Recommended Canon EF Lens and Flash Sets

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Recommended Canon EF Lens and Flash Sets

This is a series of a few posts to review the different aspects of a Canon DSLR camera system, mostly focused on full frame bodies. Here are the other posts in the series:

Here are my budget lens options for a full frame camera:

This kit will pretty much cover the wide range of shooting conditions. After getting the wide angle, I wish I had the telephoto first instead of wide angle. Wide angle is best for indoor shots as it makes outdoor shots too small and too distant from the camera. I would still recommend getting a flash for those who already have a pop-up flash on their camera. The dedicated flashes are usually much more powerful and better than the pop-up flash.

Here is my ideal (non-budget constrained) lens options for a full frame camera:

The only reservation I have about this kit is the size and weight of the 70-200mm zoom lens. It is probably regarded as the best zoom lens Canon makes but not nearly as portable or versatile as the 70-300mm IS USM zoom lens. Also, the 24-70mm would require constant lens changes. Combined with the 70-200mm lens, it is not nearly as travel friendly as the budget option above.

I would recommend the Canon 580EX II, even though Canon has a new one called 600EX-RT. If you wait patiently enough, you can find a 580EX II used for about $200-$250 on craigslist or about $250-$300 on Ebay. I just saw a website selling the 600EX-RT for $435, so if you have a bit more cash, I say buy the 600EX-RT. The main difference between the two is the remote trigger option. The 580EX II requires line of sight to control other flashes. I listed most of the differences in my previous post about Speedlite flashes [link above].

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