12-12-2012 03:13 PM - edited 12-12-2012 03:21 PM
I've just ordered my first dslr, a 6d with the 24-105 L lens. I've had digital point and shoots before but my last SLR was a film camera so I'm unsure of the IQ of a nice dslr.
I generally use a 300mm lens a lot, but since I just dropped almost $2800 dollars on this new setup, I really don't want to spend another grand (at least) on a longer L lens at this time. Thing is, I'm going on a nice vacation in a couple of weeks and I know that I'll be missing a longer lens.
So I thought that maybe if I just shoot with the 105 focused to "infinity" and then crop and zoom in on the finished image, I could have the effect of a longer lens without actually having the longer lens. Will that actually work? Will the image quality be good enough for that to work? Will the images be sharp and focused with this technique? I know there are a lot of variables such as available light, ISO, etc. I don't plan to blow any of these photos up very large--most of them will be snapshots on the computer but if I take some really exceptional ones they could become wall art.
Or is this a dumb idea and I should buy a longer lens?
Which leads to part 2:
If I should buy a longer lens, having never show with an L lens before and hearing that they're awesome, would I be really disappointed if I got a non-L longer lens. Would I see a ton of difference in IQ, given that nearly all will be seen just on the computer and maybe only a few blown up larger?
I also thought about maybe getting an extender as a less expensive option but they don't list this lens as being compatible.
I know this is a bit long winded but thanks for any help you can offer!
12-12-2012 03:25 PM
Maybe I don't know something I should, but I don't know why you would focus to infinity just to help with the zoom.
All you should have to do is shoot like you normally would all the way out at 105mm and simply crop the photo later on...the 6D has plenty of resolution for that.
12-12-2012 03:26 PM
Congrats on your 6D!
To give a short answer, of course cropping in isn't ideal, but for small prints it'll work. If you know you'll be working a lot at longer focal lengths anyway, it makes sense to eventually get a lens that suits that.
As for L vs non-L, there's no sweeping answer: you have to find the best balance between what your budget allows for you to get, and the benefits/drawbacks of each lens that is in consideration. A really thoughtful guide is the first post here: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=155904 (not this forum, but there are some really great content already out there from eloquent people, so it doesn't make sense to repeat or copy it).
12-12-2012 03:32 PM
Yeah I guess "focus to infinity" didn't really need to be said. :-) I was just thinking that if something I wanted to shoot was far away and not really that large in the 105, that it would be focused to infinity anyway. But you're correct, I'd just focus on it normally and blow it up.
Thanks also for the comment about the 6d having enough resolution for blowing up. That's what I was hoping I'd hear!
12-12-2012 03:41 PM
JFO--thanks. I'll eventually get a longer lens I'm sure, just trying not to blow up my finances at this time with the new camera/lens, Christmas spending, and 2 weeks upcoming in Japan---trying not to spend too much more if I can help it!.
Thanks for that link I'll take a look. I know there are no definitive answers, so I'm just looking for input. I'll have my 6d and lens in a few days and will start playing with it then I'll know more about how it works. Trying to think about it and research before I run out of time and leave on my trip in case I do decide to get a longer lens before I go. Thanks again!
12-12-2012 03:47 PM - edited 12-12-2012 03:48 PM
I'm glad you figured it out. Just make sure that if you are going to crop a certain picture quite a bit on a specific area...make sure you have the focus right on, because when you crop that much and even blow it up, you'll be able to tell if you messed up.
Also, if you really would like to have an "L" telephoto, but don't have money to buy one, I suggest considering renting one. You'll be surprised at how cheap it is to rent professional, top quality equipment at a fairly cheap price.
12-12-2012 04:12 PM
If rental is an option then the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM is pretty compelling, especially for travel due to it's relatively short actual length.
12-12-2012 04:14 PM
Yeah being even slightly out of focus seems to be the most likely reason that this scenario wouldn't work well. I'll play with it a bit once the camera arrives later this week and see how it goes.
Thanks for the rental tips. I knew about borrowlenses but not the other two. They really have some pretty decent rates. Probably a good idea to rent a lens anyway to see how you like it before you buy it.
12-12-2012 05:16 PM - edited 12-12-2012 05:18 PM
I think you'll be very happy with your purchase, but if I were going on a major trip I'd want a 70-300 with me too. The Canon 70-300 IS gets very good reviews & has been on sale here in Canada for about what used ones sell for so you might want to consider researching it. As for focusing you really won't need to do that because the AF should pretty much nail it in most circumstances, and the IS on the 24-105 works really well, BUT remember to turn it off for panning shots.
Based on some shots that I took when I owned a 5D mark 2 using the 24-105 L IS you can do some heavy cropping for on screen use but I don't know how deep I could have gone & still printed 8 X 10's, but I'd say you could give up about 1/2 the file & still get a decent print. I have a lens samples album on line with a couple of shots that you could download & play with from that combo & with the 6D almost having the same Mpixels they should help in whether or not you think you'll need a longer second lens for the trip.
This is a VERY deep crop of the first real world shot I took with the 5D2. I did however do a few test shots around home because I bought it just in time for my annual vacation.
The full file can be found here, and using the right arrow will take you to a couple of others that can be downloaded. to download use the Actions > Download photo tab.