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HELP! 50mm or???

 
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Aug 02, 2012 00:36 |  #1

So I have a EOS 20d. Really love it, but hate the 22-55mm 4-5.6 lens I have been using, so I decided to trade it in on something new. I also just picked up a Kodak gear (Tamron) 80-210mm, so I have my telephoto covered for now.

I originally planned to buy both the 18-55 IS kit lens and the fast fifty, but alas the money isnt as plentiful as I thought it would be. Then I planned to just get the 50mm f/1.8, but I went to a camera store today, and although it took great sample shots, it felt cheap and too lightweight. Especially after I tried out an older sigma f/2.8 lens with metal mount, and good amount of weight to it.(it was marked $75 and I would have bought it, but alas it was made for film cameras and although it focused, it gave me the err 99 code after I snapped the shot)

To complement my 80-210, should I get;
A: 18-55mm IS II kit lens
B: 50mm f/1.8
C: another good prime around $100 I dont know about?




  
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Aug 02, 2012 00:45 |  #2

Bang for the buck the 50mm f1.8 is hard to beat. It feels cheap because it is. But it delivers impressive results and thats what counts. Sure it looks cheap - but you have to spend a whole lot more $$ to get rid of that cheap feel. FWIW - the old version of the 50mm f1.8 had a metal mount - sells used for more money but might be something worthy of consideration.


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Aug 02, 2012 00:48 |  #3

Take the 50mm f/1.8 for its performance, not its build. They're just tools. That way, if you break it, you won't feel so bad because it was cheaply made anyway. Then you can just buy another one.




  
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Aug 02, 2012 00:50 |  #4

nifty fifty. hands down.


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Aug 02, 2012 00:52 |  #5

Nifty Fifty!!


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Aug 02, 2012 05:46 |  #6

The nifty fifty is a great little lens, and if you're happy with 50mm being your shortest focal length then great, however, if you need <50mm then the 18-55 is the way to go!


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Aug 02, 2012 07:23 as a reply to  @ chrismarriott66's post |  #7

There is no other prime around $100, that's it. Unless your given a gift or you get lucky on Craigslist or something. Get the 50mm f/1.8 and/or the zoom.


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Aug 02, 2012 07:29 |  #8

I wouldn't like 50mm being my widest on crop. I'd get the 18-55 IS.


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Aug 02, 2012 07:30 |  #9

Do you really want to be stuck with nothing shorter than 50mm on an aps-c camera? A 'normal' lens on an aps-c is about 31mm. If you think in 35mm film equivalents (I am old enough that I do), a 50mm is the same perspective on your camera as an 80mm on a film or full frame camera. So, the nifty fifty would give you speed, but at the cost of having no glass in the wide or normal range.


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Aug 02, 2012 07:49 |  #10

Some interesting options... these are more than $100, but still very inexpensive.
60mm 2.8 macro $300 used / outstanding IQ equal or better than many L lenses, plus its a macro.
50mm 2.5 CM / $175 used / Not a full 1:1 macro, but a very close focusing sharp lens
28mm 2.8 $140.00 used / has excellent center sharpness at 2.8
40mm 2.8 compact $199 / from everything I've read this lens has excellent sharpness and blows away the 50mm 1.8




  
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Aug 02, 2012 08:11 |  #11

I'd get the 18-55 IS, much more versatile on a crop body and the image quality is pretty decent. If you're just shooting portraits or in low-light situations go with the 50mm though.


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Aug 02, 2012 08:14 |  #12

pass on the 18-55
50mm 1.8 ii
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Aug 02, 2012 09:16 |  #13

I'd get the 18-55IS. If you would like a prime, then I can recommend the Canon 35f2. It was going for about $320. For a few bucks less ($300), the Tokina 35 f2.8 macro lens is very sharp and useful. The Canon 40f2.8 pancake is reportedly a sharp lens, but is also not a normal view on a crop.

You really need to get wide angle coverage, and can only get that (inexpensively) with the kit lens, the 18-55IS. You may be able to pick up a white box version from a place like Abes, Adorama or B&H for very little, if you wait and watch the websites. I once got a white box version from Abes for only $115 to replace one that I broke.
The Canon 18-55IS is a sharp and versatile lens. If you get a prime, the 50 is really a short telephoto and will be too long for general use on a crop camera.




  
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Aug 02, 2012 10:09 |  #14

Nc527 wrote in post #14803134 (external link)
To complement my 80-210, should I get;
A: 18-55mm IS II kit lens
B: 50mm f/1.8
C: another good prime around $100 I dont know about?

If your happy with the 80-210, you use those focal lengths a lot, and you dont need the wide angle end of the 18-55, go for the 50 1.8. However, as another member said, you don't really buy this lens for its build quality or AF speed for that matter.
I guess its down to what you shoot, personally, i would go for the 18-55 IS II because those are some of my most used focal lengths, it may differ for you


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Aug 02, 2012 13:22 |  #15

prustyaditya wrote in post #14804384 (external link)
If your happy with the 80-210, you use those focal lengths a lot, and you dont need the wide angle end of the 18-55, go for the 50 1.8. However, as another member said, you don't really buy this lens for its build quality or AF speed for that matter.
I guess its down to what you shoot, personally, i would go for the 18-55 IS II because those are some of my most used focal lengths, it may differ for you

Yea, but is the 18-55 nearly as sharp as the 50mm? In terms of IQ




  
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