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What's your kit look like vs. what you *want* it to look like (1 Viewer)

wrogers

Active member
What I have got
400D
18-55 plastic toy
50mm 1.8
Sigma 100-300 F/4 (going up for sale PM's accepted!)
Sigma 150-500 OS

What I want (can possibly afford but not at once)
Canon 50D/1Dmk2N
400 F/5.6
300 F/2.8 non-IS
1.4x and 2xTc's
Photography Hide

What I would Love to have
1Dmk3 (or Mk4 which will probably come out soon)
1DsMk3 (or Mk4)
XL-H1 for HD videos
Sigma 200-500 F/2.8
Sigma 300-800 F/5.6 (for when I my back breaks from above)
70-200 F/2.8 IS
400 f/5.6 (for BIF)
Sigma 180mm Macro
Sigma 105mm Macro
Canon 16-35mm F/2.8 Mk2
Canon 28-70 F/2.8
and of course a canon 1200mm f/5.6L but they are super rare and super expensive
a Sherpa to carry it all!!

although a 300mm F/1.4 would be lovely!!!

Will
 

mrmarklin

Well-known member
For birding I have all that could be reasonably desired except the 800mm lens, that frankly would be too big and bulky to be used regularly. I can acheive the same effect with autofocus with my 600mm=1.4x TC.

I have a very extensive lens set. To list them would seem like bragging. Suffice it to say I want for nothing.
 

Fowl Mouth

Just a guy with dogs
For birding I have all that could be reasonably desired except the 800mm lens, that frankly would be too big and bulky to be used regularly. I can acheive the same effect with autofocus with my 600mm=1.4x TC.


Isn't the 800 the same size as the 600 and 2 lbs lighter?

FWIW, I have:

20D
350D
70-200 1:4 L
150-500 DG OS


I want:

1Ds3
1Ds3
28-300 L
800 L...

or I could just put my kids through college. One or the other...we'll see. |:D|
 

lmans66

Well-known member
I have the following:

Canon 450
Canon 300 / F4L
Tokina 80-400mm
Canon 18-55mm Kit lens
Canon 1.4 tc
Monopod

I would love to shed the kit lens and equip myself with L series since I really am sold on the ones I have seen and the one I own. So....

Canon 24-105 F4L
Canon 17-40 F4L
Canon EF 100mm Macro F2.8

Or to go cheaper in some sense...
Canon EF 100mm Macro F2.8
Canon EF 17-85 F4

The latter having the kit lens replaced with the 17-85 still having a wide open range and a good walk about and using the Tokina for shots in the 80-200mm range....
 
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Shaggy2070

Well-known member
I have,
OES 450D + 18-55mm kit lens + Tamron 80-210mm

Happy with camera but would love,

Cannon 400mm 5.6L or Cannon 100-400mmL
Cannon 100mm 2.8 Macro or Tamron 90mm 2.8 Macro

and I'd be a happy man.
 

lmans66

Well-known member
Oh, since we are just wishing....why not throw in the 500mm as well. I would think that would be an awesome addition. Has anyone used one and although I have read reviews posted on B&H, would it live up to them?
 

AndyMc

Well-known member
:t: nice wish list... I'd rather have that lot than wake up with Kylie ;)

If I were in bed with Kylie, I wouldn't be asleep dreaming of camera kit.:eek!::eek!::eek!:

My gear:
Canon 400D
17-40L
100-400IS
Velbon Tripod.

Pointless dreaming about what I'd like as kids are parasites so will never get the cash together:-O:-O:-O

Oh, I dream of Shania Twain instead.:t::t:
 

QuantumTiger

Well-known member
I have readies waiting but just when I decide to go for one of the big guns I go for a long hike with my 'toy' lens and when I come back I realise that I could never have done it with a heavier lens. Other days I go out and see b****r all , whatever lens I had would not have made a jot of difference if there were no birds to shoot.
I feel your pain Roy. I've been hours away from buying a 500m f/4.5 on at least two occasions and have talked myself out of it because of the weight issue. I love my 400mm f/5.6. It's a fantastic lens, but it's the top edge of what I feel comfortable lugging around for a day.

