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I have 4 lens and a few hundred bucks burning a whole in my pocket. What lens for #5?

 
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Sep 30, 2009 21:41 |  #16

LamontSanders wrote in post #8738051 (external link)
100/2.8 macro. get the L if you can.

100mm f/2.8 macro (not the brand new one)


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Sep 30, 2009 23:10 |  #17

I vote the 100/2...2.8 is just too slow. Sure, can't get in close alone, but you could always buy an extension tube to do your food shot. A 12mm would be all you need there.


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Sep 30, 2009 23:49 |  #18

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I looked at your flickr.

You don't need a lens. You need light.

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Sep 30, 2009 23:51 |  #19

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I vote the 100/2...2.8 is just too slow. Sure, can't get in close alone, but you could always buy an extension tube to do your food shot. A 12mm would be all you need there.

the 100 f/2.8 USM macro is NOT slow...when not shooting at close range. Switch the focus range with the focus delimiter...


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Oct 01, 2009 00:04 |  #20

F2.8 can be slow especially indoor sports.


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Oct 01, 2009 00:08 |  #21

mattograph wrote in post #8737739 (external link)
You don't need a lens. You need light.

+1 for light




  
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Oct 01, 2009 00:11 |  #22

I hope those aren't your cars in that garage.

Or else I'd like to go crawl somewhere and roll up into a ball.

But yes Light Light Light. If you really want to replace the 55-250 get a 70-200 2.8 and be done with it.




  
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Oct 01, 2009 00:15 |  #23

100 2.8 macro

wears many hats. Fast enough for sports, crazy sharp, macro.


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Oct 01, 2009 07:34 |  #24

First, get rid of that zoom you don't use. The 60mm 2.8 macro and the 50mm 2.5 CM are outstanding choices for food, and pretty good for portraits. The 85mm 1.8 and the 100mm 2.0 are great for portraits and would still be pretty good for food shots. If you do want a macro, the previously mentioned 100mm 2.8 might be the best choice. While its a little longer than ideal for the food photos, it would still do a fine job. It would take better portraits than the 60mm 2.8 and because its 100mm, it could be used for sports as well. And with your price range, you ceratainly don't need the new L version. Used ones are being sold for just over $400 and I find it to be a hand holdable lens.

Eventually you should consider a 200mm 2.8 L for getting great shots at Flyers games!




  
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Oct 01, 2009 09:25 |  #25

nightcat wrote in post #8739919 (external link)
Eventually you should consider a 200mm 2.8 L for getting great shots at Flyers games!

He's going to need a 400 if he wants to fill the frame with Briere...


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Oct 01, 2009 09:44 |  #26

SMP_Homer wrote in post #8740408 (external link)
He's going to need a 400 if he wants to fill the frame with Briere...

IF Mr. Briere can stay healthy.

The OP would need Briere's salary if he wanted the 400mm 2.8 L !




  
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Oct 01, 2009 12:10 |  #27

Sorry, when I said 'slow', I meant max aperture, not AF speed, though as a macro, surely it isn't as fast as a 'standard' lens. Now, f2.8 is decent for portraits, but f2 is where its at for the subject isolation.


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Oct 01, 2009 12:12 |  #28

Canon 85mm 1.8 is a nice choice. Have you thought about a Tokina 50-135?

Maybe some manual flashes + a flash trigger set (RF-602). Off camera flash brings a whole new perspective into photography. Or at the very least, you won't get worse with it ^^


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Oct 01, 2009 14:57 |  #29

Sounds like we both do similar shooting. Look in my signature for lenses owned. The three listed cover an awful lot of ground! The 24-70 f/2.8 L is a great walk-around lens and a super portrait lens as well. The 85mm and 70-200 are primarily sports lenses for me. sports and race-type cars.

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Oct 01, 2009 16:04 |  #30

I wish I had the time to reply to everyone who posted such informative feedback to my question. I thank you all very much.

Yes, I need to start using my flash (430). Combine that with the fact that I may be ruining my pics in PP. Maybe I need to look at everyone's professional pictures on your sites. It's possible that I'm "darkening" my pics on purpose, b/c of my taste. My gf always tells me, it's not bright enough. So you guys are right. I guess I needed a kick in the pants.

I will not buy L glass for macro. Since it'll be rare to use macro and it'll be inside. I would want L for sports and portraits. Not ready for L right now. So maybe the 85mm 1.8 USM will be my next lens. But I will read through these two pages again before I decide. Thx again.

p.s. I'm a major hockey fan who happens to live in Philly. Season tix row 2, 224 blueline. And I'm a goalie, play 2x per week.


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