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mek501st
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Aug 18, 2011 10:44 |  #1

Hey,

I currently have the 18-55 Kit lens, 17-55 tamron non VC and the 70-200 F4L. I am looking to spend not more than 700 dollars for my next lens. I am looking for a fast sharp lens that would do great for street photography as well as portraits with famous tourist destinations as backgrounds.

Would something as easy as a nifty fifty will do? Please keep in mind i have a crop sensor camera (T2i/550D).Im looking forward to your suggestions!!

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Aug 18, 2011 10:47 |  #2

Prime will be your answer~!

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 will be the one. I normally will suggest a 50mm, but since you are on a crop camera and you mentioned you would like to take portraits with background to tell a bit more story. The 30mm on a crop is wider and should suit your needs~!


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Aug 18, 2011 10:58 |  #3

Well, the Tamron you already have would be a decent choice for your needs, but if you are looking for something faster, I agree with the Sigma 30/1.4 recommendation.




  
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Aug 18, 2011 11:08 as a reply to  @ bpark42's post |  #4

Thank you for the suggestions!!! Keep them coming :)


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Aug 18, 2011 11:18 |  #5

Canon 17-40mm. Fantastic lens for portraits, landscapes, PJ, and in your case street photography. It costs $150 more but it is worth the investment.




  
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Aug 18, 2011 11:25 |  #6

HSCanon1d wrote in post #12957569 (external link)
Canon 17-40mm. Fantastic lens for portraits, landscapes, PJ, and in your case street photography. It costs $150 more but it is worth the investment.

I would not take the 17-40L over the Tamron 17-50 non-VC on a crop cam. You pay a lot more, lose a stop, lose some range, and arguably don't really gain anything in IQ.




  
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Aug 18, 2011 11:45 as a reply to  @ bpark42's post |  #7

If you go the prime route and are doing street photography (that I'm assuming would include people) you may want to go with something a little longer like a 50mm or 85mm so you don't have to be so close to people to take a candid shot. With a 30mm or 35mm lens you will have to be fairly close and some people may react adversely to that. If your street photography is street scenes without shots of people I would go really wide, something like the Tokina 11-16 or new Sigma 8-16. There is also the Canon 10-22 but it's a little more than your budget. You can always take one of your current zooms and go out and restrict yourself to a certain focal length to see which one(s) work best for your style of shooting.


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Aug 18, 2011 12:15 |  #8

I have nearly the same question but I shoot events, concerts, conferences, sports (indoor cheerleading), landscapes, candids, award ceremonies and lots of group photos. So I really do appreciate having a lens that can handle lower light conditions as needed.

What I currently own, 70-200MM 2.8 OS Sigma (non Macro), 17-55 MM 2.8 Canon, Sigma 8-16MM Ultra Wide, and Canon 28-135MM kit lens. Obviously using the kit lens less and less now that I own the Canon 17-55MM. and 1.4 extender on a 7D.

Here is a few on my radar:

30MM Sigma 1.4 or 28MM Canon 1.8
10MM Sigma 2.8 Fisheye
135MM Canon f/2
Sigma 150-500MM (for outdoor widlife)

I plan on spending 2 to 3k on lenses in the next 6 months. With the addition of a few more lenses I'll likely permanently retire the 28-135MM but I must say its been a great versatile lens. Very happy now with the 17-55 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8 so a 24-105 f/4 would be both overlapping and also a loss of an f/stop. I appreciate being able to shoot in lower lighting conditions.

Any suggestions here? Happy with Sigma and Canon quality. I have no first hand experience with Tokina.


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Aug 18, 2011 23:17 as a reply to  @ BaghdadFred's post |  #9

I think the 85mm would be too long for me as I find it hard to get shots with my 70-200 even at 70mm. So im now leaning towards the 30mm sigma


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