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Which lenses for 1D mk IV?

Steve_S Plus
14 183 3 United Kingdom
11 May 2011 11:32PM
Since upgrading from crop sensor cameras to a 1D mk IV I need to upgrade some of my lenses. I'm OK at the telephoto range with a battered 80-200L f2.8 Smile, 300mm L f4 i.s. and 500mm f4 L i.s. but I need something to cover the gap that is left from the non compatible Sigma 10-20 and 18-50mm EF-S lenses that I used to use on my crop sensor cameras. I admit that I get little use from such lenses now that wildlife and birds is my passion but I would like a decent walkabout/portrait lens and something for landscapes. I have been thinking of Canon 24-105mm f4 or maybe 24-70 f2.8 and perhaps need something wider for landscapes.There's also the Canon 17-40L too. I also have a wedding to cover in the Summer! I don't mind 2nd hand and have a budget of around 1200. What would you suggest for 2 lenses to cover my requirements? For those who know me, I am gradually recovering from my recent heart attack and desperately hoping to be in action again very soon!
Overread 12 4.1k 19 England
11 May 2011 11:53PM
Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L is a breadwinner for many wedding photographers, though it lacks the IS of the 24-105mm it makes up for it with the wider max aperture (and if you're shooting moving subjects you'll need the extra stop of light more than the IS - esp if shooting indoors).

The 24-105mm f4 IS L though is generally a bit more popular as a walkaround lens because of its good optics, but also because it has the extra 35mm at the long end over the 24-70mm - it might not have the f2.8 aperture, but that does allow it to be lighter in build.

If its a more one-off wedding I'd be tempted to say get the 24-105mm for a walkaround lens and support it with flash for the wedding.
samfurlong 14 2.5k United Kingdom
12 May 2011 7:36AM
I find that three zooms cover most stuff (16-35 2.8L , 24-70 2.8L and 70-200 2.8L).
You could substitute the 16-35 for the cheaper but equally sharp 17-40 f4L and if you can't stretch to the 24-70 the it's predecessor, the 28-70 2.8L is easily available secondhand. One in good nick should be around 500.
ianrobinson 10 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
12 May 2011 8:39AM
i have on my 5d mark ii f/f a canon 50mm f1.4 prime, sigma 24-70mm 2.8 macro, which in reviews is slightly better than the canon and much cheaper too, this i us for weddings, portraits and landscapes/seascapes,and close up macro use, canon 17-40mm f4, great for landscapes and primarily what its used for, canon 70-200mm f2.8 l is usm ii and the canon 2x extender mark iii for the wildlife on my cropped sensor 7d, or take the extender off and on my 5d mark ii for superb portraits.
samfurlong 14 2.5k United Kingdom
12 May 2011 10:17AM

Quote:which in reviews is slightly better than the canon and much cheaper too

Granted it's a lot cheaper but I'd love to see the reviews which say it's better than the canon..
thewilliam 12 6.1k
12 May 2011 10:45AM
People like Ffordes and Robert White do adapters for fitting Nikon lenses onto Canon bodies.
justin c 16 5.1k 36 England
12 May 2011 11:04AM

I can highly recommend both the Canon 17-40mm and the Canon 24-105mm.
LensYews 11 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
12 May 2011 6:26PM
I use a 17-40, 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 with my 1d4 and would happily recommend any of them. Noise control on rhe camera is good to around 6400, so you won't miss the IS too much on the wider lenses.
Steve_S Plus
14 183 3 United Kingdom
12 May 2011 8:10PM
Thanks everyone. I am now definitely thinking 17-40 and 24-105. The 24-70 would be very nice I know but I think it would stretch my budget too much. The extra reach of the 24-105 and the lighter weight make it a better walkabout lens for me too.
LensYews 11 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
12 May 2011 10:52PM
It might also be worth trying them out if you have the chance, my 17-40 does feel slightly off balance hand held for me because its much lighter than the body itself. So for a walkaround hobby use I tend to use that lens on a 40d and the 1d4 for work.

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