the best lens you can afford that covers your need. If you really only need one lens with a huge aperture for portrait work, you'd be hard pressed to do better than the 50 1.4. It is not L, and it only costs $300 used, but it does what it does very well.

Of course, if you decide that what you want is the best mid-range zoom money can buy, feel free to shell out $2,000+ for the 24-70 f/2.8L II. Lots of folks have it and love it.

Decide what you want/need to do BEFORE deciding which lens to buy. You'll save truck-load of money that way.


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Jan 30, 2015 17:05 |  #12

I can't prove it but I feel good cameras deserve really good lenses to get the most out of the camera. Canon 24-105 is a great walk around lens. It can currently be purchased for $650 US. Any of the fast lenses previously mentioned that are f/2 or faster for low light situations. Experience with your 50mm f/1.8 is a good guide as to what focal length you need. The Sigma Art 30mm F1.4 DC HSM is about $500 US.

I use my 24-105 inside and out, family and events, bright light and low light. It would be a good bridge between your Tamron SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR and Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.

In case you haven't discovered it yet, Auto ISO on the 7D Mark II is extremely useful for varying light conditions. I hope you are shooting in RAW. Shooting and editing RAW images will take your photos to a new level.


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Jan 30, 2015 17:56 |  #13

For a crop sensor, I have happily used these lenses and they are great:

Canon 15-85mm
Canon 85mm
Sigma 30mm Art

These are all very good quality lenses in terms of IQ and build quality. The Sigma comes close to my 17-40L with regards to colors and saturation, the Canons are more toned down.

The 50mm f1.8 is nice, but im not too pleased about its build quality. The 17-40 is great on full frame but doesn't shine on a crop sensor.

Then there are a few lenses Ive heard good things about; the Sigma Art 18-35 f1.8 is the first that comes to mind. The Canon L 70-200 lenses are all great options if you need tele.

I dont personally like the 24-xx options on crop. I love wide angle so I would be missing those.


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Jan 30, 2015 18:20 |  #14

If I were to buy a crop camera, the first lens I'd get on it is the Sigma 18-35 1.8.


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Jan 30, 2015 18:23 as a reply to  @ DoughnutPhoto's post |  #15

Canon 17-55 f2.8 or the sigma 18-35 f1.8 for a standard range zoom. the full frame 24-xx L's zooms are not really wide enough and the 24-105 could not really be considered "low-light".
For a longer zoom the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 would be the best bang for buck.

Other than that it would have to be primes, and that really is personal preference (however if the OP has the 50 1.8, the F1.4 version might be a logical step up.)




  
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