What's the best all in one lense for a new young shooter?

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RondaArouseMe
RondaArouseMe Regular Member • Posts: 213
What's the best all in one lense for a new young shooter?

Giving my daughter my old 5d Mkii as a gift for her birthday and wanted to include a lense for her. She has been using it typically with an original Tamron 28-70 2.8 di lense and its fried out now and makes loud noises and keeps giving an error.

Whats the best all around lense to replace that for her and she shoots mainly models?

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danferrin Regular Member • Posts: 201
Re: What's the best all in one lense for a new young shooter?

The best for shooting models, in my opinion, would be the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. If she never uses f2.8 you could save a little money and give her the EF 24–105mm f/4L IS II USM.  But my guess is that for what she shoots, the wider aperture of the 24-70 would be more important than the added length of the 24-105, and though I've never shot with either of these lenses (I haven't shot models in decades), I believe the 24-70 has a better reputation.

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1Dx4me Senior Member • Posts: 7,230
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canon 24-105 f4.0. it is a very good all around lens with HQ output! excellent for travel due to its light weight and relative small body. good luck.

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danferrin Regular Member • Posts: 201
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You might also want to consider a couple of fast prime lenses.  50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8.  If she needs something wider, a 24 or 28  f2.8.  My daughter uses my old primes and while she has to change lenses once in awhile, it makes her think about why she is choosing a particular focal length for that particular shot.  And the faster apertures give her the option of greater separation between subject and background than she can get with most zooms. She also get to zoom with her feet, which doesn't hurt, and it slows things down a bit, which I think is an advantage in the learning process for a young photographer.  Just my 2 cents worth.

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Kaso Veteran Member • Posts: 4,477
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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

I've been using one - sharp wide-open, contrasty, focal range suitable for portraits.

Austin7642 Regular Member • Posts: 259
Re: What's the best all in one lense for a new young shooter?

RondaArouseMe wrote:

Giving my daughter my old 5d Mkii as a gift for her birthday and wanted to include a lense for her. She has been using it typically with an original Tamron 28-70 2.8 di lense and its fried out now and makes loud noises and keeps giving an error.

Whats the best all around lense to replace that for her and she shoots mainly models?

The 800mm f/5.6 L EF is a good start, so I've heard.

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models.. like people? Then maybe something longer like 70-200. That of course means she would not have a good walk-around lens (at least i consider 70-200 a bit to long for walk-around lens).

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ffabrici Contributing Member • Posts: 929
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I would recommend the 24-105L.

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danferrin wrote:

You might also want to consider a couple of fast prime lenses. 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8. If she needs something wider, a 24 or 28 f2.8. My daughter uses my old primes and while she has to change lenses once in awhile, it makes her think about why she is choosing a particular focal length for that particular shot. And the faster apertures give her the option of greater separation between subject and background than she can get with most zooms. She also get to zoom with her feet, which doesn't hurt, and it slows things down a bit, which I think is an advantage in the learning process for a young photographer. Just my 2 cents worth.

I like this plan. I only want to spend maybe $250 anyway. I just bought two new cameras for myself afterall. She can save her money and get better stuff.

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PicNoir Forum Member • Posts: 59
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You've mentioned the budget, but think about weight as well. Looking at earlier experience the lens 24-105 will make her happy.

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Lost99999 Regular Member • Posts: 219
24-105L F4 or one off the 16-35 L if you are more into WA

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I don't even own this lens, but if I could have only one, it would probably be the 24-105 f/4, unless you think she will be shooting a lot of low light or sports (or dance, etc), then I would do the 24-70mm f/2.8.

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If I could just have one lens for general purpose shooting, it would be the 24-105/4L. I believe there is a non-L version out now that is more affordable and pretty good.

your daughter isn’t me, and if shooting models is really important to her, I’d endorse the need for a fast short telephoto lens. 85/1.8 should fit the bill, though I’ve never used it. I approve the idea of adding a wide angle prime to her kit. I have and like the 28/2.8 IS. The 24/2.8 IS also is supposed to be pretty good. Or possibly just add the 40/2.8 for something compact and inexpensive. Then you could let her buy her own wide angle!

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2Risky Forum Member • Posts: 59
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The 24-70mm f/ 2.8L ii hands down.

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threw the lens Senior Member • Posts: 1,334
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Isn't it crazy you give a child a $500 camera at most and people are recommending $1500 lenses to go with it.

I think a 24-70 is a little short for one lens, it hardly gives them any of that telephoto feel. And for models? Human ones or scale ones?

A 24-105 either the old f4 white box, or the f5.6 version would be more interesting for them.

Don't forget Sigma & Tamron do interesting superzooms because they update theirs every other year, they are experts by now.

I don't even think the old 35-135 f3.5-4.5 is a bad idea if she's going to shoot people. Good range for it. Maybe throw in a cheap 50mm f1.8 to get them used to thinking more about  their compositions.

1Dx4me Senior Member • Posts: 7,230
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threw the lens wrote:

Isn't it crazy you give a child a $500 camera at most and people are recommending $1500 lenses to go with it.

I think a 24-70 is a little short for one lens, it hardly gives them any of that telephoto feel. And for models? Human ones or scale ones?

A 24-105 either the old f4 white box, or the f5.6 version would be more interesting for them.

Don't forget Sigma & Tamron do interesting superzooms because they update theirs every other year, they are experts by now.

I don't even think the old 35-135 f3.5-4.5 is a bad idea if she's going to shoot people. Good range for it. Maybe throw in a cheap 50mm f1.8 to get them used to thinking more about their compositions.

i got serious with DSLRs in 2005 and got me a 5D and 24-10 f4.0, never regretted it! i have already suggested the 24-105 in my original post and i think any version of it will do, as you have noted. my feeling is that if an interested kid starts with a good lens, it may become impetus for their desire to become better photographers from earlier age once they see they can produce quality photos, IMO. i wouldn't waste their time with jellybean lenses so they give up on photography in a very short time. YMMV.

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VanA Contributing Member • Posts: 546
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Another vote for the 24-105L

If you can swing it, for around $130 add the 50 1.8 STM lens.

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