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Graduation gift lens - $600 dollars?

 
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May 01, 2013 22:53 |  #31

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May 01, 2013 23:07 |  #32

40 and 85 would be a great combo with your budget.

I personally prefer gift cards from people that way I can not only get what I KNOW I want, or I can use it to help pay for a more expensive item. A $500 gift card would be awesome!!


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May 02, 2013 10:24 |  #33

How about a UWA lens? Your brother has none, but who knows - if he gets one, he might discover landscape photography for himself!

This one is fully manual (but for UWA manual is not a problem), but has a very good reputation: Rokinon (Samyang / Bower etc.) 14mm f2.8:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …tra_Wide_Angle_​f_2_8.html (external link)

The price is 350$ at B&H.


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May 02, 2013 17:01 |  #34

Lol tell him that you intend to get him a $500-600 lens... Maybe he has something more expensive in mind that he's saving for, or has been lusting after but is out of reach... He may want to kick in money to get something he really wants...

I.e. he has $1200 saved so far for a 85 1.2... Instead of getting a 85 1.8 from you, he gets $500-600 to go towards his 85 1.2 (although the 1.2 probably not the best for sports...) Maybe he'd kick in a couple hundted for the 135 f2...


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May 02, 2013 18:10 |  #35

Buy him a $600 plane ticket to somewhere he would like to take photos.




  
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May 02, 2013 21:39 |  #36

I would go with the 85mm 1.8 or get him a gift card!


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May 03, 2013 00:39 |  #37

Damn, it is a tough choice. I know if it were me, I'd want the cash...but a lens so much more memorable :(

Everytime he takes the lens out, he'll know it was from me for his graduation gift...atleast that is what I would like to think :P




  
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May 03, 2013 01:01 |  #38

Honestly, I wouldn't want my brother spending so much.


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May 03, 2013 11:42 |  #39

tkbslc wrote in post #15892718 (external link)
Honestly, I wouldn't want my brother spending so much.

I'm an odd one when it comes to this kind of stuff. I'll spend that much, and more, on my wife, mom, etc., but it makes me uncomfortable when they do so.

Especially odd when it comes to my wife since she makes 5x what i do.

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May 03, 2013 12:06 |  #40

DarkPhantom wrote in post #15892669 (external link)
Damn, it is a tough choice. I know if it were me, I'd want the cash...but a lens so much more memorable :(

Everytime he takes the lens out, he'll know it was from me for his graduation gift...atleast that is what I would like to think :P

That's the sort of thing that came to my mind when others start suggesting cash/gift cards. Sure he could just buy wants, but actually opening an actually physical is much nicer.

Maybe you could pick a lens/combo around your max with a gift receipt, that way if there is something else he already had his eye he could put toward it. If not then it will work out how you'd hope.




  
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May 03, 2013 20:33 |  #41

50 1.4 for 289 right now new and then a 85 1.8 for like 330-350? Perfect combo to compliment his stuff and he gets two of the most underrated lenses that Canon makes.


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May 04, 2013 00:25 |  #42

lyttleviet wrote in post #15895530 (external link)
50 1.4 for 289 right now new and then a 85 1.8 for like 330-350? Perfect combo to compliment his stuff and he gets two of the most underrated lenses that Canon makes.

This is what I was going to say. The sigma 501.4 is better but more costly and I think he would rather have both primes rather than one. and the 85 1.8 is one of the most praised lenses around here.


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May 04, 2013 00:26 as a reply to  @ mine1's post |  #43

or replace the 50 with this http://www.adorama.com …KjRhpzb-7YCFYF7QgodH3oA7w (external link) giving him a wider range with his primes.


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May 04, 2013 15:27 |  #44

mine1 wrote in post #15895995 (external link)
or replace the 50 with this http://www.adorama.com …KjRhpzb-7YCFYF7QgodH3oA7w (external link) giving him a wider range with his primes.

I definitely am looking at the 35mm f2 as its a great little lens, i'll give the rest to him in cash :)




  
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May 05, 2013 21:52 |  #45

lyttleviet wrote in post #15895530 (external link)
50 1.4 for 289 right now new and then a 85 1.8 for like 330-350? Perfect combo to compliment his stuff and he gets two of the most underrated lenses that Canon makes.

I've been looking at getting a 50 1.4, am I just not seeing where you can pick one up for $289 new?


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