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davidr805
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« on: December 10, 2005, 09:53:02 PM »
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It's been very difficult to find a group of lenses that would satisfied me  ..  I have come with this solution .and would like to have some suggestions from you all .

I have a 10D .. and shot mostly landscape I do use zoom on sunsets and occasionally birds etc.

I have the sigma 15 30mm  and was thinking on getting the canon 70 200 IS or Non IS and the  canon 400mm f/5.6L USM

I know that this lenses would give me a very nice results on image quality

I did tough about the canon 100 400 but it seems that it is not as good as the 70 200 nor the 400mm  and I would have to buy something in between the 30 and 100mm

any comments ??
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2005, 10:41:25 PM »
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I would look at buying the Canon 70-200mm f/4 L lens and a 50mm f/1.4 lens to fill the gap between 30mm and 70mm. The 70-200mm f/2.8 IS is a great lens, but the faster aperture and image stabilization aren't necessary if you're shooting landscapes. I've also found the f/4 version to be slightly sharper than the f/2.8 IS version.  The 50mm would be excellent for low light or portrait shots as well.

Hope this helps!

Sheldon
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2005, 04:45:54 AM »
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What is your budget?

http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/index.html
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2005, 09:33:59 AM »
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I second the nomination of the Canon 70-200 f4 zoom. I have tested mine against primes within the same range and have been surprised to find it is just as sharp as they are. If you buy one, test it right away to make sure you have a good copy. I have been very happy with this lens on my 10D and 1DsMkII.
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2005, 10:21:17 AM »
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SHELDON N / SPOTMETER :  I have consider buying the Canon 70-200mm f4L .. I know it is a good option and the price is less but I don't want to later say " I should have buy the Canon 70-200 f/2 IS or the non IS version .

What is there to say about the Canon 70-200 f2 vs the Canon 70-200 f/2 IS

The canon 50mm would be a nice thing to have.

YAKIM PELED:  my budget is limited and because of that I don't plan on buying the 2/3 lenses at the same time .. But I would like to know what lenses I am buying and work out towards  that.

Thanks for all your help
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2005, 10:18:51 AM »
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I would look at buying the Canon 70-200mm f/4 L lens and a 50mm f/1.4 lens to fill the gap between 30mm and 70mm. The 70-200mm f/2.8 IS is a great lens, but the faster aperture and image stabilization aren't necessary if you're shooting landscapes.
I guess I'll have to repeat myself:

Yes, it can most certainly be necessary if you're shooting landscapes.

Landscapes aren't always shot at f/8 or f/11 with 1/1000 shutter time.

Sometimes, f/2.8 can give pleasing effects in landscapes.

I also quite often find myself shooting under adverse conditions where image stabilization really helps:

 - strong winds (the wind will catch on your lens shade)
 - hand-held landscape stunt photography (when there's no time to set up the tripod)
 - with the 1.4x Extender

(I use the 20D, so the 1.6x FOV factor comes into play, too, just as it does for davidr805.)

I just wish that Canon had licensed the anti-shake system from KM, but I'm sure we'll see a dedicated mirror lockup button before then.

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What is there to say about the Canon 70-200 f2 vs the Canon 70-200 f/2 IS
(They're both f/2.8, not f/2.)

In my opinion, the f/2.8 non-IS is pointless. There is just a small weight difference between the two lenses, and as far as I've been able to figure out without purchasing the other lens, the optical difference is negligible. The only thing the f/2.8 has got that may be important is a lower price, but if you can afford the IS version, I'd say go for it.

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The canon 50mm would be a nice thing to have.
Yes, but how often will you be using it?

I've found that my 50mm often stays in the bag, but then again, I have the 24-70mm, so switching to the 50mm becomes a bit of a hassle for what is often just a small gain.

Get one of the 70-200 lenses, and make a note of how often you feel that you need something inbetween the 15-30 and the 70-200. If the problem doesn't occur, well, you've saved a few bucks. If not, the 50mm will still be available in a store near you.

Well, that's just my opinion, anyway.
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2005, 10:29:45 AM »
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I agree that that IS is can be nice for landscape.  But, it all comes down to cost.

Although even mentioning the "S word" on these boards is a bit taboo, have you looked at the sigma 70-200 f/2.8?
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2005, 06:32:43 PM »
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Thanks all for your help ..  I should mention that English is my second language.

On the 70-200mm I think I would go for the f2.8 and the lenses I am considering so far are the CANON 70-200 f2.8 IS / non IS and have read about the SIGMA 70-200 f2.8.. it seems that it has very good reviews on fredmiranda and other sites.

The price are as fallow

Canon IS                 $1640 at B&H
Canon non IS        $1099 at B&H
Sigma                      $799 at B&H

(if you find them by less .. please letme know)

The Sigma lens has good reviews  but for 300 I think i should get the Canon.. should I? (or with that  300 I could buy the teleconverter)  unless I can find a used Canon IS but I think I would find it less than 1500??
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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2005, 03:02:24 AM »
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The 70-200/2.8 IS is one of my dream lenses. Budget constrains caused me to settle for the 70-300 IS. If you can afford it, get it and don't think twice.
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