Upgrading/expanding lens collection 85 f1.2 70-200 IS?

Started Aug 17, 2009 | Discussions thread
gdanmitchell
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Re: Upgrading/expanding lens collection 85 f1.2 70-200 IS?
In reply to Kim van Heuven, Aug 17, 2009

You sound confused. If I were you I might consider doing some thinking and analyzing... but no buying at this point.

Several points you made suggest that you are possibly more interested in "expanding a lens collection" than in determining what your actual lens needs are and how to fill them. The first clue for me was "I currently have the 17-40 f4 which from what I've been reading is an excellent lens." If you have the lens, what you hear about it is really irrelevant. What matters is what you know about it from your experience using it.

Second, this statement sets off a few alarm bells for me: "Furthermore I have the Canon 100-400 IS lens (have another thread with a question about this lens (shall I sell it and buy the 300 2.8 IS)."

What you really need to do here is ask and answer a series of questions related to your specific use of such lenses and how they perform in this regard:

What does the 100-400 fail to do for you that you imagine the (very expensive!) 300mm f/2.8 would do better?

What would you lose by going with the 300mm prime instead of the 100-400mm zoom?

Are the "differences" that you are considering relevant to your photography? If so, in what ways?

I'll be blunt - when I see a list of lenses like this and a set of questions like this along with little apparent thought about the functional effects of these lens choices on your actual photography, the "lens lust" flag comes up.

The most expensive and biggest, baddest-looking lens is not always the best lens for a particular use. The real questions involve what you shoot, how your shoot, and what you do with the photographs.

Respectfully,

Dan

Kim van Heuven wrote:

Hi all,

I currently have a Canon 20D I'm using for years and am planning to upgrade it soon, probably will wait for the 1D markIV, so I'll focus on lenses first.

I currently have the 17-40 f4 which from what I've been reading is an excellent lens. I do like it a lot as well.

Furthermore I have the Canon 100-400 IS lens (have another thread with a question about this lens (shall I sell it and buy the 300 2.8 IS).

Which 2 lenses would be good to complete my lens collection.

I was thinking of the 85 f 1.2L II and maybe the 70-200 f2.8 IS. I have an 8 months old baby and beside my regular pictures would like to take out and indoor picture of her. Would de 85 f1.2L II be a good lens or would it be to slow focus wise for a small child?

Do you think the 17-40 f4 (I have), Sigma 150mm 2.8 macro (I have) and add the 85 f1.2L II, 70-200 f2.8 IS and 300 2.8 IS would pretty much allow me to shoot anything and prevent me for buying new lenses for a long time???

Appreciate your feedback.

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