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Canon 85 1/8 like prime <50mm, $400 or less ?

 
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Jan 11, 2013 21:38 |  #1

Just as the title says.

I am thinking of getting a wider prime, but only if it is as sharp as my 85, and has a very good to great bokeh. Basically, an 85 in a wider package, for $400 or under. Mainly for portraits.

Currently thinking of Sigma 30 1/4. However, I am a bit hesitant. First there are possible focusing issues - I know they are limited to a small percentage of lenses but this seems to be a rather large small percentage. Second, I browsed the sample images and there seem to be quite a few photos in there with "polygonal" OOF lights, kind of like Nifty's - not as profound, but still not what I expected. This lens is still high on my list, though. So, for those who own both this and Canon's 85, how would you compare them ?

What other primes would you recommend ? I am looking at anything in the 28-40 mm range, IQ (sharpness / bokeh / reliable AF) is more important than build or AF speed. Not the MF lens, though.


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Jan 11, 2013 21:47 |  #2

From the ones that I have tried, sigma 30mm f1.4, sigma 50mm f1.4, canon 50mm f1.4. All used less than $400.


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Jan 11, 2013 21:49 |  #3

The 85mm f1.8 is probably the best "low cost" prime in the canon line-up. Both the 50mm f1.4 and f1.8 are softer wide open but very sharp at 2.8.

I would consider the range more important in that case and would go with the Sigma 30mm. It might not be perfect but it will, at least, get you the shot you want. 50mm on crop is quite narrow.

Dont forget you can fix almost anything in post. Ugly bokeh, CA ect.


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Jan 11, 2013 21:51 |  #4

The Canon 28mm 1.8 can be had for under $400 and within your desired focal length. Worth a look at the very least.


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Jan 11, 2013 21:58 |  #5

Sigma 30mm is currently 440+, so a little over budget...but I would get it (new). If you buy used on POTN or other online, you can't test with your body. If you buy new, you can ship it straight to Sigma for focus calibration if you have a problem. They've fixed 2 lenses for me and their turnaround was 24hrs. I also see you're in NYC...the Sigma service center is right outside the city I think so would be super quick.


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Jan 12, 2013 08:46 |  #6

Thanks for all replies !

nccb, I am in Michigan, you must've been looking at Jperture's location.

Earwax69, the goal is to do as little PP as possible, I simply don't have much spare time. The main draw of 85 for me is that I really don't have to do much other than WB and cropping to most photos.


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Jan 12, 2013 10:07 |  #7

my copy of sigma 30mm f1.4 used to be much better than my 85mm f1.8. Sad I had to sell it when moving to FF. My 35L cost be 4 times more.


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