A&P DSLR Crew, recommend me a lens!

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  1. geekierthanyou

    geekierthanyou Crews: DSLR, Brolie, Classic Car, Gun, Zombie, Pro

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    So as some of you know from yesterday I was planning on purchasing the 70-200mm L f2.8 lens. As I looked through all my lenses I've been wondering about that decision. My current full time lens is a Canon EF 28-135 f3.5-5.8 IS USM. I have a few other lenses but they are entry level and I don't like the quality of them anymore so I will probably sell them. I realize that if I get the 70-200 I will have a boatload of overlap between my two lenses that I will have left. Given this, should I get something else? My shooting mostly consists of landscapes while hiking and such, but I have done 2 weddings that went pretty well although that isn't my overall plan... I don't really want to do weddings except for as a favor to friends that are poor. I also LOVE doing night shooting and the 28-135 doesn't do an amazing job in low light. Does anybody else have this lens? Maybe some pointers for night shooting without a flash?

    Cliffs: Sell it all and get two separate lenses, or keep my 28-135 and add on with something else? Landscapes and night shots are my favorites.
     
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    CornUponCob New Member

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    10-22 if you're on a crop camera, and a good CP filter based on the information you gave.
     
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    The 28-135 sucks. Sell it Buy the 70-200, then a 24-70 f/2.8 then a 10-22. Buy a tripod. Call it a day.
     
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    10-22 is my favorite lens to shoot with, if your not shooting professionally, than I would get it first.
     
  5. geekierthanyou

    geekierthanyou Crews: DSLR, Brolie, Classic Car, Gun, Zombie, Pro

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    What sucks about it?
     
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    It "sucks" compared to L-glass...it's not a bad lens :dunno:
     
  7. geekierthanyou

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    I got a good price on it when I bought it ($250) and I do think it's nice for simple things like family gatherings... I just don't know because the amount of overlap between this and the 70-200 is pretty big... of course I do know that the 70-200 is the king of the jungle and in the overlap areas I would use it for sure... maybe I'll get the 70-200, the 10-22, and if I find that the 200 isn't long enough a lot of stuff I have seen says that I can get a 2x extender and it will work fine.
     
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    I think I'm going to rent each of the lenses I'm interested in and make the decision from there. I love renting lenses!
     
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    :werd: 10-22 > * for landscapes
     
  10. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    I'm still hunting for a good price on a new or used Canon 10-22 USM.
     
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    I also have an EF 28-135IS. It came in the kit with my 30D and I figured I would use it for a while to learn more about my camera. It's actually a pretty decent lens, but it isn't as sharp as L glass obviously.

    I'm also trying to upgrade from the 28-135, but doing it on a budget. Ideally, I'd love to get a 10-22, 24-70, and 70-200 f2.8, but I just can't afford it. My upgrade plans are the Sigma 24-60 f2.8 (especially since it's still so damn cheap on amazon) and the 70-200 f4, then I'll sell my 28-135.

    I don't shoot landscapes, so I'm not worried about getting an ultra wide just yet. I mainly shoot people (sports, candids, portrait) and cars so being limited on the wide end isn't going to kill me.

    edit: just saw you're favorite is landscapes, so I guess my suggestions don't apply, you actually DO need the ultra wide lens.
     
  12. geekierthanyou

    geekierthanyou Crews: DSLR, Brolie, Classic Car, Gun, Zombie, Pro

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    Hehe, for my current ultrawide photos I've been taking about 9 pictures and stitching them together in photoshop... it's kindof a PITA but it gets the job done!
     
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    If landscapes are your thing, I wouldnt go with the 70-200...
     
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    Yea, it's sounding more and more like I should start with the 10-22. I do eventually want a good portrait lens and somewhat of a distance lens because I would have fun with it at something like a zoo... The thing is while I know I would love the shots... I hate the zoo :) That's what keeps getting me. I look at all the pictures I have taken and I see that like 80% of them are landscapes, but I know that eventually I will want to move into people / objects and for that the 70-200 reigns supreme. I suppose the wise course of action is to keep the 28-135, get the 10-22, and eventually when the time comes that I need it get the 70-200 or whatever is available at that time.

    Thanks for all your suggestions btw guys, it's really appreciated.
     
  15. geekierthanyou

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    So I've been using my american express platinum for work stuff a lot lately... I have 67,000 points on my card. American express sells Canon Lenses (albeit at a VERY expensive price). The thing is, if I apply my points to the price I can get the 10-22 EF-S for:
    Apply 64,621 of available Membership Rewards points balance toward my purchase. Cost to me (after credit of $323.10) is $415.90

    I think I will wait till my stint with traveling is over, and use all my points to lower the price of this lens and boom! Cheap brand new great lens.
     
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    I'll sell you my 28-135 for 300 dollars. Used for one shoot. = ]
     
  17. geekierthanyou

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    I already /have/ the 28-135. In fact I used it for a few hours today at a soccer game. I figured out that I was missing one lens that I have even though I rarely use it cuz the glass is crap. It's the first lens I ever bought and it's a canon 75-300mm. No IS or anything, but I was using it today and we'll see if it can be saved as soon as I load up these pictures here. If it turns out to be fine for my abysmal skillz I'll just get the 10-22 and be done.
     
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    Ah, my fault . I didn't read the entire thread. : ]
     
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    iDrive OTAP crew. Muradadog crew. GO GATORS!

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    sounds interesting :x:
     

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