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Drop walk-around zoom for extra prime?

 
saylae
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Feb 21, 2011 12:22 |  #1

I currently have a 7d with sigma 30mm and sigma 17-50 OS.

As of late I've been considering losing the zoom and picking up the sigma 85 1.4

I do a good bit of portraits and casual video (fun music videos and shorts)

I understand I'll be losing a good bit of flexibility if I were to drop the zoom but another 1.4 lens sounds delicious :P




  
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Feb 21, 2011 12:47 |  #2

Save up some money.


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Feb 21, 2011 13:03 |  #3

A couple years ago I had to sell my walk-around zoom in favour of a prime I needed for work - on the basis that the work paid, my walking around didn't, and I couldn't afford both. I don't regret that decision - it made sense then and it makes sense now - and have some great pictures from the prime years but, I've just been able to upgrade both my primes to a better zoom, and it's been a revelation ... if you're just hankering, I'd wait until you have the money because you don't know if you'll otherwise end up hankering for the zoom back.


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Feb 21, 2011 13:09 |  #4

I don't regret it. In fact, you should get the whole set!

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Feb 21, 2011 13:17 |  #5

"glue" your zoom at 50mm for 1000 shots(or rent a prime). if you could live with it, sell the zoom. otherwise, start saving for a prime.




  
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Feb 21, 2011 13:53 |  #6

How often do you use the zoom even though you have the 30mm prime? Once I got the 24L, I never seemed to use my 17-55 any more. That made my mind up that it was indeed time to sell the zoom and fund a different lens. If you use the zoom a lot even though you have the 30mm, I would hold on to it. If not, sell it and get the 85mm.




  
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Feb 21, 2011 14:55 |  #7

Why would shoot 1000 shots at 50mm?

I do shoot quite a bit more with my 30 than my zoom. I purchased the zoom simply as a walk-around/general lens.

Can anyone direct me to a good place to rent lenses? (Assuming they are online based)




  
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Feb 21, 2011 15:03 |  #8

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Feb 21, 2011 16:04 |  #9

I think it depends on how much you feel you use the 17-50 now vs. how much you want more reach and the ability to do nice portraits. If you're not using the 17-50 much anyways, then go for the 85.

I would have a hard time giving up my 17-50. But I also could not live with 50mm being my longest focal length.


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Feb 21, 2011 16:26 |  #10
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You stated that video is one of your primary intended uses of the camera. Primes for video do not make a slightest sence and make double no sence for music videos. Just my 2 c.




  
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Feb 21, 2011 16:36 |  #11

Another option for you right now would be getting the 85 1.8 which is a very splendid lens [I would say the most bang for buck in Canon] and the Tamron 17-50 non-VC. In total they cost around 650 and you have around $150 leftover for a flash. And plus, if you like the 85 fl on a crop then you can save up some more money to buy the 85 sigma! :D


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Feb 21, 2011 16:38 as a reply to  @ thegoods87's post |  #12

+1 ^ above. The Canon 85mm f1.8 USM is a great prime lens for the $, Under $400.00.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_f_1_8_USM_Auto​focus.html (external link)




  
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Feb 21, 2011 17:11 |  #13

The tamron 17-50 imo is a lot better than the sigma 17-50. It's actually a quite popular walkaround lens nowadays too!

You can find a 85 1.8 for around $330 on fredmiranda :D


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Feb 21, 2011 18:03 |  #14

I don't understand why you disagree with having faster lenses for video, Refresh Image.

Ive decided to rent an 85mm and see how I like it.

And most of you are correct. I realize that I need to keep the zoom and just save money :P

I'm a sucker for instant gratification haha




  
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Feb 21, 2011 18:30 |  #15

haha good choice! For me, I just really don't like renting lenses lol. I would rather just buy it and then return it if I don't like it. That's just me though.


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