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Could use a hand with picking out some glass

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Location: Columbus, Ohio
Jul 23, 2011 22:04 |  #1

Hello folks!

Order my 7d yesterday. While i'm not new to photography I could still use some advise.

What I like to shoot are my dogs, my child, some landscapes(vacations) and urban scenes. What I what to get into eventually is wildlife(birds, insects maybe some macro of flowers).

I will have $1500 budget for glass. I was thinking the sigma 17-70 2.8-4 for general use. And a 70-200 f4L for wildlife, dogs, etc.

So what are your opinions? Should I switch one of the lens out to other glass? Thanks


Gear: 7d 24-105L 70-200L f4 IS

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Joined May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Jul 23, 2011 22:12 |  #2

I will start off with a walk around all purpose lens before jumping into any wide angle or telephoto lens! Since you have $1500 to play around, the 24-70mm F/2.8 L or the 24-105mm f/4 will be my pick!

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Jul 23, 2011 22:30 |  #3

70-200 f4L is an excellent choice, add in the 100mm macro (non L) and you'll be good to go.

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Jul 23, 2011 22:47 |  #4

Hi Chris,

And welcome to POTN...

They will be a bit more than you plan to spend, but I think I'd get the 17-55/2.8 and 70-200/4 (IS if you can stretch your budget a bit farther).

I suggest don't get a dedicated macro lens yet. You can use macro extension tubes on the 70-200 for a while. That will be just fine for flowers, smaller insects will be a little challenging though.

Later on, add a macro lens is you still want one... I'd suggest look at the new Tamron 60/2.0, since it has larger aperture than most and should double as a portrait lens better than most macro lenses.

You will find 70-200 not really going to be long enough for a lot of wildlife... especially smaller critters and birds. Start saving up for a 400mm or longer! An alternative to the 70-200 is the 100-400, but that would gobble up your entire lens budget and then some. Sigma 120-400 OS, 150-500 OS or 50-500 OS might be a more affordable alternatives. There are some reviews and comparisons on the Internet that lead me to believe these lenses are all pretty good.

It's water under the bridge since you've already ordered it, but I'd have gotten 60D and had $500-600 more to spend on lenses, personally.

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Jul 23, 2011 22:58 |  #5

+1 ^^^ Buy great glass before the body ... heck, if you can return that 7D for the 60D save the cash there and buy the glass; Glass is King.

Also agree ^^ with 70-200 not long enough for wildlife or even shooting pups. I'd suggest a 300F4 or 400F5.6 and then a 24-70 2.8 since they are selling so cheap these days with everyone thinking the new 24-70 is coming.

Thank You,

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