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Old 28th of June 2010 (Mon)   #1
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I am on the fence about what to buy next. I keep thinking I am eventually going to be going to full frame, but am shooting a 40d right now. Currently I have a 24-105L and a 50mm F1.8.

I am thinking of buying a 17-55 F2.8, an 85mm, or the 50mm F1.4. Any advice? This will be for mostly outdoor shooting (park settings,etc).
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Old 28th of June 2010 (Mon)   #2
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You might get some more input in the Lens Forum.

But here's my advice, take your 24-105 out and determine which is your favorite focal length and go from there.
That said, you already have a 50mm f/1.8. I personally have the 85mm f/1.8 and love it! I think it would be a nice addition to your current gear lineup.
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Well, I love the 24-105, mine was calibrated and is so sharp some of the pictures don't even look real. The problem is, to blur the background, I have to be at +85mm, and quite a distance away from the subject. The bokeh of this lens isn't the best either. And then I am so far away, the on camera fill flash (on sunny days) isn't effective.
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I see. Well I would get an 85mm f/1.8. It's a superb lens. You already have 50mm covered (twice, actually), unless you really want a good quality 50mm. In that case, I'd recommend a Sigma 50mm f/1.4. It is light years ahead of the Canon 50mm f/1.4.
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Old 28th of June 2010 (Mon)   #5
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for portraits u want something in the 85+ focal length. the most highly touted ones are the 85L and the 135L which both produce unreal bokeh. 70-200 zooms are used very much as well.
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scroller, I agree, but on a FF camera. My 40D is 1.6x so ~50mm is more appropriate I think.

Why makes the sigma 50 better than the cannon?
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since you're plan to switch to full frame down the road, you should remove the 17-55 from consideration unless you want to deal with the hassle of selling the lens again once you switch to full frame.

the 85mm f/1.8 is an excellent portrait lens for both crop and FF cameras. some will argue that it's a bit too long for indoor portraits and would only be applicable for headshots, but it all depends on how much space you can work with. you have a 50mm f/1.8 if you need a wider angle.

a lot of people prefer the sigma 50 than the canon because of the background blur that the sigma produces. if you check out the lens sample pics forum on this website, you can see for yourself and make the decision based from that. however, there are also reports that the sigma 50mm is a hit-or-miss when it comes to focusing; a number of people have had to send their lens back to sigma for calibration because of poor focus.
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Old 4th of July 2010 (Sun)   #8
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I agree with the 85 recommendation. I too shoot with a 40D and purchased a 135 last year. FAR and away the most beautiful bokeh that I've ever seen. I thought that I could live with the focal range on my crop body, but it was just too much. I went back and got the 70-200 f2.8 which gets the job done, but I will own a 135 as soon as I switch to FF.
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