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Aug 27, 2014 02:44 |  #1

Currently own following for my 70D

10-18mm = wideangle lens for landscape and
18-135mm = general purpose lens
35mm f/2 = low light & indoor lens

Now. I have 3 options. I want another prime.

Canon EF-S 60 f/2.8 USM Macro = for portrait and macro work
Canon EF 50 f/1.4 or hoping for a update 50mm to be release before end of the year = for portrait / bokeh work
Canon EF 85 f/1.8 = Outdoor / bokeh monster

All lenses are about the same price

Which one would you go for :)


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Aug 27, 2014 04:22 |  #2

I own the 85 mm 1.8 one of my favorite lenses for people and pets.

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Aug 27, 2014 04:25 |  #3

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Are you a crop or FF user though?

I'm afraid that 85 (equals 136mm on FF) will be too long and not used very much (that's why I suggest the 50). But maybe it's perfect for outdoor.


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Aug 27, 2014 05:23 |  #4

Hermelin wrote in post #17120225 (external link)
Currently own following for my 70D

10-18mm = wideangle lens for landscape and
18-135mm = general purpose lens
35mm f/2 = low light & indoor lens

Now. I have 3 options. I want another prime.

Canon EF-S 60 f/2.8 USM Macro = for portrait and macro work
Canon EF 50 f/1.4 or hoping for a update 50mm to be release before end of the year = for portrait / bokeh work
Canon EF 85 f/1.8 = Outdoor / bokeh monster

All lenses are about the same price

Which one would you go for :)

Heya,

The 35 already does almost everything you're looking to do with it.

However, if you want something longer than 35mm on APS-C, like 50mm (85mm FOV on full frame), then look to the Sigma 50 F1.4. I use two 50's, a Super Takumar 50 F1.4 and a Helios 44-2 (58mm F2). On APS-C they still destroy backgrounds nicely and are very sharp. Sure, they're vintage manuals, but you'd never know the difference unless you need autofocus. Cheap ($35~60). If you want autofocus, Sigma 50 F1.4 is the one to go for here for these prices.

85mm F1.8 is my go to for telephoto portrait work outdoors. Even on APS-C, it's a great environmental lens. Not for indoors really on APS-C, that's where I like the 35 F2 IS.

Because you already have the 35 F2 IS, which really takes care of indoors and short range portrait work very nicely on APS-C, I would probably go for the Canon EF 85 F1.4 for outdoor portrait and general fast telephoto. You've got indoor covered. This will cover outdoor.

The alternative to me would be a Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro. Portrait, macro, everything.

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Aug 27, 2014 05:29 |  #5

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Heya,

The 35 already does almost everything you're looking to do with it.

However, if you want something longer than 35mm on APS-C, like 50mm (85mm FOV on full frame), then look to the Sigma 50 F1.4. I use two 50's, a Super Takumar 50 F1.4 and a Helios 44-2 (58mm F2). On APS-C they still destroy backgrounds nicely and are very sharp. Sure, they're vintage manuals, but you'd never know the difference unless you need autofocus. Cheap ($35~60). If you want autofocus, Sigma 50 F1.4 is the one to go for here for these prices.

85mm F1.8 is my go to for telephoto portrait work outdoors. Even on APS-C, it's a great environmental lens. Not for indoors really on APS-C, that's where I like the 35 F2 IS.

Because you already have the 35 F2 IS, which really takes care of indoors and short range portrait work very nicely on APS-C, I would probably go for the Canon EF 85 F1.4 for outdoor portrait and general fast telephoto. You've got indoor covered. This will cover outdoor.

The alternative to me would be a Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro. Portrait, macro, everything.

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Or maybe Canon EF 100/2,8 USM Macro 1:1?
That is very long on crop though (160mm on FF). Canon EF-s 60 f/2.8 USM Macro makes more sense


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Aug 27, 2014 05:57 |  #6

The 100L macro works very nicely on a the 70D. It keeps you away from your subject so it's easier to catch bugs without scaring them. It also works well as a portrait lens:

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Aug 27, 2014 06:17 |  #7

For me, macro is important so I vote 60mm or 100mm 2.8.


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Aug 27, 2014 06:32 |  #8

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For me, macro is important so I vote 60mm or 100mm 2.8.

