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carriel_miller
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Jul 19, 2009 09:14 |  #1

I'm going to be getting a new lens for my 50D. My subjects are mostly children running around playing and montly outdoors. I currently have the 50 1.8, the 28-135 and a 430ex. What next? I would love to get something wide AND something zoomed in but 2 lenses are not in the budget. So since I feel I use my 28-135 on the long end more often than the short end I think that's the way to go.

So I'm thinking about the 70-200L f/4 (can't afford IS or 2.8 ) or the 100 f/2. Of course I'm open to other suggestions.

I like the idea of having the f/2.0 over the f/4 since I tend to have a hard time keeping my shutter speed up high enough for on the move toddlers, but I also think having the zoom would be much needed.

I'm thinking (hoping) that the f/4 wouldn't be a problem since I really won't be using this lens inside much.

I just don't know what to do, I've been going back and forth on this for 2 weeks now and it's time to decide! HELP!!!!




  
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Jul 19, 2009 09:18 |  #2

The 70-200 f/4 would be a great lens. Excellent IQ and a constant f/4. Another option would be the 70-300IS. It's about the same cost as the 70-200. Though it's not a "L" lens, optically it is about equal to the 200. In addition, it gives you a lot more reach. Downside is that at 300 it's a f/5.6 lens. On the wide end, the 10-22 is optically an excellent lens and opens up all kinds of new photographic opportunities.


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Jul 19, 2009 09:28 as a reply to  @ gjl711's post |  #3

I find that outside f4 is no problem to achieve shutter speeds of 1/500 or higher so I think that the 70-200mm is the better choice out of versatility and speed of framing it will be easier to move the zoom ring than move yourself.




  
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Jul 19, 2009 09:36 |  #4

This is the way I was leaning more towards..the 70-200 but I wanted to get some other opinions. thanks! and gjl, the 10-22 is what I was thinking about forthe wide lens....when I get some money.
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Jul 19, 2009 09:39 |  #5

you can get 24-105L


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Jul 19, 2009 09:44 |  #6

The 70-200 F4 is a great lens. It was my first "L" lens also. It's one of the best deals out there. You should get alot of great images, especially if you shoot at a park or playground. The other positive is that it is a constant aperture, so you don't quite have to pay attention to the shutter speed as much, only if the lighting changes. Good Luck and let us know what you decide.


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Jul 19, 2009 09:52 |  #7

That is a rough choice. That zoom is a great lens. The only zoom that might top it would be the IS version. I do have the 100mm 2.0 and its a great lens for photos of kids. Sharp, light, fast, great for portraits. I can only say that a long term plan would be the eventually get both of these fine lenses.




  
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Jul 19, 2009 09:58 |  #8

azwethinkheiz wrote in post #8306112 (external link)
you can get 24-105L

If the 2.8 or F4 IS 70-200 is out of his price range, he's not going to buy the 24-105 is he?

I think the 70-200 f4 is your best bet. Or if i were you i would go for the 200L 2.8. I'm starting to see why people spend so much money on primes.


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Jul 19, 2009 12:45 |  #9

if you go with a 70-200f/4 you might want to consider selling your 28-135mm...then you'd probably have to pay a little more(under a $100) but you could get the tamron 17-50mm....and you'd have both wide and long


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Jul 19, 2009 13:34 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #10

I just purchased the 70-200! Thanks for all your help!

And I was just thinking about the possibility of selling the 28-135 and getting something with a range that starts a little wider and doesn't overlap the 70-200....hmmmm......

What would be the best lens for that? It would have to be right around the same price as the 28-135. Would there be something better or should I stick with what I have??




  
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Jul 19, 2009 13:51 |  #11

70-200 f/4 will do it for you in available light of course


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Jul 19, 2009 19:48 |  #12

Grats on the purchase!
Since you bought the 70-200 and you want something wider, i would suggest either the tamron 17-50 2.8(~$350) or the canon 17-55 2.8 IS(~$900), which ever one is within your budget. The gap between 50-70 shouldn't be too big of a deal.


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