hypnotic month [deleted] 7:54pm, 7 August 2009
So, I'm doing a little shopping for lenses and could really use some advice. I've already decided on a body, and I'm sticking with Canon, but I'm completely lost when it comes to lenses.

I think I should start off with two good lenses - I'm thinking L glass just because I've heard that's a good thing, although I have no idea why or how they differ from other lenses. haha. Feel free to inform me and/or explain why this is a good idea or not. I know fast is good, but how fast is fast enough? Is IS a good idea? I want to shoot my usual landscapey stuff and food photos (haha...I know, weird) and occasionally people. Is there such a thing as a lens that will work for more than one of these things, or am I going to need three lenses?

Also, feel free to point out things I've not considered, because I really am clueless on this topic. Thanks everyone!!
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What are you willing to spend? What body did you decide on? Crop or Full Frame?
hypnotic month [deleted] 9 years ago
Shawn: I can spend up to $2300 total on lenses (less, if possible). I'll be getting a 5d MarkII. *little "yay"*
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JustinSinks 9 years ago
Well, you could get the prime 50 1.4 and prime 85 1.8, which should be less than 900 bucks for both. And since you take a lot of photos of food, maybe get a good macro?

The "L" series are just a better quality lens than the other canon lenses. They are dust and water resistant, have a gasket that seals the lens to the body. Ive heard of people dropping their lens on rocks and not getting a scratch. So, its worth the investment.

Here is a website I like to look at and dream:
www.bobatkins.com/photography/reviews/best_canon_eos_lens...

Scroll down for the best cheap lenses (for us poor folk) ;)

And awesome choice on the mkII!
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 9 years ago
I love my 18-200mm. Covers it all pretty much. It's not professional quality, but I love it. I purchased it new for $600.

I use it 99% of the time.
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 9 years ago
Canon 17-40 F4 L for Landscapes $699
www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/279582-USA/Canon_8806A002_...

Canon 70-200 F/2.8 L For portraits, food, everything $1249
www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/91680-USA/Canon_2569A004_7...

Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 $399 Portraits, Walk Around lens, LOW Light shooting, etc...
www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12140-USA/Canon_2515A003_5...

That kit is $2349 and AMAZING

Josh Manley was looking to sell his awesome 70-200 F/2.8 so you might be able to save some money that way.

This kit would be so versatile for you and have you covered on just about all angles.

IS lenses are always a good idea, but are also more expensive. So it depends on your budget, but seriously you can do alot without IS using the 5DMKII's cleaner High ISO's
hypnotic month [deleted] 9 years ago
Thanks for the advice guys!

Shawn: Awesome. I think I'll just get what you've advised.. haha Thank you!! :D
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Akatzmarkphotography 9 years ago
My vote is the 85 1.2L
TwoOneoh! Posted 9 years ago. Edited by TwoOneoh! (member) 9 years ago
Shawn's list is a great list of lenses and would pretty much allow you to shoot just about anything you want.

If you want to do lots of portrait work then i recommend having a 50mm along with a 85mm, the glass in a 85mm is superior to any of the other canon standard telephoto lenses but sometimes you may need a shorter focal length due to a small shooting space.


My next two lenses are gonna be a TS-E 45mm F2.8 & 10-22mm F3.5L F4.5L
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