I'm getting more and more into macro (althogh I don't have a macro lens :), so even though I wouldn't get much of a shallower dept of field with the Canon 60 vs 35, the macro abilities would be fun!


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Aug 27, 2014 07:00 |  #9

Hermelin wrote in post #17120330 (external link)
Or maybe Canon EF 100/2,8 USM Macro 1:1?
That is very long on crop though (160mm on FF). Canon EF-s 60 f/2.8 USM Macro makes more sense

I thought the same thing when I originally got my 60mm a couple years ago, but as someone else pointed out, the 100mm will give you a longer working distance, which is quite useful. What really made get the 60 was that I wanted a 50-ish FL lens, but I couldn't make up my mind about any of those that were out there at the time, as the 50 Art wasn't out there yet.

More and more, I find 100mm to be a good focal length for outdoor portraits.


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Aug 27, 2014 07:09 |  #10

One last lens? Riiigggghhtt. We've all said that at some point. ;)

The 50 f/1.4 is pretty close to your 35 f/2, so I'd either go with a macro lens if that interests you or the 85 f/1.8.


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Aug 27, 2014 07:40 |  #11

Last lens? Why are you than saying you WANT a prime instead of you NEED one? ;)

Id get a 24mm IS


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Aug 27, 2014 07:53 |  #12

"one last lens" Who do you think your kidding!! (LOL) ;). We all know there's ALWAYS another lens out there we have to have.

I'd put the Canon EF-S 60 f/2.8 USM Macro first. The 50 and 85 are wonderful lenses but you have those focal lengths covered with the 18-135 which from my reading does a great job. Yes the primes will likely do a bit better but you can get by without them

What you don't have in the list is a Macro lens. I am thinking along the lines of getting a macro lens and have been looking at the 60 or 100 for that purpose. I will likely go for the 100 for my 6D.


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Aug 27, 2014 08:33 as a reply to  @ Lumens's post |  #13

Like a few of the others, I also think you should consider one of the Canon 100mm macros. The L is a great macro lens, and decent for portraits. :)


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Aug 27, 2014 08:37 |  #14

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Last lens? Why are you than saying you WANT a prime instead of you NEED one? ;)

Id get a 24mm IS

Huh? The OP looks pretty keen on using it for portraits...

What FL do you prefer shooting with your current zoom? That might help in the decision making process.

85mm will be quite hard to use indoors (unless you live in a MacMansion), or unless you like shooting tightly cropped portraits. Personally, I think the 50 is more versatile on a crop for indoors shooting. Outdoors, go long.


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Aug 27, 2014 08:52 |  #15

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I thought the same thing when I originally got my 60mm a couple years ago, but as someone else pointed out, the 100mm will give you a longer working distance, which is quite useful. What really made get the 60 was that I wanted a 50-ish FL lens, but I couldn't make up my mind about any of those that were out there at the time, as the 50 Art wasn't out there yet.

More and more, I find 100mm to be a good focal length for outdoor portraits.

For outdoor portraits the 85 would be much better with it's f/1.8, 85 shorter and probably faster AF.

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One last lens? Riiigggghhtt. We've all said that at some point. ;)

The 50 f/1.4 is pretty close to your 35 f/2, so I'd either go with a macro lens if that interests you or the 85 f/1.8.

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One last lens? Riiigggghhtt. We've all said that at some point. ;)

The 50 f/1.4 is pretty close to your 35 f/2, so I'd either go with a macro lens if that interests you or the 85 f/1.8.

Haha, the funny part is that I just bought a new lens (35 f/2 IS), and I'm already looking into knowing what next lens to get :D

Yeah, I figure 50 is too close to 35, but on the other hand f/1.4 @ 50mm gives me a much twice as much DOF/bokeh than the f/2 @ 35. But I heard the 50mm is pretty soft @ f/1.4 so might not even like using that aperture. 50mm is perfect focal lenght for portrait on crop though.

So, yeah, I'm leaning toward either macro or the 85 right now.

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Last lens? Why are you than saying you WANT a prime instead of you NEED one? ;)

Id get a 24mm IS

Need is the right word indeed! :)
24mm IS is too close to my 35 IS, fills no point really. Maybe if canon release the rumoured 24mm pancake for reasonable price. Perfect walkaround lens, but I have my 18-135 STM for that :)


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