I'm considering to complement my EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 with something faster and maybe not so wide. I'm looking at the 24-35mm focal range.
I intent to use it at its widest aperture, so it should be usable wide open
My budget is set about $550 and I'm looking at some 3rd party lenses.
For now this is in my list:
- Sigma 20/1.8 - not getting very good reviews, seems like f/1.8 is not so usable. Pros - auto focus and price ($460 second hand)
- Samyang 24/1.4 - mixed reviews, seems to have pretty strong vignetting and low resolution wide open. Price is $630 new which is a downside, too.
- Samyang 35/1.4 - seems not a bad choice, but only manual focus. Well I can still use LV to focus for astronomy, but it will be not so useful in everyday shooting. Price here is about $530 new (no second hand copies at the local market).
- Canon 50/1.4 - it is a bit out of my focal length, but it is fast, has auto focus and it is cheap ($370 second hand), so that's why I'm considering it
- Canon 50/1.8 - even cheaper, but I had that one before and it was the reason I don't like 50mm on a crop
- Canon 28/1.8 - good reviews, price $700 (suggested by chris_holtmeier)
For now the winner seems to be Samyang 35/1.4. What do you think? The scariest thing there it Is the manual focus. Lots of people are telling me "Oh, man, once you start shooting with a MF lens you won't wish for anything else" but I know people are different. Is MF scary for you?