Another lens choice question post . . .

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Eric Miller, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. Eric Miller

    Eric Miller Guest

    OK, I recently purchased a 10D and it has me rethinking my lens lineup. I
    currently own the following lenses:

    Canon EF 50mm 1:1.4 USM
    Canon EF 70-200mm 1:4 L USM
    Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM
    Tokina EF 19-35mm 1:4.5-5.6
    Sigma EF 135-400mm APO
    Canon Extender 2X

    So, one lens at a time:

    50mm is no longer terribly useful as a walking around lens, though it makes
    a good portrait/basketball lens.

    28-135mm is not really wide enough on the short end for an all-around travel

    19-35 isn't really wide enough either for wide angle lens and never was fast

    70-200 is still a damned good lens, at approx. 110-320mm F4 equivalent, the
    only complaint that I have is that it won't auto focus with the 2x Extender
    on my 10D.

    With the multiplication factor, the 2x extender is no longer really

    In light of what I am thinking of dong with the other lenses, the Sigma
    135-400 is really unnecessary.

    So here is my question. I am thinking of selling all of the above lenses on
    eBay and replacing them with the following:

    EF 17-35 1:2.8 L or EF 17-40 1:4 L
    EF 24-70 1:2.8 L or
    EF 70-200 1:2.8 L IS
    Canon Extender 1.4 II

    I expect to be able to finance the purchase of about 1/2 of the cost of
    these lenses with my sales of my current lenses and a few other items. Any
    suggestions for alternate, less expensive plans?

    Eric Miller
    Eric Miller, Aug 8, 2003
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    Lourens Smak Guest

    "Eric Miller"
    why add the 24-70?
    for 35mm or full frame digital it's an excellent general purpose lens I
    guess, but with a 1.6x factor...40-110mm or so. Just get the wide and
    the tele. And you could also keep the 50 if you're concerned about the
    gap between 40 and 70mm.

    Lourens Smak, Aug 8, 2003
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    Slingblade Guest

    I think you suffer from a condition that many other photographers also
    are stricken with. You are looking for the "perfect" lens (or set of
    lenses), and in most cases you're not going to find it. And you're
    not alone, I share the same syndrome with you, except I prefer prime
    lenses. But I'd always like to have the next wider or longer lens
    than I have, or the next faster lens, or whatever. Ideally, I'd have
    about 12 different primes and a couple of specialty lenses (macros,
    tilt-shift and super telephoto), and realistically, I'm actually half
    way there on the primes with 6 currently...although they're not the
    fastest aperture models made. You can get into a syndrome where you
    spend too much time worrying about the equipment and not enough time
    shooting pictures. Some of my best shots were done when I was
    carrying nothing but my old FTb and a 50mm around.
    Slingblade, Aug 8, 2003
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