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Feb 05, 2009 17:49 |  #1

What do you guys enjoy shooting with more? I'm looking to buy some high quality lenses for the 5d mii I will buy soon. Primes only, zooms only, or zooms + primes? Suggestions for lens combinations would be awesome!


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Feb 05, 2009 17:51 |  #2

Welcome to POTN. What do you shoot? Without telling us that, it's hard to make any meaningful suggestions.


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Feb 05, 2009 17:54 as a reply to  @ Perry Ge's post |  #3

I prefer shooting primes--but it is not always practical.

A little more info would be nice!

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Feb 05, 2009 17:54 |  #4

L- zoom or prime its L :)


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Feb 05, 2009 17:57 |  #5

charl1e wrote in post #7262710 (external link)
What do you guys enjoy shooting with more? I'm looking to buy some high quality lenses for the 5d mii I will buy soon. Primes only, zooms only, or zooms + primes? Suggestions for lens combinations would be awesome!

i'd start with a walkaround zoom and see where that takes you, and try to keep an open mind and not buy into the squawking of the ideological parrots :D.

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Feb 05, 2009 18:01 |  #6

Zooms + Primes of course.

On a 5D2 I would start with a zoom that covers wide angle to short telephoto like the EF 24-105/4L and add to the kit from there as needed.


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Feb 05, 2009 18:02 |  #7

oh man im so down know,just lost a Zeiss 85mm contax 1.4 by 5 euros two minutes ago my bid was 360 and it sold for 365.16..... oh man know i wont sleep!!!


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Feb 05, 2009 18:03 |  #8

If you're building a collection then I'd look at some of the rarer primes, they tend to hold their value best. :)

If you're trying to determine what lens will be best for you, then I'd recommend you try out some (go to the local camera store) and see what focal length(s) seem to work best for what you think you'll be shooting.

Once you have a focal range and can describe what you think you'll shoot then you'll be able to get more relevant suggestions/advice.


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Feb 05, 2009 18:05 |  #9

I started out with all-zoom! Now all i got are prime!


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Feb 05, 2009 18:06 |  #10

if you are a true collector you will buy both.

if you are like the rest of us you will buy a compromise of what you need and can afford.


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Feb 05, 2009 18:09 |  #11

Thanks for the warm welcome :)
As of now, I shoot with a Canon XT, Sigma 17-70, 18-55 IS, 50 1.8, and sigma 55-200. Low end set up, but it was my beginners kit and has worked great for me. So now I need to sell all this stuff!
I'm pretty interested in the 24-105, but it's so dang expensive. I could get three decent primes for that price, right? I do want a fairly wide lens, is 24mm wide on FF?

Oh and sorry about your misfortune zinco! that's happened to me before too :)


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Feb 05, 2009 18:10 |  #12

MinhThien, are the primes much sharper in your opinion?


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Feb 05, 2009 18:17 |  #13

charl1e wrote in post #7262845 (external link)
Thanks for the warm welcome :)
As of now, I shoot with a Canon XT, Sigma 17-70, 18-55 IS, 50 1.8, and sigma 55-200. Low end set up, but it was my beginners kit and has worked great for me. So now I need to sell all this stuff!
I'm pretty interested in the 24-105, but it's so dang expensive. I could get three decent primes for that price, right? I do want a fairly wide lens, is 24mm wide on FF?

:)

Are you pricing the 24-105 as included with the 5D2 in the kit. It is quite a good value as such. I got my 24-105L kitted with the 5D and it is a great lens. It is very sharp and the range covered is just extremely convenient on a 35mm camera.


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Feb 05, 2009 18:21 |  #14

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Feb 05, 2009 18:22 |  #15

Im not sure but id did A lot of research and went for a cheap alternative. i was looking at 24mm L and 28mm 1.8. in the end i bought a sigma 24mm 1.8. supposdly it has nice bokeh and iq. its still in royal mail but half the price of the canon 1.8 and about an eight of the L lens.....


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