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Aug 17, 2010 08:26 |  #1

Hi,

Recently i sold my 24-70L lens (got itch to buy prime).
I tried 35L and i liked it, but i am looking at 85L but not sure if 85L will be to tight while taking pictures at home?
I have 2 young kids (1 running around and other only 6 months).
I have tested 35L that i can bring all 3 including my wife in frame but not sure if i can frame all 3 using 85L. Anyone own 85L can advise if this lens can be used at home to photograph a group of 3~4 ppl (how far camera need to be for such group? 10~15 feet?).

BTW i am using 5D2.

Thanks in advance


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Aug 17, 2010 08:30 |  #2

Can be used anywhere but you have honestly answered your own question. If you can fit your family in at 35mm, I would think about a 50mm instead.

What lenses do you currently own? If you have a zoom, try it out at different FL's and see how you end up getting on.


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Aug 17, 2010 08:37 |  #3

elysium wrote in post #10736856 (external link)
Can be used anywhere but you have honestly answered your own question. If you can fit your family in at 35mm, I would think about a 50mm instead.

What lenses do you currently own? If you have a zoom, try it out at different FL's and see how you end up getting on.

It was only 24-70L, now i have only body and no lens.
I loved my 24-70L but need 1.4~1.2 due to low light at home (and better bokeh :oops:), i also found 24-70L was sharper on my 1D3 than 5D2 (plus it was bit heavy on my 5D2).


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Aug 17, 2010 08:46 |  #4

It sounds like you need the Sigma 30mm.


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Aug 17, 2010 08:48 |  #5

Tigerkn wrote in post #10736941 (external link)
It sounds like you need the Sigma 30mm.

Sigma 30 on 5D2 :eek:.


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Aug 17, 2010 09:00 |  #6

Should have kept the 24-70 and gone for a flash to start with. Then loo at the 85mm 1.8 to start.


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Aug 17, 2010 09:00 |  #7

Have you considered the 85/1.8? You could get the 35L and 85/1.8 for the price of the 85L and you'll even have some extra cash.


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Aug 17, 2010 09:13 |  #8

elysium wrote in post #10737003 (external link)
Should have kept the 24-70 and gone for a flash to start with. Then loo at the 85mm 1.8 to start.

I tend to agree with this. The larger aperture of an 85 f/1.8 or similar will let you shoot in lower light levels, but at the expense of D.O.F. which is very thin at less than f/2.8

I think the 85 will be too tight to regularly frame 3-4 people indoors, even on the 5D2.

The 24-70 zoom seems ideal to chase active kids with.


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Aug 17, 2010 09:19 |  #9

elysium wrote in post #10737003 (external link)
Should have kept the 24-70 and gone for a flash to start with. Then loo at the 85mm 1.8 to start.

I was actually suggest getting a flash, but it seems the OP already has a 580EXII.


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Aug 17, 2010 09:32 |  #10

35L on a 5dmkII indoors will be the most practical since its "semi" wide.

I woulda kept the 24-70L since its gonna keep up with the older child. Bokeh is excellent on that lens. Bouncing flash can be quite natural looking.

85L indoors is gonna be horrible for framing in home if you intend to have more than 1 person. Having part of the surroundings is story telling unless you want head shots/3/4 only.

My 24-70L is equally as sharp on my 1d3 to my 5dmkII. OP, sounds like you may have needed to micro adjust your 24-70L to your 5d2


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Aug 17, 2010 10:03 |  #11

Thanks guys, seems either i will buy 24-70L back or will get 35L.


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Aug 17, 2010 13:26 |  #12

commonjunks wrote in post #10737380 (external link)
Thanks guys, seems either i will buy 24-70L back or will get 35L.

Getting the zoom will take you back to the same limitations that made you sell it in the first place.
The 35L is awesome. Of course, getting a prime has its own limitations but it might be worth a try.


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Aug 17, 2010 14:14 |  #13

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Aug 17, 2010 14:17 |  #14

commonjunks wrote in post #10736843 (external link)
Hi,

Recently i sold my 24-70L lens (got itch to buy prime).
I tried 35L and i liked it, but i am looking at 85L but not sure if 85L will be to tight while taking pictures at home?
I have 2 young kids (1 running around and other only 6 months).
I have tested 35L that i can bring all 3 including my wife in frame but not sure if i can frame all 3 using 85L. Anyone own 85L can advise if this lens can be used at home to photograph a group of 3~4 ppl (how far camera need to be for such group? 10~15 feet?).

BTW i am using 5D2.

Thanks in advance

I'd say very difficult with 85L. You'll have lot of fun with 35L, though.


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Aug 17, 2010 14:37 |  #15

commonjunks wrote in post #10736843 (external link)
Hi,

I have tested 35L that i can bring all 3 including my wife in frame but not sure if i can frame all 3 using 85L.

Of course you can, you just have to step back quite a bit.

How did you make out with shooting @ 70mm when you still had your 24-70L?




  
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