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Thread started 29 May 2009 (Friday) 09:57
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May 29, 2009 09:57 |  #1

Hey everyone, sorry to bug you with another lens question but I'm very torn about this one.

I'm going on a longer backpacking trip soon and I realized I both need more money for it and more room in my backpack (well, atleast more money). Currently I have a Canon EF 17-40L, 70-200f/4L, a 50mm 1.8 and a 5D. If I could get away as cheap as possible it would be great. I don't really need anything else but a lense(s) around the 24-100 range. So how would one go about this? I'd just buy the Sigma 24-70 2.8 and be satisfied with it but it's filtersize is 82mm, which would mean I'd have to buy new filters and filter rings for $300 or more.

I'd prefer something with atleast 24mm wideangle because I do mostly landscape. I rarely ever use anything above about 100 mm. I sometimes do some street-esque shots, but that's mostly with my Panasonic LX2 compact camera (although it would be nice to have a 5D and a 24- zoom for that too).

Here's a nerdy table I put together with choices I have. Feel free to suggest some yourselves :)

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Option: Sell | Buy | "Profit"
#1 17-40 + 70-200 | Tamron 24-135 | ~$700 [/U]
[U] #2 17-40 | Sigma 24-60 2.8 | ~$400 [/U]
[U] #3 17-40 + 70-200 | Canon EF 24-105 | ~$350 [/U]


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May 29, 2009 10:09 |  #2

Buy the Tamron 28-75... much smaller filter size.


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May 29, 2009 10:28 |  #3

I would just use what you have. Save your money for a titanium spork.




  
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May 29, 2009 10:33 |  #4

From what you describe, it looks like option #3 best fits your needs.


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May 29, 2009 10:43 |  #5
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Sell your body.
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keep your great class, you'll miss it when you travel. Get a XT of craigslist or kijiji, or something.


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May 29, 2009 10:51 |  #6

Sounds like for best quality, option 3 would be best. But for a lighter setup with similar functionality with a lot more money back in your pocket, How about:

Sell 5D: +$1400
Sell 70-200: +500
Sell 17-40: + 600
Total back $2500


Buy 30D: -$500 (used)
Buy Tokina 12-24 $400
Buy Tamron 28-75 f2.8 $300 (used)
Total spent $1200

Left over -$1300

Admittedly, you are giving up a bit of IQ compared to the 5D+24-105L, but you would have sharp lenses to cover 19-120mm equivalent and the entire setup would be considerably smaller than what you have now. You could even add something cheap and light, like a Tamron 55-200 for $125 to you backpack for if you think you might need longer. You mentioned you wanted to save money, so I immediately thought downgrading your body would be the fastest way to get there.


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May 29, 2009 10:53 |  #7
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Sell 5D, buy XT... 1400 - 300 = $ 1100.
And keep your glass.


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May 29, 2009 11:01 |  #8

wow...

honestly, i wouldn't want to sell either of the lenses...

but if i had to make a choice out of your options, #3 sounds the best. the 24-105 is f/4 like your two other L lenses. but you might find you really miss the 17-24 range if you're mainly a landscapes shooter...


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May 29, 2009 11:08 |  #9

Rodinal wrote in post #8011527 (external link)
Sell 5D, buy XT... 1400 - 300 = $ 1100.
And keep your glass.

But the glass is not meeting his needs, why keep it? He wants 24-100 covered. "Great" lenses suck if they can't take the pictures you want.


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May 29, 2009 11:38 |  #10

Thanks for all the input! It has given me alot to think about and more options.

I'm hesitant about selling the 5D since I bought it just 4 months ago and I'd be "losing" about $780.

I did find a used 40D + 17-85 IS USM for about $1100. So if I sell everything I get $2556, buy the 40D + 17-85 and I end up with 1450. 1450 minus a tokina 12-24 ($520) = $930.

Does that seem like a good idea?


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May 29, 2009 11:43 |  #11

KjellG wrote in post #8011788 (external link)
Does that seem like a good idea?

Only you can answer that.


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May 29, 2009 11:56 |  #12

^ I was hoping for a more concrete answer :p

I meant like, "had you been me is this something you would've done?". The 17-85 for example isn't excatly getting raving reviews, but I know the 40D is a very able camera.


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May 29, 2009 11:59 |  #13

KjellG wrote in post #8011892 (external link)
^ I was hoping for a more concrete answer :p

I meant like, "had you been me is this something you would've done?". The 17-85 for example isn't excatly getting raving reviews, but I know the 40D is a very able camera.

There in lies the problem. If it was me I would keep the 5D, 17-40 and 70-200 and find another way. It's a kick a$$ kit, but that me. Clearly you have other priorities. The kit you describe is a very capable one as well. Sure the 17-85 takes it's knocks, but it still performs just fine and the 40D is a very nice body as well. There is no one easy answer.


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May 29, 2009 12:03 |  #14

If it was up to me, I'd swap out the 17-40 & 70-200 and get the 24-105 - that sounds like it would meet your needs, and you'd get to keep the 5D...and you'd be basically trading good L glass for good L glass...no compromises (other than losing the long end)...


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May 29, 2009 12:16 as a reply to  @ MikeES's post |  #15

I have an like very much a 24-105. When I travel light that is what I take.


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