I’m new here, so please go easy on me. I’ve been studying and practicing photography as a hobby for a while now. I currently have a Sony a230 DSLR, and I hate it. It has come to the point where it is limiting me photographically. For a very long time, I have wanted a full frame camera. I want maximum control over DOF; I want a larger, brighter viewfinder—composing an imagine in my a230 viewfinder is very unpleasant; I want better low-light performance; I don’t want to deal with crop factors (I generally like wider focal lengths); and finally, I want better IQ. After doing a lot of research between Canon and Nikon, I have decided on a 5d Mark II, mostly because I like Canon’s lens lineup more, and I’ll have the lenses a lot longer than the body.
The issue I am currently having is which lenses to get. I am a hobbyist and have to keep the entire purchase under 5,000 (the more under that number, the better). I like landscape (urban and non), and portrait photography. I also really like low/ambient light photography; I have used a D300S with a 24-70 2.8 before and had an absolute blast taking lower light photographs (in restaurants, at social events, etc).
Specifically, I can’t figure out whether to go with zoom lenses or to go entirely with primes. I was initially looking at the 24-70mm 2.8/f, but as I looked at the Canon lens lineup, I became more and more intrigued by the primes they offer. I am especially interested in the 50mm 1.2/fL, the 28mm 1.8/f and the 85mm 1.8/f. I have noticed that when I take pictures, I use the maximum and minimum focal lengths that my zoom lens offers more often than I use the range in-between. I have also found that fixed focal length lenses make me focus more on composition, while I think zoom lenses make me a little lazier. With that being said, though, I really hate changing lenses.
Here are the options I have come up with:
1) 24-70mm f2.8 L and a 100mm f2
2) 50mm f1.2 L, 28mm f1.8 (Also interested in the 24mm f2), and 85mm f1.8
3) 16-35mm f2.8 L, 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.8
4) 24-105mm f2 L and 50mm f1.4 (My least favorite option)
I am very intrigued by the 50mm f1.2 L. It has very polarized reviews. It looks like an incredible lens (that takes some skill and practice to use properly). Is it as good as its price and press info suggest?
I know this is a very subjective and difficult question to answer for someone else. I went through all the pictures (the ones that I felt were worth editing) I took in the last few months and looked at their exif data and made a list of focal lengths I use most. Here it is *Edit: There is a 1.6 crop factor for these focal lengths*:
18mm - 260
22mm - 13
24mm - 9
26mm - 4
28mm - 10
30mm - 5
35mm - 24
40mm - 9
45mm - 6
50mm - 140
55mm - 20
75mm - 59
105mm - 11
Also, here is my flickr account if that adds any insight:
Thank you so much for any insight you can give me!