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Jan 04, 2013 03:04 |  #1

I am looking into building my lens lineup (again). Twice now I've had to sell all of my gear, and so I've owned a few different lenses and bodies over the years...

T1i, T2i, T3i, 40D, 50D, nifty fifty, nifty 250, Tamron 17-50, 18-55, 24-105 f/4, 70-200 non-is, 200mm prime, and so on....

I already know I'm not completely happy with my T3i because I absolutely loved the 50D, but needed the video. For now though, I'll deal with it and focus on my lenses. Reading reviews, threads here, and personal experience; I know what two of my lenses will soon be- the Canon 85 f/1.8 and my favorite Canon 200mm f/2.8L.

I have learned that I really prefer primes to zooms mainly for the lower price, constant (and larger) aperature, sharpness, etc. No need for a PRIME vs ZOOM thread- it's just my preference ;)

I am a casual shooter that likes to shoot family sporting events, nature, and most of all my 2.5yr son. Now, given my setup what would you recommend my third lens be?

Three that come to mind are the Canon 50mm f/1.4, Sigma 50mm f/1.4, and the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. I've never been too big on wide lenses seeing as most of my pictures are portraits, sports, nature, etc. I would like to keep it in the sub-$400 price range, but if you have any other recommendations, feel free to post!

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Jan 04, 2013 03:32 |  #2

Given that you're planning on adding the 85, I'd say the 30 sounds good.


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Jan 04, 2013 06:24 |  #3

Another vote for the 30 here.


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Jan 04, 2013 06:37 |  #4

JHaegs wrote in post #15442470 (external link)
I've never been too big on wide lenses seeing as most of my pictures are portraits, sports, nature, etc.

Thank you!

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What focal lengths did you use the most when you owned all those previous lenses?

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Jan 04, 2013 08:26 |  #5

Zivnuska wrote in post #15442775 (external link)
What focal lengths did you use the most when you owned all those previous lenses?

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Hard to say because I've had a lot of lenses, just not many at once. I guess the FL I need to address is a good indoor one for parties and such. I will always have a crop sensor, so the 30mm would probably make the most sense for indoors. Keeping in mind that I need a good video lens for indoors too. So, is the Sigma 30mm a LOT better than the Canon 35mm f/2?


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Jan 04, 2013 08:43 |  #6

From what I've read, new Sigma 35mm f1.4 is much better than 30mm (of course, much pricier as well). But if you are adamant at staying away from zooms, you'd rather get the prime which can actually beat good zooms (like Tamron 17-50 non-VC, Sigma 17-50 OS etc.) in IQ.

Add to that Sigma 85mm f1.4 (instead of 85mm f1.8), and you are all set on a crop body.

BTW, 50D does do 1080p video perfectly well (with one catch - no sound; but for quality video work you'd want to use an external audio recorder anyway), when used with the add-on firmware hack Magic Lantern. So may be you should switch back to your favorite camera?


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Jan 04, 2013 11:21 |  #7

I'd say a 24, a 35, or a 50. Particularly the wider lengths since you've got quite a bit of long length.




  
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Jan 05, 2013 19:45 as a reply to  @ jacobwilson99's post |  #8

I'd say the Sigma 30 1.4 or possibly the Canon 28mm if that's not to wide for you. I'm really debating right now on the 30mm 1.4.


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Jan 05, 2013 23:29 |  #9

Thank you everyone. I might have to go with the Sigma 30... I knew about the 50D video hack, but how hard is syncing the audio? Also, how is the quality? 1080p is one thing, but not if the FPS is crappy. I generally shoot 720p@ 60FPS with the T3i.

Hopefully they'll perfect the X0D series with the 70D! ;)


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