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Old Aug 3, 2009, 11:27 AM   #1
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Default Canon 5DMkII Kit Lens

My wife has offered to pay for the purchase of a 5DMkII (anniversary present). My question is whether I should get the kit lens Canon's EF24-105 F/4 L IS USM for the additional $759 (Amazon total price [$3458.10]) or whether I should spend the money on another lens that may be a better match. I currently own a Canon EF 16-40 F/4 L USM lens and a Tamron 28-75 F2.8. The Tamron has been a great lens on my APS-C sensor camera's (20D, 40D) and will work with a full sensor camera. I don't have any experience with full size sensors and want to make sure I get one lens that can get me through most days ( I mainly shoot pics of family and an occasional event for family/friends). It may be a long long time before I get a chance to upgrade cameras so I want to make sure I make a good choice at these prices! Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated before I make a commitment of this kind of cash!! Thanks!
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Old Aug 3, 2009, 11:48 AM   #2
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It's a good way of getting a great piece of glass at a low price. This is uaully about $1150 so you are saving $400. When I added the 5D mkII to my kit I almost got the 24-105 again even though I have it already as it was a good saving for getting a spare but decided not to.

I have a Sigma 24-70 f2.8 and just find that the range is not enough for the 5D so the 24-105 almost never comes off. I think it is a great combo so highly recommend you go with this.
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Old Aug 3, 2009, 4:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input. Seems like a great deal but wanted to make sure it was a good lens. I believe the lens was introduced in 2003/2005 timeframe so its been around a while.
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Old Aug 3, 2009, 4:51 PM   #4
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Like any lens it has flaws but it is a great performer and worth the money.
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Old Aug 3, 2009, 5:08 PM   #5
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Also, lenses aren't like camera bodies. 10-20 years without replacement is not unheard of for a pro-grade lens.
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It's a very good lens and in the kit is heavily discounted. Well worth it.
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Old Aug 4, 2009, 6:08 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone, I was strongly leaning toward the kit lens, this just reinforces the decision.
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Old Sep 11, 2009, 4:40 PM   #8
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Just an update. Purchased the 5DM2 from Fry's. They dropped the price $100 and Canon is offering $100 rebate to PowerShot owners. Can't wait to try it, hope this rain stops soon!!!
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