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What lens would you get?

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Oct 26, 2013 21:16 |  #1

Ok, I realize this is a wide open question but I'm curious anyway. You have $350 and you're going to buy a new (to you) lens. What do you get and why? It doesn't have to be a new lens, just new to you.

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Oct 26, 2013 22:12 |  #2

85 1.8 or a 50 1.4....great budget lenses for portrait work

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Oct 26, 2013 22:31 as a reply to  @ thepilgrimsdream's post |  #3

I'd get the 85mm 1.8, it's sharp wide open, has fast autofocus, beautiful background blur and great image quality. Its a nice portrait and action lens. You will find a lot of uses for this lens and it's right under your price point.
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Oct 26, 2013 22:42 |  #4

I've heard nothing but good things about the 85mm 1.8 so I just ordered one about 2 hours ago. Amazon has it on sale for $334.95. Should be here just in time for Halloween.

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Oct 26, 2013 22:59 as a reply to  @ JimL's post |  #5

Maybe a Sigma 30mm f1.4 just so much fun with that f1.4 makes every picture interesting. My other thought would be a 60mm macro another fun one. I had an 85mm f1.8 and I loved it on the 5D but on my 7D it just didn't get used.

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Oct 26, 2013 23:06 |  #6

On a FF: 85 1.8 or 100 f2
On crop: 35 f2 or 50 1.4 (probably can't get a 30 1.4 Art but would if could find at that price)

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Oct 26, 2013 23:54 |  #7

85 1.8 which feed into your budget. It is one of the best value lens canon had made. Sharp, fast AF, wide aperture which gives nice hokey. Ideal for portrait shots.

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Oct 27, 2013 01:46 |  #8

Based on your kit list; Sigma 30/1.4 or EF 35/2, or if you could find one cheap enough, EF 28/1.8.

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Oct 27, 2013 09:48 |  #9

Given your kit, the next logical step is a prime, the only question is which one.

You're on a crop, so a 35 f/2 IS would be a great choice, but it's out of the price range, the older (mark I if you will) 35 f/2 isn't as nice of a lens but is a great focal length and in your budget.

The 50mm f/1.4 (either canon or sigma) is a great choice, and great for low light, but may feel a bit tight indoors on a crop. The 85mm f/1.8 is another great lens, but will be even tighter indoors.

From the above and the price, I'd probably say the 50 1.4.

If I was to give an odd ball suggestion, I'd say a 8mm fisheye Rokinon and a 40 f/2.8. The 40 is a great lens, and can be had for 100$ right now with this (external link) deal. The 8mm fisheye can be fun despite being manual focus, manual aperture.

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Oct 27, 2013 10:04 |  #10

If you use GEARLIST, you could almost get the 40 f/2.8 AND the 85 f/1.8 with your $350


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Oct 27, 2013 10:09 as a reply to  @ WaterVsAnchor's post |  #11

And canon has 15% off refurbished lenses.

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Oct 27, 2013 10:52 |  #12

a sigma/tamron 17-50 f2.8 because a faster normal zoom lens with be very handy...

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Oct 27, 2013 11:33 |  #13

bencodymike wrote in post #16402806 (external link)
And canon has 15% off refurbished lenses.

now 20% …/showthread.php​?t=1338403

op, i'd get a prime of some sort...decide what focal length you like off of your zooms

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Oct 27, 2013 12:30 |  #14

Based on your kit, I'd suggest a macro prime. The most "fun" lens in my bag is without doubt my Canon 60 macro, which falls within your budget. It serves as a great portrait lens, but has full macro capability as well. I love mine, not only because it allows me to explore macro photography, but also for its close focusing capability, which allows for some great creative shots (portraits and others).

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Oct 27, 2013 15:13 |  #15

If you are interested in macro, instead of the Canon you might want to consider the Tamron SP 60/2.0.... It's the only macro lens with an f2 aperture, which makes it even more useful for portraiture. It has very nice background blur. And, like the Canon it's internal focusing (IF) so it doesn't extend during focusing. It regularly sells for $500 or more new, but you can find it used for under $300. The only drawback is the Tamron's focus isn't as fast as the Canon (which has USM). It's not fast focusing enough to be used as a "sports" lens, but is fine for macro and portraiture.

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