About to Push that "Buy" Button on a 24-70mm f/2.8L ... What Next?

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  1. astrostu

    astrostu I shoot for the stars

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    About to finish a 3-year plan to round out my main lenses. I already have a 35mm f/1.4L and last year I bought the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. Now I'm about to push the button on the 24-70mm f/2.8L. :)

    Now I'm planning on investing in other equipment. I figure after this lens, I'll invest in a good tripod. The one I have now cost $25 and is decent enough, but it won't support anything very heavy and it's not the most stable of things.

    I'll be getting a 580EXII flash unit this summer 'cause I'm doing a friend's wedding in Sept. and need an off-camera flash capability.

    I was considering getting Canon's 14mm f/2.8L II lens, but I already use my 35mm a lot to do panoramas, and I think I'm willing to do more stitching if it saves me $2000USD.

    I will be getting a new body, the 5D Mark II, but that won't be 'til 2011 and so may be a "Mark III" by that point.

    Is there any other equipment I should be looking at? What do you find is an important item that I may not have thought of?
     
  2. Jaszek

    Jaszek No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    look at the 16-35mm f/2.8. Pretty wide and I see wedding photogs use it often, as well as the 24-70. Also when you go FF the 16mm will be ultra wide, great for panos.
     
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    I'd say go with the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8...great lens, sharp, and way less than the 16-35...
     
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    :scratch: he's buying a 24-70... what use, beyond the extra 7mm of wideness would that be?

    Anyways, maybe you'd want a fisheye lens?
     
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    Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM for sure.

    seriously though... does Canon have a 14-24 2.8 or something along those lines? if not the 14mm prime you mentioned is probably what i would go with.
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Tamron also has a 14mm f/2.8 (non-fisheye) that works with ff as well as cropped body.

    New around $1000, used usually less than $600 (I bought my for less than $400 from ebay)


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    I dunno, I have heard good things about the 10-22 sigma I think (at least I'm thinking that's the range, I might be off a bit)

    The other thing I've heard is that if you're going to upgrade your tripod, get something excellent, Particularly with the money you're putting into lenses. I would think you're probably looking for something in the 1k range for the legs and head combined.
     
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    The 580EXII is a great flash, you will be very happy with it! Also, a good tripod is worth the cost, after going from a $15 aluminum tripod to a much more expensive (much heavier) one, it has made a world of difference.

    What about a nice camera bag or case for all that expensive gear? I have a backpack and also a pelican case for all my gear, both were great investments. I order a lot of stuff from Digital Camera and Electronics Stores - We are experts in all the products we sell. they have a good variety of bags and cases, good prices and are very friendly.
     
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    a good solid tripod is a good investment - a Manfrotto is a good move, but a Gitzo might be a better bet if your looking to make a serious investment - if that is the case get to a shop to try them out if you can - carbon fibre (At more cost of course) might also be a consideration if you do a lot of walking and want to take the tripod with you

    A flash is another good addon and it can really open up options - just on the camera alone its good - get if off camera and you can have some interesting fun playing with lighting. Make sure to get a diffuser for it of course.

    Canon 800mm - its light enough to handhold, has IS and would be great for closer moon and star shots!! Its no Hubble but its on its way!
     
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    What kind of photography do you do? That will help with determining what you may want to consider for future purchasing.

    For example, Do you do weddings? A good flash bracket may be a good sselection when you get the 580EXII.

    Any macro? The Canon 100MM Macro is a good lens.

    Let us know what you tend to shoot.
     
  11. astrostu

    astrostu I shoot for the stars

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    Thanks for all the ideas. And CxThree - I actually specifically left out what photography I do because I was hoping people would reply more generally with "what any photographer needs" kind of gear.

    I probably should've mentioned I have a good camera backpack - picked up a Lowepro Nature Trekker AW II last September. So I'm covered there.

    I can't go with the Sigma 10-20mm because it's not made for a full-frame camera. I'll look at that Tamron.

    I'll be looking for a good tripod, but I'm not interested in spending $1k on one. I was hoping to go for something in the range of $250-500 or so. But I'll be making a separate post about that when it comes up in my budget that I can go buy it.

    The photography that I mainly do is landscapes and general "nature." In addition to astrophotography. It's really the astrophotography that initially pushed me into the L glass range because it's one of the most demanding things to photograph in terms of what you need from the lens in sharpness, even illumination, lack of coma, etc. As a result, I'll probably pick up a Losmandy GM-8 mount next summer that will let me do long exposures without tracking errors nor the need to set my camera on top of a telescope to track the sky for me. Once I have that, I'll finally be able to drive an hour to a dark-sky site, set up, and take very deep, wide-field images of the sky.

    Let's see ... I don't really do weddings, but I will be doing a friend's wedding in September of this year. It's my first wedding as the only shooter as opposed to a friend who took shots in between the pro's shots (with their permission, of course). I don't plan to make wedding photography a habit, but it would be nice to pick one up every now-and-then. I think the only thing I'm lacking in wedding photo gear, though, is a second body (will be remedied in 2011) and the ginormous lights and umbrellas, which I don't think I'll ever want to invest in unless I give up astronomy and do weddings full-time ... which I don't see happening.

    I also do coin photography (my other hobby that eats my free cash). So while I have a macro lens at the moment, it's low-quality and will not work once I go to a full-frame body. So I will likely want to upgrade that within the next 3 years. I was looking at Canon's 100mm f/2.8 macro which is nice at under $500 ... versus their 180mm f/3.5L that comes in at $1300.

    I'm actually surprised no one's said a 50mm f/1.4.
     
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    50mm f/1.4's aren't for nature or astrophotography. On a cropped camera the 50 f/1.4 is predominantly a portraiture lens, and on film/FF it's a snapshotter.
     

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