7D and lens(es) you can't live without.....

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yycPhotog Forum Member • Posts: 84
7D and lens(es) you can't live without.....
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For all those who currently own the 7D, what lens(es) do you own that you couldn't do without,  and why?

For me, it  would be the 100 - 400 L. Beautiful lens and I love the IQ. Plus I find its fast in focusing and does a great job at capturing wildlife. I have started to use it for macro as well, but haven't quite perfected this area yet, but the more I play with it, the more I learn from it.

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Jerry-astro
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Re: 7D and lens(es) you can't live without.....

yycPhotog wrote:

For all those who currently own the 7D, what lens(es) do you own that you couldn't do without, and why?

For me, it would be the 100 - 400 L. Beautiful lens and I love the IQ. Plus I find its fast in focusing and does a great job at capturing wildlife. I have started to use it for macro as well, but haven't quite perfected this area yet, but the more I play with it, the more I learn from it.

Probably the 17-55 and 100-400L if I were hypothetically limited to only two lenses.  I find the 17-55 to be am almost ideal walkaround lens and probably use it for 90% of my shots.  When I need to go long, the 100-400L is by far the best and most versatile telephoto I've owned.

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tonyjr
tonyjr Veteran Member • Posts: 5,258
Re: 7D and lens(es) you can't live without.....

Right now the 10-22 , 17-55 , 70-200 mk II W / 2 X III . The 10-22 , 17-55 would be replaced with same . The 70-200 would be replaced with the 28-300 .

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checkmate91 Regular Member • Posts: 109
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15-85 most of the time for me. I have a 70-200 f4 for "special occasions" hehe.

I also love to use my old Oly 50 and 28 lenses on an EMF-chip adapter for still life stuff, seems to me sometimes like how real photography used to be.

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Calliope
Calliope Senior Member • Posts: 1,529
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My 70-300L. Light, sharp and fast to focus. Really like the close focus distance and the range for action shots.

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Michael Eckstein Senior Member • Posts: 2,155
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I used the 70/200L and the 100/400L combination  for years and then changed to the 70/300L and the 400L ƒ5.6. Both of the lenses are better than the previous combination. The 400 ƒ5.6 is sharper wide open then the 100/400 is at any ƒ stop. The 70/300L is one of the finest lenses I have ever used, amazing quality and color rendition and is a bargain at it's current price.

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Calliope
Calliope Senior Member • Posts: 1,529
Re: 7D and lens(es) you can't live without.....

Michael Eckstein wrote:

I used the 70/200L and the 100/400L combination for years and then changed to the 70/300L and the 400L ƒ5.6. Both of the lenses are better than the previous combination. The 400 ƒ5.6 is sharper wide open then the 100/400 is at any ƒ stop. The 70/300L is one of the finest lenses I have ever used, amazing quality and color rendition and is a bargain at it's current price.

Completely agree! I added a used 400mm and love the combination.

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rdspear Veteran Member • Posts: 4,414
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10-22, 24-105, 100-400.  I use all of them regularly and can't imagine not having any of them for certain shooting situations.  I have 8 other lenses, but could get by without any of them if I needed to.

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Brian L Johnson Regular Member • Posts: 210
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My 100-400 is essentially the only lens that gets mounted on my 7D, used almost exclusively for wildlife.  I use my 5D with 17-40, 24-70, or 70-200 for most everything else.

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Noogy Senior Member • Posts: 1,500
Re: 7D and lens(es) you can't live without.....

yycPhotog wrote:

For all those who currently own the 7D, what lens(es) do you own that you couldn't do without, and why?

For me, it would be the 100 - 400 L. Beautiful lens and I love the IQ. Plus I find its fast in focusing and does a great job at capturing wildlife. I have started to use it for macro as well, but haven't quite perfected this area yet, but the more I play with it, the more I learn from it.

40mm f/2.8 STM. Pairs with the 7D for a flexible, generally walk-around glass, and with its light weight makes the camera a joy to carry all day.

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RJayP
RJayP Junior Member • Posts: 26
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My 70-200 2.8is mk2 stays on my 7d 85% of the time

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skanter
skanter Forum Pro • Posts: 11,245
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RJayP wrote:

My 70-200 2.8is mk2 stays on my 7d 85% of the time

I don't get it. How does 112mm minimum work as a walk-around lens?  Do you only shoot things from very far away?

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Charcurt Regular Member • Posts: 351
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I'm keen for the 40 mm pancake, how do you find this for portraits? Too long?

nick

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happysnapper64 Senior Member • Posts: 5,335
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15-85 & 70-200f/4IS L

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Noogy
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Charcurt wrote:

I'm keen for the 40 mm pancake, how do you find this for portraits? Too long?

nick

Quite the opposite, since it's shorter than my 50mm f/1.4 USM.  Harder to isolate the background but sharp at wide open.  Best value for money, a must have.  For generally walk-around it's tops; for portrait and landscape it gives even L lens a run for their money.

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Limburger
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Can't live without is a bit harsh stated but 15-85 is my walkaround and 70-200 f4 L a nice addition to it.

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Calliope
Calliope Senior Member • Posts: 1,529
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skanter wrote:

RJayP wrote:

My 70-200 2.8is mk2 stays on my 7d 85% of the time

I don't get it. How does 112mm minimum work as a walk-around lens? Do you only shoot things from very far away?

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Sam K., NY

That pretty much sums it up for me. I bet 95% of my shots over the past two years have been taken with my 70-300 and I shoot a lot. In some places it is not safe to do street shooting close in. In LA and Hollywood tourists have been killed for taking photos with their cell phones.

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Zee Char Forum Pro • Posts: 12,268
Re: 7D and lens(es) you can't live without.....

yycPhotog wrote:

For all those who currently own the 7D, what lens(es) do you own that you couldn't do without, and why?

For me, it would be the 100 - 400 L. Beautiful lens and I love the IQ. Plus I find its fast in focusing and does a great job at capturing wildlife. I have started to use it for macro as well, but haven't quite perfected this area yet, but the more I play with it, the more I learn from it.

300L F4 IS. My go to birding and sports lens. Light and has IS. If I had the cash I would probably pick up the 2.8 for sports.

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rwbaron Veteran Member • Posts: 9,780
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70-200f4LIS and 400f5.6L are on my 7D 75% of the time with my 300f4L third. I have the 10-22, 15-85, 24-105, 50f1.4 and 100 macro but they get little to no use. For street shooting I now use the 7D/70-200 combo with my G1X over the other shoulder which cuts down on lens changes and the 10-22 in my jacket pocket just in case. I like to extract, isolate and compress subjects hence the love of long glass

Bob

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Jeff Peterman
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My normal kit is a 10-22, 17-55, and 70-200. When I only carry two, typically I take the 17-55 and the 70-200. If I can't take the 70-200 (size/weight/"no pro lenses") I take a 55-250 instead. If I really have to go light with the 7D, I take the 17-55 and an 85 f1.8. This is all for normal shooting - for macro, it's the 100mm macro. I have several other lenses, but essentially just use the above.

On the other hand, it's pretty clear from the above list that my real key lens is the 17-55 f2.8 IS. This is a wonderful lens with a really useful range (although I wish it went out to 85mm).

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