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Jul 01, 2012 10:14 |  #1

Like to get primes...
Need fast f stops from 24mm to 200mm...

I know about the L serie but can't afford them...

What is the best bang from my $$$

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Jul 01, 2012 10:36 |  #2

I like the Canon 35f2. You didn't say what camera body you are using.




  
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Jul 01, 2012 10:39 as a reply to  @ artyH's post |  #3

You don't have that much choice when it comes to 200mm fast lenses, Canon has a 200 2.8 L which you can get for about £500 second-hand.

Sorry, don't know what that translates to in Canadian dollars.


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Jul 01, 2012 10:43 |  #4

Canon 50 1.8 II, aka "nifty fifty." Cheap build quality but amazing picture quality.


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Jul 01, 2012 10:46 |  #5

artyH wrote in post #14656212 (external link)
I like the Canon 35f2. You didn't say what camera body you are using.

I have a 5DMkII and a T3i, these lens would more used with the FF camera...

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Jul 01, 2012 10:48 |  #6

There are some "cheap" macro lenses out there, but they aren't cheap and most aren't fast. I have the Tokina 35f2.8 ($300 US) and it is very sharp, but only f2.8. The Sigma 50f2.8 is under $400, but Tamron has a 60f2 macro lens. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a focus distance limiter, so AF could be slow.
The least expensive primes that I know of include the Canon 40f2.8 pancake ($200 US), the Canon 50f1.8, and the Canon 35f2 (now about $320).
The Canon 50f1.8 is sharp, but has a plastic mount and AF can be good on some models, but not on others. That is the price you pay when the lens costs a little over $100 US dollars.
I especially like the 35f2, but you may want to take a look at the new pancake lens by Canon - the 40f2.8. The reviews have it as very sharp. I won't be getting one, since I already have all the primes I want right now, and I am happy with my 35f2 for general use.




  
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Jul 01, 2012 11:09 |  #7

cheapest way would probably be to go MF...

aside from the ones mentioned above the 135mm f2.8 SF could probably be had for $200 if you look around hard enough...if not it'll be at least below $300...


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Jul 01, 2012 11:13 |  #8

Canon 35 f2
Canon 50 1.8
Tamron 60 f2
Canon 85 1.8
Canon 100 f2
There are a few other options in the same FLs of course like the 50 1.4


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Jul 01, 2012 11:26 as a reply to  @ artyH's post |  #9

You didn't specify what was fast, so I will use faster than a fast zoom. You also didn't specify cost other than non-L, so less than L cost.

Canon has 28mm f/1.8, 35mm f/2.0, 50mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8, and 100mm f/2.0.

Sigma 20mm f/1/8, 24mm f/1.8, 28mm f/1.8, and 50mm f1.4.

Tamron currently none if FF. The 60mm is a crop lens like Canon's 60mm f/2.8.

If you consider f/2.8 fast the list increases. As far as wider than 20mm you must go f/2.8 or more in aperture. Beyond 100mm, you need to go 2.8 or L.


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Jul 01, 2012 11:27 |  #10

RenaudVL wrote in post #14656149 (external link)
Like to get primes...
Need fast f stops from 24mm to 200mm...

I know about the L serie but can't afford them...

What is the best bang from my $$$

Thanks

The cheapest way to do this is with old manual focus lenses and an adapter for your Canon DSLR.

Any old Nikon, Olympus, or Pentax MF lens can be used with a cheap glassless adapter. http://forum.mflenses.​com …l-focus-lenses-t3361.html (external link)

Other lenses can be also used but you may have problems with infinity focus or need to uses adapters that use image degrading glass optics to maintain infinity focus.


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Jul 01, 2012 11:48 as a reply to  @ msowsun's post |  #11

Canon 35 f/2 is probably the best bang for the buck lens that Canon makes. It is also a pretty useful focal length on both crop and full frame bodies.


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Jul 01, 2012 13:10 |  #12

gojirasf wrote in post #14656445 (external link)
Canon 35 f/2 is probably the best bang for the buck lens that Canon makes. It is also a pretty useful focal length on both crop and full frame bodies.

I second that and raise with a 85mmf/1.8 or 100f/2




  
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Jul 01, 2012 13:34 as a reply to  @ NicuB's post |  #13

The 28/1.8 and the 85/1.8 have been very serviceable for me. Both are fast-focusing, great in low-light, have good image quality... and pics can be cropped (expanded) up to 4X (and more).

I get zero use from my 50/1.8; use my 55-250 for daylight walkabout; and my 200L only for special (mostly indoor) events.


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Jul 01, 2012 14:13 as a reply to  @ bubbygator's post |  #14

The way to go cheap but still with a good image quality:
Walimex 14mm 2.8
Canon 28mm 1.8
Walimex 35mm 1.4
Canon 50mm 1.4
Canon 50mm 1.8
Walimex 85mm 1.4
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Jul 01, 2012 15:28 |  #15

bubbygator wrote in post #14656802 (external link)
The 28/1.8 and the 85/1.8 have been very serviceable for me. Both are fast-focusing, great in low-light, have good image quality... and pics can be cropped (expanded) up to 4X (and more).

Indeed, I just got these two lenses, and I'm quite enjoying them. I used the 28mm yesterday for an event at my local watering hole and it worked out OK (pics of people in small groups or the bar en masse, plus shots of the beer taps, close up of glass of beer, etc). Right now, I'm trying to figure out if I want something wider for certain events, and so the Sigma 20mm f/1.8 is on the radar, so to speak. But I'm on a cropper.

Primes are expensive if you want to cover the whole range in steps of less-than-doubling (e.g. 28, 35, 50, 85, 100, 135, 200). But they are nice to use...

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