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| p.1 #1 · Kit Challenge: Crop camera plus $2800 for 3 lenses and a 2X converter - WWYD? |
So here's the challenge:
I have a 1.6 crop camera (say the 7D), a flash and a good tripod. I can spend no more than $2800 to buy three lenses - and ONLY three lenses - plus a 2X converter.
I am pretty obsessive about IQ and will use the kit for general purposes (e.g. vacations; land/city scapes; indoor family events such as birthday parties, graduations and dinners; portraits; candids; occasional zoo/wildlife; occasional birds; once a year air show and so forth). Most of my captures are either 18mm and below or 100mm and up, with some clustered around 50mm.
I'm come up with two options: (1) Tokina 12-24 II ($350), Canon 24-70 v.1 ($950), and Canon 70-200 non-IS ($950), plus the Canon 2xIII ($450), leaving $100 to spare; or (2) Sigma 17-50 2.8 OS ($550), Canon 135 ($750) and 200 2.8 ($600) primes, plus the Canon 2xIII ($450), leaving $450 to spare. Given the three lens limitation, I'm strongly leaning toward option 2, given its combination of low weight, high IQ and relative affordability (I'm not shooting sports anymore and so I can make do with the primes). What would you do? Are there better alternatives given the three lens and budget constraints?