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Shelly Loree
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/14/2004
 

Choice of Lens


I shoot with a Canon 40D and plan to purchase the new 5D later this month. To date photography has been a serious hobby. I have taken lots of portraits for family and friends and now want to start a business. If you have to choose, what three lenses would you suggest as 'have to have' for:
1. Weddings
2. Portraits?


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11/2/2008 6:21:06 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  What lenses do you already have?
I'd lean toward the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM for the 40D, EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM for the 5D, and for both: a 50 prime (f/1.4 or f/1.2), an 85 (f/1.8 or f/1.2) and the EF 135 f/2L USM. Maybe a 70-200 f/2.8 as well.


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11/2/2008 12:54:30 PM

 
Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  I agree with Jon, I use the 24-70mm f/2.8 & the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS for most of my wedding shoots. I also like the 50mm f/1.4 & the 135mm f/2 prime lenses as well. For wide angle I recommend the 16-35mm f/2.8 or 17-40mm f/4 EF lenses as both of these will work on the 5D. The 10-22mm EF-S works on the 40D but not on the full frame (5D/1Ds) cameras so I would shy away from this one.
my .02 - Carlton


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11/2/2008 8:27:32 PM

 
Shelly Loree
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/14/2004
  Thanks, Jon and Carlton. I have both the 50mm f/1.4 and the 85mm f/1.2. I also have a 70-200mm but it is a slower (f/4). I just bought the 16-35mm f/2.8 yesterday and love it. The new 5D is coming as a kit with a 24-105mm f/4 but maybe I will change my mind on that one get the 24-70mm f/2.8 instead.


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11/3/2008 5:28:13 AM

 
Ross Throndson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2005
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  Yes....the 24-70 is one of my all-time Favorites.....also the 85 f/1.8 & the 70-200 f/2.8.....don't have the 16-35 Mk II but would love to add that one to my collection... :-)


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11/3/2008 6:24:22 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Shelly,
The 24-105mm IS f/4 is also a very good lens and lighter than the 24-70 f/2.8 (no IS). In side by side comparisons/reviews, I cant tell that one is better than the other. I have the 24-70 and my friend has the 24-105 and we cant tell a difference either.
Carlton


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11/3/2008 6:50:09 AM

 
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