Hey everyone. Before we get into this let me give you some background info. I have been shooting for 3 months and I have a few extra bux laying around. I have up to $1,000 but would rather not spend it all or spend it all but get two lenses. I have a 60D so this will be on a crop body.
My Flikr is in my sig if seeing my shooting style would help. I have done some research and have see the question most ask is "What do you dislike about your current lense?" Here is my answer of what I dislike about my kit 18-135:
1. Lack of sharpness
2. Lack of performance in low-light
For these two reason I have decided it is time for a fast prime. I am mainly looking at the 30mm, 50mm and 85mm focal lengths. What I want is the biggest bang for my buck. I am not a professional (still a hobbyist at this point) so I don't need L lenses per se. My main concern is sharpness, followed close by the low-light situations as winter is approach and I work a lot so daylight shoots won't happen much.
Which focal length?
Factors: I like street photography as well as landscapes. Ideally if I shoot people I don't want to have to get super close (i.e. "urban candids" from a small distance is want I want) For that reason I lean toward the 85mm. However this may be too long on a crop so maybe a 50 or even a 35 would be ok for this.
How much difference is there between 1.2/1.4/1.8/2 etc.?
Factors: I want sharp and good low-light performance. At this point I am happy buying 3rd party/cheaper lenses as it is a good way for me to expand into areas to see what I like. If I decide I really like a certain focal length I can invest in higher quality glass later.