iPad 3G or L Glass?

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  1. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a

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    So I sold my 64Gb WiFi to a guy in New Zealand and now I have a tough choice to make, I guess tomorrow will help me decide, but maybe not.

    I'm going to the car show tomorrow in NYC and might buy some new glass for my Canon 7D, or I can buy the 64Gb 3G since I bought around $100 of apps for it anyway.

    What do you think?
     
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  4. nStyle macrumors 65816

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    You can't buy a 3G tomorrow anyway.

    Depends on your current lens collection, and what you need.

    The cheapest L is a 70-200 f/4 non IS. That's $639 new.
     
  5. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a

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    What lenses do you currently have? What L lens are you looking to get?
     
  6. mbell75 macrumors 6502

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    Get the iPad, L glass is overrated. I currently have two lenses that perform just as well for half the price or less. The Canon 85 f/1.8 and the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 :) You can also throw the 100 and 135 f/2.8 in there. All are under $600.
     
  7. applemike macrumors 6502

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    Some nice glass and a 16GB wifi model, or some combination of both.

    :apple:Mike
     
  8. Akash.B macrumors regular

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    Split your money in half, some for iPad and some for new lens.
     
  9. alexmarchuk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've got the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

    Thinking of purchasing Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
     
  10. mbell75 macrumors 6502

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    What do you shoot? I shoot glamor and fashion. I have actually shot some national covers with that Nifty Fifty :) I like the 17-40 on my 50D but its way too wide to shoot models on my 5D.
     
  11. nStyle macrumors 65816

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    The benefit of L glass is null imo...

    Buy the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 (I plan on it). Better coverage for pretty much the same image quality. Anyone who has found differences between the 17-40L and the 17-50mm is seriously just nitpicking, and even they will admit that they can live without those tiny, miniscule, seemingly impediments.

    Plus, you get more range and a faster glass with the Tamron. The Tammy is def next on my list. Plus, you could afford both the iPad AND the Tamron. Considering the 3G version is not even out yet though, you won't be making buying one tomorrow, as mentioned before.
     
  12. mcdj macrumors 604

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    Why would you want a 17-40 if you already have the 16-35? The 17-40 is way slower; too slow for available light any time past 4pm or indoors. If I were you, I'd sell the 16-35 and check ebay for a nice older 20-35 f2.8 L for around $500. One of the most underrated lenses Canon made. Then put the rest of the money into your iPad.

    Or just get the 50mm 1.2 and thank me later. :D
     
  13. robotkiller macrumors 6502

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    Agree with this guy - getting a 17-40 makes no sense when you own a 16-35.

    I was never a big fan of the 17-40. L build quality for sure, but the IQ was only ok, IMO. (I used to own one)
     
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    I think this depends on your current kit and what your needs are in terms if lenses.
     
  15. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a

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    The 16-35mm would be a good lens for a car show with the 2.8 aperture. No point in getting the 17-40mm IMO. Just get the iPad and enjoy it.


    On a side note, for those of you without L glass, once you get your first L you will never go back.
     
  16. mbell75 macrumors 6502

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    I shoot professionally, have owned and sold them and shot with just about every L glass lens Canon has made. Bottom line is there are at least 5 lenses out there that will match (or in some cases outperform) any L glass in IQ, sharpness, bokeh etc...for much less money.
     
  17. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    I chose the iPad - 32gb 3G.

    No sense putting L glass on my 20D - i'll wait until i can get teh 7D! LOL!!
     
  18. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    Is one of them the Sigma 50mm f/1.4? Please ellaborate on these lenses, I'd love to buy some!
     
  19. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a

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    You left out build quality, which is where L glass performs. I shoot in rugged terrain and sometimes freezing conditions and the weather sealing and overall quality of L lenses can not be surpassed.

    Glass > body
     
  20. Zethca macrumors regular

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    After owning the majority of the non super-telephoto L lenses I can say that they are slightly over rated by the average ameteur photographer. These people won't get much more out of the IQ. Unless it's the wide aperture you need I'm tempted to suggest people hang onto their money until they have a steady income from their hobby.

    Anyway, which lens are you considering? Edit: I'd pass on the 17-40, it's barely worthy of the L designation. The 17-55 canon crop lens is an order of magnitude greater- and the 16-35 is much better as well.

    My favorite are the 35 and 85. The 85 is just pure magic (if you can justify spending $2,000 on a fixed focal length 85mm lens...) :D
     
  21. PAC88 macrumors 6502

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    the glass will hold it's value much longer than the ipad.. you can always buy the 2nd generation ipad
     
  22. stealthman1 macrumors regular

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    Except by Nikon and Leica!
     
  23. alexmarchuk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So what do you guys prefer for the car show? Ones that don't prefer L glass. What are the alternatives?
     
  24. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a

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    Cant exactly put Nikon glass on my 1D Mark IV, not that I'd even want to ;).

    What can't the 16-35mm do that you need for a car show?
     
  25. stealthman1 macrumors regular

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    You surely can!
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/nikcan.htm
    Leica R glass as well. Personally, I like the look of Hasselblad glass on my D3.:)
     

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