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Feb 17, 2014 19:29 |  #76

Well then, i am sorry about what i said, and let anyone choose the best for themselves regardless what it could be, and you are right, what is best for me not necessarily be best for others too.


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Feb 17, 2014 19:41 |  #77

Tareq wrote in post #16697470 (external link)
Well then, i am sorry about what i said, and let anyone choose the best for themselves regardless what it could be, and you are right, what is best for me not necessarily be best for others too.

I think you are too hard on yourself with this apology. Anyone with very specific and esoteric needs in lenses is never going to start a thread 'what two lenses should I buy?' Because 'duh!' this person will know their own needs better than a thousand internet contributors.

If you only shoot tilt-shift lenses at midnight on alternate Thursdays while masturbating left handed, you don't need all of us to tell you what you need.

'What two lenses should I get?' is by definition a generalists question. And so for a FF camera the answer is nearly obvious:

24-70/2.8 II
70-200/2.8 IS II

Sure, some folks might say that for their specific needs, these are not the correct two lenses. But those same folks would never have asked this question in the first place.


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Feb 17, 2014 19:54 |  #78

24L II and 50L for me. That covers 24mm 38mm 50mm and 80mm.
That covers wide, environmental, standard, and portrait.


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Feb 17, 2014 20:02 |  #79
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JeffreyG wrote in post #16697506 (external link)
I think you are too hard on yourself with this apology. Anyone with very specific and esoteric needs in lenses is never going to start a thread 'what two lenses should I buy?' Because 'duh!' this person will know their own needs better than a thousand internet contributors.

If you only shoot tilt-shift lenses at midnight on alternate Thursdays while masturbating left handed, you don't need all of us to tell you what you need.

'What two lenses should I get?' is by definition a generalists question. And so for a FF camera the answer is nearly obvious:

24-70/2.8 II
70-200/2.8 IS II

Sure, some folks might say that for their specific needs, these are not the correct two lenses. But those same folks would never have asked this question in the first place.

Ummm...OK, if you say so.




  
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Feb 17, 2014 20:03 |  #80
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InfiniteDivide wrote in post #16697543 (external link)
24L II and 50L for me. That covers 24mm 38mm 50mm and 80mm.
That covers wide, environmental, standard, and portrait.

What...no zoom. That can't be the best. Obviously the best is the two latest zooms...to think otherwise is just wrong.:)




  
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Feb 17, 2014 20:14 |  #81

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What...no zoom. That can't be the best. Obviously the best is the two latest zooms...to think otherwise is just wrong.:)

You're right! Zooms! I forgot the ones that shoots at f1.2- f2.0 :oops:
Think of all that time I wasted moving my feet! :razz:
My zoom of choice would be a 24-70L II


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Feb 17, 2014 20:15 |  #82

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Ummm...OK, if you say so.

Uh-huh. And in this very thread I've seen earnest suggestions for a two lens kit of a 200-400/4L IS and a 600/4L IS. Yup, great set for a bird/wildlife photographer.

Does anyone think the OP is a very specific bird/wildlife photographer who still has absolutely no idea what two lenses might be appropriate?

Or a very specific landscape photographer who has no idea what lenses might work for that?

The more generic the question, the more likely the best answer is something that can 'do it all' within reason.


You, Hogloff, have no need for fast apertures. But that is an esoteric requirement compared to most people. On the other hand, several people here have suggested very fast prime lenses like a 24/1.4 II or a 50/1.2 L. Those fast lenses are good choices for a person that really wants a fast lens, but they give up a lot in range as a two-lens kit otherwise.

So back to my point, the best two lenses for a generalist approach will be neither very slow maximum aperture nor very limited super fast primes.


