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Mar 17, 2009 20:47 |  #1

All,

I have the 5D Mark II and 50 f/1.2L and now just picked up a 1DMarkIII. I figured the combination is awesome for just about anything. I love the 50L on both bodies, but I"m ready to buy another lens. I've narrowed it down to the following, based on my shooting style (mostly portraits). This summer, I plan on doing outdoor shots of my active young child, but I also shoot a lot in available light as well--hence, the 50L. Please give me your advice on the proposed setups:

Setup A
5d Mark II: 50 f/1.2
1d Mark III: 135 f/2

Setup B
5d Mark II: 50/f/1.2 and 100mm f/2
1D Mark III: 70-200 f/4 IS

Though I'd love to have the 135 f/2 and 70-200 f/4 IS, that is too much right now. I went in to the local camera store to try the 70-200 f/4 IS and 70-200 2.8 IS. I love the 2.8, but wow, that is one heavy lens...more than I would like to lug around. I used to have a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8, and I loved that lens, but I left it at home most of the time because is was too heavy for my liking :( Also, for low light, I feel the 50 f/1.2 is excellent and I love its hand-holdability. I've heard nothing but great things about the 100mm f/2; the only limiting factor (to me) right now is the fact it is not an "L" lens (sorry, I love the L build quality). How good is the 100mm f/2 for build?

So, given the proposed setups, is ths 50 and 135 the best "all around" setup, assuming some "foot zooming", as I have both full frame and 1.3 crop? Or, setup B, which ultimately sacrifices the 135 f/2 for the 100 f/2 (about $500 US savings).

Argh...the decisions :)

Sorry for the long post and thanks!


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Mar 17, 2009 23:00 |  #2

You have TWO amazing bodies and only one lens? You might as well kick me in the gut...

I vote Setup B. Or Setup C which is donating one of the bodies to me so you only have one body one lens.


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Mar 17, 2009 23:17 as a reply to  @ Bendel's post |  #3

LoL :)

I just purchased the 5d Mark II about a month ago, and got a great deal on the 1D Mark III. I love the 5D Mark II for video and the Mark III for its fast autofocus.

I really don't want a lot of lenses, just a couple or few really great ones :)


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Mar 17, 2009 23:22 |  #4

Wow, more bodies than lenses, that's rare.
Anyhow, I'd go with option B.


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Mar 17, 2009 23:23 |  #5

well, honestly if you are going to be shooting kids running around, then "B" is going to be better because of the zoom. Kids aren't easy to keep up with after all :lol:


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Mar 17, 2009 23:40 as a reply to  @ *Knowledge*'s post |  #6

Yeah, I just acquired the bodies and rebuilding my Canon system.


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Mar 17, 2009 23:42 |  #7

Cotmweasel wrote in post #7545682 (external link)
well, honestly if you are going to be shooting kids running around, then "B" is going to be better because of the zoom. Kids aren't easy to keep up with after all :lol:

Yeah, I'm really leaning toward setup B, as it probably will be the most flexible. Worst case scenario, I can always sell the zoom and get the 135 f/2 :)


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