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I'm often asked what gear I use... so here's most of it:


Nov. 2nd, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
Well, with the f/1.8 vs. f/1.4, you're looking at a $200 price increase for the f/1.4. Its a faster, more well constructed lens, but not better quality glass. You could buy several 1.8's for the cost of the 1.4 - and it probably won't make a real difference.
Zoom vs. Primes? For the most part, yes, you do trade some quality for the ability to zoom. BUT - if you invest the money in Canon's "L" series lenses, you're going to have a hard time complaining! Almost every PJ and Sports Photog has the 70-200mm L f/2.8 IS. Even the f/4 version is pretty darn good!
To some degree, it boils down to how much gear you want to carry. You can do an awful lot with a 24-70mm and 70-200mm. And, there are simply those situations where you cannot physically move closer! The ONLY way to get the close up is with a zoom - unless you want to carry a 85mm, 105mm, 200, 300, etc...
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Nov. 3rd, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: lenses
The 28-90 will probably be Ok outdoors, but its slow (f/4.5-5.6) and the glass quality is on the low end. A better (and inexpensive) option is the 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 - Its an all around better choice. If you can afford it, the 24-70 f/2.8 is the way to go...
For the portraits, etc the 85mm f/1.8 is good and pretty affordable. Macro? I love my sigma 105mm f/2.8 and its under $300.00!

I'd also check out the forums at dpreview.com. Lots of info!