BlazingCessna
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What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:51 pm

I am just lost looking at all these damn lenses! Someone please help!!! I need a lens for general indoor, general outdoor, and of course spotting. Running a Rebel XT right now, but saving for a 1Ds Mk II. On that note, am I going into overkill with that 1Ds?
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Woody001
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:00 pm

As has been said a lot of times before;
Go for the most expensive lens you can afford too at the moment. You will still be shooting through an 'L' series lens long after your XT or 1Ds have died.

I personally wouldn't save for the 1Ds, I'd go for optics all the time. I know several photographers who are still shooting with D60's and 10D's. Only if you need the very best fps performance or quality should you make use of the features from the 1Ds.

Cheers,
Ian.
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IL76
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:58 pm

If you are seriously saving up for a 1Ds II, buy the best/most expensive lenses you can find. Otherwise the 1Ds II is like a Ferrari on wooden carriage wheels. The 1Ds II will show all deficiencies of most lenses, so you'd better screw on a good one then.
A iDs II is overkill for most purposes though, in my opinion..

E

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Smalbany
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:38 pm

Quoting BlazingCessna (Thread starter):
Someone please help!!!

Well, there are certainly a lot of options - I don't know that there is any one perfect setup.

I have a 300D and have gone with a fairly popular lens lineup based on bang for the buck.

50 1.8 - for indoor portraits with no flash
17-40 - for close aircraft and general indoor use (in combo with an external flash)
70-200 f/4 - mostly for spotting but also really good for other outdoor shots
1.4TC - in case 200 isn't quite enough reach

I think that gives you the ability to get good shots in a wide variety of conditions.

I'm sure that there are other set ups that would work as well, but this is what I went with. My weakness is the 17-40 F/4 for indoors. I would really like a fast lens but can't justify the cost.

Good luck!

Dan

by the way, these lenses will all work on a full frame camera - if you should ever decide to go that route

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wietse
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:49 pm

Going with the general consensus here that quality should be paramount:

For indoor general use: Canon EF 24-70 2.8L
Outdoor general use: Same, but depending on camera (Crop Factor) you might want to pick up a Canon EF 17-40 4L
Aviation Photography: Depending on your airport, either a 70-200 2.8 IS or a 100-400 L IS
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:29 am

Blazing Cessna.

I'd invest in a cheaper camera, Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, and then invest in these lenses:

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L (IS) USM
Canon Extender 1.4x II

Then one has 16-200mm f/2.8L USM, and Extender which makes the 70-200 98-280mm f/4L USM.

So I'd think it like this: Canon 16-280mm f/2.8-4L USM... nice...? Big grin

Of course, it's very expensive, but 1Ds is not a common camera for aviation, though, Suresh A. Atapattu has got two of them, even Mark IIs. And when you have full-frame bodies, you have to have extremely good glass, as everything that's wrong with the lenses can be seen on the full frame bodies, but the crop bodies "crop" out the corners of the lenses, so they can't be seen on the photos. the 1D Mark II N has a 1.3 crop sensor.


Just my  twocents  .

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Aero145
 
BlazingCessna
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:48 pm

So I could just keep on shooting with the XT, and get the better lenses and have my cake and eat it too!!

Thanks very much for the information, I really do appreciate it. I hope to have a few pic on the database by years end!
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:54 pm

Of course you can keep your XT, so you can buy very expensive lenses, as IMO they'll probably be very good on your 1.6 crop sensor.

Good luck with the purchasing!  Wink
 
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:06 am

17-40 L F4.0 (For general)
70-200 L IS USM F2.8 (for aviation)
1.4 x II extender.

With that little lot you pretty much have coverage from 17-280 mm with only a couple of gaps. (17-40 / 70-280 )

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Canon 1D Mk III,Canon 20D+17-40 L f4.0,70-200 L IS USM f2.8,400 L USM f5.6,135 mm L f2.0, 50 mm f1.8,1.4 x II extender
 
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:12 am

I agree with the "buy lenses" reactions. But if aviation, sport or action is what you shoot all the time, it is not bad to consider a camera which can shoot at least 6 RAW images in a row at the highest speed (within a few seconds). This will increase your chance of getting a real good image when shooting action.

Roel.
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:29 am

As a good lens suite here we go.

16-35/2.8
24-70/2.8
70-200IS
100-400L or a 300F4 depending on how much quality you are after.
If you are serious about action style shots ditch the 1Ds for a 1DMk2N and put the extra cash towards glass.
Darren
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aero145
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:49 pm

Quoting Dehowie (Reply 10):

16-35/2.8
24-70/2.8
70-200IS
100-400L or a 300F4 depending on how much quality you are after.
If you are serious about action style shots ditch the 1Ds for a 1DMk2N and put the extra cash towards glass.

Nice you're thinking the same as me!  Silly Big grin

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 5):
I'd invest in a cheaper camera, Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, and then invest in these lenses:

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L (IS) USM
 
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Sat Sep 09, 2006 3:32 am

I've just ordered the EF24-105/f4 L IS USM. I'll let you know how I get on in a few weeks!
Spencer.
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RE: What SLR Lenses Should I Invest In?

Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:26 pm

The new 24-105 F4 L IS is awesome. I've not used my 17-40 since i got it.

My current most used line up is:

Canon 20d
10-22
24-105 f4L
70-200 f2.8LIS
1.4x converter

Also in the kit bag but increasingly unused: 100-400, 17-40 f4, 50mm f1.8 and a Siggy 24-70 which i need to sell.
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