Help Me Decide

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  1. DropEmInDE

    DropEmInDE Senior Refuge Member

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    There is three lenses on my wish list right now, and i cannot make up my mind which one to chose. So i am asking for a little assistance from you guys to help me decide. There is one that i am leaning towards, but im still not sure.

    #1 100f2.8 Macro + Kenko Ext Tube Set.

    #2 70-200f4L non IS

    #3 17-40F4L

    Which would you chose?
     
  2. Matt P

    Matt P Elite Refuge Member

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    I am having the same dilemma. Go ahead and scratch out that 70-200 f/4. I played with the 2.8 IS this weekend, and even thought I am not sure I need the IS - I never used it, but I think you will always wish you would have that 2.8. That being said, I am really thinking bout that 17-40 also, BUT it is f/4. I know that I will also be using a tripod for landscapes, there may be that time I am indoors taking pictures of those nasty humans, and may need it. That 100mm macro is probably your best choice. What about the extension tubes with your 300mm?
     
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    DropEmInDE Senior Refuge Member

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    Honestly Matt, i dont really care to spend the money for the 2.8, and my 300f4 is the NON is version which means my Minimum Focal Distance is 2.5meters instead of the 1.5meters of the IS version. So its out of the questions on the 300f4L.

    Im honestly leaning towards the 70-200f4L non IS. I dont have IS now nor do i think i will ever NEED it, people have been taking pictures for DECADES without image stabilization. And i feel that it is only a luxury not a neccissity. I have spent well over 400$ in tripod and monopod support. If i cant hand hold, i have no issues snapping it on one of those.

    The 100f2.8 Macro is one i really want...But i can seem to find any USA models in stock anywhere.

    Trust me all 3 of these lenses will be in my bag eventually. Im just looking for the one i should buy first...So i think its gonna be the 70-200f4L non IS, because i will get a lot of use out of it. But i Still want to hear everyones opinions.
     
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    Justin,

    You might consider getting a longer focal length macro than the 100mm.

    I've been using the Sigma 180mm for a couple years and it's excellent,
    even with the Sigma 1.4x converter. It would give you more working distance
    and it goes 1:1 without tubes or close-up filters. :sp

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0505/05051804sigma_180mmf3.5.asp

    Of course, something like the 70-200 is more versatile and you could use one of the Canon close-up filters on that for some macro work.
     
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    DropEmInDE Senior Refuge Member

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    I have considered that one Dave..
     
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    I really think you should should consider the 2.8 Justin IS or not especially knowing the way and what you like to shoot. Plus you can toss on the 1.4X and have a fast 280 at f4 as well with more versatility in tighter situations over the 300 f4.

    You know I love my 100 2.8 and have yet had to add tubes! But Dave is right on certain issues here! The 100 f2.8 is also excellent for indoor work with existing lighting! But you nee to balance your needs with your budget as well!
     
  7. DropEmInDE

    DropEmInDE Senior Refuge Member

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    Well just like brother James says " Buy all the 2.8 glass you can afford " I'm not sure the 2.8 version is in the budget right now, and im also considering picking up the 200f2.8L just to have as an investment. Im looking into a career in photography. So i want to be ready for anything. Plus i would much rather put the 1.4TC on the 200prime, then the 70-200. I dunno, im just itching for some new glass. Im just not sure what i want and whats in the budget.
     
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    DropEmInDE Senior Refuge Member

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    Heres the laundry list as it stands right now...


    Zooms:
    Canon 10-22 EFs
    Canon 17-40f4L
    Canon 24-105F4L
    Canon 70-200f4L or f2.8L

    Primes:
    Canon 15mm Fisheye
    Canon 20f2.8
    Canon 50f1.4
    Canon MP-E 65mm Macro 1-5
    Canon 100f2.8 Macro
    Canon 200f2.8L

    The Dream List:

    Canon 200f2.0L or f1.8L
    Canon 300f2.8L
    Canon 400f2.8L
    Canon 400 DO
    Canon 500f4L
    Canon 600f4L

    Bodies:

    Canon 40D or 50D
    Canon 5D MrkII
    Canon 1DMrkIII
    Canon 1DsMrkIII

    If theres anything i missed...fill in the blanks..
     
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    dosch Elite Refuge Member

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    I have the 70-200f4 non IS... I have no complaints except sometimes I wish it was the 2.8! It's my go to lens..and only lens right now :nutz Look at my website in the signature...98% were taken with the 70-200f4 non IS
     
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    The more i look, the more i think the 2.8 is out of my range. Im looking for something thats economical and too pricey. The reason i picked the 70-200f4L non IS is the $599.95 price tag. Unless i can find a f2.8 on Miranda for a good deal.. I think its just out of the picture. The three lenses i listed are all under $800..

    Like i said, i plan on picking up the 200f2.8 anyway...so..If I had the money for a 70-200f2.8L IS, i would be speding it on a 1DMrkIIN..
     

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