Matthew Saville wrote: »
I'm surprised, nobody has asked the most important question yet. What on earth do you shoot? I clicked on your website link in your bio, but unfortunately the front page slideshow is thumbnail sized for me.
Anyways, this can dramatically affect which lens is right for you. A 2.8 ultrawide zoom might be needed for wedding photojournalism. An f/4 zoom would be much better for traditional landscape photography.. An f/1.4, f/1.8, or f/2 prime would be best for astro-landscape photography / timelapse photography, though. A not-so-wide prime or 2.8 zoom might be best for general portraiture and casual street photography.
So, where do we stand on that? From there, what's your budget, and what existing lenses do you already have? :-)
Dogdots wrote: »
Thank you all for your suggestions
Ziggy I have tried stitching photos together, but most of my shots are in the daytime and I find the sky really varies across the horizon. It's something I've not been able to edit correctly or shoot properly. I'm working on it though and have lots of ideas I'm hoping to do in the next year.
My needs are for shooting the vast open ND landscape. I had the opportunity to ride along with my brother a few week-ends ago to visit all the old hunting sloughs he and my Dad hunted. I found I couldn't get the vastness nor the full slough/water hole in any of my shots. Unfortunately I didn't bring along my 40D with my 10-22 so I ended up coming home with partial shots and the need to return at a later date with a lens I can get the photo I want.
I'm getting old and the IS is important to me. I don't know if a prime lens would be needed or not. I know I should be shooting on a tripod and more then likely I will for my shots out in the country side, but there are other times I don't want to take the time to set up/take down a tripod. Especially when it's -30. I know .. I should take the time to set it up right
kdog wrote: »
Personally, I'll be saving up for this bad boy -- Canon EF 11-24 USM
Matthew Saville wrote: »
So, you have both a Canon 40D and a 5D mk3, and a 10-22 for the 40D, but nothing that wide for the 5D mk3.
It sounds like the best lens for you is, by a VERY long shot, the new Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS. The stabilization will allow you to shoot at very slow shutter speeds hand-held, when necessary, and the lack of f/2.8 won't be missed at all since your main goal is better DOF anyways. Besides, the Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS is wayyyy sharper than anything else Canon has ever offered wider than 24mm...
A tripod is useful when you have the time to set it up, but I never scoff at shooting "walk-around" travel images at higher ISO's or faster apertures, as long as you can achieve the sharpness you need. I don't mind a little bit of grain, and I think other people blow it out of proportion.