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July 14, 2011 @ 06:19 PM
laxlife1234

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Ok, so I have a question to all those that are able to answer it. I have narrowed down my selection to a few lenses; EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 35mm f/1.4L USM, and EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. I am leaning towards the 50mm (unless someone can give me a reason why I should spend $400 more and get the 85mm f/1.2), and the reason is that I have seen pictures from it and they are stunning! My question is which would one of you guys recommend if anyone has one of these. My budget right now is ~$1500 so if you want to recommend a different lens please do. This is probably going to be my only big lens purchase as my other lenses won't be as expensive as this so I want to choose it right.

If it helps I like to take pictures of nature (close-ups of flowers), people, landscapes (which is why I have a wide angle lens as one of my choices).

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July 14, 2011 @ 06:24 PM
nico

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Location: SEA / SD

Are you using a full-frame camera?
July 14, 2011 @ 06:41 PM
laxlife1234

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Nope, i do not believe i am. Its a T3i.

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July 14, 2011 @ 06:54 PM
Shanklin

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The 16-35mm sounds like you're best bet. It's a fast constant aperture lens, so you can shoot f2.8 at all the focal lengths. This lens is especially good if you plan on recording video.

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July 14, 2011 @ 09:00 PM
EYETOGRAPHY

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Location: Psycho City

The 16-35mm sounds like you're best bet. It's a fast constant aperture lens, so you can shoot f2.8 at all the focal lengths. This lens is especially good if you plan on recording video.


Are you more interested in doing stills or video? Also why not go for the alternative 50mm 1.4?
If you're looking into sharp lenses 135L f2 is really sharp as well. Im not sure if it will suit your needs but I would check it out.
July 14, 2011 @ 09:10 PM
laxlife1234

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Are you more interested in doing stills or video? Also why not go for the alternative 50mm 1.4?
If you're looking into sharp lenses 135L f2 is really sharp as well. Im not sure if it will suit your needs but I would check it out.


I am looking for stills. I will be shooting videos soon, but drum covers so I don't need a special lens for that. I am still keeping my horizons open though. I am looking right now at tons of sample photos of every lens and reading the reviews. I will most certainly check out the 135 though, I didn't plan on getting a telephoto but may consider it especially since I am going to be shooting pics at my school next year with sports and what not.

Shanklin- I am thinking of taking that lens off my list actually since I just read what it takes to take good wide angle lens shots and I fell like a wide angle lens wouldn't suit me right now.

And thanks for the replies guys smile

Edit: Oh and also could anyone tell me what the main difference is between the 85mm f/1.2 and the 50mm f/1.2 even if I decide not to get it I would like to know the difference if anyone knows.

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July 14, 2011 @ 09:11 PM
Shanklin

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Lol then get the 1.2, they call it the cream machine for a reason.

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July 15, 2011 @ 12:36 PM
laxlife1234

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Yeah I think I have decided on the 85mm 1.2L. I am going to stop reading reviews since I just should buy it and use it for myself.

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July 15, 2011 @ 01:56 PM
SaVaGeDrIfTeR

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Location: North Las Vegas, NV

If I were you with this budget and still only had a t3i wanting to upgrade majorly, I would rather sell the t3i, buy a full frame camera like a 5d, and get a 50mm f/1.4 or something. Sell the camera, that would give you about $2300 to spend. Buy a Canon 5d, which would give you about $1000 left, then you can buy something like a 135L.
July 15, 2011 @ 02:03 PM
laxlife1234

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Join Date: Aug 2010

As much as I would like a 5D I would rather have that lens for right now. I will be making another purchase later on in the year or sometime next year and thats when I will sell my T3i and upgrade to a better body. But from the couple of pros that I have spoke to they told me it is better to upgrade the lenses then get better camera body's. I have been eyeing this lens for the past 3 months so I'm pretty sure it is the one I am going to get.

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July 16, 2011 @ 07:34 PM
keo_

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85mm on a crop sensor is pretty tight. I'd got with 50mm unless your going for the 85mm with a crop

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July 16, 2011 @ 08:47 PM
laxlife1234

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Yeah, it is going to be tight, but I think I will be able to make it work. For what its worth I will be selling my camera body once I finish paying myself back for buying this lens and save up enough for a 5D Mark II, but I think I may just wait until the 5D Mark III comes out.

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July 25, 2011 @ 12:48 AM
K_M

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IMO I'd go with the 50 1.2, it's stunning, I've gotten to play around with one and it was absolutely amazing. I think 85mm on a crop would be pretty limiting unless you are going to be shooting a lot at that length.

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