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ToyotaGlock
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Nov 22, 2018 10:58 |  #1

Recently got an SL2 body as a gift and decided to use it as an everyday camera for portraits, vacation and landscapes. I have a 50mm, 18-35, and 28-135 that I dug up from the camera bag with my ancient XS as well as the original 270 EX flash.

Was wondering if adding any extra lenses might be a good idea, with portability in mind. I was looking at the 28mm and 40mm pancakes because the SL2 can fit in a jacket pocket (or my truck center console) with either attached.




  
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Nov 22, 2018 19:15 |  #2

I have the 24mm EF-S and like it very well. Have not had a chance to use it a lot yet but shows great promise




  
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Nov 23, 2018 01:39 |  #3

I don't have those lenses, but I would think they would be almost a no-brainer with that camera. I guess the 50 is not big, but price/QI the 40 sounds awesome if you don't need faster than f2.8.


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Nov 23, 2018 01:54 |  #4

EF-S 10-18mm....

Ultra Wide Angle for your SL2 !~ Landscapes !~

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Nov 23, 2018 06:50 |  #5

Welcome to POTN, ToyotaGlock!

I’ll second Ah-keong’s EF-S 10-18 suggestion. You may want the wide angle for landscapes, and that lens is small and light. I’ve seen used copies going for $200.

My other suggestion would be to replace the 28-135 with a Canon 18-135, either the STM or the USM version. The 28-135 is a 20-year old film camera (full frame) lens, so it’s bigger and heavier than you need, and I personally was never really impressed by it when I owned one

On the other hand, the 18-135 STM and USM lenses have great IQ and are a much better range for crop sensors IMO. I realize you have that range covered with the 18-35 and 28-135, but why use two lenses when one can do? Especially for vacation/travel, I’ve found I use the area around ~30 mm a lot, and that’s right where you’ll need to be changing lenses.

Good luck, and have fun!
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Nov 23, 2018 07:33 |  #6

mcoren wrote in post #18756879 (external link)
Welcome to POTN, ToyotaGlock!

I’ll second Ah-keong’s EF-S 10-18 suggestion. You may want the wide angle for landscapes, and that lens is small and light. I’ve seen used copies going for $200.

My other suggestion would be to replace the 28-135 with a Canon 18-135, either the STM or the USM version. The 28-135 is a 20-year old film camera (full frame) lens, so it’s bigger and heavier than you need, and I personally was never really impressed by it when I owned one

On the other hand, the 18-135 STM and USM lenses have great IQ and are a much better range for crop sensors IMO. I realize you have that range covered with the 18-35 and 28-135, but why use two lenses when one can do? Especially for vacation/travel, I’ve found I use the area around ~30 mm a lot, and that’s right where you’ll need to be changing lenses.

Good luck, and have fun!
Mike

Sorry for the confusion, the 28-135 is the IS model with the ultrasonic drive that used to ship with some of the nicer crop body cameras (white box buy on amazon almost 10 years ago).




  
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Nov 23, 2018 08:39 |  #7

Less than full body I would not want to shoot portraits with less than 40-50mm.

Full body environmental stuff can be pulled off with the 18-35 ... is that the newish Sigma 1.8?


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Nov 24, 2018 11:07 |  #8

ToyotaGlock wrote in post #18756891 (external link)
Sorry for the confusion, the 28-135 is the IS model with the ultrasonic drive that used to ship with some of the nicer crop body cameras (white box buy on amazon almost 10 years ago).

Yep. That’s the one I meant. It was released in February, 1998, and it’s the only EF 28-135 mm lens that Canon ever made.

I’m sure it’s a good lens for its day. I see used copies going for $200+ so it must be a good value. My opinion is pretty subjective. I bought one around 1999-2000 and used it with my EOS 100 film camera and my 20D DSLR. I never really warmed up to it on the 100 for some reason, and the 28 mm minimum focal length was too long for me for normal use on the crop sensor 20D.

These are just my opinions and are entirely subjective. If you like the lens with your SL2, then by all means keep using it and enjoying it.

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Nov 27, 2018 17:18 as a reply to  @ mcoren's post |  #9

So I got the 24mm EF-S pancake and the 40mm EF pancake--with crop it's in the portrait range. Both don't take up lots of space in my travel pack.

Still on the fence about the old 28-135, mine seems to be a pretty sharp example--even if it's so damn huge.

Going back to Japan next month, will see if I can find a deal on some used L lenses before then, or just pick one up there.




  
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Dec 10, 2018 12:32 |  #10

Also got the huge EF-S 17-55 EF-S 2.8. It just arrived this morning and I board for Narita this afternoon:lol: Stuffed it in my Osprey pack with the two pancakes. Should be fun, barely got a chance to test it out.




  
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Dec 10, 2018 20:44 |  #11

I would get the Voigtlander Color Skopar 20mm and the Ultron 40mm....  :p


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Dec 11, 2018 00:24 |  #12

I got an SL2 a couple of months ago and it is a really nice camera. Used the pancake lens almost exclusively on a recent trip, & have been having a bit of fun with it locally since my return. I think you will enjoy it a lot!


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