Question - Canon crop sensor camera lens purchase

I am saving to buy another lens by the end of the year so this is by no means a rush but... for those who have a Canon crop sensor camera what would be the next lens purchase for me?  I currently have the 50mm 1.8 and the 85mm 1.8.  I also have the kit 18-55 but I'm trying to sell it.  I would like to eventually do wedding and boudoir photography and currently have an engagement shoot and a family shoot set for September.  I had been thinking about getting the 24-70 but read it isn't so great on a crop sensor for indoors but rather the EFS 17-55 would be a better choice.  I know the 17-55 would only be good on my current body (60D). 


If this all pans out the way I hope I would eventually like to upgrade to a full frame camera (but not for another year or more).  Any thoughts would be appreciated!

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 10:47 am
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I shoot with the 24-70 2.8 L on a crop-frame, many of us do.  It's a GREAT lens.  I would NOT invest in a EF-S lens that you cannot use on full-frame if you're looking to upgrade.  I will never buy another EF-S lens, it was a waste.  I spent about $400 in mine, it was barely used and sold for $225.  I would have been much better off if I'd purchased the camera, body only, and put that $$ towards a good lens. 


Do you have a good flash yet?  If not, I'd get the 580 ex II, you'll need it for boudoir if it's indoors. :)

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 10:52 am
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I have the 60D also & I am (personally) trying to not buy any EFS lenses because I hope to upgrade as well & don't want to deal with the hassle of selling these.  I love the 24-70, but on occassion do wish I could get a bit wider.  Someday I may think about getting the 16-35 2.8L, but that won't be my next lens...or the one after that LOL!

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 10:58 am
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I didn't want to buy an EF-S lens either but so many reviews say not to get the 24-70 for a crop.  Have either of you had limitations with the 24-70 and if so, what were they?  What lenses do you both have?

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 11:16 am
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Ever since I purchased that lens, I hardly use my 50 1.4 or my 85 1.8 ... :)

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 11:22 am
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I haven't felt limited by it.  Although I would eventually like a larger telephoto, as well as a wide angle.  I only have:


100mm 2.8L macro
24-70mm 2.8L
50mm 1.4


I sold my kit lens recently.  Hoping to get the 70-200mm 2.8L in a few months, although I have been *really* wanting a second body...so that may come first IDK!!

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 11:24 am
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I agree with you that if you want to upgrade your camera body in the near future, you shouldn't invest in an EF-S. I have a crop sensor camera for now as well. I started with the 50mm 1.4 and then a 35mm 2.0 wide angle, which definitely helped with the indoor shooting. I most recently bought the 70-200 2.8L telephoto zoom lens and I'm in love with it for both indoors and out. It has very fast autofocus and will be great to use for weddings, if you plan to do them in the future. I think the 24-70 and the 70-200 would both be great choices! I personally don't know of anyone with the 17-55. Let us know what you decide! :)

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 2:25 am
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I have the 17-55 2.8 on a back up body I have (40D).  I give it to third shooters or interns that are coming along to learn at weddings. It will occasionally sit in a balcony or loft where we can take remote images with it using a Pocket Wizard and adapter cord.  I won't be getting rid of it unless I can replace the 40D with another 5D and that might be towards the end of the year if bookings stay up like they are now (just signed my 34th wedding for this year - I must be crazy).


I am about to get my 2nd 70-200 2.8 IS because there are so many times both me and my second need one at the same time (mostly during ceremony and toasts believe it or not - we can't get closer during some ceremonies and toasts, we're always trying to stay back so we don't block the guests' view).


I would not buy the non L lenses unless you plan on keeping the body you have now as a back up.  If you do keep that body, you can always keep the 17-55 on that body as a back up.  Never hurts to have more than one option!

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 5:50 am
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What about the 28mm on my 60D?  I can't get the 24-70 until the end of the year =(

Posted on August 3, 2011 at 8:47 am
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I'm not on Canon so I won't pipe in here, but I did stalk this thread and just wanted to hijack and say:


"just signed my 34th wedding for this year"


Shari are you trying to kill yourself?  :) :) :)  Congrats on all the bookings though! ! ! !

Posted on August 3, 2011 at 10:21 am

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