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Feb 13, 2009 20:14 |  #31

The opinions (hopefully fact based) that I am looking for is a good low light performing lens that is fairly wide for capturing essence of a scene but will also give good results if shooting up close.

From the responses the 35 might be a good one to look into.


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Feb 13, 2009 20:20 |  #32

Not L, but the lens that spring to mind here (value, night, discretion and full frame being key words) is the 85 1.8.


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Feb 13, 2009 20:25 |  #33

Can somebody please explain to me how an 85 is going to be useful either up close or to give an overview of a scene? I must be missing something.




  
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Feb 13, 2009 20:29 |  #34

17-40 l only have heard good things


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Feb 13, 2009 20:31 |  #35

Simon Turkin wrote in post #7321130 (external link)
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Not a prime, and not faster than f/2.8.




  
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Feb 13, 2009 22:36 |  #36

28 1.8 . . . . not an L, but sharp and fast


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Feb 13, 2009 22:39 |  #37

blackzzz wrote in post #7319651 (external link)
How about the 17-55IS f2.8...not an 'L' but might as well be.

17-55 F2.8 IS will not work well on a 1.3 or ff camera it is an EFS lens...
Though i agree with you on image quality


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Feb 18, 2009 20:52 as a reply to  @ rooeey's post |  #38

I have the 135mm f/2 and I love it. However, I bought it for indoor sports photography. As far as the 85 f/1.2 I see the point, but still think it is too much for your purpose. I would say the two choices are:
16-35 f/2.8 or the 50mm f/1.2

But, I am an extreme rookie and my opinion is probably not worth anything




  
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Feb 18, 2009 22:01 |  #39

4rgentum wrote in post #7321767 (external link)
28 1.8 . . . . not an L, but sharp and fast

This is probably a very fine choice or even 35/2, great discreet lenses for environmental street work. If you are stuck on L then 35/1.4 or 50/1.2 (getting a bit long for the 1D to me). The 35 may seem like a bargain if they do a 24L style update.




  
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Feb 18, 2009 22:02 |  #40
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xarqi wrote in post #7321138 (external link)
Not a prime, and not faster than f/2.8.

2.8 isn't a whole a lot faster than F4. I suggest the OP to learn to use flash instead with a F4 lens. Use flash for close up portrait of people with the night time scene as background. For general night time cityscape, get the tripod out and get ready for some longer exposure shot, stopping down to F8 or more. Shallower depth of view ie F2.8 or less is useless for cityscape shots.


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Feb 18, 2009 22:06 |  #41

TooManyShots wrote in post #7356520 (external link)
2.8 isn't a whole a lot faster than F4. I suggest the OP to learn to use flash instead with a F4 lens. Use flash for close up portrait of people with the night time scene as background. For general night time cityscape, get the tripod out and get ready for some longer exposure shot, stopping down to F8 or more. Shallower depth of view ie F2.8 or less is useless for cityscape shots.

2.8 actually doubles the amount of light passed to the sensor. But I get where you are going. If you are going to use flash, you have to learn to interact with the folks you meet. You get different, yet no less interesting results.


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Feb 18, 2009 22:10 |  #42

TooManyShots wrote in post #7356520 (external link)
2.8 isn't a whole a lot faster than F4. I suggest the OP to learn to use flash instead with a F4 lens. Use flash for close up portrait of people with the night time scene as background. For general night time cityscape, get the tripod out and get ready for some longer exposure shot, stopping down to F8 or more. Shallower depth of view ie F2.8 or less is useless for cityscape shots.

I know how to use a flash however I am not sure I want to be walking around with the flash always attached. I don't want to draw too much attention to myself. For night time city scapes a tripod will for sure be used. I have a very small and light tripod that is quite sturdy.

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mattograph wrote in post #7356546 (external link)
2.8 actually doubles the amount of light passed to the sensor. But I get where you are going. If you are going to use flash, you have to learn to interact with the folks you meet. You get different, yet no less interesting results.


If the OP wants to take candid street shots, I think he should try it out first in day light. With street photography, it gets interesting only if you can include people in their environment. A long focal lens is pointless here because you are isolating the subject with the rest of the environment. Doing candid street shots during night time environment???? Maybe a f2.8 lens with a 5d body would do. Personally, I don't even think a f2.8 would be fast enough at all to freeze motion during night time, unless he can crank up the ISO really high.


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Feb 18, 2009 22:16 |  #44

Try a Nifty Fifty. YOu're only out a few bucks if it doesn't work out.


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col4bin wrote in post #7356571 (external link)
I know how to use a flash however I am not sure I want to be walking around with the flash always attached. I don't want to draw too much attention to myself. For night time city scapes a tripod will for sure be used. I have a very small and light tripod that is quite sturdy.

Thanks for all the comments.

Since you have a 5dII already, you should get the 16-35L markII. Not cheap. Don't get the 24-70. Is too big with a bucket of a hood. Since you have the 17-40L already, try to use it at a higher iso setting 3200 or more to see if you achieve the desire shutter speed. Do some test shots.


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