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If you just came into (an extra) $500 , on which lens would you spend it? Why?

 
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Mar 09, 2012 17:32 |  #1

Assuming you had the following equipment already:

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EF-S 18-55mm/3.5-5.6 IS Kit
EF 50mm/1.8 II
Tokina 11-16mm/2.8
EF 70-300mm/4.5-5.6 DO IS

I'm mostly interested in what you would do in that situation and why you would justify the lens you chose (which is why I didn't frame it as "which lens should I buy", even though I very well may use this thread for that purpose!).


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Mar 09, 2012 17:33 |  #2

Invest in a tripod and/or a flash.


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Mar 09, 2012 18:02 |  #3

Canon 85 f/1.8 for portraits. YN560 speedlight.


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Mar 09, 2012 18:32 |  #4

cjp87 wrote in post #14058457 (external link)
Assuming you had the following equipment already:

T2i

EF-S 18-55mm/3.5-5.6 IS Kit
EF 50mm/1.8 II
Tokina 11-16mm/2.8
EF 70-300mm/4.5-5.6 DO IS

I'm mostly interested in what you would do in that situation and why you would justify the lens you chose (which is why I didn't frame it as "which lens should I buy", even though I very well may use this thread for that purpose!).

I would sell all four lenses, add the $500 and get one 85 1.2L. My justification would be something along the lines of "mmmh, I have four lenses here; I must love lenses then; I should starting building my long term collection; I might as well start with the legendary portrait lens". I think it's one of those lenses that really opens a new world of what's possible when you own it - and, probably most importantly, has the most lethal dose of the L bug bite!


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Mar 09, 2012 18:36 |  #5

Thorrulz wrote in post #14058605 (external link)
Canon 85 f/1.8 for portraits. YN560 speedlight.

YN565 because it has ETTL.

should still be able to get a used 85.



  
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Mar 09, 2012 18:51 as a reply to  @ Wile_E's post |  #6

With a crop body too, I skipped the kit lens and started with a 50mm 1.4, added a 10-22mm, and end up selling both for a 17-55mm.

The 50mm 1.4 was too narrow for crop for everyday use. The 10-22mm barely got use because it was situational. The 17-55mm was great. Only complaint was the build and wanted something sharper and better bokeh.

Sold everything again, and got a 35L.

Personally, I would rather have one great lens, one great flash, and one body, before I add anymore lens.

So my personal advice: keep the Tokina 11-16, sell everything else, pick up a Sigma 30mm or 35L if you can afford, and get a flash.

You need to find those lens that cannot be replaced, which forces you to save and add more lens like it :)

My next will be Tokina 11-16 or 70-200.

my 2 cent.

PS. I got a random $500 bonus from work, sold the 17-55mm for $840 + 500 and got a 35L.


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Mar 09, 2012 18:51 as a reply to  @ Wile_E's post |  #7

I would sell the 18-55 and get a Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS. Then I would sell the 70-300 DO and get a used 70-200/4 IS.


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Mar 09, 2012 18:54 |  #8

Canon 85 f/1.8

Have a look in the sample archive.


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Mar 09, 2012 18:55 |  #9

I would add a 200mm 2.8L. The DO is unique for its compact size, but you could stand to have a nice sharp prime telephoto option. Should be able to get a used MKI (has a built in hood similar to 300 and 400) or even II version of the lens.


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Mar 09, 2012 18:56 |  #10

whichever Canon 70-200 and tamron 17-50 non VC culling everything minus Tokina. 85/1.8 is a good plan.


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Mar 09, 2012 18:57 |  #11

i'd sell the 70-300DO before doing anything else...maybe go for a 70-200f4IS with that money....and then pick up a flash, and a sigma 30mm...


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Mar 09, 2012 19:22 |  #12

As others stated, 85 1.8. Have used it plenty on a crop and it remains one of my favorite lenses.


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Mar 09, 2012 21:25 as a reply to  @ ImCBParker's post |  #13

I don't disagree with the consesus here. The 85 1.8 is a great affordable lens. I also like the idea of a flash plus other non-lens spend.

But, I'd say you might consider a 100mm 2.8 USM Macro. It's a really fun lens. While it can work as a 2.8 portrait, the close up capability is what's very cool. Especially with summer coming up (lots of small living things...insects, flowers, etc.).




  
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Mar 09, 2012 22:34 |  #14

External flash- 430 EXII or better - or some other variant- as long as it has E-TTL and HSS..


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Mar 09, 2012 22:35 |  #15
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I would sell -

EF-S 18-55mm/3.5-5.6 IS Kit
EF 50mm/1.8 II

and buy Tamron 17-50 non-vc + sigma 30 or 85 1.8 depending on your application.


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