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Best Lens For Canon 5d Mark 2

Krys Lin , Dec 26, 2011; 05:37 a.m.

Hey folks,
I have compiled a list of lenses that I would like to buy and can only afford 3 at the moment. What's your top 3 of these choices? Thanks a bunch!
70-200mm f2.8 IS
24-70mm f2.8
24-105 L
16-35 mm 2.8 IS
100mm f2.8
17-40 F4
35mm f/1.4L
85mm 1.2
EF 50mm f/1.2L


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Salvador Ayala , Dec 26, 2011; 06:15 a.m.

the answer of course depends on your shooting style and what you are shooting as many folks will (I am sure) point out. But to answer your question... I have most of these and by far I use the 16-35mm lens more than any other. For the other two I suppose I would go with the 85 and 50mm primes for portrait work.

Jack the Hat , Dec 26, 2011; 06:37 a.m.

If you don't know the answer to your own question then you don't need a 5D2.

Luis G , Dec 26, 2011; 06:52 a.m.

Maybe a hint as to what you intend to photograph?

Duane Loya , Dec 26, 2011; 07:27 a.m.

Well, Since we don't know what you are going to be photographing I'll take a stab at this from this angle.

24 - 105 L
70 - 200mm F2.8 IS
85mm 1.2 for portraits.

How is that?

Ted Holm , Dec 26, 2011; 08:33 a.m.

I would take a close look at the following lens. If you are thinking about doing landscapes, then add or change one lens to a wide angle lens.
Canon 85 1.8
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon 16-35 mm 2.8 IS
Good Luck!

Dan South , Dec 26, 2011; 08:43 a.m.

'Best' is subjective. For instance, the 24-105 f/4L IS is not the sharpest lens that Canon makes, and it has a bit of distortion that requires correction in post processing. However, it's still a very solid performer that covers an extremely useful zoom range on a full frame camera, and the IS is superb. Would this very popular lens fit your needs? Only you can decide that. I wouldn't use it for video due to the distortion issues, but for still photography I find it very useful.

Wouter Willemse , Dec 26, 2011; 09:07 a.m.

Which camera with which lens do you own now? Use your existing photos to determine which focal lengths matter to you, and then pick the best lens in that range. What others use and what is best to others, may be useless to you. And what are generally considered the "best lenses" (much what your list looks like), may be a set of lenses that does not help you get the photos you want. For example, do consider that a 70-200 f/2.8 and 24-70 f/2.8 are quite large and heavy. The 85 f/1.2 and 50 f/1.2 are very expensive speciality lenses - the type of lens of which you know you need it, without asking a forum. Most people do not need to have a f/4 and f/2.8 zoom covering the same lengths... so you need to rationale your needs.

Maybe I am all wrong, but it starts you are starting out, and getting the "best gear", spending a load of cash. I'd suggest to start with a lot less, take courses, read books and practise a great deal. In due time, you will find out which gear you really do need, what works for you and what gets you the photos you need. You will probably find you're missing a flash and a tripod on your shopping list.
To get started, get a 24-105 to get started, and nothing else. Shoot loads of photos, and you'll find what your next purchase needs to be.

Harry Joseph , Dec 26, 2011; 09:41 a.m.

Your Choices
70-200mm f2.8 IS =====>check(very expen$ive, extremely good)
24-70mm f2.8 ======>check(very Heavy, very good)
16-35 mm 2.8 IS ======>check (this and the preceding 2 lenses is all you will need)
24-105 L =======> *check this can be your all around lens but lacks real wide angle.
100mm f2.8 ======>this can definately wait unless you get the macro version
17-40 F4=======>don't need this since you already have the 16-35
35mm f/1.4L =======>this can definately wait(very expen$ive)
85mm 1.2 ========>this can wait , get the 85mm f1.8, it's lighter, 1/3 the price and very good
EF 50mm f/1.2L ======>this can wait , get the 50mm f1.4 it's lighter, 1/3 the price and very good

Brad - , Dec 26, 2011; 09:54 a.m.

There's no way a "best lens" can be suggested knowing nothing at all about what you like to shoot, how close you want to get, the conditions you shoot in, and how your images will be rendered.

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