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Old Sep 6, 2006, 12:19 AM   #1
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If you had to pick 1 "prime" lens and 1 wide-zoom and 1 telephoto lens for the 5D which would they be and why?

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Old Sep 6, 2006, 11:49 AM   #2
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When I finally upgrade to the 5D or the 5D MkII (with anti-dust etc) I will most likely be using the following 3 lenses.

Wide Zoom -> 24-105L

Telephoto Zoom -> 70-300 DO

Prime -> 50mm f1.4.

All are (reasonably) small and light, all have high build quality, all have high speed USM focus, all are reasonably priced.

The 3 lenses together cover just about all the shooting situations I am likely to want to cover and yet the whole kit with camera will still fit in a small travel bag that I can take on an airplane without blowing my hand-luggage weight.

When using the camera plus any of those lenses you are also not using obviously expensive kit that is a target for attention by security guards and thieves.

All of them have their compromises though, vignetting on the 24-105, low contrast on the DO (often mistaken for low resolution), and a USM motor that burns out fairly quickly on the 50mm, nor is the prime especially sharp.

IMO though these problems are easily corrected in software with the proper workflow, and automatically so if you use DXO optics.

I must admit that the most difficult choice is the prime, there are 2 other lenses that are very tempting - the 35mm f1.4L and the new 50mm f1.2L.


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Old Sep 6, 2006, 6:44 PM   #3
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When I finally upgrade to the 5D or the 5D MkII (with anti-dust etc) I will most likely be using the following 3 lenses.

Wide Zoom -> 24-105L

Telephoto Zoom -> 70-300 DO

Prime -> 50mm f1.4.

All are (reasonably) small and light, all have high build quality, all have high speed USM focus, all are reasonably priced.

The 3 lenses together cover just about all the shooting situations I am likely to want to cover and yet the whole kit with camera will still fit in a small travel bag that I can take on an airplane without blowing my hand-luggage weight.

When using the camera plus any of those lenses you are also not using obviously expensive kit that is a target for attention by security guards and thieves.

All of them have their compromises though, vignetting on the 24-105, low contrast on the DO (often mistaken for low resolution), and a USM motor that burns out fairly quickly on the 50mm, nor is the prime especially sharp.

IMO though these problems are easily corrected in software with the proper workflow, and automatically so if you use DXO optics.

I must admit that the most difficult choice is the prime, there are 2 other lenses that are very tempting - the 35mm f1.4L and the new 50mm f1.2L.

Good choices!

I also have the 24-105mm F/4.0 L on my list as an all-round lens. But as a prime I was thinking of the 50mm f/1.8. I'm not sure but I think I read it's faster? (Shrug) Other prime lens I'd consider are the 28mm f/2.8 and the 85mm f/1.2L. I was also told the Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG is worth looking into too.

But for my camera bag I might include the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS. Possibly substituting the 24-105 for the 24-70. Though I like the 24-105 for the range and the fact that it has IS. As in most cases I prefer to shoot sans tripod.

And as for the 5D...I'm waiting most likely for the next incarnation. I'd like to see better battery life (Nikon's battery packs can do a rated 2000 per charge on the D2X and a rated 3800 per charge on the D2Xs...nice thing about the D2X is that it can use the new battery included with the D2Xs..So I could buy the D2X and save myself roughly $1000 CAD and still get the rated 3800 shots per charge...as well as having a fireware upgrade that gives it most of the functionality of the D2Xs...the D2X is priced maybe $400.00 more than the 5D in Toronto...Have my eye on the D2X/D2Xx...or it's replacement in 2007) and up the fps to at least 5 at full-res.

That's my 2 cents for the day...


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I have the 5D and I wentF4:

70 - 200 F4 L

100 - 300 F4 (Sigma EX)

17 - 35 2.8 - F4 (Sigma EX)

and the 85 1.8 prime (sweet!)

Favorites: 35 mm2.0 and 28 - 135 IS (new life on 5D as an all around)


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Old Sep 8, 2006, 5:27 PM   #5
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Hi.

My gear is:

Canon 5D with:

-Tamrom 28-75 2.8,very sharp

-Canon 50 1.4, impressive

-Canon 70-200 2.8 (not IS)is the best of all my things

-Canon 300 f4 IS, very good beyond f4

for primes one of the best is Canon 135 f2 for portrait

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Hi.

My gear is:

Canon 5D with:

-Tamrom 28-75 2.8,very sharp

-Canon 50 1.4, impressive

-Canon 70-200 2.8 (not IS)is the best of all my things

-Canon 300 f4 IS, very good beyond f4

for primes one of the best is Canon 135 f2 for portrait

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Thanks for your posting.

Never really considered Tamron. Nor Sigma for that matter. Not sure why.

About your 70-200 F/2.8...why did you not chose the IS version?

Do you have a website with some of your pictures posted? Taken of course with your 5D and those lenses listed.

Have a good weekend!
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Old Sep 9, 2006, 6:50 AM   #7
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Never really considered Tamron. Nor Sigma for that matter. Not sure why.
May be you should - Check out wsandman1's Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX even against the EF-300L f/4 prime!

... subjectively: http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/15lbsd
and objectively: http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...00_4/index.htm

-> It even outscores my EF 100-400L with a 1.4x teleconverter on !!!


I don't see anyone post a macro lens either :idea:
... So again, against Canon's best (prime): http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/135v150

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A well-respected UK photographic magazine has a macro-lens comparison this month.
By far the best two lenses i.t.o. resolution are the Sigma 100 and the Tamron 90, outperforming the Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Olympus offerings.

They are also both very well priced, available for considerably less than half the Canon or Nikon.

For build quality the nod goes to the Sigma EX over the Tamron.
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I agree... they are both excellent lens too; However, unlike the 150 they do not come with HSM/USM, which IMO is essential for the Full-Time Manual AF overide (especially for a macro)
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You did not say what your intended uses for each lens were.
For the your "1 prime" I'd pick from these 3
  • Canon TS-E 90[/*]
  • Canon EF 85 1.8[/*]
  • and if mony no object EF 85 1.2.[/*]
For your "wide" zoom I'd be looking at something like a Sigma 12-24.
While I think the Canon EF 24-105 is a good lens I believe it falls into the "normal/standard" lens range.

And for the telephoto, I'd be looking at either the Canon EF 100-400, or a EF 500 f4.
You are no longer getting that virtual boost from the smaller sensored cameras, so all lenses are back to normal :idea:

Yes, agree for macro that Sigma 150, is one nice lens.



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