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    Please tell me about...

    Your lenses and why you love (don't love) them! Also, which lens do you use the most and why and if you have a shot on a page in your gallery, if you could link to it so I can see the results. Thanks so much!

    I have been consumed this week with deciding if I want an new camera body and then possibly a few lenses as well. I have a Canon 5D, and am considering any of the following bodies: 7D, 5D Mark II or 5D Mark III.

    My main goal is to get better shots of my kids in motion and better general pictures in low-light situations. I am leaning towards the 7D (and keeping my 5D) for the better performance for action shots coupled with the crop factor extending the reach of the lenses.

    Lenses I have:
    Canon 24-70 F/2.8L (I actually haven't used this in a while and switched to...)
    Tamron 28-75 F/2.8 (I use this b/c it is a lot lighter still with good quality photos)
    Canon EF-S 17-85 F/4-5.6 IS (will only fit on the 7D)
    Canon 50mm 1.8
    Canon 75-300 F4-5.6 (I have only used this once... I think I forget I have it, but it also doesn't take the best pics!)

    Lenses I am considering (these prices are if I purchased new):

    Canon 70-300 F/4-5.6 IS ($499)
    OR
    Canon 70-200 F/4L (with $1099 or without $559 the IS)
    (definitely getting one of these so your thoughts on which would be appreciated - don't want the weight of the F/2.8 or the high price!)

    and one of the following
    Canon 50mm F/1.2L ($1,499)

    Canon 100mm (between $499 and $899 depending on which model)

    Would also love a wide angle but don't have a lot of use for it I don't think.


    Any other suggestions?
    Thanks for your thoughts!
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    Really, no one wants to talk about their lenses?
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    Sorry I missed this one

    I can say from what you have listed that I really enjoy my 70-200 f4. I only use it outdoors because it isn't good in low light... but I love it for my kids sports. I really take it anywhere I might be outdoors.

    My 50 1.2 stays on my camera about 80% of the time.


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    weelll...

    I have a 50mm F/1.4 lens and find it has a very shallow dof at f/1.4. I find that a bit of a challenge. Mine is a Sigma and I would not recommend it.

    My zoom is the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 which had excellent reviews compared to the more expensive Canon lens. I have been delighted with the photos I've been able to capture with it. It is the SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom (NOT the 70-300mm Di LD) and is about $449 ($349 after rebate at bhphotovideo at the moment).
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    I use my Canon 5D Mark II most of the time and I find that with my fastest lens, a 50mm f1.8, OUTSIDE, can catch water being sprayed in fountains. The best part is that I can catch my grandkids in their running, hopping, jumping, and rolling without blur.
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    I got myself a 60D when I retired and I am very happy with it. I've found that it takes some time to get used to the high ISO. I LOOOOOVE my Canon 100 mm f/2.8, I use it all the time. I took my 24-70 f/2.8 to Cuba, wanted to take a more versatile lens, and I have to say that it grew on me. I have a Canon 50 mm f/1.8 and it doesn't get out much, but I am trying to use it more and playing with some night photography. Also love my 70-200 f/2.8 for sports. It is heavy, but the photos are so worth it, and my arms were very toned, LOL!
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    I have the 50mm f/1.2 L and love it. I also have the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and am glad that I purchased it rather than the f/4. I purchased it for sports (soccer, swimming), but as my youngest is graduating HS in June I am starting to use it for other things. I also have the 24-70mm f/2.8 L and the 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS. All my lenses are canon. I probably have the 50 mm on most days, but take the 24-70 when I travel. I made peace with the weight issue ... I figure the weight helps tone my arms!

    I've had the canon 40d for 4 years (prior to that I had a rebel). I opted to upgrade my lenses before the camera body. One of these days I will move up to a full sensor! You are welcome to come over and try the 50 and 70-200 out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Elliott View Post
    I have the 50mm f/1.2 L and love it. I also have the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and am glad that I purchased it rather than the f/4. I purchased it for sports (soccer, swimming), but as my youngest is graduating HS in June I am starting to use it for other things. I also have the 24-70mm f/2.8 L and the 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS. All my lenses are canon. I probably have the 50 mm on most days, but take the 24-70 when I travel. I made peace with the weight issue ... I figure the weight helps tone my arms!

    I've had the canon 40d for 4 years (prior to that I had a rebel). I opted to upgrade my lenses before the camera body. One of these days I will move up to a full sensor! You are welcome to come over and try the 50 and 70-200 out.
    WOW Carol... you have a bunch of the lenses I would love to snatch up. I may just have to take you up on trying a few out! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen D View Post
    Sorry I missed this one

    I can say from what you have listed that I really enjoy my 70-200 f4. I only use it outdoors because it isn't good in low light... but I love it for my kids sports. I really take it anywhere I might be outdoors.