Recently looking back at my photos I realised that the ones I like most are the abstracts I took with my old Minolta A2. Small and light enough to fit in any rucksack on any walk (but not quite up to birding!). I gave it to my brother when I bought my 20D. Now I'm wondering if I should ask for it back :)
 

Techuser

Member
Have today:
Canon S5 IS
Sony 1.7 TC

Wish list:
Canon XSi
Sigma 150-500 OS
Set of kenko tubes
1.4 kenko TC

the xsi kit I will probably get in the end of the year, dont know about the sigma =P
 

Simmo1111

Well-known member
What I have:

Panasonic FZ28
Olympus 1.7 teleconverter

What I,d like:

A big breasted, blonde, nymphomaniac, formation swimming team member ...

Sod the camera !!!
 

Vectis Birder

Itchy feet
If I were in bed with Kylie, I wouldn't be asleep dreaming of camera kit.:eek!::eek!::eek!:

My gear:
Canon 400D
17-40L
100-400IS
Velbon Tripod.

Pointless dreaming about what I'd like as kids are parasites so will never get the cash together:-O:-O:-O

Oh, I dream of Shania Twain instead.:t::t:

Oh dear this thread's headed for the gutter. Actually, forget 'headed' it's already there! :-O
 

dlleno

Active member
I went ahead an invested heavily in APS-C glass for my 40D:

10-22 (amazing). 22mm is like a 35mm on a full frame, so its not that radical and can really deliver stunning close-ups. I love to correct horiz and vertical perspective distortion, producing shots that just arn't otherwise available without a full frame sensor.

17-55 f/2.8 IS. great for low light "normal" ranges. I struggled long and hard over this one versus the 17-40 L, but the 17-55 has L glass, IS, a better zoom ratio, and is silly sharp.

100mm f/2.8 macro. in a word, stunning.

28-135 IS kit lens. Dont count this one out I've got some great shots with it. While it isn't frequently on the camera during an outdoor shoot, it does a good job.

100-400 L: rented this. well it needs no further comment...

Triopod: THe Taiwan-based Fiesol produces a great product. I have their tournement tripod with spikes. Its 80% of a Gitzo for half the price.

The comments here have highlighted two distinct but very interesting approaches to long lenses:

1. Some appear to stop at 200mm with the zoom (e.g. 70-200) and then add one or more long primes.

2. Some prefer the flexibility of the 100-400.

If I had a 70-200 f/2.8 I might not be as tempted to add the 100-400. While I frequently used the 100-300 range of this lens (during a recent rental), whenever I was at 400mm I nearly always wanted more. THat got me to thinking that the 70-200 would be wonderful for low-light closer-in shots; the 1.4x TC (well reviewed with the 70-200) would produce 100-320 which gets you 80% of the way to 400mm. The 100-400 doesn't play very well with a TC, from what I have read.

So I guess for my telephoto lens wish I see a couple of options:

The $7,800 option:

1. ($2K) 70-200 f/2.8L IS with 1.4x TC. That delivers two very attractive focal length ranges: 70-200 f/2.8 and 100-320mm f/4, while retaining the portability of the 100-400. Yes, you could go with the 2x converter but that will cost you one additional stop, poorer optical performance, and yields only 25% additional reach.

2. ($6.8K) 500mm f/4.0. The 1.4x TC also gives you 700mm f/5.6. nice!

The $1,600 option:

1. ($1600) 100-400 L IS. If I could only spend $1,600 this is what I would add to my bag right now. But I'd have to live without 500 and 700mm as above, which (if purchased in addition to the 1-4) would add over $7K and still wouldn't give me the venerable 70-200 f/2.8.
 

cab1024

Well-known member
($1600) 100-400 L IS. If I could only spend $1,600 this is what I would add to my bag right now. But I'd have to live without 500 and 700mm as above, which (if purchased in addition to the 1-4) would add over $7K and still wouldn't give me the venerable 70-200 f/2.8.

Ah, but if and when you save up the additional $5,400 to get to 700mm, then you can sell the 100-400 and recoup almost all of your money. Or decide by then that you're rich enough to keep ALL of 'em!
 

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