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Old 02-27-2005, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a Canon 20D and am looking for the right lens to fill my need. I shoot in studio and on location mostly fashion and editorial. I have a Hasselblad 503 and have just entered the digital world. I hope to be able to buy a phase one digital back, but silly me, the $20,0000 price I thought would come down. Until then I thought I would tackle the digital with an affordable camera, which I know I will not be using three years from now.

If I stay with a 35mm digital camera I think the magification issue will no longer be a factor and a 85mm lens will be a 85mm lens no matter if you use a digital camera or not. The Canon 20D has a 1.6 magification rate.

Therfore I am looking to buy a zoom lens, because if I upgrade to the the better Canon with no magnification, my lens will be perfect. However right now I need to shoot, so I'm looking at the 70-200mm or the 28-70mm lens by canon (2.8). Given the magnification rate and other factors that dont make a 85mm really an 85mm, which one do I buy? Both are about $1,000.00 and right now can only afford one.

My shooting requirements I'm looking for are the equiv to 85mm to 135mm.
Which one do I choose?
 
 
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Everyone I know who shoots glamour with Canon equipment uses one of the 70-200 lenses. I think it is the first choice for most. While I would love to own the canon 28-70 L as well, I went with the Tamron 28-75 xr di. It is roughly 1/3 the price and the reviews of it are pretty high.

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Old 02-27-2005, 01:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've shoot canon for about 30 years. About 4 years ago I started with thr D30 and at that time I bought a 28-70 2.8L and the 70-200 2.8L . These are two great lens. Fast and sharp. The 70-200 2.8L is one of the highest rated lens on the market. You wont be disapointed.
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Old 02-27-2005, 05:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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And for an extra lens that is fun to shoot with for a different effect, some of us like using the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. For less than $100, it's hard to pass up.


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Old 02-27-2005, 09:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Depends. If you're only going to buy one, the 28-70 might be better unless your studio is quite long. If you want to shoot a full-length shot with a 70-200 on a 20D you'll have to be able to stand back a good bit. OTOH, if you shoot mostly outdoors, the 70-200 might be better for you.

Or, buy the 70-200 and the little cheapie 50mm f:1.8. The 50mm is pretty good for full length on a 20D, and the 70-200 will work for everything else. Surely you can dig up another $70 for the 50mm lens.

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Old 02-27-2005, 09:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Don't forget the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 (if you don't need the IS). Use what you save towards a used 1Ds.. YMMV
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I use the 28-80 Tokina ATX 2.8 and am happy with that on my 10D. I would buy the 24-70 Canon though. With the 1.6 Magnification factor I find the 80mm comfortable with subjects for head shots and think the longer lengths may truly only be needed for figure or fine art nudes. I also have a 80-200 but have not been using it for portrait.

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The 1.6 factor is not a magnification factor... it is a cropping factor..the edges of the frame have been cropped in by 1.6 times.

It is not like putting a 1.6x teleconverter on.

The 50 lens behaves like a 50, the 85 behaves like an 85... the camera just uses the the centre part of the lens to create the image.

Except for some minor differences, if you like the look of an 85 but want the image size to be the same as on a full frame 35 mm camera... move your feet.

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... and you no longer have the same perspective.

Ok, neither one will answer all your needs, but MY preference in that case when I can only carry one is the 24-70L 2.8. The reasons are that it is lighter on the camera (I shoot about 99% hand-held) and I'd rather a wider-angle on occasion than a very long telephoto. Then again, my general lens usage in 35mm format is 50-85, occassionally say 28-40 or 105-135. I have very few lenses that are out of this range, and all are zooms for my Canon 35mm/DSLR systems. My 645 kit? 55, 80, 140 and a 1.4 teleconverter (in other words, 35, 50, 85, and a 135 with teleconverter). Hasselblad? I've got the 80 and 120. 4x5? I've got a 150. All relatively moderate lenses.
 
 
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I have both the 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 Canon Lenses, if you have the room, the 70-200 will work fine, but since I shoot in my Garage-Studio (hey Garage Glamour, I get it!) I just about only use the 24-70, which is a great lens...
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