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First Prime Lens for the 7d

 
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Jan 08, 2011 00:10 |  #1

Hi,
I just received my 7d and have the itch for a new lens. I'm looking at buying my first prime. I was very set at first on the 50mm 1.4, but then started reading and results are a mixed bag for reliability for the price. I know this is also an issue with the Nifty Fifty, but at least its very affordable so it isn't as big a deal to me if it breaks at some point. I would be upset however spending 300+ on the 1.4 and it doesn't last.

Finally, I've started to see a lot of great reviews for the Sigma 30mm. However, again..it seems like all these lens's have an issue and it seems common place for folks to go through multiple copies of this lens before obtaining a sharp copy that is able to focus accurately. Overall, I'm looking for the best lens to produce great shots that will last. I'm nowhere near pro level, but would like a lens that is able to focus indoors. I have a Tamron 17-50 so I"m very used to slow AF and hunting in low light conditions.

Thanks for any advice!


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Jan 08, 2011 00:13 |  #2

BTW, I have experimented around the house and mainly use the long end of my 17-50. I don't foresee an issue being stuck with a crop 50mm.


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Jan 08, 2011 00:15 |  #3

One method would be to first, use your zooms to figure out what focal length that you want for the kind of pictures that you want to take, then choose one of Canon's primes that matches close to what you want in the price range that you can afford. If you really want a 50, Canon has made six 50mm EF prime lenses, the TS-E 45mm f/2.8, and the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM.


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Jan 08, 2011 00:55 |  #4

I have the 50 1.8, too long to use practically indoors with a crop. I bought the Sigma 30mm. It needed some MA, but that's why I bought a camera that supports it...I fixed it without the need to send the lens in. It's an awesome lens, and adds flexibilty to my shooting I didn't have with the 50mm.

Outdoors/sports, you'll likley find the 85 1.8 or 100 f/2 a nice lens for the 7D.

If in doubt, see if you can rent a lens, or just buy the nifty fifty. Pick it up used, test it on your camera for a couple of weeks, and if you don't like it, sell it for what you paid for it. Depending on the size of the rooms you're shooting in, perhaps the 50mm would work well for you. For me it doesn't.

The other thing to think about, if you're looking for more than one prime in your bag down the road, you want to have some amount of spread in them, unless you're OK with having a buttload of lenses. 30-85-135? 24-50-85? Lots of options out there.


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Jan 08, 2011 01:08 |  #5

The Sigma 30 is a good choice. You may have to work for a good copy, but its worth it. I don't find 50mm too long to use indoors with a crop at all. It all depends on the size of the room though. Renting isn't a bad idea. Figure out focal length, and then you can narrow down the choices.


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Jan 08, 2011 01:39 |  #6

Whether you find a 50 too long depends on what you are photographing indoors. For still life settings or cat photos, a 50 works great.


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Jan 08, 2011 01:45 |  #7

I love my 50 1.4 works well it just hunts a lil sometimes in low light but thats normal. Check out the 50 1.4 thread it will help you make up your mind fast.


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Jan 08, 2011 02:02 |  #8

I hate 50mm on a crop, but hey everyone is different.

The Sigma F/1.4 is highly praised, it and the 30mm are probably the lenses to look at.

Don't discount the idea of a flash. You can bounce it indoors for a nice boost in lighting, but the AF assist that it provides is fantastic (you can even set it to only operate as AF assist).




  
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Jan 08, 2011 02:51 |  #9

sigma 30mm f/1.4 :) You won't be disappointed... Mine didn't need MA, I need to do MA on my canon 50 1.4 though :(


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Jan 08, 2011 02:59 as a reply to  @ sd850is's post |  #10

The 50mm 1.4 was my first prime. Since picked up a 85mm 1.8 and 28mm 1.8. I'm digging the 28mm 1.8 on my 7D.


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Jan 08, 2011 05:06 as a reply to  @ By-tor's post |  #11

I've had a 350D,1D Classic, 1D MII and now the 7D and the 'nifty-fifty" has shined on all of them. There isn't a lens I've had that could hit perfect focus 100% of the time. But the strength's of an inexpensive introductory ($100) and fast (f/1.8) lens far outweigh the disadvantages.
I would advise picking one up and try for yourself. Combined with the 7D you'll really get some nice keepers.:)


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Jan 08, 2011 08:01 |  #12

I like my 35f2. It is sharp wide open and critically sharp stopped down to f2.2. I use it at f2 for low lighting.
I considered the 50f1.4 and got a Sigma 50 macro because of concerns about the fragile AF.
You may also want to consider the Canon 28f1.8. I got the 35f2 because the reviews suggested it was somewhat sharper than the competition.
I am happy with mine. If I had the money for gear, and didn't mind the weight, I'd be happy with the 35f1.4.
My T2i doesn't microadjust, and that made me avoid the Sigma 30.




  
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Jan 08, 2011 08:13 |  #13

Indoors: Canon 28mm 1.8.
Outdoors: Canon 85mm 1.8.

I have had the Canon 50mm 1.8, but gave it to my sister (so she can learn) as I was not using it.




  
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Jan 08, 2011 08:33 |  #14

tech.geek.girl wrote in post #11597719 (external link)
Indoors: Canon 28mm 1.8.
Outdoors: Canon 85mm 1.8.

I have had the Canon 50mm 1.8, but gave it to my sister (so she can learn) as I was not using it.

I agree. If you are concerned about getting a Sigma lens that does not focus properly, the Canon 28mm is a nice alternative, and it's full frame compatible. The 85mm f/1.8 is a great value, and works well for indoor sports as well as outdoor activities.

I also own the 50mm f/1.8, but rarely use it. The focal length is a little long for indoor people shots, and the auto focus is very poor. I would consider upgrading to a better 50mm lens, but just do not have the need with the 28mm and 85mm at hand.


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Jan 08, 2011 08:57 |  #15

Sigma 30mm gets my vote - I've owned a lot of lenses and the Sigma 30mm is about the best it gets for a crop - VERY similar to the 35L.


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