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WT21
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Jul 19, 2009 12:45 |  #1

How about this for a lens line-up. I'm a consumer/home/hobby shooter. Kids indoor and outdoor activities, family, and personal stuff. I find I'm big into flowers and wildlife right now. Also, sometimes we travel, so I need a good general purpose travel lens.

Right now I have:
* 18-55IS
* 55-250IS
* 35/2
* 85/1.8

I have the opportunity to sell the 18-55IS with my XTi body (getting the T1i), so I'm thinking of moving to:
* 35/2
* 50/1.4
* 80/1.8
* 18-200IS
* Nikon 75-150/35 w/EOS adapter
And maybe add an UWA later.

That gets me natural light indoor primes, and also fast primes for sports and events. An 18-200 travel and general purpose lens, and the Nikon for movie mode for my kids dance recitals, etc. (manual ap and focus, reasonably bright lens -- some DSLR movie folks I talked to really recommended this lens).


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Jul 19, 2009 13:50 |  #2

I would keep the lenses you have right now even if you upgrade the body. If it comes with a kit lens, then sell one of them. Not sure why you would want the Nikon glass, and the 18-200 IS will have worse IQ than the 18-55/55-250 combo.

The 35 f2 focuses close and is good for flowers. The 85 is good for indoor sports and portraits. Think about adding a macro lens- the 60mm f2.8 is fairly compact and excellent for portraits as well as macro. It would fit in your existing lineup very nicely.


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Jul 19, 2009 13:54 |  #3

If you are into flowers I would recommend the 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. very sharp and gives you good working distance for macro work.


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Jul 19, 2009 14:02 |  #4

Hmmm... Hadn't considered the 60mm 2.8. I'm finding the 85 long indoors (good for gymnastics events, but not inside at family functions, etc.). Hence the thought of the 50, and making it a bit faster (not to shoot at 1.4, but maybe at 2.0).

I do like the 55-250. I want an all-in-one for travel, but then it feels like I have a lot of overlap (18-200 and 55-250). So, one would need to go.

I don't shoot wide that often, but when I do, it's usually when traveling, and I want a full FL range w/out switching because I want to carry minimal equipment (I travel with my family, and they get impatient with lens switching).

My other thought was
* 35/2
* 50/1.4
* 80/1.8
* 55-250IS
* 24-105 f4
but maybe the 60mm2.8 instead of the 50, because that would be more of a Macro lens, and the 35 might be good for indoor family functions, etc. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll definitely consider it.

The Nikon lens is for video on the T1i. I use MF, and want Ap control, so that means an older lens. The Nikon is an F-series with 3.5 constant Ap through to 150mm and creamy bokeh for about $75. I suppose I shouldn't have mentioned it, as it's not integral to the rest of the line up.


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Jul 19, 2009 14:04 |  #5

TexRex wrote in post #8306954 (external link)
If you are into flowers I would recommend the 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. very sharp and gives you good working distance for macro work.

I am into flowers (never thought I would be!). I have the 85/1.8, for some fast speed indoors for events, making the 100mm feel like a lot of overlap. I'll look at both the 60 and the 100 again. I'd like at least one of those to be fast -- so either the 60/2.8 and 85/1.8 or the 50/1.4 and 100/2.8. I may need to think a bit more on this, but as I already own the 85, maybe I'll consider the 60 first...hmmm...


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Jul 19, 2009 14:07 |  #6

WT21 wrote in post #8306985 (external link)
I am into flowers (never thought I would be!). I have the 85/1.8, for some fast speed indoors for events, making the 100mm feel like a lot of overlap. I'll look at both the 60 and the 100 again. I'd like at least one of those to be fast -- so either the 60/2.8 and 85/1.8 or the 50/1.4 and 100/2.8. I may need to think a bit more on this, but as I already own the 85, maybe I'll consider the 60 first...hmmm...

Yeah I had the 60mm and when I tried shooting insects, they (the insects) were quite bothered and I needed more room. Both were great lenses.


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Jul 19, 2009 14:09 |  #7

TexRex wrote in post #8306995 (external link)
Yeah I had the 60mm and when I tried shooting insects, they (the insects) were quite bothered and I needed more room. Both were great lenses.

Good point. I had my 35/2 on the other day (for other reasons), and tried to capture a few bees, and I was definately too close. I usually have more success using my 55-250 in terms of not bothering the subject (more than 1m MFD), but the mm is not that high.

Man, I was looking for food for thought on the all-in-one, now I'm rethinking the primes!

How would the 100/2.8 also be for portraits, which is another big reason for the 85/1.8. I think also the 100/2.8 is a slow focuser, no?

Of course, I should really have the 35, 50, 60, 85 and 100, right? lol!


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Jul 19, 2009 14:11 |  #8

WT21 wrote in post #8307002 (external link)
Good point. I had my 35/2 on the other day (for other reasons), and tried to capture a few bees, and I was definately too close. I usually have more success using my 55-250 in terms of not bothering the subject (more than 1m MFD), but the mm is not that high.

Man, I was looking for food for thought on the all-in-one, now I'm rethinking the primes!

How would the 100/2.8 also be for portraits, which is another big reason for the 85/1.8. I think also the 100/2.8 is a slow focuser, no?

I used my f/2.8 for portraits as well and the focusing was never an issue. I honestly think of it as a dual purpose lens.


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Jul 19, 2009 14:18 |  #9

i think the all-in-one sounds like a good idea for traveling....however unless you're traveling half of the year it doesn't make sense to me to have it covering your main lens range...


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Jul 19, 2009 14:28 |  #10

DreDaze wrote in post #8307035 (external link)
i think the all-in-one sounds like a good idea for traveling....however unless you're traveling half of the year it doesn't make sense to me to have it covering your main lens range...

We'll I'd prefer a different lens, but it doesn't exist. I'd prefer an 18-85 or 18-105. I've looked at the 17-85, but it doesn't get very high marks in IQ, and the distortion at wide would seem to require a correction in every picture. I've also considered the 28-135, because it's so affordable, but it's not very wide. And the 24-105 of course is nice, but it's $900+.

Another thought on the 18-200 was to replace my need for the long end of the 55-250, allowing me to sell it for money to fund the 18-200. If I get the 17-85 or 24-105 or 28-135, that doesn't allow me to sell the 55-250.

Drat, now I'm wrapped around the axle again.


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Jul 19, 2009 14:32 |  #11

Sounds good to me, although I like the Tamron 18-270 over the 18-200.


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Jul 19, 2009 20:45 |  #12

isn't there some new tokina 16.5-135mm lens?...it might not be out yet though...


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Jul 19, 2009 20:47 |  #13

DreDaze wrote in post #8307035 (external link)
i think the all-in-one sounds like a good idea for traveling....however unless you're traveling half of the year it doesn't make sense to me to have it covering your main lens range...

But he would be adding quality primes to cover his main lens range, right?


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Jul 19, 2009 20:48 |  #14

tkbslc wrote in post #8308778 (external link)
But he would be adding quality primes to cover his main lens range, right?


he already has 2/3 of the quality primes...the only one he's adding is the 50mm


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Jul 19, 2009 23:32 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #15

WT,
How about:
35 2.0
50 1.4
85 1.8

For the price of the 24-105 and selling the 55-250 you could get a 17-40L and 70-200 f4L. I have the 24-105 and like it a lot. Makes a good GP lens for me. I bought it with the intent of adding a couple of fast primes later, pretty much your list and a 200 2.8 or 70-200 2.8. The 17-40/70-200 combo would make a sweet travel combo. Just a thought.

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