help me pick EF lenses
October 18, 2007 9:30 AM Subscribe
I'm heading to the States in a month, and would like to pick up some Canon EF lenses for my film body (now) and DSLR (later). Interests and budget are after the jump.
I'd like to pick up some EF lenses for the EOS film SLR I have at the moment, and the DSLR I plan on moving to next year (probably a 40D as a self-birthday/grad gift; conceivably a 5D if the 5DMKII drops and I can jump on a cheap one.)
Budget is $1200-1500 Canadian, which is about the same in American at the moment, and which I don't expect to increase in any meaningful way between now and November. I'll be down for the long weekend for my uncle's surprise 70th birthday party (I can't help but think that's not the greatest of ideas)
I took photography in high school, know my way around a darkroom and how rules of composition work, am currently reading through Ansel Adams' The Negative and will move to a DSLR when I get through the stockpile of film or my SLR dies. Anything on my flickr account (see profile) was shot with a Powershot S200, which I am most definitely constrained by.
My photography at the moment is either:
- concerts (amateur stuff ATM, although I do occasionally get photos into local music mags)
- family events (I end up behind the camera for birthdays, weddings, etc)
- not much landscape or architecture
- adventurey photos (I took the ol' K1000 out to the Sasquatch music fest, more to take pictures of the gang I was with versus the musicians)
I'm not interested in wildlife or macro work (hate bugs, allergic to lots of plants) but I like the idea of photojournalism and the elusive notion of capturing an image that is worth a thousand words.
Poking around Amazon.com, I like the 50mm f1.4 ($330) and the 85mm f1.8 ($340), and I should probably get a zoom, too. I like the idea of the 24-105mm f4L IS ($1100) or the 24-70mm F2.8L ($1200) but I don't know if I do need them, and then which one to go with. There's also the 28-105 f3.5-4.5($240) but the reviews make it seem very uneven in terms of QA.