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    Which Lens Package would you prefer?



    Hi Community,




    I'm thinking of optimizing my Lens Option and Need yor help with this.



    I'm shooting with a 7D As a hobby (Not professionally): Portraits, Sports, Family Events and when travelling (twice a Year) landscapes and Wildlife



    I happy to Call the followings lenses my own:

    10-22(EF-S)

    24-105L

    70-200 2.8L IS II

    85 1.8

    100 2.8L IS Marco




    The 100-400 is an Option to enhance my Wildlife Fotography but I wanz to wait for Next Year with that.



    FF is an Option in the near Future (that is Why the 24-105 and Not a 15-85) but I want to first explore the full possibilities of the 7D.



    I guess the setup is well balanced and a good setup. What is kicking my mind is still to Optimize that Set (it is a Never Endung Story right?).
    So what is your opinion on switching to the following Set?



    10-22(EF-S)

    24-105L

    70-200 4L IS

    85 1.2L

    100 2.8L IS Marco

    135 2L




    The reason Why thinking about that setup:
    70-200 4 is Not As Heavy As the 2.8 so Beter for travelling.
    The missing 2.8 Aperture is compensated for Portraits by the 85 L and the 135 L for Sports. Beside the weight each Lens will outperform the 70-200 2.8 on their Main application areas.



    Disadvantages I See:
    Do I really Travel with lese Weight? If I have to take the 70-200 + 85 or/and 135 it won't help. As Sion As I got the 100-400 I might leave the 70-200 at Home anyway.



    Any thoughts?



    Christian

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    Christian


    If you want my thoughts...I would never get rid of the 70-200 2.8 II if I had it. I personally think you wold be giving up way more than you'd be gaining.


    I am envious of your current setup, if you want to try something different, I'll send you my setup and you can send me yours. [:O]


    BTW, welcome to forums.


    Braden

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    You have a great set-up...for a 7d and FF already. I have the 70-200 2.8ll, and it outperforms all other lenses, except perhaps the 85 1.2L. It is sharper wide open than the 135L, and the bokeh is almost as good! being that your not a pro, this shouldn

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    If you don

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    Welcome Christian,


    Quote Originally Posted by TucsonTRD
    If you want my thoughts...I would never get rid of the 70-200 2.8 II if I had it.

    Second! In fact, I am upgrading my 2.8 I to a 2.8II.


    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Carnathan's review
    If you want the best 70-200 L lens available - and arguably the best Canon zoom lens ever made (as of this review date) -
    the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is definitely the lens to get.

    Definitely a valued opinion I go by.


    I personally do not / will not fly, so travel is not an issue for me. when we go on vacation, all my gear neatly fits in a Pelican case. For me also, the weight is not an issue. Perhaps I am just used to it. I am pleased with my version I, it is hard to believe it can get better, but apparently it does.[]


    As to your question, are you looking to go exclusively FF, or add say a 5D II to your 7D? Like wickerprints, I do not see a need for the 100 2.8 if you are not doing macro. I think the 17-55 is the best 1.6 crop general purpose lens, if you keep the 7D. I like the 24-70 2.8 on my 5D II. I would strongly recommend you consider it on a FF body. I shoot a lot of my sports and family events in low lighting situations without a flash, especially sports, so I tend to favor the 2.8's. I get good results from them. I also favor the zooms more than some, but a lot of that comes down to what you are doing. I find a quality 2.8 zoom the most practical one lens solution for my daughter's basketball games.


    You are looking at general recommendations for a wide range of situations -- Portraits, Sports, Family Events -- but we are all going to give advise based on what we are doing. As such, we will advise you based on our biases. As greggf pointed out, you really currently have a great setup. It would be easier to get more focused advise if you narrowed your request to an area you feel you need something different, like say the 100-400 for wildlife.


    Good luck,


    Chris


    Edited for grammar, sorry

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    Thank you all for the very specific and valuable comments. Especially the comments of wickerprints and and Chris White are going in the direction I am heading for.


    Chris: you are right, a 5D would be an add on to the 7D. So yes, I still could use a EF-S lens. Of course I rather have one set of lenses than for each focal length an EF-S and EF option.


    You are also right. Quite a wide range of situations I was referring to. Let me try to narrow down the situations which I would love to improve.


