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Advice Needed

I need good solid advice. I'm just not able to make the decision that needs to be made.

I just sold my 50mm 1.8 lens. This leaves me with the following lens line-up:

12-24mm f/4
30mm f/1.4
70-200 f/4

Soooo, I was planning on going with the 50mm 1.4, but then I started thinking. I've heard that the 85mm 1.8 is an amazing lens. It is loved by almost all portrait takers and provides amazing bokah. So, do I go with the gap filler of 50 or do I spring for the redundent 85? Will there be enough of a difference between my 70-200 and the 85 to warrent that lens?

Just to throw out another wrench in the mix. I've even contemplated selling my 30mm 1.4 and adding the funds I have to get the 24-70 2.8L. I REALLY want this lens...like REALLY bad. But, it would still take me a little bit to get the rest of the money for that one.....my brain HURTS!!! I just can't decide!!

Please help me Smile

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Never mind, the decision has been made....I came home and asked DH about which option I should take and he said bite the bullet and get the 24-70! My birthday is in a week so it's my birthday present Smile

I should be getting a pretty new lens to my door step on Friday!!

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I am wanting the 85mm, but I am glad you got what you wanted!

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Woohoo! Congrats on a new lens! Smile

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Sad I'm not sure you made the right choice here. The 24-70 isn't nearly as sharp as the 30mm and the 50mm and the 85mm. The zoom is nice to have, but you give up lots in aperture flexibility and sharpness.

I'm really wanting to sell my 24-70 to replace it with the 30mm and the 85mm (I already have the 50mm).

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Amber, what brand is your 24-70?

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"telephone" wrote:

Amber, what brand is your 24-70?

It's the Cannon L

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YEAH for a new lens! I know you don't need "advice" on the 50 or 85 anymore, but I would say it depends on where you shoot. I am still borrowing my friends 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8. I've had them both since January, and I think I have used the 85mm maybe a handful of times. Granted, it was winter and so most of my photos were taking inside. So the 85mm was just WAY too much for my camera (Canon T1i, so if you had a full frame maybe it would be better).

I am SO wanting a new zoom lens! For what I do, I can sacrifice some sharpness of the 50mm f1.4 for a nice zoom. I don't like having to switch lenses often, and I like to pick up my camera and take quick snapshots without missing out on the cute thigns the girls were doing.

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"AmberBella" wrote:

Sad I'm not sure you made the right choice here. The 24-70 isn't nearly as sharp as the 30mm and the 50mm and the 85mm. The zoom is nice to have, but you give up lots in aperture flexibility and sharpness.

I'm really wanting to sell my 24-70 to replace it with the 30mm and the 85mm (I already have the 50mm).

I appriciate your knowledge and experiance, but I'm going to have to find this out on my own. I understand the debate between zooms and primes. But, I'm not going into the portrait business and I'm using my gear for personal uses. With that, I'll get better use out of a zoom. I'll keep my 30mm (I'm hoping) so I can have a good prime, but I've also read some very positive feedback about the 24-70.

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"fudd8963" wrote:

YEAH for a new lens! I know you don't need "advice" on the 50 or 85 anymore, but I would say it depends on where you shoot. I am still borrowing my friends 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8. I've had them both since January, and I think I have used the 85mm maybe a handful of times. Granted, it was winter and so most of my photos were taking inside. So the 85mm was just WAY too much for my camera (Canon T1i, so if you had a full frame maybe it would be better).

I am SO wanting a new zoom lens! For what I do, I can sacrifice some sharpness of the 50mm f1.4 for a nice zoom. I don't like having to switch lenses often, and I like to pick up my camera and take quick snapshots without missing out on the cute thigns the girls were doing.

That last paragraph is the main reason for my choice. I've been getting frustrated I either don't have enought reach (with my 30) or too much zoom (when I have my 70-200). Some times I just want more wiggle room without switching lenses.

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I have heard bad and good stuff about the 24-70mm. I do not have this lens so I wouldn't know how good it is. I do have the 85 1.8 and this is a very nice lens, tack sharp and quick to focus. If you are thinking of buying a second lens, I highly recommend the 85 for your next purchase!

Have fun with your lens!

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Congrats on the new lens.

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Please give us your thoughts once you get your new lens and have a chance to play with it! I am hoping to get a zoom soon, so I would love to hear real people's opinions of them. Sometimes the reviews you read online are so one sided, and I think people mostly ever go on if they have a REALLY bad experience.

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"fudd8963" wrote:

Please give us your thoughts once you get your new lens and have a chance to play with it! I am hoping to get a zoom soon, so I would love to hear real people's opinions of them. Sometimes the reviews you read online are so one sided, and I think people mostly ever go on if they have a REALLY bad experience.

I sure will. My experienace to date with the Tamron 24-75 was poor. I must have had a bad copy of that lens because there are so many people that love it. I couldn't get good focus. I actually thought about going the Sigma route instead of getting the Canon (major money saved!), but my DH indicated how unhappy I was with the Tamron previously, so I should just suck it up and get the best and be done with it.

I know a photographer at the Outer Banks that swears by the 24-70 and 70-200 combo. She shoots individual portraits, families, and weddings. I trust her judgment pretty well. But, it's all about personal preference. What fits one person perfectly won't be so great for the next.

El, the 85 will remain on my radar!!!