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p.1 #1 · Canon 50L --- what next?


Wanted to get some feedback from those who've been around the block a few more times than I have. Currently I have a 5d Mk II with a 50L which is my only lens at the moment (ever since jumping to full frame).
Despite how sharp the 35L is, I felt I needed to get the 50L to get the most normal FOV and so far so it's been great for most applications but I still feel that I need a lens that can give me sharper images when I need that (for food, products, textures, etc). On top of that I need diversity in focal length to help round out my kit.
I've been looking at the 135L for a long time but I'm wondering if it might be a bit long for me for regular enough usage. Any thoughts on that or other suggestions for lenses to pair with my 50L would be appreciated!



Dec 16, 2011 at 05:39 PM
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p.1 #2 · Canon 50L --- what next?


I think the addidtion of the 135L or maybe even the 70-200 IS 2.8 II would be good.


Dec 16, 2011 at 05:47 PM
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"food, products, textures, etc."
I'd start with the 100 L (or the discontinued 100 macro if you can find one), or a mid-range zoom (24-70 or 24-105) if diversity of focal length is more critical than flat field and magnification.
The 50 L should be sharp across the frame at f/4-11.



Dec 16, 2011 at 05:48 PM
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p.1 #4 · Canon 50L --- what next?


If you are shooting with strobes - a 24-105 would be ideal.




Dec 16, 2011 at 05:52 PM
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Yep - I'd say 100 macro (either one) and 24-105.



Dec 16, 2011 at 05:54 PM
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100mm would be a perfect focal length for you.


Dec 16, 2011 at 06:10 PM
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p.1 #7 · Canon 50L --- what next?


agree with the 24-105 or 100L. for food, products, and textures, any of the 3rd party macro lenses would work great too if you are looking for a cheaper alternative ie. tamron 90, sigma 70, etc.


Dec 16, 2011 at 06:23 PM
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p.1 #8 · Canon 50L --- what next?


100L would be my vote. It's good for portraits and the sharp texture shots you are wanting.


Dec 16, 2011 at 09:48 PM
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You find the 50L to not be sharp? At what apertures?


Dec 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM
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p.1 #10 · Canon 50L --- what next?


I have the same combo. I added a 135L but recently replaced it with a 70-200 IS 2.8 II. If you are looking for sharp and versatile to round out your kit, you can't do much better. It's big and heavy, but you'll stop caring about that once you review the images.

Depends on your uses though, a 24-105 may be better for you if you shoot wider and don't need 2.8.

I am curious about the needing more sharpness comment on the 50L. Stopped down there are sharper lenses, but I hope you did not buy that lens to stop-down. The only time mine ever goes past F2 is if I hand the camera to my wife. ( wait that sounds bad- she's not a photographer so more depth of field makes it much easier for her to use)




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Ernie and kjcramer ---
Yeah the 50L I stop down only by necessity (being my only lens) but 90% of the time I'm between f/1.2-f/2.0
I do find it sharp enough for most uses but sometimes I need something "critically" sharp across as much of the frame as possible. The 70-200 is great but I don't know how often I'd be comfortable whipping that out in public or in a small group when I'm looking to get some candids.



Dec 17, 2011 at 05:23 PM
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CYoon wrote:
Wanted to get some feedback from those who've been around the block a few more times than I have. Currently I have a 5d Mk II with a 50L which is my only lens at the moment (ever since jumping to full frame).
Despite how sharp the 35L is, I felt I needed to get the 50L to get the most normal FOV and so far so it's been great for most applications but I still feel that I need a lens that can give me sharper images when I need that (for food, products, textures, etc). On top of that
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24mm L
100mm 2.8 L IS USM
200mm 2.8 L USM

Or the 70-200 2.8 L IS USM instead of the last both, if you can handle the weight and do not need macro (100). If speed is no question, take the 70-200 4.0 L IS USM.




Dec 17, 2011 at 05:35 PM
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The 5DMkII with 24L, 50L, & 135L is an amazing kit! However, if you are thinking sharp food/products you might consider the 90-TS-E? I don't own one but others have said it shines in those areas. Although manual focus, I would imagine it makes a nice portrait lens as well.

JT



Dec 17, 2011 at 06:22 PM
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CYoon wrote:
Ernie and kjcramer ---
Yeah the 50L I stop down only by necessity (being my only lens) but 90% of the time I'm between f/1.2-f/2.0
I do find it sharp enough for most uses but sometimes I need something "critically" sharp across as much of the frame as possible. The 70-200 is great but I don't know how often I'd be comfortable whipping that out in public or in a small group when I'm looking to get some candids.


The 50L is critically sharp across the frame from f4-f11 as another person said (assuming you are using appropriate shutter speeds or support).

My walk around kit is the 24L II, 50L and 135L (plus EF Extender 1.4 II in case I need more reach on the 135L). I highly reccommend that kit as a goal.

For food products etc, the 100L Macro (on non-L) is a good choice.



Dec 17, 2011 at 07:06 PM
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The forgotten 50 (2.5) is great for most everything including product shots. If you want to shoot bugs, then the 100 macro would probably be a better fit.
Having owned or owning most if not all of the non-supertele L's, the cheap-a$$ 50 has become my favorite all-purpose walk-around when the Drainpipe is impractical.



Dec 17, 2011 at 07:37 PM
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p.1 #16 · Canon 50L --- what next?


For products a zoom with small MFD is very very handy. I'm thinking Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L it does Macro 1:3.

TS lenses are nice to get a tilted plane of focus but as you probably know that is not always required nor desired
in food photography. Much like an aperture of f/2.0 or macro 1:1.



Dec 18, 2011 at 10:09 PM
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p.1 #17 · Canon 50L --- what next?


Thanks for the input all. I'm going to at least give the 135L a chance (because of all the rave reviews) and see how I like it and then go from there.


Dec 19, 2011 at 05:37 AM
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p.1 #18 · Canon 50L --- what next?


When you get it shoot some full length portraits wide open and you will see.


Dec 19, 2011 at 06:32 AM
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p.1 #19 · Canon 50L --- what next?


James Taylor wrote:
The 5DMkII with 24L, 50L, & 135L is an amazing kit! However, if you are thinking sharp food/products you might consider the 90-TS-E? I don't own one but others have said it shines in those areas. Although manual focus, I would imagine it makes a nice portrait lens as well.


A resounding "yes" on the 90 TS-E. The shift action makes it the best product lens for controlling the depth-of-field. It will open up a new aspect of your product/food photography and it is also great for portraits. You still can get a nice bokeh of the background but increase the DOF of a slightly side-way face at wide open aperture for portraits. Although officially it is not an L lens but it surely acts as one .



Dec 19, 2011 at 02:56 PM





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