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

2 Jul 2005 1:10PM
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


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DanSig 13 288 Iceland
2 Jul 2005 1:19PM
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 13 1.9k 1 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2005 1:21PM
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
2 Jul 2005 1:22PM
dansig,klewis thanks for that. i could always sell my 100-400, and sell my motorbike an sell.........


UserDeleted 15 3.6k
2 Jul 2005 2:19PM

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).

Hazard 14 1.2k United Kingdom
2 Jul 2005 2:23PM
Get a toilet role and stick a magnifying glass to the end of it. You could then send me the remaining 1496. Smile
sillyconguru 13 4.4k
2 Jul 2005 2:25PM

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

But make sure you paint the roll white.

Just Jas Plus
16 26.2k 1 England
2 Jul 2005 2:28PM
And a red ring around one end. Or should it be green? Wink
Hazard 14 1.2k United Kingdom
2 Jul 2005 2:35PM
Are we still talking len's ?
deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2005 3:38AM
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.
suleesia 13 176 Malaysia
3 Jul 2005 3:49AM
2nd body would be great!
3 Jul 2005 4:30AM
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

u08mcb 14 5.8k
3 Jul 2005 4:33AM
you shouldn't be surprised the 100-400 doesnt work well with a 2x extender.
3 Jul 2005 4:42AM
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

u08mcb 14 5.8k
3 Jul 2005 4:45AM
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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