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    I always carry the 16-35/2.8L and 100/2.8 Macro plus a 580EX II flash. Depending on what I'm shooting, I'll also take a 50/1.8 II, 28-135 IS, Tamron 70-300, or 580EX flash. The 70-200/2.8 is at the top of my wishlist. :-)

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    Re: Three "L" lenses I always carry...



    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamin


    If the 16-35L, 24-105L and 70-200/2.8L are the three lenses you always carry along with your body, then you do carry a lot! (more like a 6kg backpack overall?) I only carry this much (quite a bit more than this actually) when I'm simply moving all my gear from one place to the other, i.g. going back home for my 4 months summer vacation. Otherwise, this is all I carry 95% of the time:


    1V-HS + 16-35/2.8L II, 85/1.8


    or


    50D + 24-70/2.8L


    This way I can just bring a Lowepro Nova 180 with me or a ThinkTank Speed Racer, I only bring my 70-200L when I need a telescope[img]/emoticons/emotion-1.gif[/img]



    Now you've done it, now you're going to make me discuss my camera bag. Finding the right bag was far more difficult than deciding on lenses, camera bodies, or just about anything else I use professionally. []I swear I went through a half dozen or so from Lowepro, ThinkTank, Tamarac, Canon, and Crumpler before finally finding a bag that fit my needs. And, it was only just released.


    The Crumpler 8 Million Dollar Home lets me store my 5D Mark II with the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens, hood reversed, attached. I can comfortably fit a couple of more lenses with the hoods, a 580 or 430 flash, and the various necessities we usually need. I sling it over my neck like a messenger bag, and I can do lens changes on the fly without having to put it down on the ground like a backpack. It's actually distributes the weight really well, and when I'm out shooting, the camera is generally around my neck so the weight of the bag and two lenses is minimal.


    It could easily hold a four or more extra lenses, but then the weight would become a real issue.

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    Ok I gotta change mine. Circumstances came up where I needed the 24+ zoom range and since I sold my 24-105 I ordered the 24-70.


    The local Lexus dealer called Friday and asked me if I could shoot there unveiling event this week and I was thinking of trying to get by with the 16-35 II. Since they have a bunch of events coming up I decided not to play around and ordered the 24-70 (the range I claimed I never use).


    So I now have the trifecta of 2.8 L lenses:


    1) 16-35 II


    2) 24-70


    3) 70-200 2.8 IS


    My 24 1.4L will be going on the auction block to help pay for the 24-70.

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    Re: Three "L" lenses I always carry...



    Quote Originally Posted by Keith B


    Ok I gotta change mine......


    So I now have the trifecta of 2.8 L lenses:


    1) 16-35 II


    2) 24-70


    3) 70-200 2.8 IS


    My 24 1.4L will be going on the auction block to help pay for the 24-70.
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    Well... That's pretty solid []


    Maybe I should get some fingernail polish and paint 'II' on my 16-35... Then we can match (once the 24-70 goes back for/returns frominspection/service)


    Should we match our T-Shirts too?

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    in my bag, all the time:
    • Canon Rebel XSi
    • Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 L
    • Canon EF-S 18-55 F3.5-5.6
    • 430 EX II speedlite



    and of course my 718B manfrotto tripod. Basically all I have as camera gear

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    Re: Three "L" lenses I always carry...



    Quote Originally Posted by Keith B


    So I now have the trifecta of 2.8 L lenses:


    1) 16-35 II


    2) 24-70


    3) 70-200 2.8 IS
    <p style="CLEAR: both"]
    <p style="CLEAR: both"]I'm so jealous! It's the full-framer's dream kit!! Oh well, I have as close as I can get to the 1.6X FOVCF equivalent

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    Re: Three "L" lenses I always carry...



    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Elberson


    Quote Originally Posted by Keith B



    So I now have the trifecta of 2.8 L lenses:


    1) 16-35 II


    2) 24-70


    3) 70-200 2.8 IS
    <p style="CLEAR:both;"]
    <p style="CLEAR:both;"]I'm so jealous! It's the full-framer's dream kit!! Oh well, I have as close as I can get to the 1.6X FOVCF equivalent






    If you saw how bad my savings account dwindled you may not be so jealous.


    It's true though, everything seemed to change once I went FF. I had the 70-200 4.0 non IS and it seemed too long for anything I was shooting on my 40D so I sold it. Then when I got my 5D2 I missed that focal range. My 24 1.4L seemed perfect on my 40D and now is just too wide for most stuff. I had a 15 Fisheye for my wide stuff and now on the 5D it just seems ridiculous.


    So since I've had the 5D2 I've essentially just wiped the slate clean and bought the right lenses. The only thing I want now is the 35 1.4 to fill the low light fixed void of the 24 on 40D.





    Colin


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    well for me considering my only 2.8 and "L" lens in the 70-200 non IS i find a reason to use it all the time lol its either that or the crappy kit lens so i have no choice after the large investement of the 70-200. now i need a new body and wide angle. but for a highschooler i have time lol this thread is helpful however

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith B


    Colin


    I'm wearing a sky blue tee, tan shorts, black socks pulled up to the knee. Can you hang with that?
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    I'll check out the thrift store and see what I can do []

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