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I am now getting into photography. I am going Cannon. What lenses do I need and can I buy them on ebay.I am getting the 5DmarkII and I don't know much about the equipment so please explain.
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I suggest getting the best glass you can afford at this time. It wouldn't hurt to invest in Canon's premium line - the L lenses - because bodies come and go, but the lenses are there to stay.

As a beginner, you should first purchase the lenses which you can think you will be using more. Here are the usual first purchases:

24-70mm 2.8L
70-200mm 2.8L
50mm 1.8 (nice and cheap)
and perhaps a 10-20mm for extreme wides

AS your skill set develops, you know can graduate and appreciate the prime lenses with very large openings (50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2 etc).

hope this helps.


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Re: [mazzystar] starting new In reply to
It helps alot thanks.
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I have the 24-70 2.8 L series which I use a lot. The 50mm 1.8 is only about $100 and is really good for getting some funky shots with the f1.8. it is one of my favourite lenses.

I have another L series - a wide, 17 - something? I can't remember and am really too lazy to go look in my bag. But I'd recommend a wide angle lens for the bigger group shots, even if it is a less expensive Sigma wide angle if you want to throw your money into one of the L series for the 24 - 70L or something like that.

But get that cheap 50mm, it is pretty cool.

I also have an IS lens, with the gold ring, not L series, it is a mid-range lens that goes in a bit more, maybe to 135 or so - I'm real good with my memory if you can't tell. ;)

But if I had to pick one lens I'd go for the cannon 24 - 70 f2.8
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Re: [Shadow] starting new In reply to
I agree 100% with mazzy.



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Are you going to still do video?

I'm primarily doing video but I picked up the 5DMKII and now I want to invest in some better lenses. A really nice one I've borrowed from a friend is the L series 16-35mm 2.8. It's a great wide angle!
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Re: [Thomas O'Hara] starting new In reply to
Yes I really enjoy video I'll never give it up altogether but I really like that 5d.
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+1 everything that Jason said. Starting out I bought a Sigma 17-70mm DC lens and it was a mistake on my part because #1 it cannot be used with a full frame camera and #2 it simply cannot stand up to the L series glass by Canon. The temptation may be there to go with a Tamron or Sigma but don't try to skimp on lenses or you won't be getting the most performance out of the 5DMKII. Also you run the risk of getting a bad copy as consistency seems to also be a problem with the off brand lenses. If you can only afford one lens right now the Canon L 24-70mm 2.8 will probably be your most used lens. These lenses are always on sale on ebay.
Joe Taravella
Studio Vieux Carre
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I second that- my 24-70 2.8L was the 2nd lens I bought 6 years ago. It's still one of my most often used lenses.




Glen Elliott
http://www.GmElliottVideo.com

"The only time i use slow-mo is when the groom dips the bride in front of a fountain" ~RAY E

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How does the Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4 IS rate? It's the kit lens I got when I bought my 5D.



Coleman
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I suggest getting the best glass you can afford at this time. It wouldn't hurt to invest in Canon's premium line - the L lenses - because bodies come and go, but the lenses are there to stay.

As a beginner, you should first purchase the lenses which you can think you will be using more. Here are the usual first purchases:

24-70mm 2.8L
70-200mm 2.8L
50mm 1.8 (nice and cheap)
and perhaps a 10-20mm for extreme wides

AS your skill set develops, you know can graduate and appreciate the prime lenses with very large openings (50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2 etc).

hope this helps.


I definitely agree with buying the 50mm f/1.8, I use that the most when getting shallow depth of field shots which everyone loves.

It's seriously a steal, but be careful because it can dent easy: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...l_EF_50mm_f_1_8.html

Michael
Robert
Wedding Videographer in Los Angeles and Orange County
California Videographer
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24-70 2.8 L lances are going to be professional for a photographer. i also would like to recommend this series.
http://www.zenithcinematography.com