What 2 lenses to have?

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  1. flyrccg

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    If you could only have 2 lenses to have, Which would you buy?

    I have a Sigma 18-50 2.8 that I'm happy with. I'm not real happy with my with my Sigma 70-300. I had it way back in the old days with my film camera. The camera store lady tried to sell me a huge $2000 Canon 70-200 lens and I just can't do that right now.

    I would like to practice taking portraits with the new lens.

    Chris
     
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    Well one of them I alread have it's in my sig the 70-200VR the othr would be the 17-55 2.8.. Now if you are talking about dream lenses........
     
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    This is not going to make you happy with price, but if you could only have two lense for a Canon I would have to say it would have to be the 24-70mm f2.8L and the 70-200mm f2.8L. Covers the most useable range and both are amazingly sharp pieces of glass. Besides whats $3500,00 dollars. It's only money right?
     
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    She also showed me a 70-200 f/4 for $1200. I just wonder how big of a difference that lens would be. It is a lot smaller and lighter to handle than the 2.8. I think the 2.8 would be a little hard to handle after about 5 min.
     
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    I really hope you mean IS version. The normal 70-200f/4 L can be found used for about $450
     
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    17-85 and a 70-200

    that seems pretty standard.
     
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    I think that this question could be answered a little better if you would post the maxium amount of money you can or are willing to spend. The suggestion that I made earlier includes two of the finest pieces of glass that Canon makes and covers a wide range. Around $3500 is what the two would cost. Pretty pricey.
     
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    Nikon has the same lenses in Nikkor versions, still top shelf. The 24-70 f/2.8 AF-S ED-IF is around 1,350 and the 70-200 f/2.8 G-AF-S ED-IF runs around 1,625 both at B&H. Not cheap, but you can't go wrong with these two if you could only have 2 in your bag. I would add the 14 f/2.8 and have a heck of a kit.
     
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    While the weight and size of the 70-200 f2.8 seems daunting, you will get used to it fairly quickly.
     
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    I would always make a 50mm being one of the two. That's the joy of photography! -then probably some "reasonable" zoom (?)...
     
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    I have the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and the Canon 70-200 L f/2.8 USM (non-IS) The Tamron replaced my kit lens and cost under $450. The Canon replaced a Tamron 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 LD w/macro and the cost was $1140. The Tamron was a nice lens but the Canon is awesome.
     
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    70-200 f2.8L IS
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    17-55 f2.8IS (I have the 24-105 f4L IS and love that too though)

    What about a fast prime..... this you will need/want too..... Sigma 30mm f1.4 is a great choice.
     

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