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#1 pitboss3

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 08:05 PM

Whats up everyone!? 

I enjoy wildlife photography and my 100-400LII pretty much lives on my 7dII.

 

My daughter is about a year old and sense she has been born I have been getting more and more into "studio" photography.

 

I have back drops three speedlites (youngnuo) and have been getting buy thus far with my 50 1.8

 

I have very limited space in my house and sometimes my 50 is to long for shooting inside and a zoom would better suit my needs.

 

I've been looking at canon 17-55 2.8 (seems like a good focal range in general and gets good reviews)

 

sigma 18-35 1.8 art (seems a little wide overall but have heard great things, but am a little apprehensive about having to micro adjust the focus)

 

Also have looked into canon 24-70 and 24-105 but those are best suited for FF cameras and from what I understand I am better off with a lens built for my crop??

 

I would be looking to buy something used (eBay or craigslist) and was wondering what you guys think?

 

 



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Posted 12 March 2017 - 05:32 AM

Consider the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Is STM.  ;)

 

 

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 11:47 AM

 

Consider the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Is STM.  ;)

 

 

 

I agree.  This lens gets pretty good reviews, especially at the price point.  Watch for this in the Canon Refurb shop.  The lens will look new and will have a one year warranty.

 

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 08:00 AM

The Sigma 17-50 f2.8 lens is a good all-purpose lens, and pretty reasonably priced. That's what I use. I see people recommending the 18-135, but you specifically mentioned indoor, "studio" type photography, so I think a lens like the 17-50 would be more appropriate.  As far as anything starting at 24mm, as you say, these are full-frame lenses and the wide end is not all that useful on a crop body, IMHO (I mean, for flexibility, which is the whole point of a zoom).

 

If you want to spend some bucks, I should think one of the Canon 16-35 L lenses would be the way to go (either the f4 or f2.8 version), although the max of 35 might be kind of low for portraits.


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:44 AM

I would look at the 17-55 f2.8 the Canon website is selling refurbished models, for $704.00 this includes a US warranty the same as new retail units.

This lens will work great on your camera and is a nice compliment to your 100-400



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:28 AM

I agree, that would be another good choice.


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 02:06 PM

I realize that I am responding to this post rather a long time after it was made, but if you haven't gotten something yet, I would suggest the new Tamron 24-70 G2 (make sure you consider the G2 model, it's brand new on the market). It has 5 stops of Image Stabilization and the glass is amazing. Best of all it's about half the price +/- of the Canon version. I've just finished a New Mexico  trip and was blown away by the quality this lens displays.



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 04:16 PM

If you go for the canon 17-55 2.8 you should know that its a real POS! It performs great but it is the most problematic lens I have ever owned. I had three copies all with some friction rub when zooming. One copy wouldn't AF at all. The IS usually fails after a year too. If you can afford it go for the 24-70 2.8 for portraits and the 15-85 or the 18-135 STM (the nano is less sharp) as a general purpose lens.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 09:08 AM

If you can afford it go for the 24-70 2.8 for portraits and the 15-85 or the 18-135 STM (the nano is less sharp) as a general purpose lens.

I recently bought a used Canon 15-85  F/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens on KEH for only $390 (using a 10% discount code; so the starting price was only $432), which is essentially half price. It was "EX+" condition - excellent plus. I have lusted after this lens for many years and have always kind of considered it the holy grail of standard lenses (although its max aperture is not constant). So I think that would be a great option if you can find one. There was another one for sale on KEH when I bought mine (in somewhat less quality).


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