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which lens to buy 28MM/F1.8 or 50MM/F1.8

 
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Oct 10, 2014 12:55 |  #1

I'm torn between the Canon EF 28MM/F1.8 and the Canon EF50MM/F1.8 to use with my Rebel....the 28MM is nearing 500 dollars, which the 50 is $125.00.

What do you people think? From all of the reviews, the 50MM, even though it is very inexpensive, performs like a much higher-priced lens.

I'm shooting inside subjects using NO FLASH and also will be using this for low-light photography...

I am NOT a professional---however, I am a radio producer and will soon be adding photographs to my audio pieces for multimedia presentations.(I have been taking pictures since 1982 when I bought my 1st camera, a Minolta X700, so I am very well steeped in photography basics...)

Will the $125.00 give me great results like all reviews say? *I'm strongly leaning toward this option.

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Oct 10, 2014 13:25 |  #2

It depends on what types of "indoor subjects" you intend to photograph. A 50mm lens on your crop sensor Rebel will not provide a very wide field of view, which you may need indoors -- depending on your intended subjects. Also, the auto focus performance of the 50mm f/1.8 is not good, if that is important to you.

The EF 28mm f/1.8 will give you a field of view similar to what a 50mm lens would have given you on your old Minolta film 35mm camera -- 44mm to be exact. The EF 50mm f/1.8 will give you a field of view equivalent to an 80mm lens on your old Minolta.


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Oct 10, 2014 13:31 |  #3

28 and 50mm are very different focal lengths. That's going to have to be your primary criteria.


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Oct 10, 2014 13:54 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #4

Thanks Scott M for the input. The autofocus performance IS important to me, PLUS, I do want a wide field of view. My subjects will mostly be people at family gatherings, which I want to be able to shoot with no flash, and without having to back-up often to get everybody in the fram. In fact, some houses I have been in don't give you a lot of room to back up...so...I'm probably going with the 28MM based on this.

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Oct 10, 2014 14:41 |  #5
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As mentioned, these lenses are hugely different focal lengths. If you need one, you don't necessarily need the other. They are not interchangeable. I've had 3 copies of the 50 1.8. In my estimation it is not worth the money. I am much happier with my 50 1.4. I just purchased a 28 1.8 about a month ago. Reports of its being soft are not true in my case. The center 2/3 of the frame are very good at f/1.8 and excellent at f/2.2. Of course, the corners never sharpen up. For what I do, that is totally irrelevant.

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Oct 10, 2014 14:44 |  #6

kevgarlic wrote in post #17205519 (external link)
Thanks Scott M for the input. The autofocus performance IS important to me, PLUS, I do want a wide field of view. My subjects will mostly be people at family gatherings, which I want to be able to shoot with no flash, and without having to back-up often to get everybody in the fram. In fact, some houses I have been in don't give you a lot of room to back up...so...I'm probably going with the 28MM based on this.
KEvin

You answered your own question.




  
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Oct 10, 2014 15:18 |  #7

I think you should wait a month or two and pick up one of these: http://shop.usa.canon.​com …lenses/ef-s-24mm-f-28-stm (external link)




  
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Oct 10, 2014 15:24 |  #8

It sounds like a Canon 35mm IS would be perfect for you if it's within your budget.


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Oct 10, 2014 16:29 |  #9
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SVT Wylde wrote in post #17205684 (external link)
It sounds like a Canon 35mm IS would be perfect for you if it's within your budget.

I like my 35 IS, more of FF, but it works well as a fast standard for crop.


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Oct 10, 2014 16:55 as a reply to  @ GeoKras1989's post |  #10

I started with 28, 50, and 85/1.8 ... the 50 is OK for non-moving objects as it's AF isn't very fast on my copy. But, as noted, it still needs room inside to get multiple persons in. I eventually made the decision to replace my 50 with the new 40/2.8 .

The 28 works well in all aspects. I've even used it occasionally for moving action - then cropped up to see better face expressions.

All these lens have good IQ - you can crop 4x - 5x with no problem (maybe need a little noise suppression).

The 85 is the real choice for action - it has very fast AF ... you can just swing your camera and click away.


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Oct 10, 2014 16:57 |  #11

Just another option - try to find the previous generation Sigma 30mm f/1.4, you can probably find one for under $300.


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Oct 10, 2014 17:40 |  #12

The Canon 28/1.8 is a great "standard" lens on any of the crop sensor DSLRs. It has very good image quality (especially on a crop camera) and is a fast focusing USM focus drive lens, plus is quite compact even with it's matching lens hood. It's Canon's mid-grade/USM build quality... which is "sure, there's some plastic, but it's well made, feels solid and should last for many, many years".

The Canon 50/1.8 Mark II is a great, introductory, cheap portrait lens so long as light is good. As Canon's cheapest lens of all, it has extremely entry-level, plasticky, "I think I could snap it in half barehanded and sure don't want to bump it against anything" build quality. It uses a slow, noisy, not terribly consistent micro motor focus drive. Still, for the money it's able to make surprisingly good images, and it's a great introduction to using prime lenses, and works well as a portrait focal length on a crop sensor camera.

The EF 50/1.4 USM is more comparable in build/image quality and focus performance, to the EF 28/1.8 USM and EF 85/1.8 USM lenses.


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Oct 10, 2014 22:01 |  #13

The 50mm is too long for all around use. I was not impressed by the picture quality of the 28mm f/1.8 but the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 'ART' was more to my taste. Looking at the test results it should be the other way around. Joeblack has a point, the 'ART' version is not that much better than the old one and you can get it dirt cheap.


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Oct 10, 2014 22:03 |  #14

heathermc72 wrote in post #17205679 (external link)
I think you should wait a month or two and pick up one of these: http://shop.usa.canon.​com …lenses/ef-s-24mm-f-28-stm (external link)

YO! The thing I was looking for when I got the crop body SL-1.


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Oct 11, 2014 00:53 |  #15

Spend $300 and get these two lenses instead...

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