    1. “Natural” inside and outside Portrait shooting. I look for a superior background blur and highest quality pictures.


    2. Improvement of shooting of family events in situation where a flash would destroy the light (e.g. going on a Christmas market)


    3. Improve my wildlife shooting (South Africa trip next year). More focal length while keeping up high quality.


    What I learned from the comments is clearly: keep the 70-200 2.8 II despite of the weight. Check.


    Thinking about the 100-400 was mainly because I’m not willing to sacrifice significant IQ or AF performance on the higher focal length. I read the previews on the Extender III which sound really promising. I guess I’ll wait until Bryan has done a first review before deciding (70-200 + Extender, 300 prime + Extender, 100-400)


    85L greggf and Wickerprints: What is your opinion: Is there a significant improvement of the background blur shooting portraits with the 85L instead of the 70-200? Worth the additional (significant) invest?


    The 17-55 is another topic.


    The candidates in my opinion are:


    17-55 2.8 IS for Crop


    24-70 28 Non-IS for FF


    24-105 4 IS for FF


    I’m wondering why most of the comments are in favor of the 24-70 instead of the 24-105. In my opinion the 3-stop IS is making up for the missing 2.8 aperture. Of course I would love to have the 2.8 for action stopping but that is the compromise I am willing to take for the additional versatility. As Bryan said: “If I had only one lens, this would be the one.”


    Why is the 24-70 instead of the 24-105 on your recommendation list Chris and wickerprints?


    17-55 alone is a great lens due to the 2.8 and the IS. May be I would get used to the reduced focal length (55-105, gaining the 17-24) but the 17-55 is not FF compatible.


    Taking this lens into consideration makes going FF more difficult. Of course I could get the 17-55 and keep the 24-105. I only would go for two lenses for the general purpose area if it really adds significant benefits to my set and I am not sure if this is the case.


    And than again having those two lenses and moving to FF: Keep the 24-105 or exchange it by the 24-70?


    What definitely is no choice: Having all three of them ;-)


    I can’t wait to read your comments.


    Christian

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    Hi Chris..


    You made the first step by wanting to keep the 70-200 2.8ll...!! It does take phenomenal photos, is tack sharp wide open, and the versatility is awesome, but yeah, it does weigh a considerable amount. After seeing the pictures taken with it, you'll get used to the weight!!


    As far as the 85L goes...yes, it has the ability to really blur the background like no other. But, there are other alternatives, too. I did a really small review of the Sigma 85 1.4 on the forum here(community.the-digital-picture.com/.../4964.aspx), with pictures from my 1D4 and Sigma 85 1.4. I t does a very good job, for half the price. Another member has already bought one, so look for her posts, too. check it out...





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    Hi Christian, and welcome to the TD forums!


    I'll echo the comments that you've got a nice kit! Like you I shoot a wide variety of subjects, ranging from portraits to architecture to birds - and having a large collection of lenses does help with that varied interest...
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    Personally, I was in a similar situation to you a while back, even to the point of having much of the same gear (7D, 10-22mm, 24-105mm, 100mm L Macro, 70-200mm II; but also some of the lenses on your 'wish list' - the 85L and 100-400mm, and the 17-55mm as well).


    I think you're right about the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II - definitely keep it. Honestly, I liked it but didn't love it on my 7D - quality is excellent, but the focal length just wasn't especially useful for me. For you at this point, it's your longest lens, and that's an important part of any kit where wildlife is involved. But since I had the 100-400mm, I found the 70-200mm too short for wildlife, and too long for use indoors. It was great as an outdoor event lens on the 7D. However, for me the 70-200mm II came into its own on the 5DII - there, it's a great focal length for both indoor and outdoor portraits.


