Ok, I'm like a lot of folks...a very limited budget. I've started halving up the ramen noodle cakes...half for breakfast and half for supper. When the budget improves I will be adding water to them...
Well, maybe it's not really *that* bad, but it's tight.
The situation is that I have a very bad case of GAS. The sad thing about GAS is that it's really only possible to treat the condition...there is no cure it. My treatment is limited by the above mentioned noodle situation.
Bottom line... I'm looking for a new lens, not just any lens but the last lens that I will be able to buy for a *long* time...
My current lenses are:
14mm f/2.8 Samyang (Used little, but haven't really had time to get it out where I want to...in the swamp.)
50mm f/1.8 MKI (used sporadically for portraits)
85mm f/1.8 (this appears to be replacing the 50mm, I love the IQ.)
100mm f/2.8 Macro (non-L) (used mostly for...macro, but not shooting a lot of that currently, but still intersted.)
28-75mm f/2.8 Tamron (my walk-around lens)
Of these, I most frequently use the 28-75mm and the 85mm, with the zoom on my camera most of the time. Some days I hang the 85mm in an attempt to "see" that focal length...also, if I'm shooting portraits. I really like the IQ of the 85mm.
I'm a hobbyist. Life has me stretched out right now trying to put food on the table (those noodles are expensive!) so I'm not getting to spend a lot of time shooting but hopefully I'll figure that out soon. The bulk of my shooting involves my grandchildren or events at the church I attend...lots of people shots. As for non-human images they're scattered all over the map...landscapes, still life, flowers, critters, etc.,. No rhyme or reason...I'm still trying to find my crack in the rock to hang out in.
As for lenses, I also have a small assortment of old Nikkor lenses. A while back I put a 135mm f/2.8 Nikkor Q on my 6D and shot some images of my grandchildren as they were playing and I liked the results...somewhat. Focus confirmation isn't the same thing as AF so I had a lot of "almosts" with a few keepers. Also, a bit of CA involved. But, that got me to looking at (and following) the lengthy 135mm f2 thread here on the forum. The images are great (understatement)!!! So my GAS has been "moving" towards the 135mm F2. I'm enamored by the image quality of this lens. It will accept an extender (we used to call them tele-converters) so I could get a little more reach later on.
But, being on the limited ramen noodle budget I have to think...versatility. Would my money be better invested in a longer zoom? Specifically one of the 70-200 offerings. I've decided that if I choose one of these that it will have IS...my hands, arms, body, mind, etc., are not getting any more steady as time progresses. This brings in the debate of the F4 version versus the f2.8 version (with a sub-debate of v1 or v2 for the f2.8 version). The budget strongly favors the price of the F4 and would maybe allow for a 1.4x extender later on. Between the zooms, maybe the F4 IS is more inline with what I need...?? The idea of smaller and lighter appeals to me (those shaky hands, etc.,). But, then there's the noise issue with the F4...is it really bad noise?
So, what I'm looking at are the 135mm f2 L, the 70-200mm f4L IS, and maybe the 70-200mm f2.8L IS (v1 or v2).
But, then there's the wildcard. Since I keep the Tamron on the camera most of the time should I be looking for a better walk-around lens? The 28-75mm Tamron is pretty good, but I know there is better. For some reason, though, I haven't really studied the wider focal length range of zooms...maybe I'm satisfied where I'm at for a walk-around lens? Or, maybe it's simply I'm wanting something with more reach?
I do know that I'm looking for better glass and I *think* it's in the focal lengths mentioned.
One last thought, I have a T2i that I might use the "new" lens on at times, but I see it being used on the 6D much more often. I would sell the T2i, but it's a good camera and just doesn't bring much when selling...I'm hanging on to it as a back-up.
Well, this was more of a novel than a post. Maybe I just needed to write my thoughts down...kinda like therapy (without the electricity) or something. So, if you're still with me at this point feel free to give me counseling, recommendations, thoughts, money, gold bullion, precious gems, or simply an understanding nod of the head followed by a deep sigh...they're all appreciated.
So I'm sitting here flip-flopping like a blue-gill in the bottom of a john boat trying to figure out what to do. I can't sleep at night, my dog is confused and keeps his distance, and my wife keeps looking at me worriedly when she sees me walking around with this blank look in my eyes muttering like Amos McCoy.
This decision is killin' me...it's misery I tell ya!!!!