Canon 5D MkII and 300 f/2.8L

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    I am thinking about getting the 5D2 and the 300 f/2.8L IS lens. I will be using this lens to take landsacpe and/or wildlife photos. I also might get the 1.4 converter. I know this is a great lens but is it good for landscape photos or should I get other lenses? I already have the 24-70 f/2.8L, 70-200 f/2.8L and the 100-400 f/2.8L.
     
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    Given your lens lineup I think a 300/2.8 would be a good addition. If you need the focal length, that lens is about as good as it gets.
     
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    Usually landscape photographers want something a bit wider than 300mm dont they?
     
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    I wish the 100-400L was 2.8!!

    Anywho, 300mm is a bit long for landscape,but would be a great low light wildlife lense.
     
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    I have shot landscapes with lenses anging from 17mm all the way up to 600mm. Its not always about being wide. Its about getting the comp and perspective. I agree that the 300 would fit in nicely. It will be a little short for wildlife, especially on a full frame sensor. The teleconverter will help, but personally I only use them if I have too.
     
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    The 17-40mm f/4L is a better landscape lens for the 5Dmk2. One of the lowest cost L class lenses.
     
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    For landscape (non moving subject, generally good light, on a tripod) would it not make more sense to get the 300 f/4L? I know it isn't as ooooo.. and aaaahhh as the f/2.8 glass but it is lighter (half the weight) and easier to pack. Landscape photography is all about getting to a location.

    Oh and yes... the 300mm is a bit short for wildlife.
     
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    Just explain to me why the 300 would be short on a full frame as opposed to a crop sensor?

    The image is the same but only the edges are cropped. Splain Lucy!!!
     
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    '

    Yes you are correct BUT on a full frame, you need a longer focal length to fill the frame with the same subject.
     
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    Yep, what usayit said. For the type of wildlife shooting I do, 300mm is way to short on crop sensor as well.
     
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    Personally, I'd go for something on the wide side. You've already got the telephoto end covered pretty well. For landscapes, I think you might be better off/happier with something wider than 24mm.
     
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    Yeah, I was also thinking about getting the 16-35 f/2.8L. The reason I was thinking about the 300 f/2.8L and the 1.4 converter is because I can't afford the 500 or 600 f/4L lenses.
     

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