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Mar 29, 2011 04:26 |  #1

For my b-day I wanted to get a nifty fifty. I have a 1.6 crop body so the lens would be 80mm. I already have a 70-200mm 4L but I want a wide angle fast lens. Should I pass on the nifty fifty and stick with the 18-55 kit lens?


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Mar 29, 2011 04:30 |  #2

whats the purpose of getting the nifty fifty? landscape? indoors portraits? budget?
wide angle can be had with a 24mm prime.


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Mar 29, 2011 06:01 |  #3

I'm wanting a 2.8 or below, wide angle for all around. Night, indoor, landscape, etc. I like the looks of the efs 60mm but $400 is too bookoo right now.


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Mar 29, 2011 07:13 |  #4

I wouldn't bother. It has poor focusing in low light and is soft till f2.


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Mar 29, 2011 07:22 |  #5

i'd stick with the kit lens for now and save for a 10-22 or 16-35 then...


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Mar 29, 2011 07:33 |  #6

TomCross13 wrote in post #12115016 (external link)
I'm wanting a 2.8 or below, wide angle for all around. Night, indoor, landscape, etc. I like the looks of the efs 60mm but $400 is too bookoo right now.

Sounds like the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 might be a good fit for you. Go try it out at a store to see how it works on your own camera. I didn't think I'd use it much considering my other lenses but I ended up using it for more than 90% of my photos during two full years.

And yes, I still use it much, I take around 50% of my photos with the 30mm.




  
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Mar 29, 2011 07:35 |  #7

I like my nifty fifty. Admittedly, I don't use it as much as some other lenses due to my kind of shooting. Plus I think that It is a little too long for indoor, but it does a really good job for a $100 lens. It will definitely let you do things with DOF that the kit lens won't do. Although I think the kit lens is a decent lens, the best kit lens shots are not as sharp as my good shots with the nifty fifty.

It definitely isn't an L lens, but it is probably the best bang for the buck canon offers.


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Mar 29, 2011 07:49 |  #8

TomCross13 wrote in post #12114823 (external link)
For my b-day I wanted to get a nifty fifty. I have a 1.6 crop body so the lens would be 80mm. I already have a 70-200mm 4L but I want a wide angle fast lens. Should I pass on the nifty fifty and stick with the 18-55 kit lens?

The nifty fifty is not a wide angle lens but it is fast and sharp. If your b-day money is $100 get it --- but if you have more money coming in, the Sigma 30mm 1.4 is wider and faster




  
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Mar 29, 2011 07:57 as a reply to  @ watt100's post |  #9

I certainly think you will find a use for a fast prime lens to compliment your good range of focal lengths. Take a look at the shots you have taken with the 18-55 that would look better with a narrower depth of field, then look at what focal length they were taken at. That will tell you whether to get a Canon 28 f1.8, Sigma 30 f1.4 or one of the 50mm options (Canon f1.8 or f1.4, Sigma etc).


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Mar 29, 2011 08:19 |  #10

FWIW, you mention the 50mm being 80mm, and then you talk about the 70-200. Note that there isn't any overlap with field of view - the 70-200 would be equivalent to 112-320mm.


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Mar 29, 2011 14:03 |  #11

Cokeman wrote in post #12115483 (external link)
FWIW, you mention the 50mm being 80mm, and then you talk about the 70-200. Note that there isn't any overlap with field of view - the 70-200 would be equivalent to 112-320mm.

yep, i feel like im getting hosed.


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Mar 29, 2011 14:04 |  #12

I checked out the sigma, $400 is too much. I'd buy a ef-s 60mm if I was to spend that much. I may just get the 50mm for $100 and see what I can do with it, afterall it's a $100 lens. Thanks everyone!


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Mar 29, 2011 14:37 |  #13

if some one else is buying then 50 1.4? 30 1.4? 85 1.8?


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