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  1. butterflygirl

    butterflygirl TPF Noob!

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    ...to buy a few new lenses but I need some help! I really would like to get a great, super wide-angle lens - what do you recommend?

    Also I'd like to get a great all-purpose lens - Right now I'm shooting most of my work with the Canon 17-85 3.5-5.6 lens that came with my 40D - it is a great lens - but I want an upgrade to a faster lens.

    I mostly shoot children at the present time, but I'm working on getting into weddings - I've done four by myself, but I'm currently assisting a husband/wife wedding photog team - so I have lots of time to try out my new lens!

    I also have:
    Tamaron 17-50 2.8
    Canon 50 1.8
    Canon 70-200 2.8

    What do you think? Thanks in advance! I appreciate your help!
     
  2. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What's your budget?

    Any particular range you want?

    Here are a few people seem to like a lot
    Canon 24-70 f/2.8
    Canon 24-105 f/4l IS
    Canon 85mm 1.8
     
  3. butterflygirl

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    Thanks!

    I'm thinking of spending about $500-$800. Hopefully on the lower end of that :)
     
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    I'll 2nd the Canon 24-105 f/4l IS its part of my main kit and i never go out without it... That and the 70-200 USM IS L!! :D
     
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    You probably can't go wrong with L glass if you can afford it. If not, I can recommend the Tokina 12-24 f4 for a wide-angle, a super solid lens for a pretty good price. It requires a little CA correction in PP, but most wide lenses do.
     
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    Hi BG, What is it that you feel to be lacking with what you have?

    You mentioned in another post about looking at some lighting. If you want a better lens, maybe what you need is better light to be able to use your current lenses at their best aperture.
     
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    Canon 10-22 or sigma 10-20 if you want wide.
     
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    I was thinking of getting some L glass - probably the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L but not for a wide angle! Hehe. I'll have to look into a wide angle L - but maybe I'll look into the Tonkina. Thanks!

    I can't remember ever saying about looking at lighting - I absolutely love my AlienBees! I did say there may have been something a little off - but with that I just have to experiment and practice ;) I couldn't ask for more than my B800s!

    I like some of the lenses I have, but my basic lens - the 17-85 came with my 40D and I really would like to get a better lens. It is actually pretty decent - but I know there are better ones out there! :)

    I was actually thinking of the Sigma 10-20. My friend has that one and it is pretty neat! I just haven't had much of a chance to work with any wide angles. Thanks!

    I've been hearing that more and more :)

    Thanks everyone! This is very helpful!
     
  9. Big Mike

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    The 24-105 F4 L IS...is said to be a great lens but at only F4, it might be a bit limiting for wedding work (although, if you can get away with shooting at a higher ISO, it might not be so bad).

    The EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS is the 'crop body' wedding photographer's best friend, but it's expensive. You already have the Tamron 17-50 F2.8...so you may not want to invest that much right now.

    You do seem to be missing a really wide angle, so the Canon 10-22mm or Sigma 10-20mm might be a good idea.

    Also, the only prime lens you have is the 50mm F1.8...which, while a good value, is still at the bottom of the barrel. You might want to consider a better quality prime lens.

    Or maybe you could find something besides a lens...how are you set up for flash units? What about back up equipment?
     
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    butterflygirl TPF Noob!

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    Good points Mike! It's so hard to decide when there's so much I want.

    I do have a backup - I shoot a 40d and 30d - and I have two flash units - the 580EX and the 430ex speedlites. I was thinking of getting another 580ex - but I'm not sure that I need it just for backup purposes - but it is a thought.

    What would you recommend I get as a prime lens Mike? I trust your judgment :)

    Also Mike, which lens do you use the most in your wedding and/or portrait work? I just want to get a feel of what would be the most versatile. Thanks! :)
     
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    I see you are "Butterfly Girl", now about a nice macro to take better shots of your butterflies?
     
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    Haha! Too true! I would like to get macro lens eventually - but there is just SO much I want! :)
     

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