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Just Bought a 20mm f2.8..Regrets?

 
iamjonwong
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May 17, 2011 20:57 |  #1

So my 20mm f2.8 just came in the mail. I have a Canon 50D and I might be having some regrets as to the purchase of this lens. My concern is that, was this lens a smart purchase considering the lenses i do have? My list of lenses includes:

50mm f/1.8
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (kit lens)
28-135mm USM f/3.5-5.6
75-300mm f/4.0-5.6

and now a 20mm f2.8.

Would this lens overlap the lenses I do have and was it a smart purchase. I received this lens as a gift and if i decide to add maybe around 200 dollars I could afford a lens for a budget of around $750. I want a good nice prime lens with a wide range of focal length. Would an L series lens cost WAY more than this?


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May 17, 2011 20:59 |  #2

i don't think it's necessarily a bad choice because you have a wide angle prime and a mid tele prime. unless you needed the wide angle over the slower aperture, i would've gone with a 28 1.8 or a 30 1.4 though.


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May 17, 2011 21:16 as a reply to  @ nikesupremedunk's post |  #3

I don't think it was a good purchase for you considering the price. You only gain 2/3 a stop from the 18-55 is.

Have you considered selling your 50d and purchasing a 5d + 35mm f2 (or 28mm 1.8)?

Sell the 50d for 650$ sell the 18-55mm is for 100$ return the 20mm for 500$

That leaves you with 1250$

You can get a 5d + 35mm f2 for that amount. Or add a couple hundred dollars and get a 28mm 1.8. Your 28-135mm would replace the need for the 18-55mm


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May 17, 2011 21:32 |  #4

Hmmm..Thanks for the feedback and advice guys! I'll have to think about this. I am somewhat a newbie when it comes to knowledge of gear and all that. I still need to get the hang of this! Any other suggestions welcome!


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May 17, 2011 21:58 |  #5

First, I have and use the 20/2.8 a lot. It's an excellent lens and I like it on both full frame and crop sensor cameras....

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Harbor at Morro Bay. Canon EF 20mm f2.8 lens at f5.6, with B+W Kaesemann C-Pol. EOS 50D camera at ISO 200, 1/400 shutter speed. Handheld.

Internet resolutions don't do the above image justice. There is far more detail than you can see in a reasonable size at 100ppi. When I was printing this image I thought at first I'd shot it with my 5DII... Was a little surprised to see it was shot with one of my 50Ds. That's thanks to the quality of the 20mm lens.

But, it does closely duplicate the focal length of your 18-55mm kit lens. I bet the 20mm is better corrected and I know it's a much better built lens, though.

If you want to expand your focal lengths, I'd suggest you consider an ultra wide zoom such as the Tokina 12-24, which would cost about the same as the 20mm. It's a very good lens and "L-like" in build. The Canon 10-22 is another excellent ultra wide, perhaps a little more flare resistant than the Tokina, but costs about $300 more than the Tokina or the 20mm.

Another tack you could take, if you wanted to start shooting with a prime instead of zooms, you might consider a 50/1.4. This Canon would cost about $100 less than the 20mm and makes for an excellent portrait lens on a crop sensor camera like your 50D. There is also a Sigma 50/1.4, which a lot of people like but it is more expensive than the Canon. A somewhat wider option would be the Canon 28/1.8 or Sigma 30/1.4. These two are close to a "normal" lens on a crop sensor camera.... A normal lens approximates the angle of view of the human eye. A longer lens for tighter portraits, perhaps more candid, would be the Canon 85/1.8. It costs about the same as the 20mm, last time I looked. Note that all these lenses enjoy larger max apertures, and will be better at throwing the background out of focus and/or usable in lower light than the 20/2.8 or the zooms you already have.

I prefer primes, but I also keep a set of zooms for times when they're necessary. This doesn't mean you have to like shooting with primes, though. A lot of folks only use zooms, which are fine for many purposes.

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May 17, 2011 22:26 |  #6

I like using both prime and zooms since it gives me more options. I'll consider the 12-24 and that shot is nice!


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May 18, 2011 09:16 as a reply to  @ iamjonwong's post |  #7

You can never have enough lenses ;)


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May 18, 2011 09:35 |  #8

Given that you already have a solid lineup of lenses, it definitely makes sense to upgrade to FF if you are looking to spend money on something. It makes a huge difference, probably more than any one lens will at this point for you.


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May 18, 2011 10:34 |  #9

jonaatewong wrote in post #12430002 (external link)
So my 20mm f2.8 just came in the mail. I have a Canon 50D and I might be having some regrets as to the purchase of this lens. My concern is that, was this lens a smart purchase considering the lenses i do have? My list of lenses includes:

50mm f/1.8
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
28-135mm f/3.5-5.6
75-300mm f/4.0-5.6

and now a 20mm f2.8.

Would this lens overlap the lenses I do have and was it a smart purchase. I received this lens as a gift and if i decide to add maybe around 200 dollars I could afford a lens for a budget of around $750. I want a good nice prime lens with a wide range of focal length. Would an L series lens cost WAY more than this?

You do know that a "prime lens" is a fixed focal length? I ask because you finish by stating that you "want a good nice prime lens with a wide range of focal length."? You have a pretty wide range of focal lengths in your present collection, what are you really looking to domwith a new lens?


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May 18, 2011 11:13 |  #10

+1 ralff I was wondering the same thing?

I probably would have gone with the 28mm f/1.8 or the Sigma 30 f1.4


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May 19, 2011 15:27 |  #11

Hm I think i'll return the 20mm and go for another lens that I can gain more from for the price of the 20mm which was around $550. Any other suggestions as to which lens makes more sense to purchase rather than the 20mm considering which lenses I already do have?


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May 19, 2011 16:32 |  #12

My suggestion would be get rid of the 20mm, 18-55mm and 28-135mm and buy an excellent walkaround like the 17-55mm. That way you have f2.8 at 20mm, plus an awesome lens. I had the 20mm at one stage but got rid of it as once I got the 17-55mm I never had a use for it.

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So my 20mm f2.8 just came in the mail. I have a Canon 50D and I might be having some regrets as to the purchase of this lens. My concern is that, was this lens a smart purchase considering the lenses i do have? My list of lenses includes:

50mm f/1.8
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (kit lens)
28-135mm USM f/3.5-5.6
75-300mm f/4.0-5.6

and now a 20mm f2.8.

Would this lens overlap the lenses I do have and was it a smart purchase. I received this lens as a gift and if i decide to add maybe around 200 dollars I could afford a lens for a budget of around $750. I want a good nice prime lens with a wide range of focal length. Would an L series lens cost WAY more than this?


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May 19, 2011 16:48 |  #13

if i were you, i would get rid of all the lenses (maybe keeping the 50 1.8), then buy a 16-35 f2.8 ii or 17-55mm f2.8. Then, save up the money for maybe a 70-200 f/2.8 (either IS or non IS) later.


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May 19, 2011 16:48 |  #14

The 17-55 is way out of my price range. I don't know what to do!


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May 19, 2011 17:05 |  #15

Before you go out and buy another lens, I would really think about what you "need" vs "want".

What type of photography do you shoot primarily? This is how I would build my collection.

If it's portraits, then maybe an 85 f/1.8. If you are into landscape photography, then something wider like a 30 f/1.4. Both are great lenses, but with different applications.

You have a 50D and a Rebel XT. I would package up the Rebel XT and the 18-55 and sell them; unless you need 2 bodies. Invest the cash into a new prime or two.


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