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EOS R10 landscape and portrait lens recommendations

JeffBR10
Contributor

Hi guys, First post here so please be gentle.

I'm keen amateur wildlife and nature photographer and have a Canon R10 coupled with a Canon RF 100-400 F5.6 lens that is serving me very well for animal and bird photography.
I would like to expand into landscape and general people and portrait photography and am looking at 24-70mm F2.8 Lens options with a budget of about $AUD1500. I am aware that this pretty well rules out native F lenses. I have also recently purchased a RF-EF adaptor.

My question is : Am I better served with a second-hand Canon EF / EF-S lense or an Aftermarket Tamron or Sigma etc. Is there any problem with functionality of these non-native lenses on the Canon R10.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Jeff.

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AtticusLake
Mentor
Mentor

I have no experience with EF lenses (not since 1990 anyhow), so I can't answer your main question.

But for landscapes, on an APS-C camera, you might re-consider your lens choice.  The 24-70 f/2.8 is a fantastic lens, I've been using it a ton, and it's served me well; on the full-frame R5C, it's mostly great for landscape video shooting, which is what I do a lot.

But on the C70, which is S35 (effectively the same size sensor as the R10), I often find it too narrow.  I've been finding that I use the 15-35 f/2.8 a lot for landscapes on the C70; in fact I wouldn't take the C70 out without having that lens in my bag.  So you might think about that.  I've attached a shot of the village of Plockton, captured on the C70 at 15mm.

For portraits, the 24-70 would likely be a great choice.

8 Plockton Village.00_05_50_18.Still001.jpg

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Thanks for the reply. I was actually concerned that 24mm wouldn't be wide enough on the APS-C frame so thanks for the input. I may take a closer look at the 15-35mm.

p4pictures
Whiz
Whiz

Have you considered the option of the Canon RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-63. IS STM to go with the camera as it is rather good and definitely in budget. 

The reality is that older lenses for DSLR will fit on the adapter, and Canon lenses will work with no problem, this is not assured with third party lenses. Some functions of the EOS R10 such as focus bracketing do require specific lenses to be able to work. 

For portraits I would also certainly consider the RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens, and you could get both this RF 50mm and the RF-S 18-150mm lens for less than your budget.

 


Brian
EOS specialist trainer, photographer and author
-- Note: my spell checker is set for EN-GB, not EN-US --

No that's a thought - thanks. I'll be sure to check out the RF18-150mm F3.5. I didn't know it existed.
I am aware of the RF50mm F1.8.

Really appreciate your input.

Tronhard
Elite
Elite

Gidday and welcome to the forum:

Nice to see someone from my part of the world on the site - I live in NZ.

To answer your question, while Sigma and Tamron make great lenses, there is no guarantee that they will work on an R-series body as they would do with a DSLR, so while I would happy to suggest a good Canon EF or EF-S lens to use via the adapter, I am less confident with a 3rd party lens - but that is not to say they might not - it's a risk...

There are some excellent Canon EF lenses that you may pick up if you can find them:  I still own the first and have owned the second and liked that too.

EF 17-40L f/4 - this is an old design, but a good lens (it's a pro-grade lens), and you could find some good examples on the second-hand market for a good price.
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is an old lens too but also an excellent model.  This one is still shown for sale on the Canon Au website.

Luckily, you have choices in the RF range.  Looking at the Australian site, there are two lenses that I would recommend to consider.
First, the RF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is based on another excellent optic the EF-M 11-22.  I still have one and it is cheap at $500AU and good value for money.

Finally, there is a good lens on the RF range the RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM - it's a good general-purpose lens.


cheers, TREVOR

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Thanks very much for the response. You're in a great part of the world.

It sounds like I'll stick to the Canon lenses for less risk - particularly on the second hand market. That 18-150 f3.5 is sounding very appealing. 

ebiggs1
Legend
Legend

Your question depends more on the specific lens more then the brand if you are going non-R lenses. The fact no matter what you read on the ole inner web, any lens can be used as a landscape lens. Generally a lower FL is preferred. This basically true because of your relative distance from subject. A lens that fits more of your shooting style will be better. If that doesn’t fit the narrative assigned to a lens so be it. Although the 24-70mm may not be what others claim is a good wide angle it is a wonderfully useful lens. I use mine 75% of the time and I have a couple dozen different lenses.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!

Thanks for your input. Yeah I suppose there's just not going to be the perfect all situation lens FL. I still wouldn't pass up a 24-70 at the right price and if I needed a wider lens, could chase a less expensive prime lens.

Cheers, Jeff

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