Canon lens suggestions, please

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Don Miles, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. Don Miles

    Don Miles Guest

    Any suggestions?

    I am not very happy with the short zoom I use to photograph the
    presentations, squad pictures, single head and shoulders shots of sports
    teams and so have decided to splash out on something for this coming
    season. The current lens is very soft at the periphery. I wondered if
    you have a favourite lens in the Canon range you'd recommend. Consider
    it as a "no expense spared" exercise as, while camera bodies seem to
    keep improving every few months these days, I have always felt a quality
    lens should last years!!

    I am not sure it's relevant but I use a 30D and EX550. (I have wondered
    about the EX580 but not sure it's worth it having the 550 already but
    that's another matter.)

    Don Miles, Feb 29, 2008
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  2. Don,

    I use the EF 16-35mm 1:2.8 L USM and the EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L USM lenses
    with my 20D and the 40D at work (when I'm shooting something
    important). I love these lenses! Very low chromatic aberration, sharp
    as can be and fast. For more run-of-the-mill work, I like the EF-S
    17-85mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM lens. It's got more chromatic issues (but that
    can be compensated for) and the contrast, sharpness and color vibrancy
    are somewat less than the other two lenses, but it's a good workhorse.
    The image stabilizer sometimes causes some motion sickness for me, but
    seems to work well.

    Regarding flashes, I have a 580EX and we have a 550EX at work. As far
    as I can tell they seem to be funcionally equivalent, but the controls
    are different and I have to keep both manuals on hand to figure out how
    to set up the slave modes and ratios.
    Bream Rockmetteller, Mar 1, 2008
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  3. Don Miles


    Jul 11, 2009
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    I would suggest the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
    This is an excellent lens - very sharp and will last the distance. I would steer away from EF-S lenses in the normal range in case you decide to upgrade to a full frame camera.
    Thomas, Jul 11, 2009
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