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Feb 24, 2014 02:28 |  #1

I hope i can explain this to be clear enough what i am looking for. I have a 18-135mm STM i use more than anything for close up or far away stuff and a 50mm 1.4 for those bokka images or fast shots but its to close up for my crop sensor so don't use much unless outside id like to find a lens to cover both areas in one lens alone. What would be the equivalent to what i'm asking for under $400 new ?


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Feb 24, 2014 02:36 |  #2

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Eh... you're not going to get one lens that covers F1.4 and the zoom range you want, or any zoom for that matter, with that aperture. Best you could do is F1.8, right now, and that's one lens and it's not covering the focal lengths you want. Second best and most common is the F2.8 range of zooms. Basically 24-70 and 70-200 all at F2.8, but that's two lenses. Also at $400 new, you're not looking at any premium lenses, which is where the wide aperture exists in zooms. You're looking at entry and budget stuff. At best, you can keep your zoom and just get a shorter focal length prime that is sharper and wider.

If you're happy with the 18-135, stay with it.

If it's the 50 f1.4 that you're not happy with, then sell it. Put that towards your next lens. Make it a prime. Look at the Sigma 30mm F1.4 Art. Look at the Canon 28mm F2.8 IS. Look at the Canon 35mm F2 IS. Maybe even look at the Rokinon/Samyang 35mm F1.4 (and get it chipped).

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Feb 24, 2014 02:41 |  #3

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Heya,

Eh... you're not going to get one lens that covers F1.4 and the zoom range you want, or any zoom for that matter, with that aperture. Best you could do is F1.8, right now, and that's one lens and it's not covering the focal lengths you want. Second best and most common is the F2.8 range of zooms. Basically 24-70 and 70-200 all at F2.8, but that's two lenses. Also at $400 new, you're not looking at any premium lenses, which is where the wide aperture exists in zooms. You're looking at entry and budget stuff. At best, you can keep your zoom and just get a shorter focal length prime that is sharper and wider.

If you're happy with the 18-135, stay with it.

If it's the 50 f1.4 that you're not happy with, then sell it. Put that towards your next lens. Make it a prime. Look at the Sigma 30mm F1.4 Art. Look at the Canon 28mm F2.8 IS. Look at the Canon 35mm F2 IS. Maybe even look at the Rokinon/Samyang 35mm F1.4 (and get it chipped).

Very best,

Yes i am looking for a 28mm or 30mm as i type this....I like the 18-135 i just wonder if anything is sharper than the 135 lens and shorter its pretty large. Like i said for my crop i never go past 80mm much on the zoom. Would something like the Tamron be better than the 135 to use as carry and be just as sharp if not sharper ?


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Feb 24, 2014 07:32 |  #4

The Tamron 28-75 is constant f2.8 and is a very nice lens indeed. If you can live with 28 mm on the wide end, it might be worth a look. I owned and loved on for many years. It's a terrific "people" lens, great IQ.


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Feb 24, 2014 09:04 |  #5

You could look for canon 17-55 mm f2.8 or sigma 17-50 f2.8. Both are wide end at 17mm


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Feb 24, 2014 09:39 |  #6

robienyshe wrote in post #16713197 (external link)
You could look for canon 17-55 mm f2.8 or sigma 17-50 f2.8. Both are wide end at 17mm

OP's budget is under $400.


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Feb 24, 2014 10:29 |  #7

unless you need something faster stick with what you have.

id look for a wider prime, id say 35mm


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Feb 24, 2014 10:43 |  #8

ceegee wrote in post #16713285 (external link)
OP's budget is under $400.

Sell the 18-135, buy a refurb 17-55/2.8 or new 17-50/2.8 OS and it's well in budget. Then I would trade the 50/1.4 for a 85/1.8 on the used market to cover the tele.


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