Help me buy a lens

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by d_saf, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. My wife has a Mark II and will be buying a Mark III. I want to get her a lens. She currently has a 16-35, 24-135, and an 85. TIA.
     
  2. It would help if we knew what kind of photography she likes to do. For example, if she likes to do low light, hand held work, a fast 50 mm lens (f1/8 or f1.4 maximum aperture) or a fast 35mm lens would be a good choice. On the other hand, if she needs a lens with a longer focal length, a Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 or f/4 lens with image stabilization would be a good idea. If she want to do wildlife photography, a longer lens like the Canon EF 100-400 mm zoom lens would be a good idea. Lots of good choices depending on what she wants to do.
     
  3. Thanks for the response Jim. I'd say she takes more family/baby pics than anything else right now.
     
  4. Both what her interests are, as well as what your budget is are critical bits of information if anybody is to give you any advice that actually means anything.
    I'm inclined to think that her tele end is lacking (well, nonexistent), as well, she's lacking any fast stuff in the mid to wide range (such as a fast zoom, or primes). Whether or not either matter to her is of course up to you to figure out.
    You tell us, she's your wife. What does she like to shoot(landscapes, portraits, people, sports, BIF?) ? How does she like to shoot (could she use some flash gear?) ?
     
  5. Then she could use a fast normal zoom, or a fast(er) prime. Your price range is ~$2400 --> ~$450 for those ($2400 for a 24-70/2.8L II --> $450 for a 50/1.4).
     
  6. Hi D Saf.After some discreet asking ( you know) the 50mm 1.8 or the 50mm 1.4 would be ok , or the 70 200 f4/ l lens , or the 70 200 mm f2.8 l lens would be my 0.02 cents worth happy hunting Miken
     
  7. ps All ef lenses are good to go with Mk 11 or mk 111. miken
     
  8. To suggest something a bit different how about 100mm L macro w/IS (about $900).
    And add a new 40mm f2.8 pancake in another gift box (about $150) . It is really a wonderful little lens. I have one and use quite a bit lately on my 5D2. Small, light, quite sharp wide open and very nice bokeh.
    The safe bet would be +1 for 50mm or a 35mm prime for the types of shots you indicated.
     
  9. 50mm is good from up close, like 6 feet, 135mm is good from 10 feet, 20, 30... a way to isolate the background from the subject, that's what I would suggest -- Canon 135mm f/2
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  10. Do any of these suggestions overlap what she already has? I'd like to get one that her others aren't too good at.
     
  11. For family/baby, she seems pretty well set up now.
    The only thing that might further the assemblage is to go for a 'normal' lens with even more light gathering than the f/2.8 that she has in the 16-35 and more than the medium telephoto she has.
    For the deluxe end, and she has a fairly deluxe (=L for 'luxus') group already, the EF 50mm f/1.2 L lens would provide a dreamy out-of-focus background, the ability to utilize the high ISO capabilities of the mark iii even further into the realm of "available darkness" ( a play on the idea of available light). It also has a cost worthy of a "nice" and impressive gift. :) For less money, a nice EF 50mm f/1.4 is a nice shooter.
    If it were me, I would go for the EF 100-400mmm L lens or one of the superior f/2.8 70-200 lenses, but I don't do the same kind of shooting your wife apparently does.
     
  12. I look at her pictures and notice more up close, people pictures. But I'm wondering if that's becuase she doesn't have a landscape type of lens?
     
  13. Gift certificate!
     
  14. She has a landscape type lens. The 16-35/2.8, not as good as some of the TS primes, but usable for most things (not architecture really though).
    A 50/1.4 is pretty inexpensive, but it's reliability, and optical performance are also pretty limited. If I were going to recommend a 50/1.4, I'd recommend the Sigma 50/1.4 EX DG HSM, which produces consistent results from f1.4. It's a bit more expensive (~$100), but for someone who does a lot of portraiture, being able to produce good to great results from WO is a very helpful feature, and, frankly, the EF 50/1.4 (and I own one, and have owned several) doesn't. Not saying it's not a perfectly functional lens (most of the time) from ~f2+, but the portrait artist usually wants the ability to produce ultra shallow DOF imagery - Afterall, that's likely one of the reasons she bought a 5D2 and 5D3 - limiting the f stop due to poor optical characteristics is kind of self defeating.
     
  15. 70-200mm f/4L IS is an incredibly versatile and sharp lens.
     
  16. First thing I would do is as her what lenses she wants! Lens choice is often a very personal thing, and it is quite specific to the needs of the individual photographer. If really feel the need to surprise her, don't take a chance that you'll surprise her with the wrong lens - give her a gift certificate, a check, or just offer to take her to get the lens of her choice.
    But please (Please. PLEASE!) don't get her a lens based on what some folks in a photography forum happened to mention!
    Dan
     
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    I would buy something else, she has a nice kit already.
     
  18. Does she has a wish list in an online photo store? That could be a good starting point for a gift.
     
  19. Gift certificate!​
    +1. Although a 50/1,4 is a really safe bet here.
     
  20. "Thanks for the response Jim. I'd say she takes more family/baby pics than anything else right now."
    If this is the case, then a 50mm lens would be a good choice for half-body, full body photos of babies. The recently announced 35 f/2 with IS would also be a great choice for family/kids photos.
     
  21. "Thanks for the response Jim. I'd say she takes more family/baby pics than anything else right now."
    If this is the case, then a 50mm lens would be a good choice for half-body, full body photos of babies. The recently announced 35 f/2 with IS would also be a great choice for family/kids photos.
     
  22. I would buy something else, she has a nice kit already.​
    I agree. Get her a flash, an off-camera cord and a softbox. For why, see here, fifth picture down. The Speedlite 600 EX-RT will work with the Mark III (assuming it's 5D we're talking); the cord you want (to start with) the OC-E3; softbox: Lastolite EzyBox Speed-Lite. Throw in Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook for good measure (although the 600 EX-RT has come out since that book was published, almost all of it is still relevant).
     
  23. Thanks for all the responses everyone. She recently rented the Mark III to make sure she wants it, and it came with a 50/1.4 lens. She said she loved the lens and camera, so it's what I got. Thanks again.
     

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