Lens arsenal

Started Mar 29, 2014 | Questions thread
Bananasplit Regular Member • Posts: 300
Re: Lens arsenal

CD1 wrote:

I need some advice on building up my lens arsenal. The type of stuff I find myself shooting is:

Family events - indoors with that terrible indoor lighting

Flash + EF-S 15-85 or 17-55 (useful anyway for the rest) and Sigma 35 f1.4 for using natural light. Wider lens might be useful but harder to use.

Outdoor photography - on the lake or in the woods (both up close, long range, and wide angle)

EF-S 15-85 very good and useful lens. It has only one issue: it is not fast. But for outdoor, it is ok. Otherwise the 17-55 is shorter but great IQ.

Sports photography - kids events (baseball, soccer, gymnastics, swimming)

Canon 70-200 or replace by Canon 100 (might be sometimes a bit too short). Cheap zoom might not be fast enough.

Occasional portraits

Depending on your style: Sigma 35 f1.4 or Canon 40 F2.8 or Canon 50mm f1.4 or Canon 85 f1.8 or Canon 70-200 f2.8 or or Canon 100 f2.8 L or Canon 135 f2. All are good, the 40mm is the "worse" in the list because of its aperture but it gives great results for its price. I tried all and my preference depends on the subject.

Would like to do some occasional macro stuff

Canon 60mm (very sharp) or Canon 100mm macro (L is better specially for its IS but you can save by taking the cheaper non L).

What lens combination would most efficiently cover as much of that ground as possible. I don't want to spend $10,000 on lenses, but I know I'm not getting this group of lenses on the cheap either. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

My "economic" choices would be: 1)  Flash + 15-85 or 1755 + 100L (macro and portrait) and then you might add later a Sigma 35 or a tele zoom 70-200 (F2.8 is obviousely better IQ than f4 but much more expensive)

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Canon EOS 7D Pentax K-5 Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Canon EF 135mm F2L USM Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM +8 more
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