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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:25 pm 
I have a T3i and mostly likely will upgrade to a full frame one day,,, why wouldnt I? but more to the point, if you can only have three lense, which would you get, with a budget of $ 1500 per lens. thanks


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:40 pm 
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Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM (Standard, portraits, landscapes, "still" low light)
Canon 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS USM (Tele, sports, wildlife)
Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM (Portrait & macro)

Very soon that will be my kit. Just adding a Sigma 12-24mm (rooms, buildings, landscapes and "effects") and a 50mm (low light (moving) & portraits).

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:22 pm 
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With a full frame camera which would be my ideal I would use:

24-105mm f4L IS USM - (standard zoom, wide enough for landscape and generally good zoom range)
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM II (It's a little bit more than $1500 but couldn't leave it out. Very sharp and fast. Amazing for portrait and sports. In my opinion the best lens canon makes. My friends just got one... very jealous :D )

I think those two lenses would be able to handle most situations but could also add either a 16-35mm f2.8L or 100mm f2.8L Macro.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:59 pm 
Hmmmm, I'm going through a procrastination on this one myself

I think that with a general purpose zoom the FF L designation lenses are the wrong focal length, 24mm isnt wide enough on a crop sensor. I use my 18-135 kit lens at 18 A LOT!

So on my potential lens list is the 15-85 USM lens. If you do go FF you can always sell it with the camera.

I love my Sigma 30mm f1.4 so that would have to be in there.

Then I'd want a general purpose telephoto zoom. I've used the class leading 70-200 L IS II USM lens this weekend and its pretty damn useful.

I'm not a fan of the 50mm prime on my 550D


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I'm right there with you Ian except I would say the 70-300L, not the 200 :)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:18 pm 
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50mm 1.2L, 50mm 1.2L, and 50mm 1.2L. Well, OK, I love a 50mm, and could live with just that focal length, but, if limited to only three lenses, perhaps none should be 50mm.

When I shot only with cropped-frame Canons, I managed to do just about everything with my 100mm 2.8L, 35mm 1.4L, and 10-22mm EF-S. Now that I have added a 5D, but kept my cropped-frame Canons, not much has changed, yet. My 10-22mm cannot be used on the 5D, but otherwise, these three lenses could still meet most of my needs. I could rent (hire) a long telephoto lens, or an L portrait lens, as needed.

I could replace the 10-22mm with a 16-35L or 17-40L, in order to have a wide zoom that could be used on the 5D, but this lens does so well on a 7D, I see no reason to change anything yet.

One good thing about having both cropped-frame and full-frame camera bodies is that EF prime lenses can function as two different lenses, being wider on the full-frame body.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:41 pm 
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Hmm.. not easy! But I think it would have to be these:

17-55/2.8
70-200/2.8L
100-400/4.5-5.6L

Or maybe I would swap the 100-400 for a UWA

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:48 pm 
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I would go full frame and choose:

16-35mm 2.8L II
50mm 1.2L
70-200 2.8L IS II

That would keep me well covered for the subjects I find myself shooting.

I could also go for the following setup based on my photographic preference the last year:

24mm 1.4L II
35mm 1.4L
50mm 1.2L

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3 lenses!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 AT( or 11-16 f2.8){ $850}

Canon EF 24-70 f2.8 ( $ 1350)

Canon EF 70-200 F2.8 IS USM mark II ($ 2250)

Total prize wil be less than 4500( average 1500)

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3 lenses... I think my current lenses, hmm what are my 3 most used lenses.


Canon 24-70mm 2.8L (for all around, some macro) $1,300
Canon 85mm 1.2L II (mainly portraits and to get the bokehlicious shots) $1,900
Canon 300mm 2.8L IS (great for sports and wildlife, can also be used for portraits) $4,600

But I think I'll be passing the $1,500 barrier right there >.<

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:54 pm 
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For me, it would be the

Canon 10-22m f3.5 - f4.5
Canon 24-70mm L f2.8
Canon 70-200m L f2.8 (non-IS to stay under budget)

I f I upgraded to FF I'd sell the 10-22mm and look at a 16-35mm f2.8 L

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-Canon EF 24-105mm f4 L (or 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 on crop frame, as I did in real life)
-Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L
-Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L


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I would have a kit lengh zoom, a 35mm/50mm prime, and a small telephoto.

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If I wasn't hung up on full frame:
17-55, 70-200, and a 35 or 50 prime.

Full frame future, crop frame present:
16-35 or 17-40, 70-200, 35 or 50 prime.

Full frame only:
24-70 or 24-105, 35 or 50 prime, 70-200 or 100-400.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:02 am 
on crop: 10-22, 15-85 and a 50mm f1.x


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