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What lens for an every day walking around lens?

 
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Mar 11, 2012 09:12 |  #1

I am fixing to pull the trigger & order the 60D & the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens; however, I figure that I will need an everyday type of lens. I can only afford one more lens right now. Would you recommend the 50mm, 18-55mm, or something totally different. I will only be shooting my own kids & their activities.




  
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Mar 11, 2012 09:20 |  #2

I love my 24-105 f/4L. I'm currently looking at the 100-400 to get some reach. I did a lot of reading before picking the 24-105, but about 2/3 rd's put it in their top 2 walk around or go to lens.


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Mar 11, 2012 09:27 |  #3

Really depends....Do you have a speedlite?

A lens that can do 35mm would be good for tight indoor shots. I second the 24-105 or 24-70 for that reason if you want the versatility of a zoom. The 17-55 or 17-40 might be too wide for what you want and a lot of the lens' range would be a waste. A prime might be better though if you are not going to supplement the lighting with a flash. The 35mm f/1.4 is really good. You could be sitting across a table and get a nice head shot. Would you want something wider than that? Keep in mind the big nose effect when you star shooting with wider lenses at close proximity. I find a 50mm to be too narrow for indoor work. You need more distance.


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Mar 11, 2012 09:32 as a reply to  @ AbPho's post |  #4

On a crop body the Canon 17-55 or 15-85
On FF Canon 24-105 or 24-70


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Mar 11, 2012 10:04 |  #5

I do not have a flash yet. Just getting started & hoping to learn.




  
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Mar 11, 2012 10:05 as a reply to  @ Superdaantje's post |  #6

on that body, if I were to have only two bodies, I would want something that goes wider than 24mm. There are some very different ways to go:


  1. Limited range, fixed aperture, fairly fast (f/2.8). Lots of options in the 17-50 range, or thereabouts, including lenses from Canon, Tamron, and Sigma. A very well regarded inexpensive lens is the Tamron 17-50 non-VC. Search posts here, and you will find lots of comparisons.
  2. Longer range, not fixed aperture, slower. The winner here, in my opinion, is the Canon 15-85, but it is fairly pricey.
If you are going to be indoors, the latter is quite slow. (I own it, and I love it for outdoors work).


One hard part of this choice is that while 17-50 is good for tight indoor shots and is nice for wide-angle outdoors, it does not include the classic portrait lengths. I use the 15-85 outdoors but do most of my flash shots of people with a Tamron 28-75 / 2.8. For candids, I think the best indoor setup is often a lens in that range with bounced flash and a bounce card, like a Demb Flip-It.

This is not what you posted about, but an unsolicited suggestion: do you really need 2.8 on your 70-200? It roughly doubles both the price and the weight. It is also a hugely expensive lens for someone starting out. If you don't really need that extra stop, the f/4 IS is a wonderful lens.

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Mar 11, 2012 10:06 |  #7

elovell wrote in post #14066320 (external link)
I am fixing to pull the trigger & order the 60D & the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens; however, I figure that I will need an everyday type of lens. I can only afford one more lens right now. Would you recommend the 50mm, 18-55mm, or something totally different. I will only be shooting my own kids & their activities.

get the 50mm 1.8 and a "walk around" - Sigma 17-50 2.8, Tamron 17-50 2.8, etc. or the 18-55IS if it comes with the camera (the 18-55IS is actually pretty sharp)




  
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Mar 11, 2012 10:08 |  #8

Canon 15-85 has a good workable range for a crop camera, the only drawback is speed, but if you go for say a 17-55 f2.8 you miss the wide angle and longer range, so choose whichever is more important to you. I find my 15-85 to be an excellent match for my 7D, and it has cracking IQ


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Mar 11, 2012 10:19 |  #9

elovell wrote in post #14066320 (external link)
I am fixing to pull the trigger & order the 60D & the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens; however, I figure that I will need an everyday type of lens. I can only afford one more lens right now. Would you recommend the 50mm, 18-55mm, or something totally different. I will only be shooting my own kids & their activities.

The 50mm being a normal lens on full frame makes a pretty good portrait lens on the 60D. Since it's a prime, it's also smaller and sharper than the kit zoom. When shooting kids, you'll likely find the 70-200 much better due to the longer zoom and faster focusing.


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Mar 11, 2012 10:31 |  #10

My kids play alot of sports is my reasoning for the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. One of my son even car races. I plan to add more equipment eventually, but can only spend so much right now.




  
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Mar 11, 2012 10:36 |  #11

I would say 50mm is just too close to 70mm.


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Mar 11, 2012 10:37 |  #12

Nifty fifty is not a good choice for a "walk around".. 17-55 would be great, I had the Tamron 28-75 as my first add - on lens and I loved it. Can be found reasonably priced too !


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Mar 11, 2012 11:13 |  #13

I'll recommend fast zoom in 17-55 range. If fast prime - 30 1.4. 50 mm is useless as walkaround lens on 1.6 crop cameras, IMO.


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Mar 11, 2012 11:17 |  #14

So you can only spend up to $300? There are a lot here who recommend the Tamron 28-75, the Tammy. It's a nice lens for the money. The 18-55 IS is not bad, either. But remember, is part the gear, and part skill. Learn how to use the camera & lenses and you are much better off.


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