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May 12, 2009 10:00 |  #1

I presently shoot with a 450D + 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, I'm thinking about picking an additional lens 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM, but I seem to be getting all sorts of opinions. I shoot at the temple as their photographer on various occasions/events sometimes from day to night, indoors and outdoors.

Some advice has been to not pick a new lens but stick with present kit due to it being a non-full frame DSLR others say pick a full-frame kit and after a few months pick a 70-200mm.
Thank you.


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May 12, 2009 10:27 |  #2

Since you already own a f/2.8 lens, have you considered a fast prime?




  
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May 12, 2009 10:30 |  #3

If you need additional range in low light, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS is the perfect compliment for either a 17-55 f/2.8 or a 24-70 f/2.8.

The 70-200s are excellent on both FF and crop, and personally I think adding a 70-200 will make a much more immediate impact on your capabilities than moving to a FF body.


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May 12, 2009 10:35 |  #4

What are your focal length needs?
What type of lighting will you be shooting in most often and what max aperture will you require?
What is your budget?


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May 12, 2009 10:49 |  #5

I own the 70-200 F4 and it is fantastic. If you look through the archives, you'll see the kind of images these lenses are capable of. I think the 7-2 F4 IS is even sharper. The 2.8 series I don't think are as sharp wide open but that is the trade for speed, nothing that can't be taken care of in pp. I'd go for that focal length, it seems very useful.


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May 12, 2009 11:05 |  #6

Premgenius wrote in post #7906015 (external link)
Some advice has been to not pick a new lens but stick with present kit due to it being a non-full frame DSLR others say pick a full-frame kit and after a few months pick a 70-200mm.

The XSi (450D) is a perfectly capable camera and you'll get more bang for your buck long term with better glass. Adding a 70-200 to your gear would be great.


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May 12, 2009 11:08 |  #7

Wouldn't let the crop body hold you back from buying a 70-200 2.8 if you feel you need it for lower light. Sounds like your doing more portrait photography. You might want to consider fast primes like an 85/1.8 or 135/2 if thats in the FL you like to shoot at.




  
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May 12, 2009 13:23 as a reply to  @ Kuma's post |  #8

70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM is FF compatible. It is a very versatile lens on both format. I don't see any reason not to get one if you need the range. It is the best there is in this range.

Other good choices for less $$ would be 85f/1.8 and 100/f2. Whatever you do, stay away from the 70-200F4 non IS version if you plan to use it indoor.


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May 13, 2009 02:54 as a reply to  @ eelnoraa's post |  #9

Thank you for all your quick replies and guidance.

Steph_in_Oregon wrote in post #7906166 (external link)
Since you already own a f/2.8 lens, have you considered a fast prime?

I have never considered a prime mainly because I shoot at high and low focals.

R i c h wrote in post #7906216 (external link)
What are your focal length needs?
What type of lighting will you be shooting in most often and what max aperture will you require?
What is your budget?

I shoot on all focal lengths but I realise sometime I need to go more then 55mm and I cannot shoot candid shoots as people are aware of my presence at 55mm as well.
I shoot in the day but the equal amount at night with low lighting/stage lighting and I have to use a flashgun.
I don't have a fixed budget but the 70-200mm is in the range.

Any other advice is most welcome.


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May 13, 2009 06:31 |  #10

you cant go wrong with the 70-200 2.8 IS L. its an awesome lens!


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May 13, 2009 10:41 |  #11

Premgenius wrote in post #7911615 (external link)
I shoot on all focal lengths but I realise sometime I need to go more then 55mm and I cannot shoot candid shoots as people are aware of my presence at 55mm as well.
I shoot in the day but the equal amount at night with low lighting/stage lighting and I have to use a flashgun.
I don't have a fixed budget but the 70-200mm is in the range.

Any other advice is most welcome.

Well, if the focal length of the 70-200mm works for you, the price is within your budget, and the 2.8L IS version is what you desire don't hesitate to purchase one! It's a great lens that will open up a lot of possibilities for you.


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