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sparbydoll
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Please help me make a lens decision...
« on: June 07, 2008, 06:43:59 PM »

I am wanting to upgrade and have a complete range of lenses for the photography I'm doing.  I have a 40D and a 20D for backup.  I shoot mostly weddings (both indoors and out) and graduation pictures (in studio and outdoors).

I have the following lenses right now:
Canon 70-300 f4-5.6 IS
Canon 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS (this is the main reason I want to upgrade, not too happy with the colors and image quality)
Canon 50mm f1.4
Sigma wide angle
Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS (my new toy, but bulky for portraits)

Basically, I'm trying to decide between the 85mm f1.2L mark ii or the much cheaper 85mm f1.8 which would allow me to also get the 24-70 2.8L

Any thoughts or advise would be much appreciated.

Thanks.
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Bob Atkins
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Re: Please help me make a lens decision...
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2008, 08:21:12 PM »

I'd go for the 85/1.8 and the 24-70/2.8

The EF 85/1.8 USM is one of Canon's best prime lenses. It's also much smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 85/1.2L ISM. The f1.2 is obviously better for low light, but I suspect that's not really a problem for you. It can blur the background more, but the f1.8 isn't bad at that either.

The EF 24-70/2.8L  USM is a great lens for portrait work an an APS-C camera when the 85 is a bit too long, plus it's wide enough for group shots, even in a small room.
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