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Which lenses for $1000?

 
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Mar 25, 2008 19:27 |  #16

If you are expecting your first one in May, your lens use will change drastically upon his/her arrival.

Forget the long telephoto zooms, you will kick yourself in the head if you buy them now and miss "the picture" of the little one inside.

Even though you said the 24-70 was too heavy, take another look it isn't that much heavier than the 24-105. The wider apeture will help when all you want is the little one as the subject (they will after all, become the center of your universe ;-)a

Next in line would be the primes, if $1k is your budget, you could get the 50 & the 100mm. Both will allow you to do a wide array of work indoors and out.

Save the telephoto zooms for when your child starts playing sports *or* has their first school concert. By then, you'll realize you will need a fast tele (and/or a good strong flash) for that. . .


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Mar 25, 2008 19:40 |  #17

CDickey wrote in post #5189481 (external link)
50mm 1.4 & 100mm 2.8. Both great in low light and super sharp primes. Keeps a little coin in your pocket.

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Mar 25, 2008 19:45 |  #18

No question for me - it's the 24-105L. Here's an analysis I posted in another thread:

djeuch wrote in post #5190477 (external link)
Here we go - took me about 10 minutes to generate this.

Lens utilization:



Lens Count %

24.0 - 105.0mm 1546 47.6%

28.0 - 135.0mm 545 16.8%

50.0mm 120 3.7%

70.0 - 200.0mm 712 21.9%

85.0mm 195 6.0%

98.0 - 280.0mm 133 4.1%

Total 3251




I sold the 28-135mm to get the 24-105L... between those two, that's by far the majority of my shots.

Analysis of 24-70mm range versus 24-105mm (71-105mm) range:



Total: 1546

@24mm 275 17.8%

71-105mm 551 35.6% of 24-105mm total usage

@105mm 322 58.4% of 71-105mm range




So more than 1/3rd of my shots are above 70mm, and out of those, more than half at maximum zoom! Less than 18% of my shots were at 24mm, so I guess I'm just not much of a wide shooter!

YMMV, but in my case, the 24-105L is my go-to lens!


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Mar 25, 2008 21:56 |  #19

JoelO wrote in post #5189152 (external link)
Livinthalife, do you think the 85 f/1.8 & 100 f/2.8 sort of the same? I mean if I get the 100 f/2.8, what would the 85 f/1.8 give me beside the faster stop? As for the tele option, 100-400 & f/2.8 will be too heavy for me, but the f4 IS is on my consideration list.



I have the 100 2.8.

I would love to have the 85 1.8. A bit faster to make difference. The bokeh is to die for. It's smaller and lighter than the 100 2.8 for sure! Faster focusing too.


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Mar 25, 2008 22:01 |  #20

perryge wrote in post #5189566 (external link)
30 1.4
135L

:D?

I second that ;)



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Mar 26, 2008 15:26 |  #21

Thank you again for all your input guys.. I was leaning heavily on the 70-200 f4 IS last night since a lot of you suggest that combo .. and I really want that lens too.

But then after reading Gsansoucie's comment... that made a lot of sense... I may not need a tele until later... and $1000 is kinda stretching my limit already .. so maybe 2 of the cheaper lens might work better.

So maybe I'm revising the list .. what if you choose 2 of the following:
50 f/1.4
100 f/2.8 macro
85 f/1.8
70-200 f4


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Mar 27, 2008 17:23 |  #22

I've been reading a lot on 100 f/2.8 macro vs 85 f/1.8.
About AF, this thread seems to be saying different things. One group says the 100 macro hunts a lot and the other says they're fast & accurate. Could it be that they're using the older 100 macro?

Also, how useable is it for the 100 macro to be used w/o any other macro accessories (macro flash, tripod, etc). If those accessories are needed almost every time, then I would lean heavily toward the 85, as there's no way for me to spend more on those accessories.

Another thought is, will the 85 f/1.8 work with the extensions tube for some macro work?


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Mar 27, 2008 18:46 |  #23

JoelO wrote in post #5196712 (external link)
Thank you again for all your input guys.. I was leaning heavily on the 70-200 f4 IS last night since a lot of you suggest that combo .. and I really want that lens too.

But then after reading Gsansoucie's comment... that made a lot of sense... I may not need a tele until later... and $1000 is kinda stretching my limit already .. so maybe 2 of the cheaper lens might work better.

So maybe I'm revising the list .. what if you choose 2 of the following:
50 f/1.4
100 f/2.8 macro
85 f/1.8
70-200 f4

Out of those, 50 1.4 and 85 1.8.


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Mar 27, 2008 18:53 as a reply to  @ BobbyT's post |  #24

With a new baby on the way, I would definitely consider fast primes. I'm guessing the first few years you'll be shooting many indoor activities, and you'll need fast lenses to get good results. I thought I could get away with the 24-105L indoors and it just isn't fast enough for some of the low light shots I had with kids.


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JoelO
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Mar 28, 2008 02:08 |  #25

Thank you guys for all the feedback. I've decided on the 85 f/1.8. And maybe upgrade my nifty fifty w/ either the Canon 50 f/1.4 or Sigma 50. Or maybe just save more money to get the 70-200 f4 IS down the road. At least I know what I'm getting now.


Canon XTi ~~ EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 ~ EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.3 ~ EF 70-200mm f/4 IS ~ EF 50mm f/1.8 II ~ EX580II

  
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