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Old 09-21-2004, 04:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What would be my better choice?
canon
EF-S 17 - 85 mm F4.5 - F5.6 IS USM
(27 - 136 mm equiv. FOV, 5x zoom)
EU: €649, US: $599

or the

70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM
$1,500

I will be shooting more portrait/glamour shots
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Old 09-21-2004, 04:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The 70-200 f/2.8L series lens is my bread and butter lens and you don't even need the IS for shooting glamour.

 
 
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Old 09-21-2004, 05:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why would I not need it?
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Old 09-21-2004, 05:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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First off it depends upon what body you are using, film or digital (that 1.6 lens equiv. factor can make a medium telephoto a long one fast) and what lens (up to this point) you've used the most and are most comfortable with.

Having said all that, I suspect the latter is more what you'd prefer. If it was me, with the photojournalism background ... I'd get the 70-200mm f/2.8 in a heartbeat!

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Unless you're shooting birds or other wildlife, you won't need it. I've hand held mine down to 1/30th of a second with great results, although I don't recommend it. The f/2.8 lets in plenty of light and if you'll check my O M P profile #12309, you'll see that I shoot a lot of natural light and I never use a tripod.

 
 
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Old 09-21-2004, 05:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I shoot all my glamour with the f/2.8 70-200mm that Marc mentions. I always hand hold mine as I'm always moving around and avoiding waves and things like that from clobbering me when I shoot No use for the IS at all. You'll save about $400 without it. Take a look at my GG stuff or MOP #42620. Everything is shot with that f/2.8 70-200

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I always enjoy these simultaneous posts ... lol

As far as the lens goes -- a no brainer. I'd always go for the fastest aperture if money were no object. Strengthens the versitility of the lens by a long shot!

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Old 09-21-2004, 07:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Greetings! If you can find one used in like new condition or excellent condition check out the 85mm f1.2
Canon Lens
OR if you're in a tight spot and REALLY NEED a good closeup

Canon Macro Lens

Either lens would be suit your needs and give you excellent results, if you're looking at $1,500.00 for the 70-200 zoom. I'm partial to prime lenses[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

See the specs Canon 85 f1.2
and Canon 100 Macro
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Old 09-21-2004, 07:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I say flip a coin to decide. If you buy a Canon lense, I'm sure it'll do the job fine (or is that a Sigma - oops, wrong post.) All kidding aside, while I don't know the different levels/types of Canon lenses, go for the highest, most expensive one, it'll be the one that will be able to work with all of the bells and whistles (a.k.a. features.) I've heard so many complaints about not getting the wrong type of lense, regardless of brand not working with some featrue, i.e. specail metering feature, af feature, something or other. Check out the specs for each, find the one that will work for your camera, and buy it from a reputable location so if it dosen't, you can take it back.

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