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Feb 17, 2014 20:20 |  #83

The two best lenses that cover the widest variety of shooting situations at the highest IQ possible are the 24-70 II and the 70-200 II. I'm totally with Jeffrey on this one. Yes, there are lenses that have larger apertures. Yes, there are lenses that go long. But these two lenses can cover 99% of most shooting situations for most people while giving up very little in terms of IQ to more specialized prime lenses. So, if a generalist is looking to have a 2 lens kit, I think they would be best served with arguably the two best general purpose zoom lenses ever made - the 24-70 II and the 70-200 II.


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Feb 17, 2014 20:48 |  #84

And as long the OP have 70-200II already then i can say 24-70 and 16-35 will do him for long time.


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Feb 17, 2014 22:05 |  #85

Only 2? For my cropper is would be the 15-85 and the 100-300 L. Now that's a choice for focal length range over lens speed which others wouldn't make but both lenses are well stabilized and software can imitate some selective focus, so that's my compromise.

For FF I would replace the 15-85 with a 24-105.


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Feb 17, 2014 22:10 |  #86

Invertalon wrote in post #16695960 (external link)
16-35 II and 70-200 II most likely.

This is a nice combo, but the 16-35 II sells new for $1900 in NZ and around $1500 used

My budget is nearer the $800 NZ

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canon 17-40/4 and 24-105/4 i own both the 7d and 5d-3 these two lenses seem to work on these two cameras,even though they overlap a little i don't mind,looking to add a 70-200/2.8-2 very soon as needed!

Which of these two lenses do you find yourself using the most? they are both within my price range and probably near the top of my shortlist

the list is narrowing down a bit,
These are within my price range ($700-800 NZ)
17-40L
24-105L
50 1.4

These will take some more saving ($1500-2000 NZ)
16-35L I or II
24-70L I or II
24 1.4
35 1.4

Does anyone have experience with Canon 28-70L f2.8??
I can get a second hand one for $820 NZ


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Feb 17, 2014 22:41 |  #87

Are we sure the 2 best zooms ever made are Canon?


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Feb 17, 2014 22:42 as a reply to  @ Milutiche's post |  #88

Some considerations

24L and 50L

16-35L and 100L

24-105L and 35L

Not 2-
but I could do with these 3 maybe :cool:

24L , 50L, 100L

And I have been considering narrowing my lenses to this trio for now-
17-40L , 35 is , 100L

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Feb 18, 2014 00:35 |  #89

Otohp wrote in post #16697958 (external link)
Some considerations

24L and 50L

16-35L and 100L

24-105L and 35L

Not 2-
but I could do with these 3 maybe :cool:

24L , 50L, 100L

And I have been considering narrowing my lenses to this trio for now-
17-40L , 35 is , 100L

Otohp.

We have the same goal Otohp, you won't be disappointed. I am swapping out my 50 1.4 for a 50L next.
Zooms are great, but I like the challenge of choosing the right focal length and the right placement to frame my shots.
The 16-35mm and 100L combo could definitely get the job done. But I love my 24mm and 50mm at f1.4-2.0 they really shine.


OP:If budget is a concern, I would vote for the 28mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, and 85 1.8 range.


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Feb 18, 2014 05:55 |  #90

I will get 16-35L II sooner or later because i found it new in one shot for about $1350 brand new unopened, i hope to sell my mk1 the i can pay almost half to 70% of that price, so it is in my budget range very much.

Just i feel sad about 24-70 2.8II to be very expensive, but even that i can afford in the future if i need to sell my mk1 sooner or later, but i will not be in rush for 24-70, but i will go for 16-35L very soon when i sell my lens, i have someone who will buy it for about $900, i offered it for $1000 but i can lower it anyway as long i found a good deal already for brand new.

I sold my 70-200 mk1 to this same friend who is looking for my 16-35L and bought my 70-200 mk2 for about $1950, so i am happy i can save budget with reasonable prices i found for brand new lenses and i never look back, i know it is too much and show off, but i will not miss this opportunity to buy glasses i want/dream about at good prices, i can always buy cheap lenses for sure, but if i have budget for more expensive and i found good prices then why not?

Good luck again for your 2 only lenses!!!


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