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Which L series lens should be my FIRST (and second)?

 
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Apr 15, 2012 23:49 |  #1

I am looking to finally invest in some L series lenses, which lens would you advice me to purchase first?

I use a Rebel T3i and mostly shoot portraits / landscapes and Event photography.


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Apr 15, 2012 23:50 |  #2

24-70mm f/2.8L


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Apr 15, 2012 23:54 |  #3

It's a pretty personal question that really needs you to do a lot of research into YOUR needs and wants.


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Apr 16, 2012 00:14 as a reply to  @ Bear Dale's post |  #4

For me it was a 17-40 f4, followed by a 70-200 f4 (now a 70-200 f2.8 IS II). Back then I had a 30D.


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Apr 16, 2012 00:36 |  #5

definitely 24-70mm f/2.8.
It's the mother of all L lens and the most general purpose lens.


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Apr 16, 2012 00:38 as a reply to  @ Perfect_10's post |  #6

What lenses do you have now? Why does it have to be an "L", 17-5x f/2.8 would serve well in those situations?


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Apr 16, 2012 00:39 |  #7

AmitShinde0511 wrote in post #14272916 (external link)
definitely 24-70mm f/2.8.
It's the mother of all L lens and the most general purpose lens.

Really? I like mine, but it seems one of the most ragged on L zooms on POTN.


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Apr 16, 2012 04:05 |  #8

I vote for a 17-5X 2.8 variant instead. Sigma OS version is a good choice. Then later purchase a 70-200L of your choosing.


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Apr 16, 2012 05:44 |  #9

70-200 f/2.8L


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Apr 16, 2012 05:47 |  #10

24L II for Rebal.


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Apr 16, 2012 05:55 |  #11

fotoworx wrote in post #14272754 (external link)
It's a pretty personal question that really needs you to do a lot of research into YOUR needs and wants.

I agree. You shouldn't get an L just to get an L. That's frankly a waste of money, and it will not improve your photography. My mantra for upgrading gear is this:

When you regularly want to do something with your photography, and find that you can't because of the limitations of your current gear, then get the equipment that will enable you to get the types of shots you're missing now. So, if you feel that you have a pressing need for a larger aperture at portrait focal lengths, either because you're shooting in lower light without flash or because you want shallower depth of field, then get a faster lens in the 85-135mm (effective) focal range. (With a crop body, the 50/1.4 or 85/1.8 is usually the best compromise in terms of image quality and price, depending on your preference in focal length.) Heck, the 85/1.8 is a much better event lens than the 85L due to its much faster autofocus. In this case, the 85L and 50L are really specialty lenses that in my opinion should only be purchased by those who truly have a NEED for f/1.2. Otherwise, you're just going to waste money.

If you find the compositions you want to have are limited by how wide you can go, then get an ultra-wide (which would NOT be an L in your case).

The point is not to blow money on lenses you don't need. If you have a need for an L, then by all means, go for it, but realize in many cases, it makes MUCH more sense to go for a non-L and save the money. It really depends on the person.

The biggest thing to realize is that better lenses won't make your photographic eye better...they can only improve the sharpness, color rendition, bokeh, etc. Lenses with better capabilities can allow you to get some shots you couldn't get without it, but it's a fine line. If you make great pictures now, then you might be able to do more with your camera with better gear, but if you make average stuff now, adding a better lens (especially if you don't have a real reason for upgrading in mind), will simply get you slightly sharper average stuff.

It sounds to me like you just want the 'L' badge on your lens, rather than you have a pressing need for the capabilities. Getting a 'pro' lens will not get you 'pro' pictures.


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Apr 16, 2012 06:41 |  #12

Never had great results with a 24.70 on a crop sensor. The 17-55. 2.8 would work much better unless you are going ff anytime soon.


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Apr 16, 2012 07:15 as a reply to  @ MGiddings Photography's post |  #13

I would go with the 35L. It is a great lens. Then the 70-200F/4L.


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Apr 16, 2012 07:19 |  #14

135 f/2L
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Apr 16, 2012 07:32 |  #15

24-105 f4 IS L followed by 70-200 f4 IS L, both great lenses and both great for portraits. Probably not wide enough for your landscapes, but I'm guessing you already have a lens for those anyway.


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