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1500 to spend, which lens to get for my 20d

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JEFFERIES
JEFFERIES  957 forum posts
2 Jul 2005 - 1:10 PM

I alreay have 100mm macro, 28-135usm, 100-400L IS USM, and a 2xconverterII, but i really want another high end focal length lens, i have looked at the 70-200IS but if anybody has any input that would be excellent, i have looked at other threads, but there limit was a bit less, any response would be much appreciated

LUKE

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DanSig
DanSig  9288 forum posts Iceland
2 Jul 2005 - 1:19 PM

since you have that much to spend, the 70-200L f2.8 IS would be the best buy, the 300mm f1.8 would be my next choice, my choice 3 is a 4000 lens Wink

klewis
klewis  101870 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2005 - 1:21 PM

I would consider the Sigma 120-300 f2.8 lens it is very sharp and gives a really nice off background at the wider aperturesSmile

JEFFERIES
JEFFERIES  957 forum posts
2 Jul 2005 - 1:22 PM

dansig,klewis thanks for that. i could always sell my 100-400, and sell my motorbike an sell.........

Cheers

Luke

UserDeleted
2 Jul 2005 - 2:19 PM

Luke,

It really depends on the type of photography you plan to do. I notice from your portfolio a lot of macro and nature work which could be covered by the existing kit.

If you are thinking about landscape or portrait work then you really could do with beefing up your shorter focal lengths.

A 17-40 f/4 and a second-user 28-70 f2.8 (sell the 28-135) would possibly leave you enough for a 1.4x extender.

If you do shoot a lot of low light mid-range work then the 70-200 f2.8L IS is a stunning lens (had the non-IS - now have the IS). You should be able to get it around the 1200 mark ( price match with 7dayshop) and again get a 1.4x. I couldn't be without mine - but then I do a lot of sports photography and social work.

Your other option is to get a 180mm macro....or a nice bag of primes (15mm f2.8 fisheye, 50mm f1.4 or an 85mm f1.8, 135mm f2 etc).


HTH
Mike

Hazard
Hazard  101192 forum posts United Kingdom
2 Jul 2005 - 2:23 PM

Get a toilet role and stick a magnifying glass to the end of it. You could then send me the remaining 1496. Smile

sillyconguru
2 Jul 2005 - 2:25 PM


Quote: Get a toilet role and stick a magnifying glass to the end of it

But make sure you paint the roll white.

Wink>

Just Jas
Just Jas  1225751 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2005 - 2:28 PM

And a red ring around one end. Or should it be green? Wink

Hazard
Hazard  101192 forum posts United Kingdom
2 Jul 2005 - 2:35 PM

Are we still talking len's ?

deviant
deviant  103024 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2005 - 3:38 AM

Just had the same conundrum and got the 70-200mm L IS. It's amazingly good. works at ridiculously low shutter speeds (like 1/30th of a sec!) is extremely sharp, with wonderful colour and contrast. The handling is also nice and not as heavy as some reports would have suggested. Focus is extremely reliable and fast.
David

suleesia
suleesia  9176 forum posts Malaysia
3 Jul 2005 - 3:49 AM

2nd body would be great!

JEFFERIES
JEFFERIES  957 forum posts
3 Jul 2005 - 4:30 AM

thanks for the advise people!, well not you hazard ;o)


im going to think about it, the reason i posted this is because i find the 100-400 impossible to use with 2x, unless im taking shots of a statue, and its a little soft at the 400 end.

Thanks all, and if anybody has any further input that would be good

Luke

u08mcb
u08mcb  105817 forum posts
3 Jul 2005 - 4:33 AM

you shouldn't be surprised the 100-400 doesnt work well with a 2x extender.

JEFFERIES
JEFFERIES  957 forum posts
3 Jul 2005 - 4:42 AM

who said anything about being suprised!!!

and to add to that i have only been into photography for the last couple of months or so, and there is only so much one can take in, in that time.

So if anybody has got some usefull!! input that would be great

Luke

u08mcb
u08mcb  105817 forum posts
3 Jul 2005 - 4:45 AM

well why does the 100-400 not satisfy you as is without a teleconverter?

you're getting a crop equivalent focal length of 640mm which is huge, why do you need more?

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