5D2 lens questions

Started Oct 6, 2010 | Discussions thread
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Re: 5D2 lens questions
In reply to mfbernstein, Oct 8, 2010

mfbernstein wrote:

Hi all,

I'm starting to seriously consider switching to Canon. I have a D700, and have been watching the 5D2 enviously for some time. I am interested primarily in the increased resolution (for cropping/large printing), but Canon also has a good number of interesting, well-priced lenses whose Nikon equivalents either don't exist, are excessively priced, or are in need of updating (e.g. USM motors).

Questions:

  • My 2nd most used lens is a humble 20-year old 50/1.8. I've been planning to upgrade for ages. My question is, what are the best options for the 5D2 in this area, with emphasis on AF speed, accuracy, and sharpness at wider apertures.

Canon 50mm lenses are a disgrace. All are good starting at 2-2.8. 1.8 is a piece of plastic junk, the 1.4 is not much better in build quality ( I had 3 which broke after moderate use) and bad wide open. The 1.2 is the best but also very soft wide open and has a focus shift which is a problem on a lens with a razor thin DOF wide open. If you sit down and use it with a tripod and immobilized subjects it is great though.

I think these maybe upgrade soon. At least I hope.

  • I've read a lot of good things about the 70-200/4 - good size, sharp, etc. I'm wondering if this lens would work decently with a 1.4x teleconverter too, particularly at the long end? Also, aside from stabilization, are there other major differences between the two versions of this lens? I've generally stayed away from IS, and at half-the-price, the non-IS version is rather enticing!

Don't know hoe the new extenders will fair, but IQ loss is quite evident with the II versions. Otherwise the 70-200/4 is superb.

  • For long portraits, the 135/2L seems to be the lens to have! Still, I'm inclined more toward the 100/2. I've not seen a lot of comments on this lens, so any thoughts regarding bokeh, sharpness and AF speed on it would be welcome.

The 135L is a fantastic lens. As sharp as it gets also wide open. Nice bokeh and very fast AF. Maybe the best Canon lens under $4000? Compare at http://www.the-digital-picture.com for detailed analysis.

  • Finally, I suspect there are a lot of folks here who have shot or still shoot the D700 as well. Are there any particular things I should be aware of regarding the switch?

Thanks,

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MFBernstein

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