Post-Deployment Lens Advice
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DRosdahl
Registered: Apr 08, 2012
Total Posts: 226
Country: United States

I am currently over half-way done with a 9 month deployment to Afghanistan. As I look forward to reuniting with my family to include my daughter who was born just before I left I would like to add a lens to my kit. I currently shoot with a 5D MKII and own a 24-105 and 85 1.8. Ever since I bought my first 50D I have dreamed of owning a L prime and after 9 months of eating crappy Army food I am going for it.

I have been living in Europe so the majority of my photography has been travel but this summer we are relocating to DC. I anticipate the majority of my shooting being family portraits of my own family and of families of friends along with some travel photography. I am leaning towards selling my brand new 85 1.8 and getting a 50L. I have owned both the 50 1.8 and 1.4 but sold them both because of constant soft images and crappy construction. I like the 85 but it is not as versatile as I like. The images that I see taken with the 50L (yes I know it is not the equipment but the person behind it) have that 3D look that I love.

Thoughts? Also, with the 50L, what date coded lenses tend to be tack sharp. Most of what I have read indicates that getting a good copy is crucial!

Thanks! Hope America is treating you all well, I miss it!



mikegrados
Registered: Jan 13, 2011
Total Posts: 165
Country: United States

Been there, done that too...my time was back in '06 and '08 which led to me getting a 5Dc. If you're doing portraits I can't recommend the 135L high enough. What's in focus is 3D, and what's out of focus is nothing but creamy.



zquaratella
Registered: Mar 23, 2011
Total Posts: 261
Country: United States

Though I don't actually own one, many of the shots I've seen with the 50L of children are simply amazing. I have read that the lens can be finicky with focus, though. Good luck with your decision!



PeaktoPeek
Registered: Dec 20, 2005
Total Posts: 1871
Country: United States

I would go with either the 135L or the 100L Macro with IS -- as mentioned, the 135L is so awesome and it will give you a longer lens in your kit (it also works with a TC), the Macro would be great because it would be great for close ups of the new baby. While the 50L is interesting, could you not get relatively similar results with the Sigma 50/1.4? Perhaps. I would lean toward the 135L and then look to add the something like the Sigma 50 later. Good luck and stay safe!
Paul



EyeBrock
Registered: Dec 03, 2005
Total Posts: 984
Country: Canada

Get the 50L. Its awesome. Or....

The 35L. It's great for indoors, great bokeh. I use both for 90% of my shooting. My interests are pretty much in line with yours.



BobnJake
Registered: Dec 26, 2004
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Country: United States

Thank you for your service!!!



saneproduction
Registered: Nov 03, 2010
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If possible keep your 85 in addition to the 50L. If I could only have one lens that would be it.



DRosdahl
Registered: Apr 08, 2012
Total Posts: 226
Country: United States

I really appreciate the feedback. I know that often threads started like this are ignored. I think that the 135L looks phenomenal, but using my 24-105 as a judge I rarely shoot that length.

I think I am thinking between the 35L and the 50L. If I keep the 85, maybe the 35 makes more sense?

Thoughts?



DRosdahl
Registered: Apr 08, 2012
Total Posts: 226
Country: United States

BobnJake wrote:
Thank you for your service!!!


Thank you for your support! It means a lot to us out here without our families for the holidays!



StarNut
Registered: Aug 30, 2004
Total Posts: 1596
Country: United States

Be aware that there is a good deal of anecdotal evidence that the 50L often doesn't play nice with the 5D2's autofocus. I know my son had that combination, and couldn't use the lens happily until he got a 5D3.

My $.02 would be to get a Sigma 50/1.4 or a Canon 50/1.4 (about a third of the price of a 50L). If you find that the extra half stop (more or less) is crucial, then go for the 50L, but I'd be surprised if you found that (and I suspect you'd like having an extra $800 for other toys).



saneproduction
Registered: Nov 03, 2010
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I disagree about the 50L. It is fine with 5DII AF (center point). You are right 35/85 is probably the ultimate 2 prime combo. 35L and 85 1.8 is a rocking combo. If 1 lens I still pick 50L



rebelshooter
Registered: Apr 14, 2006
Total Posts: 854
Country: United States

First and foremost, thank you for your service and what you do to help keep this the greatest country on earth.

I would keep the 85 and go with a 35L.
Have you looked into the Sigma 50 1.4? Suppose to be a phenomenal lens.



saneproduction
Registered: Nov 03, 2010
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Sorry, the sigma 50 is iffy with autofocus. Get the lens you want.



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
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Country: United States

th 135mm f/2 is killer! Thank you for your service! God bless, you and your family, and god bless America!

my wife below taken with a Canon 40D and the 135mm f/2!


PHOTO TWO by Americo.Rodriguez, on Flickr



DRosdahl
Registered: Apr 08, 2012
Total Posts: 226
Country: United States

Truly thank you all for the support!

The more I think about it I am leaning towards the 35L. When I had the 50 1.4 I liked it but felt that I either didn't have a close enough crop so I was always walking too close to the subjects or if I was trying to take a environmental shot I was always too tight so I would reach for the 24-105. I think the 35L with my 85 1.8 will do the trick and give me that good balance.

My daughter has grown so much in the past 5 months while I have been gone; when I left she was just starting to smile and now she is sitting up and giggling all day. I am so excited to dust off my camera and shoot more of her!



StarNut
Registered: Aug 30, 2004
Total Posts: 1596
Country: United States

First you said

saneproduction wrote:
I disagree about the 50L. It is fine with 5DII AF (center point).


Scores of threads here over the years testify to the problems that many have with 50L; there have been a couple in the last week. Some lens/camera combinations have issues; some don't. That is a fact.

Then you said

saneproduction wrote:
Sorry, the sigma 50 is iffy with autofocus. Get the lens you want.


As if the Sigma 50/1.4 somehow is unique in that regard.

Both lenses are "iffy" with the autofocus of many cameras.

Both lenses are fine with the autofocus of many cameras.

Both are, in fact, something of a gamble, either because of sample variation or some other issues. But to pretend that one is "fine" while the other is "iffy" simply ignores the vast weight of evidence to the contrary. When the 50L and the camera body make beautiful music together, it's undoubtedly an excellent tool, and can do (in the right hands) some things the Sigma 50/1.4 cannot do. But whether those things are worth an extra $800 to a particular purchaser, and the gamble that the lens often may not focus well, is a legitimate issue.



schlotz
Registered: Jan 06, 2002
Total Posts: 2560
Country: United States

Here is to you and your family We truly appreciate the sacrifice you all have gone through and wish nothing but the best going forward.

When you get your lens, lets see that beautiful family



thedutt
Registered: May 15, 2006
Total Posts: 1952
Country: United States

I would suggest sell 85, buy 135f2 +35f2. These two would serve you very well.

Another option could be to get 70-200 f2.8 is ii, though personally I prefer primes



thedutt
Registered: May 15, 2006
Total Posts: 1952
Country: United States

Forgot to add, 35mm POV is quite nice for a young one, it is quite engaging. (Plus its small and not intimidating)



DavidP
Registered: Jan 26, 2002
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Country: United States

I'd rather have the 35/85 combo than a 50/85 combo.



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