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Jun 17, 2014 11:27 as a reply to  @ post 16975771 |  #2041

Looking for gear advice.

I've got 500 up to 600, really don't want to go north of that number though. I'm increasingly unhappy with my nifty 50, and the kit lens 18-55 3.5-5.6 requires high iso indoors, or a large external flash.

Originally I was thinking 17-50 2.8 tamron. Then I read some not so favorable reviews. Then I Google the Sigma 35 1.4 which was a huge mistake, since now u badly want one. I need a walk-around lens. I'd like to stay wider than 50mm ideally. I already have 70-200 covered. Any suggestions?




  
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Jun 17, 2014 11:47 |  #2042

It is north of your budget, but the Sigma 18-35 f1.8 is a solid lens for $800.

You're on a crop, right? I'd get the Sigma 30/1.4 for about $300. I had it and it stayed on my camera for a long time.


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Jun 17, 2014 12:05 as a reply to  @ Nathan's post |  #2043

Hey that would leave room for a 50 1.4. Great suggestion! Thanks!




  
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Jun 17, 2014 12:34 |  #2044

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I got a 20V Black and Decker Li-battery cordless drill a few years back. It's not the most powerful thing and it's pretty cheap, but it gets the job done. I haven't run into any jobs that it can't do. Thinking about getting the Black and Decker 4 tool set with hammer drill, jig saw, circular blade and flashlight. It's only $175 on Amazon. I do plan on putting up some built in shelves in the finished basement and garage... after that, probably minimal use. Also, they'd all use the same battery.

I hae a Dremel and some sand paper... maybe I should get a sander, too. Haha.

Keeping this photo related... how about some before and/or after photos of people's projects at home?

For that price, it's worth it.

I will be doing that next year when I work on the lawn. I figure light switches and plugs aren't really interesting but yard work is.


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Jun 17, 2014 12:38 |  #2045

Anyone have experience with the Canon 28 1.8?




  
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Jun 17, 2014 13:16 |  #2046

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For that price, it's worth it.

I will be doing that next year when I work on the lawn. I figure light switches and plugs aren't really interesting but yard work is.

My first project is to reroute the plumbing under our kitchen sink to make room for one of those pull out trash can units. Wife doesn't want to take the cabinet beside the sink and prefers trash units under the sink. So it's reroute the plumbing, install a garbage disposal and put in the sliding trash unit (dual bins, one 10 liter and one 20 liter... not huge, but we don't like collecting trash).

After that, I'd like to do the built in shelves in the basement... then some shelving in the garage.

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Anyone have experience with the Canon 28 1.8?

Me again. I was very new to photography when I had the 28 1.8. Either it took soft pictures or I really didn't know how to get proper focus and avoid camera shake.


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Jun 17, 2014 16:03 |  #2047

t3ichef wrote in post #16977137 (external link)
Looking for gear advice.

I've got 500 up to 600, really don't want to go north of that number though. I'm increasingly unhappy with my nifty 50, and the kit lens 18-55 3.5-5.6 requires high iso indoors, or a large external flash.

Originally I was thinking 17-50 2.8 tamron. Then I read some not so favorable reviews. Then I Google the Sigma 35 1.4 which was a huge mistake, since now u badly want one. I need a walk-around lens. I'd like to stay wider than 50mm ideally. I already have 70-200 covered. Any suggestions?

The Sigma 17-50 was an awesome lens, and in the used market the price has come down a great deal (-$400) If I was shooting a crop body alot I would still have it. Wow, I didn't even try to pawn off my 17-40 on you, proud of myself, haha.


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Jun 17, 2014 18:14 |  #2048

Hey Nathan, if you can try and keep an eye out at some of the big box stores for deals on shelving. I was fortunate enough to find five shelves similar to those below for $25 each on clearance at Target. I've had them for at least ten years so you may not find them as cheap as I did but you could get lucky.

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Jun 17, 2014 18:25 |  #2049

t3ichef wrote in post #16977308 (external link)
Anyone have experience with the Canon 28 1.8?

I had one. Sold it to fund my 24-70.

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Jun 17, 2014 18:32 |  #2050

t3ichef wrote in post #16977308 (external link)
Anyone have experience with the Canon 28 1.8?

after reading your post further up I was going to chime in with this one specifically since you mentioned dissatisfaction with your current prime.

If your 50 is bugging you, this series of USM lenses is a very big step up. Amazing AF response, and very good quality in a light weight low cost lens. The 85mm f/1.8 and 100mm f/2 are also amazing.
The 28 and 85 are regular users for me.


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Jun 17, 2014 18:36 as a reply to  @ sansational's post |  #2051

I saw your for sale Bernie. Lol. I need a fast lens though. If it was a 17-40 f2.8 I'd be all over it. Especially at the price. :)

Sigma 30 1.4 is winning out so far.




  
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Jun 18, 2014 05:13 |  #2052

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I saw your for sale Bernie. Lol. I need a fast lens though. If it was a 17-40 f2.8 I'd be all over it. Especially at the price. :)

Sigma 30 1.4 is winning out so far.

Yeah, if price is the issue than the Canon 17-55 2.8 would be out of your league.. It's ~$900. I have it and like it.

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Jun 18, 2014 07:08 |  #2053

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Yeah, if price is the issue than the Canon 17-55 2.8 would be out of your league.. It's ~$900. I have it and like it.

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$900 brand new. Used price on EF-S lenses has been dropping lately, as more people switch to full frame. If you're careful you can usually find a 17-55 2.8 within your budget, but again, I really advise you to check out the Sigma 17-50 if you haven't yet. Used you can get them around $400 (if not less), and it really was my favorite walk-around lens on a crop sensor..


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Jun 18, 2014 16:29 |  #2054

Thanks. I'm just really set on built-in shelves for both the finished basement and the garage. I just ordered a bunch of black and decker tools that will be my companions for the next few months.

I don't anticipate taking many photographs... I think I'm gonna sell the mkII... that'll free up some cash to take on these projects, too.

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Hey Nathan, if you can try and keep an eye out at some of the big box stores for deals on shelving. I was fortunate enough to find five shelves similar to those below for $25 each on clearance at Target. I've had them for at least ten years so you may not find them as cheap as I did but you could get lucky.

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Jun 19, 2014 09:10 |  #2055

"many months", hahaha, you'll be buying tools galore, even just for the hell of having it :D


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