Lens for new 5D Mark II
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rockiteer
Registered: Dec 28, 2011
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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?



prh5551
Registered: Mar 07, 2008
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standard question....what type of pictures are you going to take with the lens?

prh



RobDickinson
Registered: Sep 25, 2009
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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.



rockiteer
Registered: Dec 28, 2011
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portrait, landscape, stills. the zoom does me good when i do events but prefer the sharpness of prime.

thanks.



dedsen
Registered: Jun 17, 2005
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Look through your old pictures. The most frequent focal length will answer your own question.



JohnBrose
Registered: Aug 06, 2004
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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.



jerbear00
Registered: Jan 17, 2011
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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



mark petri
Registered: Oct 25, 2006
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35L or 50.



NCAndy
Registered: Jan 13, 2006
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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.



gdanmitchell
Registered: Jun 28, 2009
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I'd certainly consider the 24-105, especially if you will have only one lens and shoot the subjects you mentioned.

Dan



Jonathan Huynh
Registered: May 01, 2003
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Agree with above.



James Taylor
Registered: Feb 15, 2006
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35L for sure - amazing lens! Wait for the update to the 24-70



TrojanHorse
Registered: Apr 04, 2008
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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.



ultimaterowdy
Registered: Apr 18, 2008
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24-105 can be had for a song, used. I'd get that.



Roger Whitehead
Registered: Aug 12, 2002
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I would buy a 200mm f1.8.

RWW



trumpet_guy
Registered: Jun 23, 2006
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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.



zino
Registered: Aug 30, 2009
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35L is superb but also you should consider 24L ii.



trumpet_guy
Registered: Jun 23, 2006
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Also, if money is in short supply, consider the Tamron 28-75/2.8



Tom Dix
Registered: Jun 29, 2010
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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.



AlexF
Registered: Feb 07, 2002
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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...



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