Canon lens selection.

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  1. enerlevel

    enerlevel TPF Noob!

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    hi all,
    I have just moved from a sony a7s II with 28mm f2 and 70-200mm f4 fe lens.
    I now have a 5D mark III and am a bit confused with my lens selection.
    I have a few choices

    1) prime everyday lens.
    Canon 35mm f1.4L
    Canon 28mm f1.8

    2) zoom
    Canon 24-70 f2.8 mk I
    Canon 24-105 f4 L

    3) telephoto

    Canon 70-200mm f4 non IS
    Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC
    Canon 80-200mm f2.8

    I can buy 3 lens in total. However if I choose the canon 35mm f1.4L, then I will have to skip zoom lens.

    What do you think is the best lens selection ?

    I am thinking 28mm f1.8, 24-70f2.8 and tamron 70-200 VC... what do you guys think? Thanks


     
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    It totally depends on what you shoot. For me personally, with a 5d mk iii, I would go with the canon 24-70 f/2.8, the canon 70-200 f/2.8. Not sure what the Canon 35 or 28 are for but if it were for astro, I think I would go with the 28mm f/1.8 just for the little bit of extra width.
     
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    I agree with ronlane. I shoot the 5D mk iii and consider what you want to do with your lens choices. Otherwise, if you can squeeze some extra coin, I will happily 2nd Ron's suggestions.


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    I agree with ronlane. I shoot the 5D mk iii and consider what you want to do with your lens choices. Otherwise, if you can squeeze some extra coin, may I suggest getting the most current versions of these lenses. I will happily 2nd Ron's suggestions.


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    I'd buy a 24-70 f2.8 ii and then start saving for the rest.
     
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    Thanks guys for the reply,

    The reason why I want the 28mm f1.8 is to make the setup smaller and not too loud.. as I will be using this camera for family social photography as well ...
     
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    You're welcome. For that kind of money, consider the Canon 50mm f/1.4. It is smaller. The new 50mm f/1.8 stm is a cheaper smaller lens and a lot less. I have this one and got a good copy of it.

    The 50mm would be better for portraits than the 28 or the 35 would be.
     
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    I will play devil's advocate for a bit and throw in another option...the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD...it goes for roughly the same cost as the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L Mk I but has image stabilization. I have used the Mk I and Mk II and the Tamron stacks up well against both. It is definitely as sharp or a bit sharper than the Mk I but slightly less than the Mk II. At the time that I purchased it the Mk II was nearly $1000 usd more than the Tamron.
     
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    Yes I actually did not consider the 50mm because it's too tight.. mostly for my type of social photography chances of getting a portrait shot are very unlikely... mostly group shots is what I take .. that's why I considered the 28mm f1.8.. infact Previously i have been using the 28mm f2 FE on the sony system and hardly even touched the 70-200mm ... let's keep it this way ... the 70-200mm is the least length or lens which I would use but is always good to have it in your arsenal when you need it ...
     
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    I had the 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens for nearly a decade on the 5D classic...I LIKED the lens and the focal length range...the difference between 70mm and 105mm is a BIG difference, and f/2,.8 is unusabke for many things....and besides, f/4 is the "new f/2.8" on newer cameras and newrr lenses! I personally feel that in zoom lenses, images shot at f/2.8 typically look SUBSTANDARD...CA, softness at the edges of the frame, shallow depth of field, and low-resolution at the outer parts of the frame and in the far corners also... f/2.8 is simply NOT WORTH it on a zoom lens, to me at least, hence the suggestion to get the 24-105mm f/4 with image stabilzer technology. THAT makes a very useful walkabout lens...AND it has the sheer length to make it truly useful for many situations; 70mm is simply not long enough in many situations.

    A second lens would be the 70-200 f/4 L IS USM from Canon, OR maybe the 70-200 f/2.8 Tamron G2 lens. Yes, the Tamron 70-200 VC is much less costly, but the newer model is pretty amazing.
     
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    As mentioned by the other respondents, what lenses you get depends on what you intend to use your camera for.

    The lens choices for my 5Diii allow me maximum flexibility and I can do a decent job on everything except macro photography and birding. I've also settled on an 'overlapping' series of L zoom lenses to handle what I do shoot mostly...indoor events (no weddings), railroads, cityscapes, and some landscapes as well. So, I have a 16-35 f2.8L, 24-105 f4L, and an 80-200 f2.8L (1993 build). And when I want to get some real 'pop', a 135 f2L.

    While many will say the 24-70 and 70-200 make a nice 'end to end' fit, what do you do when you want to zoom in to perhaps 90mm and have the 24-70 mounted. At a wedding, for example, you do not have the time to swap lenses! The same is true while taking pictures of trains. The 24-105 is used for 70-80% of all my photography. For what it's worth, I rented the mark ii version of the 24-105 a month ago and it's as sharp as the 24-70 ii! I'm very impressed...except it is several ounces heavier than the mark i. Now if I can only figure out how to pay for one...
     
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    There's a real reason the 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM was THE "kitted zoom" lens with so, so many 5D series outdfits!

    I payed right art $3,999 for the 5D Classic and the 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens in one, large, single-box kit.

    The issue with a 24-70 is that it conks out at 70mm...RIGHT when you often desperately want more focal length! It's too narrow a lens range above the 50mm point...70mm is in that never-never land...not long enought for selective vision...
     
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