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Greetings everyone, and Happy Holidays!

I\'m faced with a delemeah which I\'m having a hard time coming to terms with. I\'m certainly not for spending money unwarranted, but is this \"really\" one of those cases? That being said, here goes ....

I own a Canon 1D MK3 and 40D, and my focal range is simple ... two (2) lenses:

1. Canon 24-70 f/2.8L
2. Canon 70-200 f/2.8L

So there you have it - 24-200mm range between two lenses. My delemeah is I\'m considering purchasing the Canon 50 f/1.4 prime. Not because I need a faster lens, or that range (you can see I have that focal range covered), but because it\'s SMALL and LIGHT.

I\'m trying to force myself into shooting daily in an effort to sharpen my skills, but when I pull that 1D out with my \"smaller\" 24-70 lens it\'s just soooooo heavy and clumsy. Heck, the hood alone on that 24-70 is HUGE. I had the 50 f/1.4 prime and the 17-40 f/4L but sold them (here actually) to help fund my purchase of my 24-70, something I dearly regret.

However, what\'s done-is-done and that\'s history now. So moving forward, would anyone recommend re-buying the much smaller and LIGHTER Canon 50 f/1.4 prime for the reason mentioned above? I need something on this 1D beast I can pick-up and just shoot on a regular basis. As noted on the subject line, I value everyone\'s opinion and therefore am humbly asking for your advice in this regard.

In closing, can anyone recommend a really good filter for my lenses. I read somewhere that placing a $25.00 cheap piece of glass in front of a $1,500 lens nullifies its superior optics.

Thanks everyone (in advance) for your time in helping me reach a decision.


Dec 25, 2011 at 01:30 PM

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