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p.1 #1 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


hi, i'm new here. Just upgraded to full frame and now rebuilding my gear. given the budget, I can only afford one L lens for now. Should I go for 24-70 f/2.8 for flexibility or get a 35mm f/1.4? What would you pick if you're on a budget?


Dec 28, 2011 at 01:23 AM
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p.1 #2 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


standard question....what type of pictures are you going to take with the lens?

prh



Dec 28, 2011 at 01:26 AM
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p.1 #3 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


What do you shoot?

35/1.4 is a superb lens but not a zoom. so shallower dof, faster, lower light.

Mind you the 24-70 is no slouch either.



Dec 28, 2011 at 01:28 AM
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p.1 #4 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


portrait, landscape, stills. the zoom does me good when i do events but prefer the sharpness of prime.

thanks.



Dec 28, 2011 at 01:29 AM
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p.1 #5 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


Look through your old pictures. The most frequent focal length will answer your own question.


Dec 28, 2011 at 01:30 AM
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p.1 #6 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


I would go zoom 1st and then add primes. 1st-24-70 2nd 70-200 then primes. You could also get the Rokinon/Samyang 35mm if auto focus isn't crucial.


Dec 28, 2011 at 01:33 AM
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p.1 #7 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


this question is rather open ended and will be fueled by more preference than anything unless you state exact goals. what suits you? i prefer prime anyday


Dec 28, 2011 at 01:35 AM
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p.1 #8 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


35L or 50.




Dec 28, 2011 at 01:47 AM
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p.1 #9 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


What lenses do you have now? If I had to use one lens with my 5D2 it would be the 24-105L. I use that lens much more than my 24-70L. For landscapes, portraits or as a walk around lens I think it covers the bases well. You can get more specific lenses for each application, but none that do all the 24-105L does, and with IS, IMO.


Dec 28, 2011 at 01:51 AM
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p.1 #10 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


I'd certainly consider the 24-105, especially if you will have only one lens and shoot the subjects you mentioned.

Dan



Dec 28, 2011 at 02:01 AM
 

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p.1 #11 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


Agree with above.


Dec 28, 2011 at 02:27 AM
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p.1 #12 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


35L for sure - amazing lens! Wait for the update to the 24-70


Dec 28, 2011 at 03:34 AM
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p.1 #13 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


James Taylor wrote:
35L for sure - amazing lens! Wait for the update to the 24-70


Or wait for the update to the 35L - both are rumored.

Or sell your camera and wait for the 5d3, also rumored.

If you need sharp, get a Zeiss ZE21... there's just something about that lens.

I'd get a 24-70L if you're only going to have one lens. a single focal length will get old really fast.



Dec 28, 2011 at 04:47 AM
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p.1 #14 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


24-105 can be had for a song, used. I'd get that.


Dec 28, 2011 at 05:08 AM
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p.1 #15 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


I would buy a 200mm f1.8.

RWW



Dec 28, 2011 at 05:11 AM
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p.1 #16 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


Both the 24-70L and the 24-105L are good suggestions.

This thread shows some results with the 24-70L:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/817551/

I think it's the most versatile "event" lens you can get, assuming you don't need
to shoot from far away. While it has its limitations, I don't think there is a better
Canon lens for versatility in the wide to short tele range. A nice all-around performer.



Dec 28, 2011 at 05:12 AM
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p.1 #17 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


35L is superb but also you should consider 24L ii.


Dec 28, 2011 at 05:20 AM
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p.1 #18 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


Also, if money is in short supply, consider the Tamron 28-75/2.8


Dec 28, 2011 at 05:26 AM
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p.1 #19 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


35l is always a good answer. I have had both and prefer the 35, however the zoom is worth a go and then make up your own mind.



Dec 28, 2011 at 05:48 AM
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p.1 #20 · Lens for new 5D Mark II


I would get the 24-70 and then later get 35 if you feel you need it or just really want it. 24-70 is an excellent and very versitile lens. While 35 is better at 35 if you don't have other primes to compliment it you might find yourself very limited. And I don't think you will have any problems with sharpness of 24-70...


Dec 28, 2011 at 06:09 AM
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