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    Default Got some money coming my way what to buy

    Well I have a bit of settlement cash coming my way, now what to spend it on.

    My Tamron 18-200 f3.5-5.6 Canon mount lens lives on my camera but I hanker for 2.8 glass.

    I am lazy and dont like changing lenses in the field, so where do I go to spend my ill gotten gains?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthurhh View Post
    Well I have a bit of settlement cash coming my way, now what to spend it on.

    My Tamron 18-200 f3.5-5.6 Canon mount lens lives on my camera but I hanker for 2.8 glass.

    I am lazy and dont like changing lenses in the field, so where do I go to spend my ill gotten gains?
    How much money?
    What do you like to shoot?


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    I shoot anything that takes my attention, landscape, macro, portrait even bosses (but they wont issue me live ammo for the latter).

    I am become the recipient of enough to buy me a heap of 5d mk3, but that is not where I am heading, a lot of the cash has to be squirrelled away. (my future is no longer ensured where I currently work)

    Canon don't appear to make anything fast in the 18-200 area I am looking for. My choice of lens is because I do a lot of travel and the camera is always at hand for quick stop and shoot stuff. 75-200 2.8 will not cut it for me.

    Yep it would be tempting to go FF but I figure I need to get technique and skill right with my current unit before going there for what it offers.

    Her indoors who must be obeyed has limited how much I spend out of this little windfall but several k is possible (providing she gets a new car out of it)
    I Just Have Cameras and Stuff
    I don't have an Artistic Eye - I have a Technical Bent & a love of Gadgets
    Give an Artist a box of different sized colour blocks and he will create an art work; give me the same box and I will sort it by colour and then size :)

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    Sigma 17-50 f2.8 is a good fast zoom. Cheaper than the canon 17-55 but optically very similar.
    Canon 5DIII | 7D | 16-35mm f2.8L II | 17-40mm f4L | 24mm f1.4L II | 50mm f1.2L | 85mm f1.2L II | 70-200mm f2.8L II | 300mm f2.8L IS II | 1.4x III | 2x III | 580EX II

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    There isn't a super zoom that does 2.8 so if that focal range is the most important thing to you, you should just stick with the lens you have

    Canon make a 28-300 L but it is pretty big and still only has a variable aperture which is 3.5 at best. It is also expensive and ideally would be on a full frame (28 on a crop is not very wide)
    Canon > 5DIII | 17-40 L | 35 L | 24-105 L | 70-200 f/2.8 IS II L | 100 L | 400 f/2.8 IS II L | 600 EX-RT | 1.4x TC III | 2x TC III

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    Yep my favourite focal length is out of the question at 2.8 so I guess a re think is needed. Guess I will have a look at my shooting history and see what focal lengths I tend to favour. (neat feature of light room is to be able to do this)
    I Just Have Cameras and Stuff
    I don't have an Artistic Eye - I have a Technical Bent & a love of Gadgets
    Give an Artist a box of different sized colour blocks and he will create an art work; give me the same box and I will sort it by colour and then size :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthurhh View Post
    I shoot anything that takes my attention, landscape, macro, portrait even bosses (but they wont issue me live ammo for the latter).

    I am become the recipient of enough to buy me a heap of 5d mk3, but that is not where I am heading, a lot of the cash has to be squirrelled away. (my future is no longer ensured where I currently work)

    Canon don't appear to make anything fast in the 18-200 area I am looking for. My choice of lens is because I do a lot of travel and the camera is always at hand for quick stop and shoot stuff. 75-200 2.8 will not cut it for me.

    Yep it would be tempting to go FF but I figure I need to get technique and skill right with my current unit before going there for what it offers.

    Her indoors who must be obeyed has limited how much I spend out of this little windfall but several k is possible (providing she gets a new car out of it)
    Did you just go around the houses with your response to my "how much to spend?" question or what? I'm still not sure what your budget for a lens is.


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    The budget is not fixed but is more determined by what the lens value is to me. several $k is possible. But I am looking for value for money
    I Just Have Cameras and Stuff
    I don't have an Artistic Eye - I have a Technical Bent & a love of Gadgets
    Give an Artist a box of different sized colour blocks and he will create an art work; give me the same box and I will sort it by colour and then size :)

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    What do you want to shoot, what doesnt your geat let you do now.

    Do you want better low light ability?
    Macro?
    Flash?
    More range
    More reach
    Shallower DOF
    Better quality?

    Dont spend anything until you know what you want to achieve.
    Canon 5DmkII, 400L, Canon 17-40L, Canon 24mmf3.5 TS-E, Canon 70-200f2.8L, Tamron 90mm SP AF Di f2.8 Macro, Sigma 50mmf1.4 EX HSM, Nissin Di866 flash, Manfrotto 190xprob & Markins Q3t head, Lee filters, Lowepro Flipside 400AW, Yong Nuo rf 602 triggers.


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