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Upgrade path, which would you do?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by davidzvi, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. I have 2 lenses for sale on the forum and I plan to upgrade. But I'm having a hard time choosing between two options.

    70-200 AF-S vr
    1.4 or 1.7 tc

    • better glass then the others
    • longer than the 50-150
    • hand holding at lower shutter speeds

    50-150 Sigma
    70-300 AF-S vr
    30 1.4 Sigma

    • 50 versus 70 on the low end
    • 50-150 is smaller and lighter than the 70-200
    • 70-300 is smaller and ligher then 70-200 with TC and probably good enough for what I would be using it for
    • 30 1.4 would go nicely with my 85 1.4

    And although it would be nice, can't combine some from column a and b, can't afford to.

    I shoot events (weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc) and protraits for work. But I enjoy nature, birds, buildings, etc as well I just don't get paid for it at the moment.

    Here is a client area gallery I created and got releases for, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs (Bar = boys and Bat = girls for those that might not know) and house parties.

    Password is: demo
  2. koolk2


    Sep 9, 2006

    Why not the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 with a Sigma 1.4 TC. This could be had used for about $600-700. Then get the Sigma 30 f1.4 for about $400 and you're all set.
  3. Though briefly about that, but at 200mm for the work I do I think VR would be better.
  4. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Option 1
  5. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Option 1

    ( I did the same wording as above on purpose, upgrade the glass to the best if you can afford it, and get a 35 f2 to suplement until next big purchase)

  6. opt 1 as well
  7. gadgetguy11


    Nov 16, 2005
    Option 1.
  8. Macusque


    May 18, 2007
    Verona, Italy
    Option 1.

    And try to find a nice used 35/2 to go with your 85/1.4.
  9. plusfour

    plusfour Guest

    Same as everyone else - option 1. Easy.
  10. ibcj


    Dec 19, 2006
    New York
    Go with option 1 and then you won't think about the 70-200 that you almost bought.
  11. Actually I had one and sold it a while ago, so there wouldn't be any of that. I liked the lens, but for what I was doing at the time I found I wasn't using it. Yes I know it's a great lens but I either needed below 70mm or I used my 85. The only real advantages I found over the 80-200 is a little faster/quieter focus and VR for hand holding at slower shutter speeds.

    I must say I'm surprised at the 100% option one. I had actually been leaning to option two. :redface: (and hoping others might think it made sense as well since it's $300-$500 cheaper. :frown:
  12. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    You didn't mention price as a large concern, just a point in your original post, and you also mentioined nature and birds, which involves lower light focus sometimes and blurred backgrounds which comes with the 2.8 aperture, that is probably why all of us suggested the 70-200VR and 1.4. with that combo you get a faster long tele at 280mm vs 300mm, and better focusing in poor light.

    If money is a strong option than sure option II is a great bet and would give lots of bang for the buck.

    Cheers and good luck

  13. Money is always a concern, but not the highest.
    But I almost didn't put nature and birds in my post as for most of those interests are mainly as a tourist on vacation and not as a serious pursuit. Builds and location type shots are more my interest on vacation, so my 17-55 has that covered anyway.
  14. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    In that case option 2 is a great kit for you and the 30 1.4 will come in very very handy for your type of shooting.


  15. Well I have been able to sell both my 80-200 and 105 vr over the past week. And I have found great deals on both a Sigma 50-150 and 30 1.5.
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