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24L + ? + 135L

 
Rsyx
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Aug 15, 2010 13:07 |  #1

Okay, I've been here on the forums for a while now and I've received lots of great advice. My kit is starting to come together nicely and I'm having lots of fun delving deeper and deeper into photography.

My dilemma: what do I get between the 24L and 135L?

I was more or less set on the ZE 50 Makro-Planar, but find out more and more that the lens doesn't have the distinctive 3D-rendering that Zeiss is known for. I really liked this in my ZE 35 f/2, so I started doubting. This 2/50 that I wanted for so long, is it really what I need?

I use the 24L (Mark 1) as a general walkaround on my 40D, while the 135L is used for my tele needs. I like to shoot general land/cityscapes with my moderate wide-angle 24L (38 mm full frame equivalent). I would like a lens for shooting people and in a simple studio somewhere around 50mm.

So far, I've come up with the following options:
1. Purchase the ZE 50 Makro-Planar
2. Purchase the ZE 50 1.4 and upgrade the 24L1 to 24L2
3. Purchase the ZE 50 1.4 and change the 24L1 to ZE 21
4. Purchase the ZE 50 1.4 and keep the rest of the money in my pocket

I'm quite happy with my 24L1 at the moment, so going to the Mark 2 is not an absolute necessity to me. The TS-E that is still found in my signature will be sold off this coming weekend.

My budget is around €1000. I would greatly appreciate some insights besides the valuable information that I've received from a few members on the boards already. I've posted 4 options, but alternatives are very welcome as well. I would like to stick with primes.


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Aug 15, 2010 13:39 |  #2

Difficult decisions Rsyx. You are making me doubt too of my upcoming purchase. The Zeiss 50/1.4 is a fantastic lens at f2.8 and above and at f5.6 it's simply amazing. The way I look at it, I have the 24L II for night shots and perhaps what I need is a normal lens outdoor. Which would mean a smaller aperture use (read 50/1.4 stopped down)

Will I use the 50/2? No doubt I will but and it's a big but...will I have that unique Zeiss rendition. I hear the 50/1.4 at f5.6 has it in spades.

Looking at your options above maybe just maybe option 2 is a good one. It's something I need to try out myself in few weeks time. 50/2 vs. 35/2 vs. 50/1.4


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Aug 15, 2010 13:50 |  #3

For portraits the ZE 50/1.4 is good even wide open as you really don't need it to be remarkably sharp. I find it has good 'pop' at 2.8-5.6 but again it depends on subject distance to camera and to background. If you like you 24L then I'd opt for option 4. Personally, I'd go for option 3 as i like the ZE 21 unless you need AF and low light capabilities in which case I'm still inclined for option 4.




  
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Aug 15, 2010 13:57 |  #4

what about sigmas 50 f1.4?


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Aug 15, 2010 14:17 |  #5

Thanks for the replies so far Jam.radonc, emitecaps and Zerimar. It is a very difficult decision to me indeed. Options 2 might be a good one, but might also work with option 4: first buy the ZE 50 1.4 and then see if I need an upgrade for my 24L.

The low light capabilities do come in handy with the 24L, of which I'd lose 2 stops if I switch to the ZE 21.

For some reason, I've never liked the Sigma rendering and think that I never will. The Sigma 50mm is therefore not an option to me. The Canon 50mm f/1.4 is, but it seems like there are better options out there. I would also really like to keep at least one Zeiss lens.


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