Which lenses to add to the 6D

Started Dec 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Which lenses to add to the 6D
Dec 5, 2012

Hi Folks,

I have firm plans to upgrade from my 550D to a 6D in January next year. Owning a APS-C camera implicates that a couple of lenses I have will not match with the 6D anymore. Currently, I own the following lenses:

  • EF-S 15-85 3.5-5.6 (walk around lens)
  • Tokina 11-16 2.8 (I will miss this lens)
  • EF 70-200 4.0 IS L (fantastic lens, my most used lens)
  • EF 50 1.8 (lousy build quality but good optics and ever best price-performace-ratio)
  • EF 100 2.8 IS L Macro (fantastic lens)
  • Kenko 1.4 TC
So the first two lenses will have to go on sale in a couple of weeks.
I was thinking about buying the new Canon EF 24-70 4.0 IS L lens as my new walk around lens together with the 6D. It sure is a very good lens with extremely high optical quality. On the other hand, I was wondering why even buying such standard zoom? I could also buy the following lenses for almost the same price:
Together with my 70-200 and the 50mm prime, this lenses would cover all the major focal lenghts of the 24-70: 24, 35, 40, 50 and 70. I came to the following advantages and disadvantages:
  • new Sigma 35 1.4 (very much on my wishlist!)
  • new EF 24 2.8 IS
  • new EF 40 2.8 (would be nice, no must have)

  • 4 or 5 lenses to carry around instead of 1 (or focus on one lens per trip)
  • no IS on some focal lenghts (may not be an issue with fast lenses)
  • optical qualitiy of 24-70 4.0 seems extremely high, will these primes match?
  • faster lenses (up to 1.4, slowest 2.8) compared to 4.0
  • much more available light capability
  • leses with min. aperture of 2.8 or faster will support the -3EV crosstype sensor of the 6D ideally (at least this is what I have read)

What do you think? What would you do? What do you recommend?

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