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What Would Be The First L "Prime" Lens You Would Add?

 
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Mar 15, 2015 17:57 |  #1

I shoot with the 5D MK III and have the following lenses:

EF 50 "Nifty Fifty" F/1.8 II
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EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM
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If I were to add my first L prime, what would be the one to choose? EF 35, EF 50, EF 135, etc.?




  
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Mar 15, 2015 18:06 |  #2

Heya,

Depends on what you shoot entirely. If you want to hear which lens to "collect" next, that's different, and anyone who has a favorite will likely spout it's name.

Right now, you have all the main focal ranges covered nicely.

The question is, what focal range do you want/need F1.4 or F2 in? And for what purpose?

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I wouldn't add any L-primes. I use the 14 2.8, 15FE, 28 1.8, 35IS, 50 1.4 and 100 2. Not an L in sight. But that is me.


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Mar 15, 2015 18:18 |  #4

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Heya,

Depends on what you shoot entirely. If you want to hear which lens to "collect" next, that's different, and anyone who has a favorite will likely spout it's name.

Right now, you have all the main focal ranges covered nicely.

The question is, what focal range do you want/need F1.4 or F2 in? And for what purpose?

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Exactly as my first choice for a L Prime would be the 600 f/4. Although I would want to add the 1.4 Extender III with it. I would prefer the extender over the 800mm. But that is to suit what I take photos of. Especially as you (the OP) have 16 to 200mm already taken care of with some quite nice zoom lenses.

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Mar 15, 2015 18:25 |  #5

Just like Big Al said in the previous post, the first L prime I would add would be a 600 f4 with IS. Version 1 or version 2 would depend on how much cash I had at the time I was making the purchase.


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Mar 15, 2015 18:26 |  #6

Thanks. You are right, I should have said that the lens would most likely be for interior architecture and/or portrait/family shots.




  
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Mar 15, 2015 19:07 |  #7

Roxie2401 wrote in post #17476473 (external link)
Thanks. You are right, I should have said that the lens would most likely be for interior architecture and/or portrait/family shots.

Interior architecture and portraits are kind of mutually exclusive. For portraits 85 f/1.2, for interior architecture you might look at a 35 f/2 IS. Not an L lens, but is stunningly fast for architecture thanks to the fast aperture and 4 stop IS, however if tripods are possible, then I'd be looking at TS-E 24mm. It's much slower and tilt and shift really begs for a tripod, but if you're able to use one, the world is your oyster.




  
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Mar 15, 2015 19:07 |  #8

With that being said I'd say 24L.


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vengence wrote in post #17476513 (external link)
Interior architecture and portraits are kind of mutually exclusive. For portraits 85 f/1.2, for interior architecture you might look at a 35 f/2 IS. Not an L lens, but is stunningly fast for architecture thanks to the fast aperture and 4 stop IS, however if tripods are possible, then I'd be looking at TS-E 24mm. It's much slower and tilt and shift really begs for a tripod, but if you're able to use one, the world is your oyster.

The 35 f/2 with IS looks really good. I wonder how it compares to my existing 16-35 with IS; a lot faster, f/2 vs. f/4.




  
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FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #17476515 (external link)
With that being said I'd say 24L.

If I ever buy an L-prime, this would be it. Well, 24L II.


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Mar 15, 2015 19:19 |  #11

Roxie2401 wrote in post #17476522 (external link)
The 35 f/2 with IS looks really good. I wonder how it compares to my existing 16-35 with IS; a lot faster, f/2 vs. f/4.

It's a really nice lens. Can't make that comparison for you, but it's a gem.


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Mar 15, 2015 19:21 |  #12

Roxie2401 wrote in post #17476473 (external link)
Thanks. You are right, I should have said that the lens would most likely be for interior architecture and/or portrait/family shots.

Heya,

You just described two very different focal lengths. Interior architecture? You can't do much with 50mm or 85mm or longer. And even 35mm is not wide enough generally for a lot of it. Going really wide results in really odd distortion that shows things bigger than they are (around 20mm is fine, wider and it really just gets "out of control" big looking). If you want that, by all means, go for it. But you have that in the 16-35 covered. There's no prime need for interior architecture, you already have the lens for that in the 16-35.

For portrait, you have a 50 F1.8 and the 70-200 F2.8. I'm confused how you need something more? If you want to do a group or family shot, and you want wide, you're not going to do that at F1.4 anyways, you'll want to stop down to get all their eyes in focus as they group up, so F4 is likely, and... you have a 35 F4L IS in your 16-35.

So I really don't see why prime you could add that is reasonable for what you said you want to do, as you already have it covered quite handily.

That said, I would venture to replace that 50 F1.8 II with something better made. Like a Sigma 50 ART.

If you really, really, want to go wide and fast, the Sigma 35 ART comes to mind for portraits where you've really lined them up and you know you can use F1.4 with multiple people in a group, well posed and placed to ensure all are in focus in depth of field.

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Mar 15, 2015 21:59 |  #13

OP has a nice lens lineup, but Mal is right--interior work and portraits can be very different.

Maybe look at the all three Sigma Art lenses as well as a 17 and 24 TS L lens and just figure out what you will use the most.


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Mar 15, 2015 22:10 |  #14

vengence wrote in post #17476513 (external link)
Interior architecture and portraits are kind of mutually exclusive. For portraits 85 f/1.2, for interior architecture ............... I'd be looking at TS-E 24mm. It's much slower and tilt and shift really begs for a tripod, but if you're able to use one, the world is your oyster.

Extremely sound advice, given what you shoot.


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Mar 15, 2015 22:21 |  #15

I'd just upgrade the 50 like Mal said. The 16-35 could handle 90% of your work.

Tilt shift would be a plus imho.


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