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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:46 PM

I've decided to save up for my first 'Big boy' lenses, but I'm not sure what to go for.

I've got two options floating in my head. I could get the 24-70/f2.8 ( https://pricespy.co....t.php?p=1117157 ), paired with the 70-300/f4.0-5.6 ( https://pricespy.co....ct.php?p=699387 ).

My other option I have in mind, is the 24-105/f4.0 ( https://pricespy.co....uct.php?p=62202 ), with the 100-400/f4.5-5.6 ( https://pricespy.co....uct.php?p=31794 ).

With the first option, I get the better aperture when I'm using my more general purpose lens, but with the other option I get the bigger focal length, with the trade off of the aperture on my other lens.

One other thing that I like about the 70-300 over the 100-400 is the zoom mechanism, I prefer the ring on the 70-300 over the pump style on the 100-400.

What would you guys go for? I'm leaning towards the latter option, as I'd get a bigger upgrade with my focal length, as my current larger zoom goes to 250.
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:53 PM

What I reckon is that unless you're into professional photography you're thinking of spending a lot of money on something that isn't going to be particularly worthwhile...
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:55 PM

What I reckon is that unless you're into professional photography you're thinking of spending a lot of money on something that isn't going to be particularly worthwhile...


I'm getting into professional photography, so...?
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:26 PM

You could get into it with a cheaper but still fine lens, like you'll almost definitely already have, depending on what you're doing. If you're being paid to take photos of an event or something then that is a different story.

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:31 PM

One other thing though, is if professional photography doesn't work out to be a career path (which it rarely does!), my fallback is cinematography, which I absolutely love, so getting nice lenses will really be something good in the bag, no matter whatever turn my life takes.
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:35 PM

As long as the lenses are good for both options, which they probably would be. So yeah, you probably may as well get them (as long as one of them works out...).

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:58 PM

Buy a reasonable but inexpensive lens. Buy the fancy stuff when you start getting really serious into photography and/or are making money from it.

Go for a mid range lens, you can get the high zoom or macro style lenses later on when you know what you're doing an exactly what tools you need to do so. Probably this, this or this would be my picks from a quick look. Check the reviews though. Which camera have you got? You might be able to use the EFS lenses, which are generally very similar crop equivalents of more expensive lenses.
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:55 PM

I guess it depends on what you are taking pics of, what about 24-70mm f2.8 & a 70-200mm IS f4 or f2.8, i have a cheap 70-300mm but don't use it due to quality & secondly i don't shoot anything that far away....
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 07:37 AM

Whats your camera body?

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 10:01 AM

Whats your camera body?


650D for the now, but I'm getting a 7D soon, and I'm already able to use a friends 7D whenever I want to.

I'm doing wedding shoots (videos) right now, and have these lenses: https://pricespy.co....uct.php?p=31827 https://pricespy.co....ct.php?p=843251 https://pricespy.co....ct.php?p=480142 https://pricespy.co....ct.php?p=920149 and my precious https://pricespy.co....ct.php?p=491816

I'm also hoping to get into wedding photography right now, but not so many people like to hire a student for the photography.

I'm also really into astro-photography, so having a nice fast lens would be awesome for that.
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 11:03 AM

So three kit lenses and two others?

The question you have to ask is what does the expensive lens really give you that a cheaper lens doesn't. Mostly it'll amount to somewhat less distortion and so on, as well as faster, better focusing, and other things like that.

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 03:35 PM

Back to the point, which of the two lens combos would you guys go for?
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 03:53 PM

Go with the 24-70 F2.8 option. It is more pricy indeed. I was at a wedding and the wedding photographer was using this lens as the main driver. Particularly in weddings, you would have lots of low light situations so would be good idea to have F2.8 there.

Also, have you looked at a 70-200 F4 L IS ? I have bought this lens and used it with my 550D at a friends wedding. Good results, can take photos from across the hall and get good portrait shots still. Consider it. This is one of the most recommended zoom lenses to get.

Also, since you are thinking of wedding photography, I would highly recommend investing in a Speedlite. It does wonders!! Trust me, you want to spend a few hundys in that for event photography. If you have a mate who has one, borrow it for an event and see the results
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 04:18 PM

Go with the 24-70 F2.8 option. It is more pricy indeed. I was at a wedding and the wedding photographer was using this lens as the main driver. Particularly in weddings, you would have lots of low light situations so would be good idea to have F2.8 there.

Also, have you looked at a 70-200 F4 L IS ? I have bought this lens and used it with my 550D at a friends wedding. Good results, can take photos from across the hall and get good portrait shots still. Consider it. This is one of the most recommended zoom lenses to get.

Also, since you are thinking of wedding photography, I would highly recommend investing in a Speedlite. It does wonders!! Trust me, you want to spend a few hundys in that for event photography. If you have a mate who has one, borrow it for an event and see the results


I agree, having the 2.8 is almost like having a full set of primes.

Why would you suggest the 70-200/4 over the 70-300/4-5.6 aside from the aperture?

Also, what do you guys think about teleconverters?
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 04:33 PM

If you're planning to spend thousands of dollars on various lenses then I don't see the point. They're basically a cheap, easy and compact way to add a little more range to your lens.
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 05:20 PM

I personally have not used tele converters so cant say much. I know someone who does have one, but I have not asked him much about it. Hmm, I guess the bigger aperture would be the key point in that lens. You have F4 all the way through. I liked having the faster lens when using telephoto lenses so there is less blur. Faster lens, less blue especially in the case of telephoto where even the smallest of nudges would give a blur.

I had a look at the F2.8 version of it as well, which is about 3k. It is about 1.5kg in weight as well. the F4 is about 700grams so its easier while walking about. Hmm, with an APC, the 70-200 is more like a 120-320mm. I guess I prefer having the bigger aperture than the extra range. Personal preference.

That brings me another point, make sure you go in store to any shop that sells these lenses and have a play with the lenses using your own camera body. I went down to Camera and Camera in the city and had a play with the 70-200 before buying it. This way you know exactly what you are getting.
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 05:29 PM

If it were me, i'd be chucking my money into a better body (full frame) than mess around with APS-C. But that's just me :P
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 07:30 PM

If it were me, i'd be chucking my money into a better body (full frame) than mess around with APS-C. But that's just me :P


I sort of agree, but since I never really use the lower end of my focal lengths, the crop sensor is an advantage for me. I'm thinking about getting the 100-400, and getting a teleconverter, I do a lot of sports photography, so getting every last drop out of my lens is key. Then again, losing f-stop isn't good for fast moving sports.
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 08:17 PM

You really shouldn't need an teleconverter with a 400mm lens.
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Posted 29 May 2014 - 12:16 PM

Go with the 24-70 F2.8 option. It is more pricy indeed. I was at a wedding and the wedding photographer was using this lens as the main driver. Particularly in weddings, you would have lots of low light situations so would be good idea to have F2.8 there.
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What about the Tamron 24-70 2.8?
It's a lot cheaper: https://pricespy.co....t.php?p=1229962

Reviews seem to say it really keeps up with the canon, plus it has IS.
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