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70-200 f4 as Walk around/Portrait Lense?

 
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Nov 18, 2006 13:13 |  #1

Hi guys,

what do you think about the 70-200 f/4 L USM as a first lens, to be used as the only lens for a while, therefore mostly used as a walkaround and portrait lense?

Two combinations available:
1) 70-200 f/4 L USM and enjoy the white goodness :D:D
2) 85mm f/1.8 and 50mm MII f/1.8. Portrait goodness. ;)

I'm heading to the store in 20 minutes, so please help me with my final decision.




  
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Nov 18, 2006 13:20 |  #2

Might be a little long for some people as a walk around lens, but if thats the range you like to shoot at, then go for it. Its a great lens.



  
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Nov 18, 2006 13:26 |  #3

It's a heavy walk around lense... But a great one indeed. I'd say go for it.




  
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Nov 18, 2006 13:30 |  #4

I love mine and as a walk-around and outside portrait lens it does an incredible job... it isn't wide enough for landscapes however..


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Nov 18, 2006 13:32 |  #5

I love my 70-200 f/4 but it wouldn't work for me as a walk around lens. But then what really matters is what you shoot. It really is a great lens to have.




  
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Nov 18, 2006 13:37 |  #6

Depends on what you are shooting whilst walking around :-)

Horses for courses really...

If I'm 'walking around' a horse show/equestrian event I always have my Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 fitted, If i'm 'walking around' the countryside I'll use my 24-105 (with my 10-22 in the bag handy)


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Nov 18, 2006 13:39 |  #7

I think it's a silly idea but you've already left to buy one so bad luck ;-)a


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Nov 18, 2006 13:39 |  #8

I have it, don't really use it as much as I should. I would say my 17-40L is my favourite walkaround, though I wouldn't mind a 24-105L on a 1.3 cropper =)


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Nov 18, 2006 13:40 |  #9

kevin_c wrote in post #2281250 (external link)
]If I'm 'walking around' a horse show/equestrian event I always have my Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 fitted, If i'm 'walking around' the countryside I'll use my 24-105 (with my 10-22 in the bag handy)

Mostly people photography, indoor and outdoor, some still life and very little travel photography.;)




  
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Nov 18, 2006 14:35 |  #10

What camera are you proposing to use it on? You might be able to live with it on a full frame camera for a while, but I think you would find it too long on an EF-S camera.

It would not be my choice as a first lens for walk-around/portrait use. I would look at a 24-105 f/4 on a full frame camera or a 17-55 f/2.8 on an EF-S camera. Both are long enough for head and should portraits and wide enough for much general photography.




  
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Nov 18, 2006 14:42 |  #11

When I got my first SLR years ago, a Rebel G back in the days of film cameras. My first lens that was not the kit lens was a Sigma 70-210mm. I kept the kit lens in the camera box and used the 70-210mm exclusively as my only lens for about 2 years until I bought a better quality lens that was 28-70.

The only times I ever really had a problem with my telephoto lens as my only lens was once or twice. I rather enjoyed it though and in my arrogance I wondered why anyone would want a wide lens.

So yeah that is a good choice buy that lens. Then maybe shop POTN and Fred Miranda for a kit lens that is generally cheap but pretty sharp.


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Nov 18, 2006 15:10 |  #12

The f/4 was my first tele lens and my first DSLR camera came with the 18-55 kit lens, so I had a WA and this one at first. Depending of what you intend to shoot while walking around, it's great, relatively fast and very sharp for a zoom lens. Also awesome for outdoor portraits. I personally prefer a WA, zoom lens as for walkaround.


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Nov 18, 2006 17:20 as a reply to  @ Janika's post |  #13

It certainly would depend on what you like to shoot when walking around. I think most people look at a walkaround lens as a general purpose lens so I'm not sure I would put that lens in that category, but we each shoot differently. Keep in mind the crop factor so its a pretty long lens to have on all the time. I'm thinking of getting one to complement the lens that I did get as my walkaround, which is the Sigma 17-70mm. It covers a nice range from wide angle to small telephoto. There are many lenses you can look at to give you this type of rangel in focal length but I would think this one through.


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Nov 18, 2006 17:29 |  #14

The 70-200mm F4L is a great lens, but a little long for walk around...why not just add the cheap 50mm f/1.8 to it...then you would be good for a while.


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Nov 18, 2006 17:56 |  #15

zenpro wrote in post #2281172 (external link)
Hi guys,

what do you think about the 70-200 f/4 L USM as a first lens, to be used as the only lens for a while, therefore mostly used as a walkaround and portrait lense?

Two combinations available:
1) 70-200 f/4 L USM and enjoy the white goodness :D:D
2) 85mm f/1.8 and 50mm MII f/1.8. Portrait goodness. ;)

I'm heading to the store in 20 minutes, so please help me with my final decision.

Hmm might be later than 20 mins but the zoom ais a bit WHITE for a walk around, whereas the others you mentioned are perfect of walk around


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