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Mar 01, 2010 06:20 |  #1

After 5 years of digital EOS photography, I think I've settled on my ultimate line-up.

As the title says, not quite the holy trinity but close enough, and with a couple of extras..

Here's my progression:

Bodies:
300D -> 5D -> 1DsMkII

Lenses (all now gone):
18-55, Tamron 28-200, 50 1.8, Sigma 10-20, 70-200f4L IS

Lenses (keeping):
15 FE
35L
85 1.8
135L
24-70L

In my opinion, the 15 and 85 are almost as good as the L's.

I found that I wasn't using the longer length of the 70-200, and I can put my 1.4 TC on the 135L on the rare occasions I need extra reach.

The wealth of information on here has helped me to get to this setup, and there's nothing I'd like to change now.

Lessons learned along the way:
1. Just because everyone on here raves about a particular lens, doesn't mean it is right for you. True the 70-200 4L IS is amazingly sharp, but it rarely went on the camera because it was too long for most of my shooting, and when travelling got left out of the bag as other lenses get used more.
2. Cheap lenses are good for learning. 50.18 is a great example. The image quality may not be the best wide open, but it's a great way to learn about DOF.
3. Lens prices go up, bodies go down. I've watched new (and used) lens prices rocket in the past couple of years. If I'd had the cash in 2007......
4. Try lenses out. The Buy/Sell forums here mean you can recover most of the cost if you decide you don't like it.
5. The L's are worth the money.
6. Eventually you will end up buying the lens(es) you initially lusted after!

Hope this is useful to people starting out...


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Mar 01, 2010 06:35 |  #2

Very cool post. I'm drifting toward a similar set. I also rarely shoot telephoto, and for now I just have a 70-210 3.5-4.5 USM for the times I need it. I think later on I might like it for portrait range, I'm still learning my way around full frame, just got the 5D two months ago.

I'm also digging the full set of primes, but the 24-70 for when you can get away with it.

Thanks for posting this, I dunno if it helps out other people, but it is the type of thing that helps me out.


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Mar 01, 2010 06:37 |  #3

Great post.


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Mar 01, 2010 06:47 |  #4

One man's ultimate set may not be that of another. It really comes down to what every person shoots once they get comfortable with photography.

Good post.


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Mar 01, 2010 08:20 |  #5

laydros wrote in post #9705351 (external link)
I'm also digging the full set of primes, but the 24-70 for when you can get away with it.

Much as I love the primes (and I only got the 35L on Saturday) I just don't think I'll ever part with the 24-70. It's been part of my setup since 2006 and is by far the most used lens I've ever owned.


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Mar 01, 2010 14:39 |  #6

heh i'm still building my lineup. problem is is shoot a little of everything, I dont see myself going FF anytime soon so my "trinity" will be

canon 10-22
canon 17-55 2.8 IS
canon 100-400L

i also carry a canon 100mm macro (man i woud love an MP-E)
and a fast prime (currently a 1.8 50 but i would love to get a 1.2 50)

ive dropped the 18-55 kit and am selling my 18-270 tamron superzoom




  
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Mar 01, 2010 16:26 |  #7

Point 1 in the OP makes an important point. I see so many posts in here that just produce myriad "opinions" without good reasoning. I've said before, most people will recommend what they have (which is what they know). And I see criticisms of lenses from people that don't own the lens they are criticiziing. The "dust pump" criticism of the 100-400 is a case in point.
As I've said before, only YOU can learn how to use something and only YOU know what would work best for you--after practice, practice, practice and analysis, analysis, analysis.


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Mar 01, 2010 18:51 |  #8

That's pretty much my holy trinity. I just need the 24-70 and would one day like to upgrade my 85 1.8 to the 85L


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Mar 01, 2010 22:00 |  #9

My signature has most of what I think are the best bang for the buck lenses you can get. All I need to complete my kit is either a 60mm macro or 85mm 1.8. Once I get this last piece I dont think I will be needing a lens for a long time.




  
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Mar 01, 2010 22:34 |  #10

After 3 months of shooting... I pretty much have an idea already of what I want to get for my lenses...as for the body I really don't care...maybe what is the latest when I decide to upgrade... my dream lineup is in my wishlist in my sig. after I acquire those... I may stop. :)


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Mar 01, 2010 22:42 |  #11

It isn't hard to make a list of lenses I want... it is just hard to get the money to buy them and to choose which ones to buy in what order =P


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Mar 01, 2010 22:47 |  #12

Anthony, that looks a good trinity to me!

I think the 15FE is a bit of an oddball, but then, that's what is so cool about photography.... everyone can use different things in different ways.




  
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Mar 01, 2010 23:20 |  #13

anthony27 wrote in post #9705294 (external link)
Just because everyone on here raves about a particular lens, doesn't mean it is right for you.

I agree. The emphasis should be on learning to capture great images, not just spending a bunch of money on gear. Lenses are just tools.. No one tool is right for every job, and I've found that you can take crappy pics with very expensive lenses and outstanding pics with very inexpensive lenses (50 f/1.8 )..


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Mar 02, 2010 01:47 |  #14

im glad you are telling me i will eventually own a TS 17..or 24....or 45..or or or

and that 200 f2 i've been lusting after.




  
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Mar 02, 2010 09:42 |  #15

just finished getting my trinity!

30 1.4, 85 1.8, 200 2.8!


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