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Which "normal" prime for crop?

 
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Dec 21, 2008 23:59 |  #1

Got a rebel body and I'm looking at ~30mm primes.

Any advice on which to pick?

  • Sigma 30/1.4 and Canon 28/1.8 seem like the best options but are a little more than I wanted to pay.
  • Sigma 28/1.8 seems like a good bargain, but can't find any good reviews on it. The "macro" would be desirable to me as well
  • Canon 35mm f2 is sharp, fast, and a great price but I worry it will be noticeably longer than the others.
  • Canon 28/2.8, cheap, but is a f2.8 prime even worth having? seems like I should just get a $300-400 f2.8 zoom instead.

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Dec 22, 2008 00:16 |  #2

35L :)



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Dec 22, 2008 00:32 as a reply to  @ franklinn's post |  #3

I concur....get the 35L

Best deal....also if you don't have the 50mm 1.8. Get that too. Is less than $100 bucks.


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Dec 22, 2008 00:54 |  #4

Thanks guys.

I know the 35L is pretty great, but not realistic for me. As I said in the post, the $400 for the Canon 28/1.8 is really pushing it. So Aside from the 35L, which one for a guy with a lower budget?

I want wider than the 50mm for this lens - thanks for the suggestion though.


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Dec 22, 2008 00:55 |  #5

Sigma 30mm 1.4 is apparently SPECTACULAR if you can get a good copy... That would be my recommendation.



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Dec 22, 2008 00:59 |  #6

The Sigma 30 is the best if you are willing to be patient to get that good copy (with the potential that you need to send it for recalibration)


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Dec 22, 2008 01:02 |  #7

While it's not on your list, I've got the Canon 28mm f/1.8, which is a great lens. USM with FTM.


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Dec 22, 2008 02:35 |  #8

Sigma 30, if you're willing to play the "get a good copy" game.. hmm.. sounding familiar yet? :-)


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Dec 22, 2008 02:43 |  #9

sigma 30 for the win; canon's 35/2 is not as good. sharp only in the center


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Dec 22, 2008 03:18 |  #10
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franklinn wrote in post #6924596 (external link)
Sigma 30mm 1.4 is apparently SPECTACULAR if you can get a good copy... That would be my recommendation.

This is what I heard too. :)




  
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Dec 22, 2008 06:35 as a reply to  @ Stealthy Ninja's post |  #11

I went for the Sigma 30mm, after hesitating for ages due to the "bad copy" discussions. In any case my first attempt seemed to pay off - the lens is sharp from about 1.6 onwards. It is however a difficult lens to get used to - a little sway in your stance and what was sharp when you focused will now be blurry.




  
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Dec 22, 2008 08:18 |  #12

tkbslc wrote in post #6924589 (external link)
I know the 35L is pretty great,

Its nothing unique on a *crop* camera. A total waste of cash without FF plans.

tkbslc wrote in post #6924589 (external link)
Aside from the 35L, which one for a guy with a lower budget?

The "35L for the crop" is the Sigma 30. I should point out that my recent experience with the 5D2 has shown me the incredible value of the 35/2 (alright on the crop, but a truly useful, and pocketable lens for a FF camera).


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Dec 22, 2008 08:22 as a reply to  @ Chez Wimpy's post |  #13

35L
Spend the $$$ you wont regret it.




  
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Dec 22, 2008 08:36 |  #14

Ideally, 35L.

Otherwise, Sigma 30 1.4.

If you want to focus close and maybe eventually go full frame, get the Canon 28 1.8 - IQ is almost as good as the Sigma, you get the cropped sweet spot, and it focuses really close, really quickly.


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Dec 22, 2008 09:22 |  #15

I am enjoying my 35 f/2 immensely. I do not own and have not owned any of the other lenses you wrote about, but it is fantastic.


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