Classic EF lenses you use or recommend

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by 840quadra, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. 840quadra Moderator

    840quadra

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    After many hours of research on lens reviews online, I am looking into some classic lenses that will work well with my 30d. I never really considered them, until I read a review on a site that has reviews on mostly new lenses. Since then, I have looked into this topic much more deeply, and am impressed with some of Canon's discontinued glass.

    I have already committed to buying a EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM (ring style) locally, after reading some rave reviews, and seeing sample images. I am also fairly certain that I will end up with the MK1 50mm 1.8 Prime, as well as the EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Mark II.

    These lenses can be hit or miss both in condition, quality, and price, so I want to be careful before I buy one or two of them. I was able to get the EF35-135 for under $100, so if it doesn't work out it looks like they go for over $100 on ebay daily.

    Any thoughts, suggestions from the experienced masses ?

    Thanks!

    840quadra
     
  2. coldrain macrumors regular

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    The 28-105 f3.5-4.5 USM and 28-105 f3.5-4.5 USM II are maybe a better choice than the 28-70. They have very good colour and contrast for a very low price.

    Other lenses that are worth considering IF you come across them are indeed the 50mm f1.8 mk1... better build quality than the mk2.

    And the 100-300 f5.6 L. But only if you find it very cheap, because the amazing new EF 70-300 IS USM outperforms it in every way.

    And two lenses that are going to expensive always:

    The 85mm f1.2 mk1.

    And the amazing and rare 50mm f1.0.
     
  3. 840quadra thread starter Moderator

    840quadra

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    Thanks,

    Actually have had that page bookmarked for a long time now, used it to help me decide to get a Digital SLR. :)


    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I am covered in the long zoom range. I have an order for the 70-300 IS USM in with my local camera shop to pick up in 2 weeks :) .

    The 50mm is really high on my list currently, I am just watching for good condition / fair priced MK1 models. I will also look into some of the other suggestions on your list.

    Thanks!
     

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