    My 50 1.2 stays on my camera about 80% of the time.
    Do you use the 50 for action as well with good results? If I were just following Kyle around in the yard would it be good for catching him running or jumping or whatever?

    Is your 70-200 w/ or w/o IS? Do you ever miss shots that needed a faster lens? I would be using if for soccer and whatever other sports they get into in the future.
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    My head is spinning, I have no idea what the letters mean. L, IS, EF, etc. I mean I've seen them, but I'm clueless.
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    Wow - it sounds like a dream come true - upgrading your camera and lenses! I have the 5D mark 2 which I love. I have a friend who has the 7D - without a doubt the 7D is faster but the 5D M2 blows it out of the water with regard to noise in low light situations! It's horses for courses, I guess!
    I have the 50mm 1.4 which is on my camera 99.9% of the time. I don't like a lot of weight - I recently hired the 24-70 and it was just too much for me ( I am a bit if a weakling though!). There are times when I would just love a bit of extra zzzzzoooooommmm! If I was able to buy another lens I think I would go for the 70-200 f4. It's amazing quality!
    Good luck in your quest - so exciting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgeinci View Post
    Wow - it sounds like a dream come true - upgrading your camera and lenses! I have the 5D mark 2 which I love. I have a friend who has the 7D - without a doubt the 7D is faster but the 5D M2 blows it out of the water with regard to noise in low light situations! It's horses for courses, I guess!
    I have the 50mm 1.4 which is on my camera 99.9% of the time. I don't like a lot of weight - I recently hired the 24-70 and it was just too much for me ( I am a bit if a weakling though!). There are times when I would just love a bit of extra zzzzzoooooommmm! If I was able to buy another lens I think I would go for the 70-200 f4. It's amazing quality!
    Good luck in your quest - so exciting!
    So you have kids... do you find the combo of the Mark II and 50mm 1.4 good for action shots too? By action I really just mean kids on the move.

    And I totally realize that the camera and lens only get you so far. Your pictures are gorgeous and you obviously know how to find the right light/set your camera accordingly and compose a shot! :-)

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie DeGuia View Post
    Do you use the 50 for action as well with good results? If I were just following Kyle around in the yard would it be good for catching him running or jumping or whatever?

    Is your 70-200 w/ or w/o IS? Do you ever miss shots that needed a faster lens? I would be using if for soccer and whatever other sports they get into in the future.


    Yes I get great action shots with my 50

    I don't have the IS version... but because it is so heavy I usually have it on a monopod or tripod. I walk the sideline anyway and this gives me the space to move other parents out of my way I use the HD video a lot for sports so that my kids have live action in between stills for their slide shows at the end of the season. If I didn't have a tripod I think I would get everybody sick :P But, it is fast enough to catch any sport event I have encountered.


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    I have to say the action shots I get are spot on with the 50mm 1.4 - it is a super fast lens. The only downside is when you are a little far away from the action (sometimes you need to be e.g. when we were sledging - I couldn't stand too close for fear of being mown down!). Although coupled with a fullframe camera you can crop, crop, crop and still end up with a good image! And of course it's great indoors too - because kids are never still inside either, right?!
    I would definitely say it is more than fast enough for kids and toddlers! x
    p.s thankyou for your sweet comments - I am always in awe of your photographs
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    Here's my run down (though they've all been discussed)
    - 24-70 mm f/2.8 (I use this one basically if I need a wider angle)
    - 50 mm f/1.4 (this lens is on my body 90% of the time)
    - 85 mm f/1.8

    I've rented the 70-200 f/2.8 several times and I've loved it, but it's a beast. Whatever you get, be sure that it has IS (Image Stabilization-Carol). Same thing with the macro, it's very sensitive so go with the $1000 lens with IS, unless you plan on always using a tripod!

    Good luck with all of your decisions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carollee View Post
    My head is spinning, I have no idea what the letters mean. L, IS, EF, etc. I mean I've seen them, but I'm clueless.
    LOL, there's so much info isn't there!! L and EF are the types of lenses/series telling you what kind of camera will fit on (crop vs full). I believe all lenses fit on a crop, but not all fit on s full frame. I had to sale some lenses when I upgraded.

    IS stands for image stabilization, helps reduce camera shske

    USM - it means the lens has a small motor built into the body. USM is short for UltraSonic Motor
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    I am on a Nikon 700, but I think we are pretty much the same.
    I use the 24-70 2.8 almost all the time, gives a little more flexibility with the zoom etc.
    I have the 70-200 2.8 and I love what I can get with it, but it sure gives you arm muscles I think I might shoot the wedding this weekend with it, or at least the Church part
    I love my 50 1.4, it's soooo light compared to the others, but I do miss the zoom.
    I have the Tamron lenses, but I really do not like them as much...
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