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Tug08
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Sep 26, 2012 14:11 |  #1

I have a Canon 40D with a ef 50mm f/1.8 and a ef 85mm f/1.8. I was thinking what lens I should get next, maybe a zoom for around $500




  
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Sep 26, 2012 14:12 |  #2

You should be able to find a 70-200F4L for around thereabouts. But honestly, what do you like to shoot and what range are you missing?




  
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Sep 26, 2012 14:23 |  #3

what range do you find you're lacking? Also if you really like the 50mm you could consider upgrading it


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Sep 26, 2012 14:31 |  #4

I mostly take sports photos, outdoor soccer and indoor basketball. I love the woods so I am thinking about wildlife photos.




  
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Sep 26, 2012 14:38 |  #5

I would go for a 70-200, either the F/4L(NON IS) or the Sigma F/2.8(also NON IS) versions..
for indoor, F/2.8 may help..

But if your only two lenses are a 50 and 85, I would probably sell the 85 and get a nicer 70-200, like the F/4L IS, or the Sigma OS versions...but that is just me..
I dont tend to use 85mm(or 135mm on crop) very often, and when I do, the 70-200 does it just fine..I dont NEED/use anything faster than F/2.8 at 85mm anyways..

But, I would think a UWA/WA lens would be useful for you as well...but definitely no good for sports or wildlife..lol

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Sep 26, 2012 14:39 |  #6

Tug08 wrote in post #15046152 (external link)
I mostly take sports photos, outdoor soccer and indoor basketball. I love the woods so I am thinking about wildlife photos.

It seems to me that you are missing on the wide and long ends of things. So a wide/ultra wide, something in the 10-22 range, or a longer tele like I suggested before. Unfortunately that budget doesnt get you much in the way of a long lens for sports.




  
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Sep 26, 2012 16:21 |  #7

Tug08 wrote in post #15046152 (external link)
I mostly take sports photos, outdoor soccer and indoor basketball.

keep saving for an f2.8 zoom like the 70-200




  
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Sep 26, 2012 16:36 |  #8

watt100 wrote in post #15046665 (external link)
keep saving for an f2.8 zoom like the 70-200

Save $20/week for a year. You could do some serious lens shopping with a $1,500 budget. This system of a planned savings program does work. Fifty-two weeks is not really a very long time, except maybe for those people in jail.


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Sep 26, 2012 16:51 |  #9

I agree with Craign, save and get something that you will keep for a long time, not something you will want to upgrade from in a year or two. Cut out one Big Mac meal a week and you will have $25 a month savings towards a quality lens.

I also have a 40D, it came with an EF 28-135 IS. But my 40D really came alive when I got my EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS. It was a little pricey, but I love that lens. If I do my part the images are sharp and the colors are bright. I also have a EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM and I really like that one too. It's very versatile, and inexpensive. -rick

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Save $20/week for a year. You could do some serious lens shopping with a $1,500 budget. This system of a planned savings program does work. Fifty-two weeks is not really a very long time, except maybe for those people in jail.


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Sep 26, 2012 18:10 as a reply to  @ alazgr8's post |  #10

For indoor sports, your 85/1.8 is one of the best!!

For outdoor sports, you need more reach, but not the low-light IQ. For slower sports, take a look at the Nifty Two-Fifty, a 55-250 cheap zoom with nice IQ, but not as quick-focusing as the 85. <Here> is the POTN photo thread.

I picked the 200/2.8 L as my next step up... but I haven't had enough experience outside with it yet.

I've found the 28/1.8 to also be very versatile for both inside small-room pics and walking around outside in poor light.


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Sep 26, 2012 20:07 as a reply to  @ bubbygator's post |  #11

If you're going to stick to primes, try the 135L/2.0 or the 200L/2.8. If you want to go wider, I would go with the 35L/1.4.


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Sep 26, 2012 20:33 as a reply to  @ vince_ross's post |  #12

If you plan to continue forward with just primes, I would recommend the 200mm 2.8L. A great condition used one goes about $550-600.


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Sep 26, 2012 21:57 |  #13

vince_ross wrote in post #15047484 (external link)
If you're going to stick to primes, try the 135L/2.0 or the 200L/2.8. If you want to go wider, I would go with the 35L/1.4.

I'm thinking you missed the part about $500?

OP..for your $500 budget, a 70-200 F/4L non-IS is about as good as it gets. Used ones can be found for that price.. give or take $50.


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