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Dec 12, 2012 15:18 |  #1

There are tons of these threads, I know.

Just upgraded to FF, and like others who do this, have some turnover happening in my lens mix with EF-S gone now and new less-familiar-to-me options available.

My current 2 lenses are in my sig (85mm 1.8 and 24-105mm). I have about $700 coming my way to spend/save towards the next lens and am wondering in what direction to go. I am open to any/all ideas.... keep my current 2 lenses & add? sell one of my current 2 and upgrade? wide angle? zoom or prime? Used/new? This is a wide net I'm casting here and just looking to see what combos folks would recommend since many of you have done this all before.

BTW my main interests are (a) family/kids portraits and (b) the occasional architecture/landscape​. Haven't done sports shooting but have had a request or two for it. Am mainly amateur but the occasional family/kids paid gigs come up. I'm leaning towards primes but am not married to the idea of all-prime.


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Dec 12, 2012 15:20 |  #2

You are missing some telephoto. You can pickup a 70-200 f/4 or f/2.8 to cover your telephoto range. Primes will end up being more expensive to cover up the same range. You could also think about a 135L which isn't that expensive.


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Dec 12, 2012 15:21 |  #3

I'd keep it as-is for now. Use it for a while and see what, if any, shortcomings you face. Then decide what to do about it.


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Dec 12, 2012 15:23 |  #4

Keep the 85, sell the 24-105, and get a 17-40 and a 70-200 f4?


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Dec 12, 2012 15:23 |  #5

Hmm, you look like you're missing something in the telephoto range, perhaps a 70-200 of some sort? Or maybe a 135L? With that kind of camera now, you don't really want to go too cheap if you do decide on something. Otherwise your current lenses are just fine.


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Dec 12, 2012 15:47 |  #6

Kolor-Pikker ... I was checking out 135L reviews earlier. Looks like a top L lens, especially for the price.

Some on POTN seem to like this combo for FF prime-only...

new 35mm 1.4 sigma + 85mm 1.8/sigma1.4/1.2 + 135L

And there's always the Canon "holy trinity" I guess.


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Dec 13, 2012 04:30 |  #7

If you like how your 85mm used to look on your old crop camera, then the 135 will fill that hole nicely, as it will give you a similar field of view. It also takes a 1.4xTC very well, so you can have a 190mm f/2.8 in a pinch, if you need that extra reach. It's a lot of lens that you get for the money.


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Dec 13, 2012 05:04 |  #8

Two lenses that probably serve for 99% of use on my FF are a 24-70 and 70-200.


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Dec 13, 2012 10:40 |  #9

nccb wrote in post #15358671 (external link)
There are tons of these threads, I know.

Just upgraded to FF, and like others who do this, have some turnover happening in my lens mix with EF-S gone now and new less-familiar-to-me options available.

My current 2 lenses are in my sig (85mm 1.8 and 24-105mm). I have about $700 coming my way to spend/save towards the next lens and am wondering in what direction to go. I am open to any/all ideas.... keep my current 2 lenses & add? sell one of my current 2 and upgrade? wide angle? zoom or prime? Used/new? This is a wide net I'm casting here and just looking to see what combos folks would recommend since many of you have done this all before.

BTW my main interests are (a) family/kids portraits and (b) the occasional architecture/landscape​. Haven't done sports shooting but have had a request or two for it. Am mainly amateur but the occasional family/kids paid gigs come up. I'm leaning towards primes but am not married to the idea of all-prime.

How about saving for a bit longer and going with a 100-400?


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