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eiram21
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Feb 19, 2013 22:02 |  #1

Hi All,
I'm looking for a new lens. I have the 60D and mostly shoot for my food blog as a hobby.

I'm looking for something that is good in low light and that I can use in a tight space (shooting within 1 foot or less of food set up). I'd also use it for portraits of my kids and cityscapes when traveling.

I'd like to keep under 350 dollars or so...any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,
Marie


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Feb 19, 2013 22:06 |  #2
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Just dont buy a Sigma. Poor quality control major issues.


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Feb 19, 2013 22:11 |  #3

photosurgeon wrote in post #15630184 (external link)
Just dont buy a Sigma. Poor quality control major issues.

Sweeping statement.
Where's your evidence?
Put up or shut up.


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Feb 19, 2013 22:13 |  #4
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philwillmedia wrote in post #15630200 (external link)
Sweeping statement.
Where's your evidence?
Put up or shut up.

Search the forum using the terms "sigma+problem"


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Feb 19, 2013 22:16 |  #5

You can get a used Tamron 60mm f/2 macro for around $350. I have one and it's a nice lens, sharp, good for portraits and being a 1:1 macro you can shoot as close as you like. Here are some used ones for sale on amazon.

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Feb 19, 2013 22:23 |  #6

for food shots, you'd probably see the benefits of IS...which wouldn't be the same for shots of your kids say indoors...if you're able to set up the food shots, i'd think a tripod would be the best, and just about any lens would work then...if it's on the go...and with your tight budget, i'm thinking the sigma 30mm f1.4...the only thing is if you want to stop the lens down for a bit more DOF you'll have to keep the shutter speed up around 1/40 or so to prevent shake

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Search the forum using the terms "sigma+problem"

searching 'sigma problem' yields 5 pages...searching 'canon problem' yields 7...

i'm sorry, but your initial post is just a stupid statement...


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Feb 19, 2013 22:58 |  #7

If you just want to upgrade your kit lens the Tamron 17-50mm non VC (shameless plug) makes a great lens. Its easy to handhold at its widest fl. Plenty of aperture too. It has about the best IQ for your buck of any crop lens in terms of general purpose zooms. The only downside is it doesn't have IS. Personally not that a big of a deal to me on a lens under 200mm.

If you are after more of an UWA lens, the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 is supposedly a really nice lens. You might want to avoid portraits with UWA lenses though. If you are too far away the subject looks small and if you are too clase, the subject looks distorted. I think this one would be in your budget used. No experience with it personally.

I think Sigma makes some fast aperture wide angle lenses that they call "macro". 24mm and 28mm (both f/1.8) I think. They might meet your needs, however, I don't think these two lenses receive the most favorable reviews. You might be able to find one of these used in your budget.

Canon 35 f/2 might work for you.It has a relatively large max magnification (close focus) and it could double as a portrait lens in low light.

Canon 85mm f/1.8 makes a great lens, and it is within your budget, but I don't think it will do the things you want it to do (like shoot in tight spaces).

I don't know... Ill think on it for awhile.


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Feb 20, 2013 01:45 |  #8

DreDaze wrote in post #15630250 (external link)
searching 'sigma problem' yields 5 pages...searching 'canon problem' yields 7...

i'm sorry, but your initial post is just a stupid statement...

seconded... ;)


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Feb 20, 2013 04:35 |  #9

Don't feed the troll.... Sigma has had issues for sure, but so have all manufacturers from time to time. I did have to service my 70-200 2.8 because it had an AF issue and was unacceptably soft, however, it's all sorted now and it's lovely and sharp wide open.

Marie - if you're wanting close-up shots as opposed to a lens that handles close working distances, then a macro lens is probably the best bet. But if you simply mean you don't have much room to work with but you want to get everything in the frame, then maybe a wider prime will help more.


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Feb 20, 2013 06:20 |  #10

The Canon EF 40mm pancake lens shoots surprising good close up. It's only an f2.8 lens so not too good for low light applications. The price is right though.




  
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Feb 20, 2013 06:23 as a reply to  @ mnphotos's post |  #11

Ah ignore me, I read too fast.




  
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Feb 20, 2013 06:47 |  #12

Tokina 11-16 f/2.8.


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Feb 20, 2013 07:36 as a reply to  @ archer1960's post |  #13

How about the Sigma 30mm 1.4. The price recently dropped to 289 at BH Photo and other places. Good luck
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Feb 20, 2013 07:49 |  #14

I really liked my Sigma 17-70 OS for food shots and travel. The non-contemporary version is available for $380 at B&H. The great thing about it is: OS for when you're in dark restaurants, great minimum focus distance which means you don't have to worry about working distance, and great IQ especially stopped down. The range is perfect as a travel lens to boot.


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Feb 20, 2013 09:51 as a reply to  @ Sirrith's post |  #15

Thanks all for your replies!

I do have the canon 60 mm macro and I love it, but I find that I have to back up way too much in order to get everything in the frame - is this because I have the cropped sensor (60D)?

I'm looking for a fast, sharp, wide angle that will give me nice bokeh - is that too much to ask for a $350 lens? LOL I can be convinced to go higher...a few hundred more:)

I was looking at Canon 35mm 2.0 but read some bad reviews and considered the Sigma, but I'm so new at all of this that I feel like I don't know what I'm buying.

For example, I bought the macro and love it but now realize that when shooting in a tight space, I can't get everything in the shot if you know what i mean?


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