Lens arsenal

Started Mar 29, 2014 | Questions thread
Jonathan Brady
Jonathan Brady Veteran Member • Posts: 5,888
Re: Lens arsenal

An upgraded body could pay dividends - the 70D. Better ISO performance and image quality. Depending on budget left...

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
Canon EF-S 60mm macro or 100mm macro (L or not depending on your need/want for IS) - either doubles as portrait lens
Canon EF-S 55-250 STM

All this out the door with a few accessories and the camera for around $2500. Get the 60 macro as a refurb from Canon for $300 right now. http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/275767?WT.mc_id=C126149

More money left?
Sub an L series telephoto for the 55-250 if you're going to shoot at the long end a lot.
Add the 18-135 STM as an all purpose walk-around lens with great video capability. Depending on telephoto needs, this may be all the reach you need, further freeing up budget by foregoing the 55-250 and L telephoto lenses.

Lenses I don't think are necessary with this setup:
40mm f/2.8 - the 35mm end of the Sigma is close enough and faster.
Canon 50mm f/1.4 or 1.8 - you have to stop them both down to roughly 2.8 to get really sharp pics and at that aperture, the 60mm macro does the job equally well with a similar focal length.

Other good options depending on your needs:
Canon 17-55 f/2.8
Canon 15-85
Canon 85 f/1.8
Canon 135 f/2 plus 1.4x and/or 2x teleconverter. (I don't have any experience here but it sounds great in theory)

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Sony a9 Sony Alpha a7R III Sony FE 55mm F1.8 Sony FE 35mm F1.4 Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 +5 more
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