View Full Version : Kit upgrades...

03-22-2009, 01:39 PM
It's almost summer again and time for me to go back to lucrative work. Currently my kit consists of a 30D, 5D, 17-40L, 24-105L, 80-200L, 100-400L, 50MK I, 1.4x TC. The 24-105 doesn't seem to have the really good feeling that I have with my other lenses. It's good, very good in fact, but it doesn't give me that WOW feeling like I get with my 80-200.

Here's what I am thinking of doing:
Sell the 24-105L and pick up a 28-70 f/2.8L, I want that lens over the 24-70 f/2.8L for price and for the very slight performance advantage it's supposed to have.

Sell the 50 f/1.8 MK I and pick up the f/1.4 version. Maybe pick up at least one more fast prime, and possibly the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro for something different. If it looks like more wildlife could be good for me, maybe some form of 500mm too.

Comments are appreciated.

03-22-2009, 06:59 PM
I would not recommend the 50 1.4, at least no over the 50 1.8... I have had both and was disappointed with them. If you really needed a fast indoor prime at 50mm then save up for the 50 1.2L. There are plenty of reviews that have show the same conclusion... If you really have your heart set on it I get the 50 1.4 and test them side buy side if you don't see a difference send it back.

As for the faster 28-70 another good lens at that price point is the tamron 28-75...

if you shoot a lot of long distance wildlife the 500 5.6L would be a great choice as it can provide some great shots...

anyway there are lots of opinions of lenses also I have seen many people go through 3 lenses before finding one that is acceptable... my best advice is to decide what is most important in a lens and test it either in the store or as soon as you get it. If it is not up to your needs return it or don't buy it...

good luck with your purchases.

03-22-2009, 07:05 PM
I'd consider the 85 1.8 or 100 f/2 - both great portrait lenses. If your thinking of the Tamron 90 macro also consider the Sigma 105 macro as well - I just picked one up and its so good on my 5D that I might sell the 100 f/2 - the Sigma has great colors/bokeh plus it obviously focuses alot closer than the 85 1.8 or 100 f/2.

I have the 24-105 and I use it mostly for landscapes, rarely for portraits or when I want that "wow" pop - that's when I use primes or the 70-200 f/4 - I'd love to test drive that 80-200 of your's - sweet lens.

03-22-2009, 07:25 PM
Usually when I'm in the market for a new optic, I know exactly what that optic is. If I don't know, I don't buy.

03-22-2009, 08:45 PM
Usually when I'm in the market for a new optic, I know exactly what that optic is. If I don't know, I don't buy.

That's an excellent perspective, I follow it and save myself a lot of time in returns/resells.

03-22-2009, 08:48 PM
Tell me Karnak, how do you know without asking in a forum such as this?

03-22-2009, 08:54 PM
I dunno what Karmak is so I have no idea what that implies (if anything), but I assume you're addressing me.

The way I know what I need is by shooting pictures and finding out where I'm lacking. If I need wider, I look at shorter focal lengths. If I need to gather more light, I look at faster apertures. If I need more reach, I look at longer lenses. It's really not that difficult to do.

Asking the forum what one should buy next usually indicates that no purchases are really necessary. The buying is for the sake of buying.

I currently have more lights than lenses and I couldn't be happier. I have less weight to carry around, fewer decisions to make on which lens to use next, and put a crapload of money back into my bank account when I sold the excess.

D Thompson
03-22-2009, 09:14 PM
I dunno what Karmak is so I have no idea what that implies (if anything), but I assume you're addressing me.
You're probably to young to know. Google Johnny Carson and Carnac the magnificent. Carnac was a character Johnny would do occasionally.

03-22-2009, 09:20 PM
That makes more sense. I Googled Karnak but didn't come up with anything that seemed relevant.

03-23-2009, 01:16 AM
I don't have anything to add other than IMO the 28-70/2.8 is an inferior optic to the 24-70/2.8 (having owned both).

Good luck anyway. :)

03-24-2009, 10:01 AM
i think the 85 f/1.8, especially on full frame, is an AMAZING lens and well worth every penny. only downside is purple fringe. that's pretty much my must have/most used lens right now.

ISO 100 f/2 1/800s