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Sep 14, 2013 21:12 |  #1

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Im looking for a cheap and easy lens for me to use almost on a daily basis. I also do a lot of car photography so this is why I want to choose between these 2 lenses. I cant decide which one to get to fit my needs. Suggestions?


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Sep 14, 2013 21:15 |  #2

I much preferred my nifty 50 to the pancake , plus it is cheaper!


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Sep 14, 2013 21:17 |  #3
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Seems the lens you already have fulfills the 'cheap' and 'everyday' in your requirement list. What is wrong with the 18-135?


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Sep 14, 2013 21:20 |  #4

YashicaFX2 wrote in post #16296934 (external link)
Seems the lens you already have fulfills the 'cheap' and 'everyday' in your requirement list. What is wrong with the 18-135?


I just dont think that Ill get the same results using the 18-135 as the 50mm or the 40mm


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Sep 14, 2013 21:29 |  #5
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thecarfilmer wrote in post #16296941 (external link)
I just dont think that Ill get the same results using the 18-135 as the 50mm or the 40mm

The 40 and 50 are both a bit too 'normal' for anything interesting when shooting cars. I suggest something wide like the 10-22. You can get really close and still have a lot of relevant environment in the off-subject area of the photo. A 50mm shot of a car, taken with a crop camera, may be technically correct, but it is still going to be BORING. Shoot for something different.

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Ok, you may be more creative than I am. The above is what I would do. Please feel free to ignore advice you don't like.


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Sep 14, 2013 21:31 |  #6

All you will gain is an aperture of f1.8 and it will be slightly sharper. You can get nicer bokeh for sure, but you will gain the frustration of the nifty fifty, which at times is brilliant, at other times the focusing can be a total PITA.
Just pick one up, will probably cost you tops of $100 and if you don't like it sell it.


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Sep 14, 2013 21:33 |  #7

YashicaFX2 wrote in post #16296956 (external link)
The 40 and 50 are both a bit too 'normal' for anything interesting when shooting cars. I suggest something wide like the 10-22. You can get really close and still have a lot of relevant environment in the off-subject area of the photo. A 50mm shot of a car, taken with a crop camera, may be technically correct, but it is still going to be BORING. Shoot for something different.

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Ok, you may be more creative than I am. The above is what I would do. Please feel free to ignore advice you don't like.

But a 10-22 really imposes the daily aspect. , not to mention a significant price hike.


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Sep 14, 2013 21:33 |  #8

YashicaFX2 wrote in post #16296956 (external link)
The 40 and 50 are both a bit too 'normal' for anything interesting when shooting cars. I suggest something wide like the 10-22. You can get really close and still have a lot of relevant environment in the off-subject area of the photo. A 50mm shot of a car, taken with a crop camera, may be technically correct, but it is still going to be BORING. Shoot for something different.

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Ok, you may be more creative than I am. The above is what I would do. Please feel free to ignore advice you don't like.

maybe a 17-40?


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Sep 14, 2013 21:36 |  #9
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thecarfilmer wrote in post #16296969 (external link)
maybe a 17-40?

On a crop body? No way. It is the same width as the 18-135 at the wide end. Add to that the fact that the 10-22 is sharp to the corners wide open; the 17-40 doesn't come close to that on full-frame, where it is more at home, by the way. I've said this before, and I stand by it. The 60D/10-22 combination is THE BEST you can do with Canon APSC. You'll have to go full-frame and add a 16-35 II to get close. I believe even at that you'll have worse corners and worse distortion. It is pretty hard to beat the 60D/10-22 setup.


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Sep 14, 2013 21:39 |  #10

Sooo.. the cheap part has gone right out the window then?


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Sep 14, 2013 21:42 |  #11

WhenIWake wrote in post #16296987 (external link)
Sooo.. the cheap part has gone right out the window then?

Lol, I totally forgot because I was looking up the 10-22 and the pic samples. it seems the Sigma 10-20 is cheaper at 429 dollars.


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Sep 14, 2013 22:29 |  #12
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You can always find cheaper. Look for better, instead. I have the 10-22 and swear by it, but I've never shot any of its competitors, either. Lots of folks swear by the Tokina 11-16. I think flare would be a HUGE issue at car shows, though. The 10-22 is almost flare-proof.


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Sep 15, 2013 04:20 |  #13

Back to the original question....

40mm.

Mine is nice & sharp on the 60D.

You'll be amazed how lightweight and discrete your DSLR becomes.

Because of it's size it's great for parties/get-togethers/etc... when folks just don't want a "big lens and camera" shoved in their face.

I do have a Canon 10-22 as well. Yes it is nice and sharp.
But... you have to be really careful how you use compose your shots. The 10-15 range can result in some weird distortions... now this is fine if you wanted them for effect (if you didn't then you'll hate the result).


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Sep 15, 2013 06:12 |  #14

See this recent thread for lots of comments on the 40mm pancake versus "nifty fifty".


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Sep 15, 2013 09:29 |  #15

I love the 40mm pancake and thought it was capable of some very nice shots. It was sharp as I needed and it was fun to have such a light package. I did get some funny looks from friends and family though and plenty of, "don't you need a lens on that camera?"




  
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