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belias1989
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Jun 23, 2012 10:17 |  #1

Hi, I have a 600D and I recently bought a Sigma 50mm 1.4 to have a nice low light lens and I also have the 18-55 to go with my camera. Question is, Which of the two would be nice to compliment my shooting style. I want the 17-55 because of the low light and considering selling the kit lens if I already have the fund. Most of my activities involves only personal gatherings and office occasions not really the need for the longer end but if I can be convinced of it, why not! :)




  
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Jun 23, 2012 10:29 |  #2

In your case, you'll be better off with the 17-55. IMO the 70-200 is a bit too narrow on the crop body for what you're shooting, unless you're shooting action outdoors. The 17-55 will be a huge improvement over the kit.


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Jun 23, 2012 10:45 |  #3

I second 3Rotor's advice. Sometimes 2.8 isn't enough, so I'd recommend a flash too.




  
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Jun 23, 2012 10:56 as a reply to  @ cobra671's post |  #4

I agree that the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens is probably the best mid-range zoom on the market for 1.6x crop cameras. Full frame cameras have nothing that will match this lens.

The 70-200mm f/4L IS lens is another great glass.

These two lenses make up my general and travel photography kit. I carry them everywhere and use them on a 40D and a 7D.

I estimate that I shoot about 40% of my imagery with the 70-200mm lens and 60% with my 17-55mm.

The 17-55mm f/2.8 IS with the constant f/2.8 aperture, great IS and fast accurate low light focusing makes a very viable low light lens. In fact, I consider this a better low light glass than my 50mm f/1.8 Mk-I; primarily due to the better low light autofocus capability.

I always recommend that a photographer obtain the very best mid-range zoom possible because most imagery is shot in the mid-range focal lengths. In fact, I would think that I am an anomaly because of the heavy use I make of the 70-200mm lens. I think that the pecentage of imagery shot in the mid range focal lengths is far greater than 60% for most photographers.

I also suggest that any photographer would be wise to include a hotshoe flash (preferably one which is capable of high speed sync) in his or her kit.


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Jun 23, 2012 11:19 |  #5

For the price of a 17-55/2.8, you could get a Sigma 17-50/2.8 + 430ex2 flash + a 55-250.

The standad zoom will be your most used lens over a tele zoom so go that route. However you are really going to want a speedlight and the 55-250 does a pretty decent job on the long end until you save funds up for a 70-200L.


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Jun 24, 2012 01:19 |  #6

FEChariot wrote in post #14620883 (external link)
For the price of a 17-55/2.8, you could get a Sigma 17-50/2.8 + 430ex2 flash + a 55-250.

The standad zoom will be your most used lens over a tele zoom so go that route. However you are really going to want a speedlight and the 55-250 does a pretty decent job on the long end until you save funds up for a 70-200L.

actually I already have trauma on 3rd party lens providers. I have bought my Sigma 50mm 1.4 2nd hand and once I've test it the manual focus won't work and have to send it to Sigma and also calibrate it to match my 600D, very frustrating. There are times that I want to sell my Sigma 50mm 1.4 but I want a lens for low light photography so I decided to keep it. With that, I am convinced that I should only stick to Canon lens on Canon bodies. It will save you from worries and stress.




  
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Jun 24, 2012 01:49 |  #7

belias1989 wrote in post #14623422 (external link)
actually I already have trauma on 3rd party lens providers. I have bought my Sigma 50mm 1.4 2nd hand and once I've test it the manual focus won't work and have to send it to Sigma and also calibrate it to match my 600D, very frustrating. There are times that I want to sell my Sigma 50mm 1.4 but I want a lens for low light photography so I decided to keep it. With that, I am convinced that I should only stick to Canon lens on Canon bodies. It will save you from worries and stress.

There are far less problems with focusing/calibration with Sigma zooms, than their fast primes. ;)


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Jun 24, 2012 02:17 |  #8

belias1989 wrote in post #14623422 (external link)
actually I already have trauma on 3rd party lens providers. I have bought my Sigma 50mm 1.4 2nd hand and once I've test it the manual focus won't work and have to send it to Sigma and also calibrate it to match my 600D, very frustrating. There are times that I want to sell my Sigma 50mm 1.4 but I want a lens for low light photography so I decided to keep it. With that, I am convinced that I should only stick to Canon lens on Canon bodies. It will save you from worries and stress.

The sigma 50 is reputed to have issues with focusing. The 17-50 isn't. I haven't heard of any with focusing issues, and you get the same level of IQ as the canon 17-55 for $400 less. The sigma would be my recommendation. Plus, you say its the manual focus that doesn't work and you bought it second hand. Unless you knew about the problem before buying the lens, what makes you think this is sigma's fault and not the previous owner?

Either way, you said yourself you don't really use longer lenses, so why is the 70-200 even a consideration? If you just want to "try it out", then get a 55-250.


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Jun 24, 2012 02:25 |  #9

Just for me, Canon lens on a canon body just feels right :P. Another question thought, are there bad side if I calibrate the lens and the body with it. Never done any research about that though.




  
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Jun 24, 2012 03:17 |  #10

belias1989 wrote in post #14623539 (external link)
Just for me, Canon lens on a canon body just feels right :P. Another question thought, are there bad side if I calibrate the lens and the body with it. Never done any research about that though.

Well if that feeling is worth $400 to you, then go for it... :)

No negative effects of calibration.


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