    The 100-400mm is excellent for wildlife shooting, especially on the 7D. I'd really recommend against a 2x teleconverter. I have to disagree with Gregg's statement, "You can couple the 70-200 2.8ll to the 2x extender, and perform just as good as the 100-400L." Even with the 1.4x Extender II plus the 70-200mm II, the optical performance is not as good as the 100-400mm (but that combo on the 7D is weather-sealed, so I do use it in the rain). A 2x extender will reduce image quality substantially more than a 1.4x extender, and I really can't imagine even the MkIII version of the 2x extender plus the 70-200mm II coming even close to the IQ of the 100-400mm. The extenders are compatible with the 70-200mm zooms, but really they are optimized for the supertelephoto prime lenses.
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    Since you're planning on adding the FF body (vs. replacing), I think you're pretty well positioned for lenses. For wide landscapes, consider replacing your 10-22mm with a 17-40mm f/4L or 16-35mm f/2.8L II (I opted for the latter). The 135mm f/2L is an excellent lens, and one that will probably find its way into my kit soon. But f/2 is not much faster than f/2.8, and for portrait use you can actually get more OOF blur at 200/2.8 than 135/2 - meaning I'd try the 70-200mm II for portraits before opting for the 135mm f/2L. On the other hand, if you shoot a lot of indoor sports, that extra stop can make a big difference for shutter speed.
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    Your statement about having 'just one set of lenses' rather than duplicating EF and EF-S focal ranges makes a lot of sense. However, one consideration is whether or not you'll bring both bodies on a typical outing. For me, I generally do not carry both. Before heading out, I generally know what type of shooting I am planning - if it's portraits/landscapes/architecture, I take the 5DII and lenses up to the 70-200mm II. If I'm going out to shoot wildlife, I take the 7D and the 100-400mm, and I also bring the 17-55mm for opportunistic use if needed.


    Now down to some of the specifics you mentioned:


    85L vs. 70-200mm II. Both are excellent lenses! The 70-200mm II is certainly a versatile lens, and allows a lot of flexibility for portraits and events. You can certainly get good OOF blur for portraits, but it really helps to pay attention or have some control over your background - at f/2.8, having some physical separation between subject and background is better. The 85L is wonderful for portraits, both on the 7D (best for head shots) and on the 5DII. With the 85L on FF, you can effectively blur out even close and busy backgrounds, although you do need to take care that your DoF is not too thin for your subject. What do you think of the 85mm f/1.8 on your 7D? That lens used on a FF body will have thinner DoF (for the same framing), equivalent to how 135mm f/2.8 looks on your 7D. But I must say that the creamy bokeh and sheer quantity of OOF blur with the 85L is worth every penny, to me...


    General purpose zooms. You've named three of the main contenders - 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, 24-70mm f/2.8L, and 24-105mm f/4L (and left off the 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS that you mentioned earlier). IMO, the 17-55mm is the best general purpose zoom lens for a 1.6x body. The 15-85mm is just to slow. Originally, I started with the 17-55mm, then later added the 24-105mm mainly for shooting with the 7D in inclement weather. On FF, I'm quite happy with my 24-105mm. I see the appeal of the 24-70mm f/2.8, but for non-moving subjects in dim light, the f/4 lens with IS is better than the f/2.8 lens without IS. For moving subjects in dim light, even f/2.8 is living on the edge and will require high ISO settings (ISO 3200 on the 5DII is much cleaner than on the 7D, but still more noise than I like in my shots). So, I think for true low-light ambient shooting, a fast prime is the way to go (something like the 35L is ideal in that regard - wide aperture, short focal length for easy handholding. For other 'general purpose' uses, the 24-105mm on FF is excellent (although if a 24-70mm f/2.8 with IS comes along, I'd take that over the 24-105mm).


    The problem with a 24-xx lens on a 7D is that 24mm is often not wide enough (technically, 38mm FF-equivalent is at the bottom of the 'normal' range, not even wide angle). The significant benefit that the 17-55mm adds is the 17-24mm range on the 7D; else, IQ is similar with a 24-xx L zoom. But, 24mm on FF is wider than 17mm on the 7D - so, the only time you'd need that extra width is if you've only got the 7D with you. If you think that will frequently be the case, you can also hang onto the 10-22mm to cover that end. Or, if you get a UWA zoom for FF (17-40mm, 16-35mm), you'd have the wide end (but not ultrawide) covered for the 7D. Going out with only one body or the other is the main reason I can see for having two general purpose zooms. Personally, after getting the 5DII almost all of my 'general purpose' shooting is with the FF body - if I hadn't already had the 17-55mm, I wouldn't have bought it after getting the 5DII.


    Good luck with your decisions!


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    It sounds to me like you are placing a priority on low-light shooting conditions, as well as situations requiring long focal length. I honestly haven

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    Great posts, everyone.


    Quote Originally Posted by wickerprints
    "full frame" (ugh I hate that term)

    Why is that?

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