$800 to spend what lens?

Started Jun 17, 2010 | Discussions
OP David6566 New Member • Posts: 8
Re: $800 to spend what lens?

actually i do feel limited by the amount of detail i get with portraits. I never really have tired the 17-55 f2.8 for a up close portrait to see the detail i get but i feel that it's to short to get up close so i have always used it for group portraits. It is my walk around lens for indoor/outdoor the f2.8 does great indoors.

The 70-300 does ok i love that it goes to 300mm but i have been thinking about trading it for a 70-200 F4 non IS or F2.8 non IS.

I'm wondering what lens would give the most detail for a up close portrait the 70-200 F4 or 2.8 vs a Canon 60mm or the 85mm 1.8?

I'm thinking that 17mm is wide as i need for now, i don't think i would use it enough to justify the cost of a 10-22.

BTW what's the chance of a updated 70-200mm f2.8 non is?

RomanB wrote:

David6566 wrote:

I have a 40D, 17-55 f2.8,70-300mm IS and a canon 50mm 1.8.
I do like to shoot landscapes and portraits.

Do you feel you miss UW for landscapes? Get 10-22.
Which lens do you use most for portraits? Do you feel limited by it in some way?

Scales USA Veteran Member • Posts: 3,121
Re: $800 to spend what lens?

What is it that you want to do, and your existing lenses can't cover. Sure, you can buy a wide angle, but if you don't need it, you won't use it.

You should know what ability you need and match it, not ask someone who most likely likes different types of photography than you.

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mevbo Senior Member • Posts: 1,217
Re: $800 to spend what lens?

Sell you 70-300 and save another $1000 or so; then you can get the 70-200 2.8IS MKII and a 2x teleconverter. You would not be happier. I have this same setup but with a 50d for each lens. (17-55 like you as well). Best of both worlds and the 2x gives you 140-400 5.6 with AF. Just would take a little patience and saving....

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OP David6566 New Member • Posts: 8
Re: $800 to spend what lens?

I would love to get that lens it's so expensive though if i had a ton of money i would.

Will take some time to save for maybe a hole year but i guess that lens would be the very best for 10 yrs +

mevbo wrote:

Sell you 70-300 and save another $1000 or so; then you can get the 70-200 2.8IS MKII and a 2x teleconverter. You would not be happier. I have this same setup but with a 50d for each lens. (17-55 like you as well). Best of both worlds and the 2x gives you 140-400 5.6 with AF. Just would take a little patience and saving....

wskb Regular Member • Posts: 294
Re: $800 to spend what lens?

less extreme, sell 70-300 and get 70-200f4IS. Amazing, I have it on the 40D and it rocks.

mevbo wrote:

Sell you 70-300 and save another $1000 or so; then you can get the 70-200 2.8IS MKII and a 2x teleconverter. You would not be happier. I have this same setup but with a 50d for each lens. (17-55 like you as well). Best of both worlds and the 2x gives you 140-400 5.6 with AF. Just would take a little patience and saving....

OP David6566 New Member • Posts: 8
Re: $800 to spend what lens?

What about the 70-200 f2.8 non IS or will it be updated soon. I like the idea of using a 2x extender.

wskb wrote:

less extreme, sell 70-300 and get 70-200f4IS. Amazing, I have it on the 40D and it rocks.

mevbo wrote:

Sell you 70-300 and save another $1000 or so; then you can get the 70-200 2.8IS MKII and a 2x teleconverter. You would not be happier. I have this same setup but with a 50d for each lens. (17-55 like you as well). Best of both worlds and the 2x gives you 140-400 5.6 with AF. Just would take a little patience and saving....

Photog23 Senior Member • Posts: 1,105
I'm with you

The 10-22mm is a highly over-rated lens no matter what the fans say.

Photog23 Senior Member • Posts: 1,105
Re: $800 to spend what lens?

What capability do you think you're lacking, in reference to what you'd like to shoot?

If I were you, I'd rent the couple of lenses you're considering and see if they make a meaningful difference to what you want to photograph.

mevbo Senior Member • Posts: 1,217
Re: $800 to spend what lens?

David6566 wrote:

What about the 70-200 f2.8 non IS or will it be updated soon. I like the idea of using a 2x extender.

wskb wrote:

less extreme, sell 70-300 and get 70-200f4IS. Amazing, I have it on the 40D and it rocks.

mevbo wrote:

Sell you 70-300 and save another $1000 or so; then you can get the 70-200 2.8IS MKII and a 2x teleconverter. You would not be happier. I have this same setup but with a 50d for each lens. (17-55 like you as well). Best of both worlds and the 2x gives you 140-400 5.6 with AF. Just would take a little patience and saving....

400x with the 70-200 2.8IS is fun and quite impressive. Here are 3 taken with this setup. Nothing special, just my backyard.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Canon Extender EF 2x III Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM +3 more
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